Published on September 23rd, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! September 23rd
Ah it’s the weekend. You’ve hopefully already kicked off your work shoes and are ready to read about the interesting games on Kickstarter right now. Some are cartoony games with donuts, aliens or gnomes. There are also some highly strategic games with miniatures and tactical combat. Which of these campaigns are your favorite?
GNFD is a game that I’ve had the joy of playtesting and watching grow into a fully-illustrated game at playtestNW. Now Daily Magic Games is bringing this quick and accessible card game about donuts to life. Gameplay lasts a quick 20 minutes. Players secretly select their donut choice from a line up of donuts in the center of the table. Players simultaneously reveal their choice–if 2 of more players select the same donut then no one gets it. That donut would then be discarded and remaining players receive their claimed donut. The player with the most donut points accumulated by the end of the game wins. What a tasty, simple and addictive game! If you like Sushi Go, Go Nuts for Donuts is another set collection game with multipliers and special rules to encourage players to cleverly build up points.
Tasty Minstrel Games is bringing an interesting and innovative take on a worker placement game by having players customize their worker’s abilities by splicing different traits onto their puzzle piece body. Players are encouraged to splice together a more specialized worker to increase productivity which cements this humorous ” ‘Office Space’ with aliens” theme. As middle managers, players will splice workers together with more brains, tentacles, crab claws and more to give them an edge on their opponent. The players are trying to be the most productive contractor when building this massive space station where the most points wins the game. I thinks the custom worker idea is cool and the execution of the stackable and interchangeable pieces is fun, playful presentation.
PWNs relaunch campaign is looking to get games to backers at a lower cost and mechanically, made the cards and actions even deadlier than before. In PWNs, 2-4 players compete to have their platoon of PWNs (your fervent characters in this battle) be the last ones standing in an all-out brawl. Players are trying to use card combos with actions, equipment and reactions to outwit and knock out their opponents’ PWNs. In addition, each PWN begins with a special ability and the terrain can give your characters advantage or disadvantage. Try to tame the chaos and come out alive in about 45 minutes!
This game is in a genre all its own. Siege of the Citadel is an updated and modern version of the old 1990s board game of the same name. Its proclaimed “techno fantasy” game features everything from lizard men, futuristic power armor, decked-out priests, Rambo-style guns and more. All this theme came from the original roleplaying game, Mutant Chronicles. Long-time fans of the old 1990s board game and well-known miniature game designers, Richard Borg, Eric Lang, Kevin Wilson, and Jay Little brought the game back to life with colorful maps, scenarios and miniatures. Get this–the insert is also a second level terrain with a built in stairwell that you can use as part of the map!
This cute game about garden gnomes is a strategic, take-that card game that players in about an hour with 2-6 people. Players are looking to recruit gnomes, equip them and attack with them to claim your opponent’s gnomes. If you are the first player to successfully capture 3 gnomes from other players, you win! Each gnome also has their own ability so players can use a number of different strategies each playthrough.
Kill the King is all about the 2 player heavy tactical combat between an invading army and the king and their forces at the castle. Players can engage in melee combat, use siege equipment to damage walls and play leaders to bolster their units’ attack. My favorite mechanic: each player sets up their army secretly and then at the start of the game, the player sees their opponents formations. The regular scenario is having an invading army looking to storm the castle and kill the king before he can escape; however there are multiple scenarios offered in this campaign.
The 3rd episodic board game of this ongoing campaign features the crew and allies attempting to stealth around the ship and regain control of it from their alien enemies. This is a cooperative 1-2 hour game and you must own the previous base game of The Captain is Dead. This looks like an amazing game of storytelling and cooperative adventuring. Players have skills, take actions, and work together to accomplish their goal before the threat level or aliens intercept. The art is also amazing with the hard edges and harsh silhouettes that give The Captain is Dead a its suspenseful 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!