Published on June 17th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! June 17th
On a warm, summer day there is nothing better than a fresh-grilled lunch and sitting down with friends to a board game and conversation. Unfortunately if you’re like me, you’re still at work for another couple hours and can only daydream and read up on games that will be future hits at next year’s barbeque. So how about checking out some fresh Kickstarter games to help you get through the rest of the work day:
The peaceful paradise of 54th century is disrupted when the universe begins to implode and threaten all 193 billion people living in the universe. The best team of scientists, thinkers and brave space explorers were gathered for H.O.P.E, the Human Organization to Preserve Existence. You are the last hope and must travel to distant planets and terraform them in an attempt to create a new world for humans, but the limitless access and use of experimental technology does not have everyone’s support and blessing. There is a traitor among the crew. Players will be hopping around the galaxy represented on a cool, 3D illusion board and will be racing their opponents to fight the Regression and gain a new home for humans.
Speaking of scientists, Luke and I had the pleasure to play a Lab Wars prototype a couple weeks ago and posted a review the other day. This science-themed card game is an interesting mix of resource management and sabotage mechanics. Players generate Research (not mana!) from their lab equipment, conduct studies and make scientific impacts on the community. Each turn players will play a role card from their scientific team of 5 characters. Each role can sabotage another if it appears so players will be on the lookout to maximize their role abilities and avoid getting targeted by sabotages.
This hand-drawn deck of cards has 8 suits and encourages backers to use this deck to create games of their own. HECKADECK features new Beast cards and numbers ‘zero’ and ‘eleven’ numbered cards added to each suit. There are also specialized Jokers, objects and creatures. There are 160 cards in total and each card is filled with fantasy characters with a very somber demeanor and bugged-eyed expression which reminds me of the lovable characters from Adventure Time. These cards are also a great way to put a spin on classic cards on games like ” Go Fish (with Dynamite), Spoons (and Knives), (More) War, or Texas Hold ‘Em (and Keep Holding ‘Em)”.
This is the best Kickstarter video I’ve ever seen! You all should watch it and enjoy how it delightfully explains the game and sets the light-hearted, dungeon crawling mood that kids and families can enjoy about this game. Catacombs & Castles is a follow-up, stand-alone game that gives players more heroes to play with and both a cooperative or competitive gameplay option. It is also completely compatible with Elzra’s previous Catacombs game. Elzra’s games feature a simple dexterity mechanic where players flick wooden disks across the board to inflict damage on monsters. This is a perfect kids and family game but if you like more of a challenge there is a friendly-fire option which will make the dexterity challenges tougher. With the campaign 805% funded, there are clearly a lot of fans of this game and its fantasy world.
Any 5E players and DMs out there? If you’re looking for some player aids to add to the immersive adventure experience and keep track of all the agonizing conditions encountered along the way, these cards are what you want. They are beautifully illustrated reminders of your character’s pain and on the reverse side, has a handy-dandy explanation of how this condition affects your character’s dice rolls or abilities in the game. The cards consist of four copies of the thirteen unique conditions and each has a fully-illustrated character in various poses of agony from the named condition.
Clash d’Ardeche is a game about building the best campsite to attract the most customers. Each player represents a competitor looking to build a campsite filled with attractions like restaurants or discotechs while bribing the mayor and bluffing their way into setting a competitive price. Each competitor has a different condition for victory so Clash d’Ardeche will set up interesting rivalries and possibly partnerships.
The latest game on Kickstarter from Game Salute is set on the grand scale of a galaxy, swirling with matter and opportunities to create a system with unique planets. In Planetarium, players are evolving planetoids by playing cards to change the surface in a specific way from low evolution events to high, usually violent, evolution events. Players are also moving the planet tokens to simulate gravity and orbital movements to set up a specifically altered galaxy of planets and earn the most points by the end of the game. This isn’t your average board game and the grand scope of the game theme is impressive. If you’re looking for a beautiful, creative and educational game of forming your own galaxy, I recommend supporting Planetarium.
This 1v1 card game is all about survival in the dark reaches of space and capturing the crystal cores as resources for your homeworlds. You are one of two lone pilots from different homewards who have come across a payload of cores and who are looking to take the spoils for themselves. Each player wields a high-tech mech and a skilled pilot. Each player can equip shields, weapons and special attacks to fight their opponent or use the cores to power up your own equipment. I love the futuristic and cartoon mech art and design. Out chasers is a tactical and resource management card game with a lot of replayability options as players can choose new pilots, mechs and strategies each game! Just 9 days left in this campaign to support it.
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!