Published on June 3rd, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! June 3rd
Welcome to June! As the days began to heat up, so do the number of Kickstarters in preparation for the big summer game conventions like Origins, GenCon and PAXPrime. Here are the Kickstarter games that caught our attention this week. We have some familiar names and some first-time designers so make sure to share, support and show these games and their creators some love!
Dice of Crowns has had a great week. This tin-size dice game recently won the Northwest Luci Award by popular vote at the Evergreen Tabletop Expo. On top of that, they hit their initial funding goal in just 18 hours and are surpassing some great stretch goals. I’ve played this game many times at playtestNW events and it is a great crowd-pleaser dice game with a bit of luck and strategy. With the old king dead, the kingdom needs a new ruler and you want the crown! To earn the crown and thrown, players will have to compete to be the first one to receive 3 Claim tokens. Players will roll all the dice on their turn and depending on the face–will need to give other players their Scroll dice, collect Fate tokens to preroll dice and do all of that while avoiding 3 Dagger icons which immediately end your turn. Dice of Crowns is a very fun, addictive take-that dice game that works very well with anywhere from 2-6 players.
Terra Nova Games (Far Space Foundry, Ophir) makes a glorious return to Kickstarter with a redesign and American localization of Hayashi’s (Trains, Sail to India) Trick of the Rails, originally a game only released in Japan. To help with the redesign to evoke the golden age of American Railroads, Ian O’Toole (The Gallerist, Fool’s Gold) is doing the art and design. I am not usually a fan of train and stock portfolio management games because of their lengthy gameplay and thematically-dry presentation but Trick of the Rails is a very accessible train and stock game. The game is based on trick-taking and using strategic wins to perform actions like laying track, gaining shares and placing trains. You don’t have to manage a stock portfolio to know that $13 for Trick of the Rails is a great investment.
Don’t let these cute chibi characters catch you off guard! Gloria Eternia is a hand management card game of brutal combat and take-that style tactics. 2-4 players are looking to be the first to defeat 100 enemies including hazards in the deck and bosses that come up throughout the game. Timing is key in Glori Eternia as certain cards will help players defeat foes, destroy their competitor’s weapons and combo their way to victory. The gameplay is easy to learn with each turn consisting of playing a card or discarding two cards and then drawing back up to a hand of 5. If you want to see Glori Eternia in action, British Briefs will be at the UK Games Expo if you want to check out this game in person!
This Munchkin-style game brings battle robots together to compete over entry into the golden city of Robotopia: a place where gears and circuits are plentiful and the oil runs like water. BetaBotz has a lot of take-that interrupts to mess with opponents or boost their own abilities. Players can also bid for upgrades each round to build a better, more formidable robot. Now I watched a LOT of Dragonball Z as a kid and I love that BetaBotz is bringing some anime-inspiration in their robot designs and action poses. Over the course of 10 rounds, players will be looking to complete missions either alone or with the help of a fellow bot to earn bit points. The play with the most bit points is the winner and will gain access to Robotopia.
More take-that shenanigans and sandwiches in Knuckle Sammich–a quick card game where players are Kobolds looking to each a sandwich before their fellow Kobolds or their great King Torg eats them all or worse, turn their appetite towards you! Illustrated by the great cartoonist John Kovalic, Knuckle Sammich is the follow-up game to Kobolds Ate My Baby! and it brings more take-that mechanics with silly actions, tasty sandwiches, and devilish Kobolds. This is a great entry level card game and is kid friendly too.
PWNs is a team-management strategy game where players send their team of PWNs to control a contested board area. The board is made up of different terrain tiles which interact with many of the cards and elements in the game. For example, dry grass will spread any flammable attack to other tiles so players can use specific attacks to take advantage of the terrain…or to just cause more chaos on the board. The game ends when one team is eliminated and the winner is the remaining team with the most PWNs still left alive. In addition to take-that card actions each PWN receives one of six unique abilities at the start of the game to aid them in their tactical combat choices.
I’ve been following James Stowe online and have enjoyed his simplified character sheets and cute fantasy characters for a while. Now Sidekick Quests have come to Kickstarter to bring their first comic arch, The Secret of the Sewer Wizard, and an accompanying RPG Adventure module into a printed format. The RPG has maps, modules, monsters, quests and more in the book. The printed comic will have updated art and design as well as 10 extra pages to wrap up what happened with the characters after their encounter with the Sewer Wizard. James Stowe is bringing roleplaying games to kids and parents alike and your support on this Kickstarter will help expand the world and game of Sidekick Quests.
It’s the golden age of sail and piracy in this tactical and strategy resource management game. Captains of the Golden Age has no luck-based elements and prides itself on relying the strategy and decisions that players make. The players can decide how to expand their ship to hold more cargo, more cannons, more sailors or more sails, but the winner will be the player who controls the pepper trade. I love the circular game board and abstracted spaces where players can sail between the different islands to collect cargo or attack and board other ships.
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!