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Published on November 18th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich


Fund It Friday! November 18th

Brrr…it’s chilly! Thanksgiving is just a week away and we’re looking forward to stuffing our faces with homemade foods and sitting down with friends for a weekend of gaming and staying inside (no Black Friday shopping for us, thank you!). We hope you have plenty of things to be thankful for this season and we hope you enjoy this week’s cornucopia of Kickstarter campaigns:


Games. Metal. Magic. That is what Tempest Tome Games is all about. Cryptic Explorer is their first board game project and is an asymmetrical dungeon crawler set in a future timeline where humans discover a gateway into the realms of death. 1-3 players take on the roles of cryptonauts: customizable heroes looking to raid the crypts, discover spells and gain powers before escaping the realm. One player will take the role as one of three Dieties of Death who will stop at nothing to destroy these adventurers and prevent them from returning through the gateway. Cryptic Explorer stands out with its black & white art, occult and macabre theme and highly customizable experience. With 30 classes, 30 weapons/items and 3 different maps to play on, Cryptic Explorer will keep your metal adventure exciting and unpredictable.

Grin: A Darker Age:

If you’re looking for an easy to learn horror-themed rpg, I recommend backing Grin and its collection of 14 scary adventures. Grin is an accessible roleplaying game that features simple, one-page rules, a deck of cards and your imagination. It is perfect for a single-session and is a great starting rpg for new players. I had the pleasure of playing the Grin: Asylum scenario at Norwescon earlier this year and sat down with complete strangers to play a 2 hour campaign of kids trapped in an abandoned mental hospital. Players will draw from a deck of cards that will determine their success or failure of their attempted action and certain “face” cards that appear could spell a character’s doom. I remember my character’s death in a nail-biting card reveal that immediately turned my curious teenager into the first casualty of the game. Even players whose character dies in game can continue to help or hurt the surviving players.


Players take on the role of fishermen in Feudal Japan looking to catch fish, upgrade their boat and sell their fish on and an ever-changing market in order to become the richest fisherman after 5 rounds. Eagle Gryphon Games is reprinting Isaribi for US and Canada gamers looking to get their hands on a new Hayashi game- the same designer behind Yokohama and Sail to India. Isaribi is a light strategy game where the players will have to spend their actions moving around the different areas of the board and look to efficiently catch and sell their fish on the market without wasting the day’s catch.

Mined Out!

This pocket-sized tile game lets players reveal sections of the mine, collect gems and stabilize the tunnels to prevent a collapse. Mined Out! is a simple exploration and collection game with the objective to collect the most gems, upgrade your equipment and set up supports so you can collect even more gems. Mined Out! Is just $18 for the game fits 2-4 players and plays in just 30 minutes.


Backpacks & Blisters:

Exploration and enjoyment is the objective in Backpacks & Blisters: a game re-booted by three brothers who originally made the game in 1993. This updated version of Backpacks & Blisters features full color components and an illustrated board meant to represent the beauty of the mountains, streams, lakes, villages and other natural features of the English Lake District. Players will collect points for visiting different sites around the historic district and use equipment to help them along the way. Players will also navigate different events like weather and bad blisters that may impede their travels. If you’re looking for a family-friendly game about exploring and enjoying nature, consider supporting Backpacks & Blisters.

Mega Man Tactics:

Just 4 days left to back this officially licensed Mega Man game in the Pixel Tactics strategy game by Level 99 Games! Pixel Tactics is a crunchy tactical game of positioning characters in ranks and fighting across the battlefield with one other opponent, using your abilities, Leaders and squad benefits. Mega Man Tactics is completely compatible with the other games in the series; but this Mega Man version works as a stand alone game and features more than 50 characters of the beloved Mega Man series!

TileScape Dungeons:

TileScape Dungeons offers 33 unique 3D printed tiles that you can build and form your very own epic stone dungeon for your roleplaying games. These tiles easily snap together and can build stone-textured walls, stairs and elevated platforms for your game. As their campaign shows, these 3D printed tiles are easy to paint and really bring out the crack and stone texture. Just 10 days left to support TileScape Dungeons and their thousands of possible dungeon combinations. The add ons in this campaign are also very impressive as backers can add themed combinations of tiles and minis to their pledge as well!

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!

About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.

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