Fund It Friday fund it friday march 24

Published on March 24th, 2017 | by Nicole Jekich

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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.

Deadball:

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.”

Stop Thief!

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.

Love Live The Queen:

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.

Badass Riders:

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!

The Grimm Forest:

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!

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About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.



7 Responses to Fund It Friday! March 24th

  1. Joseph E. Pilkus III says:

    Nicole,

    Greetings! Again just a quick congrats on your KS…well done!

    I’m curious if either you or LUke like Pirate-themed games as The Pirate Republic enters its last few days and it’s performing quite well, poised to surpass $100K if my several years of KS analysis is correct. Honestly, if it were simply a 2-x player game, I probably would’ve passed on it, but I do like theme and the fact that there’s a solo option…always a winner!

    Cheers,
    Joe

    • We don’t tend to play many pirate games. If we do co-op or competitive adventure games, we usually tend to skew to fantasy and sci fi themed games; but I will usually play any strategic tabletop games at least once (unless it takes 5+ hours).

      Wow, Jim–The Pirate Republic has some beautiful realistic art! I also like that the victory point track is your ‘Swagger” and how players are a famous pirate with different abilities. It’s very interesting.:)

      -Nicole

  2. Joseph E. Pilkus III says:

    Nicole,

    If you like cooperative games, definitely check out Martians: A Story of Civilization which plays beautifully. If you had seen the KS campaign, the creators committed the triumvirate of sins…1.) extremely limited communication during and after the campaign; 2) sold copies of the games months before the KS Backers received their copy; and 3) unwillingness to make changes due to translation issues with the rules. I assisted them in crafting the accompanying FAQ for the game and still maintain a regular presence both in the Comments section of the KS page along with the BGG Forum. Anyway, despite the train wreck that are the rules, I would highly recommend you play it, once available.

    By the way, who’s Jim? 🙂

    Cheers,
    Joe

    • AH! My apologies, Joe -_-U I have done a poor job proofreading my writing lately. I am sorry for the mistake.

      I’ve seen Martians: A Story of Civilizations pop up in some of the Facebook board game groups and a few friends of mine have shared it too. It is likely that I will be able to try it out, especially if I can find someone else to read the rules, haha.

      Happy Gaming,
      -Nicole

  3. Joe Pilkus says:

    Nicole,

    So, do you two ever travel to the conventions? Friends of mine, along with with my daughter and I will attend Origins this year, and I’m curious if you two shall attend, as well.

    Cheers,
    Joe

    • Hello Joe,

      Luke and I usually attend conventions closer to home in the Seattle and Portland area–but this year we’re cutting back to spend time developing more games. At least that’s the plan.

      We’re hoping to attend some of the bigger gaming conventions in the future like Origins, Unpub and the newly announced PAXUnplugged. I believe some of our friends at Daily Magic will be attending Origins this year and playtesting their latest games. Luke and I will just have to live vicariously through you and Daily Magic this time.

      Best Wishes,
      -Nicole

  4. Joe Pilkus says:

    Nicole,

    That sounds like a great plan, my friend! I hope to make Origins part of my annual gaming experience, but I have absolutely no desire to ever attend GenCon, as it’s just far too large of a venue with too many people…and this is coming from an extrovert 🙂

    Anyway, have a blessed Easter and I look forward to your next Fund It Friday!

    Cheers,
    Joe.

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