Published on May 27th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! May 26th
Welcome to Friday! We’re ready for a weekend of quick games that we can fit in between games and a wedding. You can catch Luke and I briefly at the Evergreen Tabletop Expo on Friday as we will be play testing Food Truck Champion from 10am-12pm. The rest of the con runs May 27th-29th. There are a ton of great games that need some playtesters this weekend in Tacoma. playtestNW will have a series of tables with new games every few hours. ETX will also have the final voting for the LUCI Award and will announce a winner on Saturday.
Players can enjoy an epic dungeon-delving experience in a compact, single-deck card game. Each player brings a classic character role (Warrior, Mage, Rogue or Archer) to a party of adventurers looking to take on monsters, perils and a final boss in one of four dungeon options. One Deck Dungeon has a lot of choices, adventure and loot even it its small format. My favorite part–the four adventurer choices are all female characters with practical dungeoneering armor and players can level up their character over the course of the game using a simple dice system. This game is a great addition to your collection and is just $20 to get a physical copy.
Vikings Gone Wild is a board game adaptation of the popular mobile game. Players are competing Viking tribes look to show their valor and prove their strength to gain the favor of the gods. Over the course of the game, players will have to manage their resources (gold and beer) to buy buildings, units, heroes and defenses. Players can also earn divine cards from attacking other players and building up a defensible village and also earn victory points. The art is vibrant, engaging and silly in this lighthearted game. The mechanics are summed up well in the video and shows that Vikings Gone Wild is a fast-paced game that is easy to learn and has lots of replayability.
This fantasy card game project was illustrated and designed by WETA artists and passionate gamers who clearly have a love of The Hobbit. In Hoard, players are rogues and other opportunists who are competing to steal the most treasure from a large sleeping red dragon’s hoard. The game will end immediately if the dragon awakes and players can look to purposefully wake the dragon to end the game before the other players can turn in their collection. Hoard has a lot of elements like risk management, memory and set collection packed into a quick, 10 minute card game that is great for kids, families and warm-up games.
The story of the Princess and the Goblin is an empowering tale of courage in the face of the unknown written by George MacDonald in 1872. The story follows Irene, a princess who follows a magical thread into the underground goblin kingdom to save her friend, Curdie. Together the two children will retrace their steps to escape the goblin kingdom and also find out what evil plans the goblins have in store for their kingdom. The board game adaptation takes this compelling tale and creates a simple memory game where players are competing to be the first to exit the cave and discover evidence of the goblins’ plans.
These dice towers are crafted using a laser cutter. These towers were created by avid gamers and designers who are looking to create a multi-use dice tower product with a highly thematic character. There are 3 designs available each with a different theme and special feature: the MDT-7 ($14) is a collapsable dice tower that players can easily bring with them and set up in a flash. The Orc Totem($20) features a large orc head, mouth and eyes which create memorable faces each time a player sends a handful of dice down the tower. The final and largest dice tower is the White Castle ($35): an ivory construction of a castle and working palisade that pulls up when the pile of dice are thrown. White caste also has a place to store dice when you aren’t using them. These towers come unassembled, however they do have easy instructions and don’t require any glue.
If you’re reading this article, you probably know that we are in a renaissance age of board games. There are more indie games on Kickstarter now than ever before and Edward Linder wants to document the process, struggles and success stories of indie tabletop games on Kickstarter. The campaign has reached its $1000 goal BUT each dollar over the initial goal will help make the film better. As far as who Edward will feature in his film–so far he has Floodgate Games, Gamelyn Games, and many more.
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!