Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Nicole Jekich7
Fund It Friday! March 24th
Welcome to Friday everyone! It’s still chilly but the sun is shining and baseball season is just around the corner! If you’re not a fan of this popular pastime, don’t worry–I have plenty of games on Kickstarter right now that you can play in less time than it takes to complete 9 innings.
Speaking of baseball…I’ve always wanted a way to play a tabletop baseball game that was a fun simulation and yet quick and simple so I didn’t feel burdened with stats. Deadball is that simple and fun game, with a page of rules and was designed to be played in 15-20 minutes. The game is random with your success determined by rolling 2d10 or your d100 and comparing the result to your batter’s stats. Your batter stat’s come from the samples baseball players provided or you can use stats from your old baseball cards! I am excited that I will have a game that will put to use my old baseball cards. If you don’t have baseball cards, there are plenty of references for stats or at the $5 pledge you can also get:
“Ready-to-play games featuring Old Hoss Radbourn and other stars of the game’s early era, Roman emperors, classic fictional detectives, and—with all due thanks to Monty Python—great German philosophers v. the Greeks.”
Restoration Games’ mission is to lovingly restore old favorite games of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and Stop Thief! is there first game to undertake their restoration. Players take on the role of private investigators listening for clues and capturing sneaky thieves. Stop Thief! is a deduction and memory game where players use sound clues from a phone app (a big improvement from the 8-bit sound crime scanner) to figure out where the thief is on the board (since they are not represented as a piece on the board) and make the arrest.
This Japanese game is getting a reprint and a re-theme in the same Kickstarter campaign thanks to LudiCreations. The original two player game is about a fight claim the throne after the queen dies. Two twin princesses White Rose and Black Rose must use their followers to eliminate their opponent’s followers or gain enough prestige to win the throne. The gameplay involves a face-up line of cards to represent each player’s court. Players will take turns moving characters along the line and activating abilities to gain the upper-hand. The re-themed version features a more detailed and rugged set of characters from LudiCreation’s dieselpunk setting. The gameplay is the same competitive showdown in each version and allows players to pick their preferred setting.
If you like your games reckless and gritty, make sure to witness Badass Riders. Badass Riders will give you the thrill of a post-apocalyptic road race. Players have full control over the length of each game as the modular track allows players to shorten or lengthen the game based on the tiles used. Each player picks a stylish driver, a vehicle (which could use some more badass names than just ‘Truck’) and will use cards to maneuver, attack and upgrade their vehicle during the race. The first to finish wins the race!
This game is all the talk of Kickstarter fanatics. The Grimm Forest is a fairytale game where players are competing to be the first little piggy to build three houses (one made of straw, wood and brick). As players collect supplies and build their houses, they can enlist help or sabotage from their fellow fairytale friends like Robin Hood, the Big Bad Wolf, Snow White and more. The Grimm Forest is a gorgeous game with diverse representation and art by my favorites board game artists, Mr. Cuddington. The playful and satisfying game design in The Grimm Forest is by James Hudson Druid City Games.
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 Kickstarter article next week!