Published on November 1st, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It…Tuesday! Returning Creators
Okay so Fund It Tuesday doesn’t have the same, wonderful alliteration ring to it that we’re used to for our weekly Kickstarter articles; however, after a 2 week hiatus of games and writing in order to move, get a dog and settle in a new neighborhood, we’re back and ready to share all the Kickstarters we nearly missed.
This whole week, Luke and I will be sharing our favorite Kickstarter campaigns that are going on right now. In today’s Kickstarter “Fund It” article, I will share return creators who are back with sequels and new games or rpgs that we are very excited to share and can’t wait to play!
AH! We almost missed the Flames & Frost Expansion to one of our all time favorite games. Valeria Card Kingdoms is a tableau builder and resource management game where players slay monsters, recruit citizens and buy domains as a powerful Duke or Duchess growing in influence. I also love Valeria for its gritty fantasy style brought to life in the illustrations by The Mico. This new expansion introduces more content that further expands the world of Valeria AND gives us Valeria-obsessed players more strategies to try. Upgrading to the Deluxe version will also give backers a new set of cards called “Agents” which introduces a new mechanic. Players can pay a cost to hire an agent and gain access to their ability which may be the boost you need to help you on the way to victory. Remember, this isn’t a standalone game so if you want to jump on this Valeria-craze and get the base game plus all the expansion material-make sure to chose the $79 Valeria Bundle pledge level. Just 3 DAYS LEFT!
This 2 player dungeon explorer and deck builder is an easy to learn, rewarding adventure jam-packed into a poker-sized deck of cards. In 100 Swords, players take turns moving through the dungeon, collecting items, killing monsters and getting around obstacles. Players begin the game with a set of basic items and can rent items from the shop to assist them in questing and upgrading their basic items into swords, boots and trinkets that are more powerful and have special abilities. This Season 2 serves as a stand alone game with 2 new dungeons with The Gold King and Silver Queen as the new bosses of their respective dungeon and an expansion pack upgrade the game to include 3 to 4 players! Backers will also get to vote on the 2 promo cards for this season.
This colorful and tactical tile game is the latest venture into the ‘Tiny Swords’ world by its creator Brian Wolf. You may remember the same pastel-colored cartoon characters in the pocket-sized sword fighting card game, Tiny Swords on Kickstarter in November 2015. Its success led to this follow up game, Tiny Swords Tactics which is a Smash Bros style elimination game. Each player controls a squad and is trying to be the last player standing. I had the pleasure to playtesting an early prototype of Tiny Swords Tactics at PDX Age earlier this year and enjoyed winning a brutal 4 players that came down to the final few moves. This is a fun game where players are challenged to push, rotate and attack enemy tiles based on their random board set up at the start of the game.
We are a fans of Microscope and Kingdom: the previous two rpgs by creator Ben Robbins and constantly look to these structured story games to build our own worlds, conflicts and characters for our grand, future games and projects. For those keeping track of Ben Robbins’ rpgs: Microscope is features a huge scale with a collaborative timeline potentially ranging thousands of years ; Kingdom brings the scope down to a clan or kingdom of people and follows a particular legacy; and Follow brings an even smaller scope of a story game by centering players on a singular goal or quest that they wish to achieve. Follow is a simple yet flexible structure where characters develop and progress towards their goal and possibly fall apart along the way. Follow is an accessible and generalized game in order to offer lots of options to incorporate every type, genre and range of gaming experience. Based on our love of Robbins’ previous world building rpgs, we look forward to adding Follow to our collection!
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’re continuing this first week of November 2016 with a series of Kickstarter articles to cover all our favorite campaigns from the past couple weeks we missed during the “big move”.