Published on October 14th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich3
Fund It Friday! October 14th
Happy Friday! We are on the verge of another stormy weekend in Seattle but this time, we may see hurricane-force winds followed by a super typhoon. Luckily for us, all this wind and rain give us a perfect excuse to stay inside all weekend and snuggle up to our favorite, long board games. The list of Kickstarter campaigns for this week feature a retro style 80’s inspired board games, ancient board games reproduced in a modern package and even an Illuminati type game created by Keith Baker and The Decemberists. Enjoy!
The RESISTOR_ game design team is back and teaming up with Greater Than Games to bring you this 80’s packed racing game. You and up to 3 other players will represent one of the galactic Ryderz (Galactic Waveryder, Lazer Shark, Super Sheriff, or Phantom Cosmonaut) looking to be the first to collect 3 Power Prizms and reach the intergalactic portal. Players “build” their racing path by connecting pieces of track together and shifting gears to go faster or slow down to take sharper turns. Players will have to plan ahead to prevent any collisions with other players in space or else suffer the consequences. The $30 price tag is accessible and the box and art design is far out–each character has their own VHS slipcase (remember those?!) that easily slides out from the main box.
This Bead Game box features the oldest analog games combined into one, compact set. From ancient Egypt to Japan, The Bead Game box features more than 108 games with hard plastic covers to slip in and exchange the different modular game boards and it also contains a ton of beads as your game pieces–those glass counters that we use all the time in Magic the Gathering and rpgs. While is seems difficult to justify buying more of those beads, I do appreciate that The Bead Game features an easy to assemble collection of games (Senet, Chinese Checkers and much more!) that gamers can take anywhere and set up instantly. The Bead Game also has app support where you can look up the rules on specific games, track your playthroughs and even build and share a game using the Bead Game’s components.
Build your own Beer Empire in this crunchy resource management game from the same team that brought you Exoplanets. There are no fixed recipes in Beer Empire-players can use their own combination of resources to create new and interesting beers or create beers based on the many demands, markets, festivals and consumers that they will be selling their beer to in the game. Beer Empire is visually bright and features a lot of iconographyThere is a wealth of strategic options and while the theme is all about beer this is a game as complex as any Euro-style train, stocks or market resource management game.
Eden is a fantastic storytelling game about morality, discovery and choices. I can’t say it better than Eden’s creator Marc who wanted to create an experience where “talking animals teach your character about the world, about how to behave and how to treat other people”. Players will start with as a naive character in the Garden of Eden and learn through experience, choices and chatting with the animals of Eden to build their world view. A key draw of Eden is the map of the garden that players will build together. This map will show the transformation and changes on the garden as the players grow and change their perspective. Players will also have the opportunity to act as animals and influence the players’ choices and views. Eden is an easy to learn storytelling game that will take just 2-3 hours to complete a full story. I’m a fan of Downfall (another Kickstarted storytelling game by the same studio) and I expect Eden will be another great game to add to our collection!
The legends of Keith Baker (designer of Gloom, Eberron) and The Decemberists (amazing Portland-based band) have come together to create an amazing tabletop game. What began as a prop, evolved into a full fledged game looking to invoke the old timey games that you could find in your grandparent’s attic. The art is phenomenal are features surreal, tarot imagery, a limited palette and worn art look to really sell the idea of Illimat being an old game. Illimat is a game about gaining the most points and uses easy to learn gameplay elements from trick taking and other classic card games for their main gameplay strategy. Players will play a card each turn in one of the four fields and will use abilities to affect and shift the seasons. This game is exploding on Kickstarter and features a lot of additional items, gameplay elements and more stretch goals to further expand this awesome card game.
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!