Published on September 16th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich1
Fund It Friday! September 16th
The Kickstarter campaigns in this week’s article are fancy. From the components to the highly detailed art and thematic worlds, these campaigns to me represent the diverse future of board games on Kickstarter (and maybe a decrease in the castle building, zombie apocalypses and Cthulhu games, eh?).
This game is at the top of my interest list because of our recent obsession with dice drafting game Biblios and Luke and my shared love of religious-themed art and architecture. The Sagrada Familia is a Catholic basilica in Barcelona and is an amazing feat of engineering and beauty whose expected completion will be in 2028, 146 years after the initial groundbreaking. In Sagrada the dice game, players are competing to construct the best and most beautiful stained glass window by following a selected grid pattern of die faces and colors. A die face and type can’t be adjacent in their pattern so players are faced with an increasing difficulty as they build. There are plenty of opportunities to customize your window and use specialized tools to shift these rules and add your own creative flair to the design.
Another game high up on my list is the relaunch of Victoriana–a cooperative race against time to solve the Conspiracy against the Queen of England. Players will need to work together to find the three parts of the Conspiracy: Mastermind, Plot and Locale before the final chime of Big Ben. Each player represents English characters with different influences in the English society and each player will have to manage their resources, investigate leads and use their turns wisely to solve the Conspiracy together. I love the detailed Victorian board designed by Ian O’Toole (Fool’s Gold, The Gallerist) and the depth of replayability that make every play of Victoriana an adventure to solve.
Are you ready to nuture and hatch your own dragons?! In Underlings of Underwing, players are competing to hatch all the dragon eggs during this once-in-a-century event by infusing the eggs with the correct elemental magic. The elements needed to transform and hatch the eggs are based on color theory principles: complimentary colors, secondary, tertiary and all those lovely color mixing combinations I learned in art school. The game consists of worker placement and resource management gameplay and there are 54 unique dragons that you can hatch in the game. Collect the most dragon points by hatching these eggs successfully and become the next Dragon Lord! Just 6 days left to back Underlings of Underwing.
What is so special about these bowls compared to the many containers you have in your home? Well these board game bowls were designed with gaming in mind. They are made of wood and actually look like they belong in your board game unlike the ceramic tea cups, small plastic tupperware and other found containers that gamers use to store game pieces during play. These bowls are stackable and designed with a curve so players can easily get their pieces out of the bowl. This campaign offers 3 different bowl sizes made with the same material and offers themed bowl sets with different engravings to represent the themes: sci fi, pirate, steampunk and medieval. If you’re looking for a clean and elegant way to store your game pieces while playing board games, I recommend looking at the different packages and options in this campaign!
Penny Arcade and Lone Shark Games are collaborating to bring the Eyrewood world to life in their Thornwatch board game. Players represent the Thornwatch spirits summoned through an ancient ritual to protect a village from a current calamity. Players will get to play as a badass spirit which uses a deck of cards to determine their skills and abilities. The gameplay uses a combination of tactics, roleplaying and adventure board game mechanics to essentially play an RPG without all the prep and extensive playtime. Thornwatch was designed to be an rpg adventure with an immediate threat that players work together on fighting. In addition to Penny Arcades signature art style and diverse characters, players also have options to choose which monster or large threat they wish to take down. This game looks like a lot of fun and with the two big names collaborating on this project they are blowing their funding goal out of the water!
Set in the Italian Renaissance, you represent an influential noble family in Genoa looking for more power by making deals with lords, intermarrying into powerful noble families, building workshops and hiring people to help you in your plans. Brides & Brides is a unique worker placement game where players go to places in Genoa or their distant colonies to perform certain actions; however, opponents can play cards and actions which will interfere with your plans. I definitely love the tons of opportunities to interfere with other players. Brides & Bribes is a cutthroat game of nobles and opportunists looking to come out on top of this social ladder. Plan and collect resources carefully in this game to ensure your family’s success and survival!
Loaded Dice is a campaign to produce a series of pint and drinking glasses for gamers. Each glass features a Loaded Dice logo with a specific gaming die silhouette. All of your favorite dice are included as different glasses: d20 pint glass; d6 shooter and d12 old fashioned glass to name a few. The backside of the glass has lines to represent the possible rolls on a die and players can use these markings in their games. I don’t at all recommend chugging 16oz of beer in order to get a good initiative as recommended in Loaded Dice’s Kickstarter video; however, I like the idea of using the notations to determine initiatives. As someone who regularly has a beer or two during a game, I wouldn’t mind if sometimes during an initiative roll or a surprise skill check, I could use my beer glass “roll” to assist. Loaded Dice glasses are also great if you are looking for nice glass to go with your rpg play and drink style.
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!