Published on July 29th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! July 29th
You have braved the summer heat all week long and now we come to Friday and an upcoming weekend of poolside board games…*snerk* yeah, right. I think I’ll keep my favorite games away from splashes, open drink containers and all the potential terrors a board game owner fears most when taking their game outside. Instead, maybe scoot up to the poolside, open up ATBG on your favorite device and scroll through our week’s selection of cool Kickstarter games. Let’s get to it!
This battle mech game started building its fan base when it first released in 1997 for the Playstation. Now this Japanese video game is getting the board game treatment further showing gamers that a licensed board game can potentially earn you thousands of dollars in additional funding. It isn’t just about the franchise–the game elements are pretty great: LED bases that give you laser-pointed line of sight to your opponent; 3D terrain which you can fly on top of and hide behind and of course, customizable mech miniatures where players can interchange the arms and torso. Armored Core RTS replicates real time strategy combat by having players move and attack simultaneously. Gameplay doesn’t take forever though as players also square off in a series of 20 minute challenges to build up a greater campaign. There is a lot to love about the choice of detail and simplified gameplay in Armored Core so make sure you check out this campaign in the next 20 days!
Genius Games (Ion, Peptide, Linkage) is back with their 5th science-based game that is easy to learn and infectiously fun! In Virus, players take on the roles of a virus looking to infect a host cell, replicated themselves and score points. The gameplay is a combination of secret bidding and tableau building. Each player starts with the same number and array of virus cards. Each round players will place a virus card facedown and all will reveal their choices simultaneously. The highest bid gets first pick of cards from the lineup. Players are trying to collect sets of virus types to “replicate” and earn more points for the number of copies. Virus is another great game to pick up that features both fun, interactive gameplay with an accurate and educational theme.
Roots of Mali is a compact, two player tactical game with dice as units. Players represent mystical tribes caught in an internal conflict. The two tribes battle for dominance and the first player to gain 10 victory points wins. The two opposing units are represented on the different dice and each unit has a rank which will defeat any lower ranked unit with a couple exceptions. On their turn players can move, attack, cast spells and upgrade their units to the next rank. While this is described as an abstract strategy game , the Roots of Mali features a fully illustrated world of natural wonders and magic with an interesting cast of characters. My only gripe is the only featured woman character being a topless maiden in a world where every other human is shown heavily cloaked and obscured. A free print and play and early gameplay access is available on Tabletopia if you want to try the game before backing.
Go to the red planet and be the leader that will help build a new civilization for humans on the planet’s surface. In Martians: A Story of Civilization, 1-4 players can compete or work together over a series of rounds to expand their base, collect resources, generate energy and survive the harsh, new landscape. This is a realistic sci fi interpretation of survival in a new place and players will have to work together to prepare for certain events or disasters or compete to see who can be the best at adapting and building on Mars. Martians is worker placement and resource management game and board and components is a beautiful and vibrant display of space equipment and what life would look like on the red planet. Just a few days left to back Martians!
Steal the Show is a creative “war” type game where players choose different, dramatic characters and pit them in battles of wits or strength by playing cards to alter their score–the highest score will win the battle. The objective is to be the first player to acquire 5 comedy masks which a player can gain from winning battles of wits. In a battle of strength, the loser receives tragedy mask. Should a player every receive 5 comedy masks, they are out of the game. This is a quick 5-10 minutes card game which features illustrated characters of literature, history and drama duking it out to Steal the Show for themselves before being sent backstage or knocked out of the game. The different locations for the battles also helps give Steal the Show replayability and alters player strategies throughout the game.
It’s time to kill some vampires! In Vampire Hunters, players are working together in this cooperative game to seek out the vampire nest and kill all the vampires in it. It’s an objective that is short, simple and easy to remember! Like most cooperative, miniatures games, players will move around a modular board to find equipment and supplies that will specifically help their hunt against vampires. Players will also have to manage their time as vampires are stronger in the night time and humans fight better in the daylight and various events and thematic elements will affect the hunter and the prey. Vampire Hunters is a dark themed game with a lot of gruesome varieties of vampires and vampire spawn to fight. The heroes you get to play aren’t bad either: leather jackets, holy crosses and lots of guns are the style of dress for all the badass player characters to choose from.
If you missed the 1st edition of Dreadball, this campaign will let you get in on the next reprinting which will have the new teams: Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Yndij Team and the Draconis All-Stars Robot Team as the starting two factions. Dreadful is an aggressive, futuristic bloodsport where a player is a manager of a team looking to pummel their opponent on the court. Each team is competing to score goals and take cheap shots when necessary. This campaign is full of goodies like exclusive figures and upgrades from the last game such as the new hex base for the dreadball.
I hope you enjoyed this list of tabletop games and products that we are currently obsessing over on Kickstarter. 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!