Published on September 30th, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It Friday! September 30th
We’re ready to say goodbye to September and welcome one of our favorite months of the year. October is a time for spooky games, wearing silly costumes and enjoying candy, sweets and tasty fall treats. By the looks of the Kickstarters on this list, game designers are ready for a spooky October too–enjoy everything from playing as a Pyramid Head demigod or take down the zombies in the suburbs with our favorite Kickstarter campaigns this week:
Enjoy religious symbolism mixed with post-apocalyptic surrealism in True Messiah: a game of conquest where you play as one of four demigods with reality-bending powers. Recruit zealous followers, construct temples and perform miracles to prove your divinity and supplant the other false gods. The first player to kill an opponent is the victor. True Messiah is dark, gritty deck building game that allows players to embrace their darker side.
I may have a new game to add to my collection of favorite world-building games! Lore: Fate’s Challenge is a game where players are shaping a large story. Players interweave lives, legacies and all the good and bad that comes with life. Each round players get to draw cards from one of four places– the fate deck, the lore deck, the discard pile or their respective tableau. The objective is to complete lore cards by collecting the necessary sigils and gain bonus points for matching muse sigils. The play who wins the most lore points wins the game. Everything from the art to the narrative is presented beautifully and I love the energetic character portraits. This game encourages building a story out of the characters you’re collecting and the lore you’re creating. I can easily see getting lost in creating stories in this game over and over again!
This color game of mixing and matching has players in the roles of witch doctors looking to create the most potent potion known as “Nectar”. Players will collect different fantastical reagents and combine them in an effort to create Nectar. Players will also roll dice and use tools to aid them in the process. This high saturated art really sells the fantasy of this game and the realistic art style makes me feel like I’m actually gathering the real materials needed for potions.
This silly game of survival against the hordes of zombies all came to be because of a chili cookoff gone wrong. If you can’t tell from the thumbnail above, Zomburbs is focused on humor during this conflict. Players continue to reinforce their suburban home by collecting scrap metal for their barricade, supplies for themselves, use weapons and build buildings like catapults. Players have to help their neighbors during the game but it’s the most points at the end of the game (when I player drops to 0 hp) that determines the winner. Zomburbs is a fun game of card management and ‘hot potato’ strategy to push more zombies onto your opponent while ensuring you collect more victory points.
I fell in love with this art by Emily Block and look forward to seeing Rift become a fully-illustrated game. Rift: Saga of a Dying World is a tactical card game where players dodge and fight while the world crumbles around them into rifts. One of the inspirations for this game was Dragon Ball Z which is known for having intense fights in an “end of the world” scenario. Pick your unique character from Ultra Warrior Morgana to Death Sludge and fight for your life!
This tactical card game puts you and a friend right in the action during Operation Overlord on the Normandy battlefield. Each player chooses a country and will command their forces through orders, and build headquarters, deploy units and heroes and use weather different events in game. If you love the Heroes of Normandie franchise or like tactical, war-themed games, I recommend getting on this Kickstarter. There are also plenty of stretch goals of new scenarios, maps, etc that will really add to the game’s replayability.
If you want to build a 3D city with light Euro-worker placement strategy, Skyways is a great gateway game. Players have 3 different sizes of building pieces (the single, double connected piece and the building caps) that players will build on top of to score the most points. Players will also be limited to build within the colored pattern on the board and as they build with the building pieces. The game is simple but the strategy is robust!
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!