Published on March 18th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! March 18th
Hello my fellow board game fanatics! We’re fast approaching the first day of spring and coming up on our official 3 Year Anniversary on ATBG! Here are some Kickstarter campaigns this weekend of March 18th that we think you should support and share with your friends. A few of the game designers are Seattle-based and we have had the pleasure of meeting them and playing their games. We hope you’ll help spread the word and get these great games funded!
Emergence is a social deduction game that relies on your persuasion skills just as much as your strategic board game skills. Luke and I met Billy and Jordan, two of the three designers creating this project, at a prior playtestNW event. Their passion for games and creating memorable social experiences comes through in their personality and has translated into a great game. Emergence is an elegeant reimagining of the social deduction game with meatier gameplay than games like Werewolf, Mafia or Coup as it includes a board and managing resources. These additional feature of this game make a usual game of Emergence about 60 minutes long. The gameplay is still easy enough to learn that it is a great jumping-on point for new gamers and those looking to try a new activity. The theme and design of this game is also spot on! Two humans will try to survive and hide their identity from the rest of the artificial intelligence who are looking to wipe out the human menace. Look for a full review of Emergence in a couple weeks!
Dirty Cops is another game that I really want to see funded. I have play tested this game at playtestNW events all over Seattle and Sean has been doing quite an extensive tour of Dirty Cops throughout Washington and beyond. This game has been thoroughly play tested and watching it evolve into the fiendishly-fun card game it is now has been a joy. 2-4 players are crooked cops who are in it only for themselves. Players will take down criminals together over a series of crime scenes, but will also look to constantly backstab their fellow crooked cops to collect the most money by the end of the game. The violence, drug references and other cartoon villainy are hilarious and any adult references in game are done well without being juvenile. If you like funny take-that games and enjoy some backstabbing competitive play definitely pick this one up. Oh and if you have a playmat addiction, Dirty Cops has a great one with fully illustrated backgrounds and placeholders which helps with immerse players into the setting.
This is a new type of gladiator combat area. Ophidian 2360 is a futuristic card game where 2-4 player compete to be the last one standing in a battle royale gladiator arena. Players use pre-constructed decks or can personalize their decks with expansion content. Ophidian 2360 is a stand alone expansion that adds more characters for players to use in their decks and re-invigorates fans of the previous Ophidian 2350 game. If complex card game strategies is your slice of pie, Ophidian delivers with plenty of gladiator team combinations to create a different experience each time. Another great reason to support this game is that all production will be in the United States.
DETHRONED is a real time card game where players have a unique, hidden role and a specific goal that usually hinges on keeping themselves alive and either protecting or killing specific named roles. This card game is the result of the designer’s love of social deduction games and desire to make games like Werewolf and Mafia more fast-paced. DETHRONED also adds 8 unique roles which gives players more options and different experiences with each role. The art and design reminds me of Adventure Time smashed into Game of Thrones- cartoon, cute but heads will roll! With real time games like this be prepared for a lot of shouting, desperate pleas and a range of heated competition with friends- the designers aren’t responsible for any lost friendships.
Fired Up! is also a different type of gladiator game because instead of controlling or managing the fighters, you are playing this game from the experience of a spectator. This dice game is all about managing the different resources and influencing the fighters so the fight better meets your expectations as a fan. Fired Up! features dynamic and colorful art with unique and diverse characters all with their own fighting style and specialized power suit armor. I love the look of the character cards and trackers where players get to track just how ‘fired up’ they get. Players will still want their fighter to win (and thankfully there is no player elimination) but will only achieve victory if they earn the most ‘Fired Up Points’ and by achieving that fighter’s Eternal Moment–the best name for a secret character goal.
The latest Iron Kingdoms game has just 1 day left on Kickstarter. This miniature-driven adventure game is fully cooperative and players will represent different monsters looking to defend their homeland in the swap from the encroaching evil. The twisted and fantastical bayou-creatures like frogs, sea snakes and crocodiles look fantastic in their plastic sculpts–a feature that Privateer Press is well-known for. Widower’s Wood further explores the Iron Kingdoms and gives players 7 different scenarios to tackle and offers campaign play as player characters can gain XP, level up their skills and acquire new equipment and abilities. Just 24 hours left to get in on all the Kickstarter content and prices.
Nothing complex about this campaign: Prism Dice are just crystal clear, strong and affordable custom dice sets. Backers can choose from 9 different colored sets of polyhedral dice made of bullet proof glass. The dice design are crisp, sharp and the gem colors are vivid. I almost want to keep them with all my jewelry. Watch out also the edges come to a fine edge and point so make sure not to step on these d4s!
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!