Published on October 7th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! October 7th
Hello October! Fall is in full swing and we’re bundled up, watching the leaves change and planning all the long games that we might finally be able to play with the weather turning sour. This weekend, however, Luke and I will be at GeekGirlCon: our favorite convention that celebrates the female geek! We always have a blast at this convention meeting people, playtesting prototype games and connecting with awesome community builders and gamers. Enjoy our favorite Kickstarter campaigns this week that cover everything from stealing sheep to preparing for the end of the world!
I’ve watched 10 Minute Heist grow from a paper squares prototype to a fully-illustrated masterpiece and it is a joy to finally be able to share this game with you. Luke and I had the awesome job of naming a lot of the base cards and the artist, Denis, put the magical items into stunning illustrations. Players take on the role of master thieves who have the opportunity to pull off an epic heist. Starting at the top of the tower, players will move down the 5 floors, grabbing artifacts, fossils, jewels, tomes and more as they go. The thieves can move down the tower at their own pace but can never move backwards. Players will have the difficult choice of prioritizing which items to grab to nab them the most points while trying to be the first (or second) to escape. Additionally some of the wizard’s treasures have curses which players can use to sabotage their opponents or boost their own strategy at a cost. This is a short campaign that will end in 7 days! If you want a family-friendly game stuffed with magical artifacts and cool items, be sure to back before the campaign ends.
Adorable Monsters is a quick card game of iconic monsters fighting to be the most terrifying. Players are trying to fight each other and be the first to successfully defeat and collect 3 monster trophies. To beef up their monster, players will be placing adjectives on their monsters to make them more scary and intimidating while opponents will be placing “cute” adjectives on their opponents monster to make them less intimidating. Adorable Monsters is a fun card game of wordplay and building monsters with ever-changing personalities. This campaign is agonizingly close to funding with just 9 days left in the campaign so please help share and support!
The End is Nigh is a social deduction game with tough choices. It is the end of the world and too many people made it your secret bunker. You as one of the leaders will have the difficult choice to send 2 refugees out of the bunker by the stroke of midnight. Players are cooperating to ensure that no refugees that are secretly cultists end up in the bunker; but one of the leaders may be a cultist leader looking to deceive the party and take victory for themselves. Players will need to question the different refugees but each one will have a different ability that will make deducing their loyalty more difficult or will force you to rely on your fellow players to truthfully share information with you. The End is Nigh is a more strategy focused deduction game than Coup or Avalon but players who enjoy this game genre are sure to like this game too.
Players are drafting up pieces of real estate and turning sets in for points in this easy to learn card game. Unreal Estate falls in line with many simple, but engaging card games with pick-and-pass gameplay like SushiGo or Biblios. In the game, players start with a hand of 2 cards and draft 1 card from a line up until everyone has a building or play special cards for abilities. Any cards not chosen from the line up get placed in a their matching row of buildings until a player turns in a set of cards that matches a particular building. The points a player gains when they turn in their hand is dependent on the number of points in the turned in set multiplied by the number of cards gathered in the row of buildings. Unreal Estate is a great game for families or a group of competitive friends and offers a lot of replayability.
This take-that card game features different, hungry fantasy monsters fighting over a flock of sheep to eat. Players represent either goblins, orcs or cyclops in game and will use their different abilities and specialized deck to trick, trap and smack around their competition while trying to grab sheep. I love the art in this game: it has humor but is presented in a very slap stick way like Looney Tunes. Oh My Sheep! has lots of replayability as players can try each of the different race decks or include expansions like the Imp deck or additional cards. If you like funny, competitive games, Oh My Sheep will keep you entertained as you outsmart your opponents and hopefully come out of the hunt with a whole flock of sheep to munch on!
If you’re looking for something a bit meatier on this list, I recommend stopping and checking out Nightlancer: a competitive or solo cyberpunk game where players represent a hardcore freelancer character with special abilities and stats to give them the edge on shady contracts in this dystopian society. Players can buy items off the black market, use drugs or even cybernetics to boost their performance. Gameplay is around 2 hours long and every piece of this game offers a lot of variety and choice to players. For example, when choosing to complete missions, players must follow a complex grid of tasks in different phases in order to complete the job and your opponents can choose to a) join you in partnership and share the rewards or b) compete for the same job which concludes with an epic showdown. If you enjoy being crafty and ambitious in a cyberpunk world, you might be a Nightlancer.
RECKLESS DECK isn’t just for artists. If you need help creating characters for a roleplaying game or choosing a mish-mashed theme for your next game idea, this is a fun tool for effortless creativity. Reckless Deck is 72 cards of costumes, weapons, accessories and other traits to help you build awesome characters or ideas. This deck was built by Clark Huggins, a comic artist, who wants to help inspire artists and creators to build something they otherwise might not have. This is intended to be cross-genre so you can use the deck to smash horror, fantasy, steampunk and sci fi into great works of art or the most badass, custom D&D ever!
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!