Published on May 12th, 2017 | by Nicole Jekich2
Fund It Friday! May 12th
It’s been a busy week of writing down game design ideas, preparing for a charity board game night and thinking of new article ideas for the website that I’m hoping to share next month. While I may have a lot of new ideas floating around, I still enjoy going onto Kickstarter and seeing all the future games that are getting made. Here are my Kickstarter campaign picks for Friday:
Daily Magic Games is on Kickstarter with their first worker placement game set in ancient Egypt. As one of the noble Governors, it is your duty to give the best, most honorable send-off to the deceased pharaoh. The game will take place over four seasons represented by four segments of the board divided along the Nile river. Players will harvest resources, hire laborers, use specialized worker abilities and plan and build monuments as the pharaoh and his funeral procession head down the Nile. Sailing Towards Osiris is a fun, medium-weight worker placement game that takes just 1.5 hours to play. I found the mechanics very approachable and the iconography, unlike many other Euro games, was comprehensive. I love the beautifully illustrated board and the player’s focused strategy of having to maximize their turns at the progression of each season. Only 6 days left to back this game!
Players take on the roles of heroes in a dark forest who must band together and fight against the opposing force. The Light Hunters: Battalion of Darkness consist of beautifully illustrated fantasy characters in black and white portraits. The cards are an obscure long like a bookmark which makes this squad-focused game stand out on the table. Players will take turns drafting their heroes that each has different abilities and life totals. Light Hunters is turn based, so players will need to focus on timing and also using the different Spirits of Light with their heroes’ abilities to gain the advantage. A player gains victory after successfully eliminating the opposing battalion. If you’re a sucker for tactical games and love art deco, support Light Hunters: Battalion of Darkness on Kickstarter.
A new collaboration project including one of our favorite designers, Mark Rein-Hagen: a creator of Vampire: The Masquerade and the World of Darkness, Sigil & Sign challenges the traditional story narratives in a Cthulhu-verse game. In Sigil & Sign, you play as an outcast who has succumbed to the dark forces and serve the otherworldly gods and mythos. While you may have once been human, you represent a cultist or someone working to assist the old gods. In addition, you are marked with one of the Great Sigils: Change, Chaos, Darkness, Death, Madness, Ruin, or Silence. There is just too much engaging and terrifying content for this RPG to share it all. I highly recommend checking out this campaign (ends in 9 days!!) if you enjoy Cthulhu RPGs or settings and have long awaited the opportunity to play as one of the bad guys instead.
Galaxy of Trian is back with an expanded game that includes 8 new, unique alien factions and enough fancy component upgrades that would make any gamer drool like highly-detailed miniatures and upgrade options to metal coins. Galaxy of Trian is a 4X style game where the alien factions explore the galaxy by randomly building the board tile-by-tile. With 120 tiles with a front and back design, there are endless combinations to build a unique game experience each time. Each faction has unique abilities with the opportunity to learn even more. Players will collect minerals and credits through a variety of actions and confrontations with their opponents. The player with the most combined minerals and credits wins the game.
Step right up to the most frightening and captivating sideshow yet! Barker’s Row is about competing carnival barker’s looking to be the first person to captivate a full audience and completely fill up their bleachers with meeples. The attractions at the carnival can be distinguished from their unique groupings: Horrors, Beasts, Freaks and Oddities, as well as a Wild set of attractions. Players keep score by going up the Strong Man victory point tracker. The further up the track players go, the more difficult it gets to top your previous act. The whimsical, yet creepy art fills Barker’s Row and gives the game a unique character and setting. Andrea Olgiati’s work reminds me of feel and unnerving characters in “Coraline”. The similar style of exaggeration and dramatic lighting really captures the theme of this carnival.
I previewed Tradewars-Homeworld a while back and now you can find the game with final art on Kickstarter! Tradewars is for 1-4 players each of whom represents a mega-corporation looking to build ships, attack their opponents and carefully select their action each turn to put themselves in a strategic position over their opponent(s). Tradewars has three multiplayer scenarios with different victory objectives and one solo scenario called the Derelict where a player takes on a grand ship and tries to survive the attacks from an alien enemy. While there are a lot of options to take in as far as actions, objectives, and choice of powers that build your ship; the gameplay itself is easy to learn and follows a simple ABC (Action, Buy, Configure) order each turn. If you’re looking for a flexible deck-building game that offers choices and different ways to challenge yourself and friends in a futuristic space setting, I recommend supporting Tradewars-Homeworld.
Moa is a beautifully illustrated game that features native birds and invading mammals in a fight to survive and control the land of New Zealand. The native birds are a stand-in for the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand and the fight against the ruthless mammals parallels the colonialism that actually occurred on the island. Players move their forces, recruit new warriors and potentially make alliances with some of the invading forces. Moa is an area control game and the player with the most land controlled by the end of the game is the winner.
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!