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Published on March 31st, 2017 | by Nicole Jekich

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Fund It Friday! March 31st

Where oh where did March go? We’ve spent the week doing taxes and are excited to relax for the weekend by looking at the new games on Kickstarter. We have a range of educational games, adventure games and a triumphant return of Dragoon.

As someone who loves astronomy and frequent visits to the planetarium as a kid, Constellations was a game that caught my attention immediately. The educational part of the game teaches players about the different star classifications in our galaxy. Players collect these different stars (as denoted by color in-game)  and use them to make up the points in the different constellations. As players complete their constellation, they arrange the constellation tile on the board that represents the night sky. Players are rewarded with more points by matching up the constellations next to other constellations that match icons on the tiles’ edges. I love the mythology and information about our stars as they are presented and implemented in this game. My only gripe with Constellations is the information overload on each tile. There are a lot of symbols, colors, and letters that makes each tile a lot to process.

DiverCity:

This cooperative game is the closest you’ll get to a “Captain Planet” board game. In DiverCity, players take on the role of specialized divers working together to protect the coral reef and its inhabitants from destruction. Multiple threats including oil spills, sewage pollution, and dangerous fishing methods threaten to extinguish the life in the reef. 1-7 players share responsibility for protecting the many species and standing up against the polluting corporations. DiverCity is focused on sharing information between team members and creating a challenge for its players with an option of 16 different difficulty levels!

Dicey Peaks:

The next game by well-loved designer Scott Almes (Tiny Epic games, Harbour) is a treacherous adventure into the Dicey Peaks. Players will face the intense conditions of the icy mountain including blizzards, low oxygen and even sabotage by the resident yeti. Each upward movement to a new mountain tile holds surprise challenges and possibly good luck for the climbers. Dicey Peaks is a press-your-luck game great for kids and adults. It rewards those players that love to face danger and the odds to see who will be first to reach the summit of Dicey Peaks.

This educational game has us competing with each other on a cellular level to build enzymes, hormones, and receptors. Cytosis is a perfectly executed educational game because it teaches its topic fully while not losing sight of creating an engaging game that players will want to play again and again. Players will use their workers to visit different organelles (remembers those from middle school biology?) to collect and convert the different resources like carbs, proteins, lipids, and RNA. These different resources build the enzymes, etc that protect players from invasive viruses. If you love biology and are looking for a solid worker placement game, check out Cytosis.

Dragoon: The Rogue and Barbarian Expansion + Reprint

This favorite fantasy Kickstarter game is back with a second reprinting and new asymmetrical characters to play during the game. Dragoon is an area control and destruction game where players take on the roles of dragons looking to burn down the human settlements or force them to worship the dragons and pay tribute. This expansion includes two more character types: The Rogue and the Barbarian who each have a different deck of cards, a new objective, and different play style. This campaign is packed full of cosmetic upgrades and options: choose from the classic pewter, minimalistic minis, or plastic or go all in for the Wyvern edition with a solid wood board.

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.



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