Published on March 4th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund it Friday! March 4th
March is coming in like a lion all right. We’re preparing to celebrate our third year of writing on Across The Board Games and this article will be the first in our new Kickstarter-focused series called Fund It Friday! We’ll share a the Kickstarter campaign video, link to the campaign and give a brief description of the game and why we think this game would be a good game to support with your hard-earned paycheck. Welcome to Fund It Friday March 4th, 2016 edition!
The Opulent is an asymmetrical, cooperative board game set in the prohibition era aka The Roaring 20’s of Atlantic City. It is illegal to make, sell and distribute alcohol with the passing of the 18th Amendment; however, players will be managing one of the most posh speakeasies of the era called The Opulent. Players are in charge of different areas of the speakeasy like the bar or jazz band and hiring helpful (and discreet) workers to help their business. Together players are looking to please their patrons who range from politicians to the mobsters and celebrities to aristocrats. The success of The Opulent comes from teamwork and keeping those nosey cops out of your business. The Opulent has a range of scenarios players can try separately or these scenarios can be played in a campaign starting from 1921 and leading all the way to 1929. I’m usually not a fan of using photographs for card art, but The Opulent’s portraits are classy and the costuming, makeup and lighting capture the era very well. The Opulent is a striking representation of art deco of the 1920s. If you want to back The Opulent, you better do it fast–the campaign ends in TWO DAYS.
What would it be like to be “…an evil overlord trying to bring trying to bring misery to the world?“. That is a question I’ve asked myself many times. Overlords of Infamy instead of a being a dark game of bloody wars takes cartoonishly evil villains and give them diabolical goals like throttling internet speed, blowing up the moon, and so on. To accomplish these plans, the overlords will need to conquer land and collect the resources on that land to build their lair and further expand their dominion. Overlords will have to defend their territory from the gallivanting heroes, competing fellow overlords and other terrible events that threaten to ruin your chance for spreading misery across the world. Did I mention that the special Kickstarter Overlord will be Waffles the Corgi. How can you not back this campaign for a cute, evil corgi?! Humor, nostalgia and the opportunity to play as the bad guy is all available in Overlords of Infamy.
Cards games don’t get much tinier than these Pack O Games collections which are the size of a small pack of gum! The first Pack O Games in 2014 was a hit and now the second campaign brings even more variety to these pocket-sized card games. Luke and I received some prototype samples of the 4 starter games: Gym, Rum, Sow and Orca and will have a full review up next week. Each game has a unique feel and light strategy. Don’t let the size and number of cards fool you, these Pack O Games bring a lot of variety of mechanics to the table and uses every inch of the tiny components to bring a strong, visual experience. Players might recognize that many of these card games are reworkings of familiar games and mechanics like rummy or mancala. Backers can get the starting 4 games for $24 and the more the campaign grows, the more game packs you will unlock. The 2014 Pack 0 Games are also available so you can add 12 micro games to your collection through this one campaign. Another great addition is the neoprene, zippered pouch with the Pack 0 Games logo that can protect and transport 8 of these micro games.
Your favorite characters and locations of The Red Dragon Inn series need your help! The town is under attack and it is up to the heroes to work together, fight off the monsters and hopefully return back to their adventures at their favorite tavern. Battle for Greyport is a cooperative deck-building game where heroes from the popular Red Dragon Inn lead a fight against the invading monsters. Players will recruit citizens for their militia along the way and gather special weapons to take down the monsters and bosses. This game will further expand The Red Dragon Inn games and bring a bold and colorful fantasy world to life. Along the way, backer can unlock additional heroes, monsters and bosses to give even more options for the game. The Greyport village, landmarks and people need your protection!
If you are in the mood for a quick, filler game with an “old world fantasy” feel, then check out Master of Spies. This card game brings the Eldinar world to life as each player will represent one of the four factions of the realm done up in black and white drawings that really makes me think of early D&D. Players take turns placing cards along one of the four pathways and look to steer the influence and advantage to their realm. Players continue to play cards, making sure each card is of higher value than the one before it. Players will also need to be aware that cards with the same border color cannot touch one another so planning ahead is key! Master of Spies is a simple, 15-20 minute game that has a lot of similarities to cards games like Rook and enough thematic appeal to bring in fantasy gamers and family gamers alike.
I know this isn’t a game but who could resist a coloring book of classic rpg monsters and characters done up in a children’s coloring book? This books brings beholders and dragons together with brave and curious children into the wide world of rpgs. This is a also a great book for teaching children about rpgs and , as in typical ABC book fashion, each letter has an associated roleplaying game subject tied to it (A for Adventuring or D for Dice, etc). If you have little ones that you’d like to educate in the way and culture of rpgs or if you’re just an adult looking for a fantasy coloring book with dragons and d20s, The ABCs of RPGs is a great project that could use your support.
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!