Published on November 11th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! November 11th
Well needless to say that for us in the US this has been a tough week. As Across The Board Games we support an inclusive gaming community- one that welcomes people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ, women and everyone to play games together in a shared experience. We love championing diverse games that work to bring empathy, showcase marginalized groups or people and building positive examples that creators on the future can build upon.
The results of our election showed us that there is still a lot of hate, fear and misunderstanding about people who may be different than ourselves. We’ve been doing a lot of reflection and what we’ve found is most important going forward with Across the Board Games is to better promote and support those marginalized creators, artists, gamers and support building diverse games and inclusive communities so everyone feels safe, respected and valued at the table. We urge you to do the same.
Thankfully we have many inspirational Kickstarter campaigns to help give me hope about the world and remember that we have an awesome community of inclusive creators, designers and gamers and that are making sure everyone is welcome at the gaming table.
Luke has been obsessed with language creation lately, so we were thrilled to run into Dialect: a language based storytelling game. Thru the lens of language players will explore an isolated community, their language and ‘what it means for their language to be lost’. In a GMless format, players will examine pivotal events over 3 long ages in an isolated community of their choosing. The setting could be an human Martian colony cut off from earth or a group of strangers in a deli during the zombie apocalypse. Players will create their own dialect during the course of this game and players can come away a lot of creative inspiration. This is also a BIG collaborative project. Thorny Games (language-focused indie game company) teams up with David Peterson (linguist that came up with the language for Game of Thrones) and many prominent game writers to bring different settings, campaigns and even a guide for writing your own world and campaign. This one is an ‘must-back’ campaign for us!
5 Minute Dungeon speaks for itself and the easy to learn gameplay was communicated through their 2 minute campaign video. 5 Minute Dungeon is a cooperative card game where a group of kickass fantasy heroes band together to fight a deck full of obstacles, monsters and the big boss at the end. Each player choose a hero and deck of cards with special abilities and symbols. Players will draw cards throughout the game and play cards that match the symbols on each card draw from deck. The challenge in this game comes from the strict 5 minute time limit. You and your party must go thru the entire deck and slay the boss in under 5 minutes. A great, chaotic party game.
Les Miserable is the second game in an ongoing series of board games by Escape Velocity Games that are based on literary classics. This card game version features many of the classic characters in cards with unique art, a unique ability and a goal. Players will take turns drawing, playing and scoring cards until the deck runs out. Players will need to use the character abilities in order to weave the stories of these characters together, help some achieve their goals and ultimately end up withe the most points by the end of the game. If you are a Les Miserables fan, this game has done a great job transforming the unique characters and epic tragedy into a beautiful, narrative card game.
For every kid and adult who yearns to find a snowy forests in their wardrobe or receive an owl letter inviting them to a wizarding school, ExSpelled is the magical game for you. A group of players from kids to families comes together in a DIY adventure where they will build their wand, cast spells, conjure beasts and more in a collaborative magical world. The DIY part of ExSpelled comes from the papercraft inside the book including templates to build and color your own wand to cutting out your character doll and dressing them up in the perfect magical garb. ExSpelled is a great game for kids with its strong focus on learning, teamwork and building a creative experience together.
Overworld Games, creators of Kickstarter favorites, have created a hidden roles, objective-based card game featuring competing factions in the Euphorian world. Players will have 3 hidden recruits dealt face down to keep in front of them during the game. Depending on the characters, their faction and their objective each player could potentially look to eliminate specific characters. This game is a re-theme of a well-enjoyed Good Cop, Bad Cop game and features a diverse representation of faction leaders, artifacts and characters in the Euphoria world. I’ve been itching to learn more about Euphorians, Subterrans and Wastelanders and Leaders of Euphoria lets you play out the conflict and choose sides in a casual card game.
Gil Hova is back with a wordplay game that is easy to learn but has mind bending possibilities. Wordsy is a random grid of cards where players take turns trying to build the longest word and use the consonants in the different scoring columns to earn points. It is most similar to Boggle as players will build words based on the randomly selected letters, however in Wordsy, players can add vowels in their word, which makes the game a much more challenging puzzle.
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!