Published on August 5th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich1
Fund It Friday! August 5th
It’s August, and we’re looking at quite the con scene as we near the climax of convention season. GenCon is here, with DragonCon and PAXWest right around the corner. There are a ton of awesome Kickstarter projects in the works right now, and we at AcrossTheBoardGames even have a project of our own this time!
After 3 years of providing articles and reviews to the board game and Kickstarter communities, AcrossTheBoardGames.Net is launching a Patreon campaign. Funding goals currently include more articles per week, as well as release of all of our photographs of board games with a CC0 license for anyone to use. Becoming a patron also allows you to vote for a game to be included on Fund It Fridays with the special designation “Patron’s Choice” as well as other goodies. As a patron, you’ll also be able to give feedback on the kinds of rewards you’d like to see, and we’d love to hear your suggestions. Follow through to the Patreon page, or check out our Support page to find out more about our decision to launch a Patreon campaign.
I’ve been following the progress of Beneath Nexus to Kickstarter for the past couples months and I have to say, this game looks awesome! It caught my attention with the beautifully detailed multicultural art and the asymmetrical dungeon crawler gameplay. One player takes command of 1 of 4 Blight Lord (of the ancient underworld city of Nexus) and up to six players choose a hero coming to reclaim the city. Beneath Nexus combines many of my favorite things in games: an immersive, diverse world which borrows heavily from mythology and fantasy rpgs. Players are kept busy to win card based encounters and to collect spells and items. Beneath Nexus will take players on a journey through the ancient city and encounter all the buried secrets and treasures that were lost long ago.
This tactical two player card game pits red vs blue fantasy creatures in a battle for dominance. Players take turns playing their respective colored cards on a 3×3 or 4×4 grid until it is filled. Each card in a player’s has an array of Roman numerals numbered from I to III on each of its sides. The objective is to flip your opponents cards to your color by placing an adjacent card with a higher-numbered side or completing another number-based combo. Card Master is easy to learn and hard to master. This game is a bit too abstract strategy for my taste, but if you like head-scratching tactical strategy game like chess, Go, Tak, etc then Card Master is a game you would enjoy.
Support cartoon fantasy greeting cards that are sure to put a smile on smile on the face of all part-time adventurers. Hero Master is a campaign to bring a variety of cards with humor about critical failure rolls and other monster and class-based roleplaying jokes.
Come out and plaaaa-aay! This cult film is the latest franchise-inspired board game to come to Kickstarter. The Warriors: Turf War is a competitive game of gangs where players take on the role of one of the iconic gangs from the movie and roam a distopian NYC to deFend and push their turf. The most memorable characters become the 3D minis that move around the board and engage with other rival gangs in a fight or possibly flee from the growing police response.
In similar spirits as “Springtime for Hitler” or Cards Against Humanity, Dear Leader is a sarcastic and dark humor card and story game featuring Kim Jong-un and his crazed group of advisers. Dear Leader puts an emphasis on character roleplaying and building on ridiculous ideas policy ideas in order to earn Kim Jong-un’s favor. I enjoy the Dear Leader format of but I’m worn out on political satire themes these days. I can see Dear Leader as a great alternative party event instead of a murder mystery. Pairing people representing real historical figures in costume with this “improv workout” of a game could have some great stories.
This is a stand alone expansion for the hit solitaire game Hostage Negotiator. With $103K in funding, this game is very popular and it is easy to see why. You take on the role of Hostage Negotiator and have the very tough job of returning the hostages safely and capturing or eliminating the Abductor. The game takes place over a series of rounds divided into phases. Negotiators are managing threat and resolving different Conversation cards depending on their die rolls. Conversation can get heated or stay calm but Terror cards will come up to keep changing the situation. This looks like a fun and intense solo game challenge!
This is a threat management game that centers around escaping alive and un-crisped from a terrifying dragon. You play one of the dwarves that stole some of the dragon’s gold. Players are cleverly handing off the gold to their other players using their cards and wit. The dwarf holding onto the most gold will become the dragon’s target! This is a very fast game so the unlucky dwarf can quickly start up a new game to try again for victory. The one glowering change I would make to the game…add some add some lady dwarves please!
Players are competing to win the most trophies in this resource management game around fishing. Players visit different areas to fish for a collection of shore, lake and river fish for this competition. Players manage colors of bait and reels to bring in fish to their realistically rendered tacklebox. When you select a fish from the line up you will be able to see the weight of the fish hidden on the back of the card. If you enjoy highly thematic and elegant art and gameplay from games like Viticulture, Coldwater Crown is that type of game for fishing enthusiasts. This game brings me back to fishing with my dad so I definitely recommend this as a game to play with dad or grandpa!
Whew! That list was a bit longer than most months because a lot of Kickstarter campaigns launch in early to August to coincide with Gen Con: the largest tabletop gaming convention in the US. If you have a Kickstarter you think we should cover, please let us know in the comments or contact us on Facebook and Twitter. Please consider supporting or sharing these campaigns with friends to help these games meet their goal. We’ll be back with another Fund It Friday article next week!