Published on May 20th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! May 20th
Hello Friday! We have another game-filled weekend plan but this time Luke and I are traveling to the south city of Tacoma to celebrate a good friend’s upcoming wedding with a rowdy bachelor party of big box board games. Then on Sunday, we’ll be play testing games at Raygun Lounge as part of playtestNW. The designers are getting their prototypes ready for the Evergreen Tabletop Expo or ETX happening the following. We hope your May is filled with games and if you’re looking for some up-and-coming designs, here are some hot picks from Kickstarter this week:
This campaign features two games that further explore the Gaslight Empire world of steampunk, airships and Victorian style-the same setting as Ruse and Skyway Robbery. Chief Inspector and City of Outcasts are both compact card games that take place on the ground. In Chief Inspector players take on the role of junior investigators helping your chief track down the criminal masterminds who raided the Empire airships and made off with its most valuable treasures In City of Outcasts players are looking to build a strong alliance of people from the various gangs, settlers and other folk who operate outside of the Empire’s influence in the underground city. For a mere $19, backers can receive BOTH games so my question is why haven’t you backed this yet?
If the rampant greed of corporate CEOs and America’s monopolies has got you down, try your chance to live it up like the 1% in Capitalism, USA: The Game of Greed. In this card game, players represent corporations looking to build the most profitable business by being the first to turn all their Workforce cards into Profit and Progress cards. The game has a simple play a card then draw a card structure where players are competing to have the most money by the end of the game. Capitalism, USA was born out of the designer’s unfortunate downsizing experience. and it brings plenty of political satire and cutthroat competition to your table.
“In war, not everyone is a soldier”. This is the haunting introduction to This War of Mine–a popular pc game that’s being turned into an immersive, cooperative board game about people surviving in a war-torn city. The setting is based on the real life events of the Siege of Sarajevo, a nearly 4 year-long siege of the capitol city which is the longest on record of modern warfare. Players are civilians during this time of military conflict and each player is working together to gather supplies, build equipment and weapons and defend their home from invaders, looters and other opportunists. The gameplay is broken down into two phases of day and night where players will be face with difficult decisions in order to survive and protect their group of survivors.
Gather resources, conquer planets, upgrade your tech and blast your friends in space in this colonization board game. Even with the 40 minutes/per player note on the box, Mothership is designed to keep players interested and invested in the game through the end. Players will have many opportunities to make interesting choices along the way like how much energy to divert to the three different ship systems on your control panel or what tech upgrades to invest in for your fleet. If you love the introduction animation like I did, check out more video promotion for Mothership on YouTube.
Kettou is back with a re-launch of this Samurai-themed, reflex card game. If you ever played slap jack, it’s time to take your slapping up a level. Each player represents 1 of 8 legendary samurai with different hit points and abilities. There are 7 different ‘hit location cards’ which represent the different hit moves in kendo. The objective is to correctly tag the correct hit location after a Call Reader or audio recording voices the kendo move. Players square off until there is only one left standing and their opponent is out of samurai. There are additional ways to improve your attack, defense and honor with Bushido cards which players fill along the way after resolving each combat. Kettle looks like a lot of fun and would be a great game for a party or spirited event.
For those gamers unfamiliar with Rooster Teeth, they are a media company who has a love of combining games and humor. You may remember then from Red vs Blue, RWBY and their flood of videos, podcasts and other multimedia. Now they have built a million dollar card game with a slick, millenial buzzword video campaign that even Steve Jobs couldn’t resist. Million Dollars, But…The Game is their answer to the Cards Against Humanity party game craze but with their own signature presentation. Players great odd scenarios by randomly selecting a trigger card and pairing it with a rule card. The resulting, humorous combo is then read aloud and is up for debate among friends until there is an agreement on who has the most bizarre scenario. From what I’ve seen of the rules, it looks like a ‘Would You Rather?’ card game variant, package “in the most advanced storage technology on the market: a box”. Even with the RoosterTeeth has created a game that people are buying in droves. Currently their funding is at $850K and growing. While the card game looks like a snore to me, I definitely enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek presentation.
I am not usually a fan of train games, but Tramways interests me with their passaged-delivery objective that has players building a public transportation system for a burgeoning 1920s city in the hopes of making the citizens happy. Happiness is the statistic that players will use to determine the winner so players will need to manage their cards to construct new transit lines, build buildings of interest, transport passengers and in an effort to reduce stress and replace it with happiness. If you want an efficiency challenge set in a roaring 1920s deco city back Tramways today!
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!