Published on November 3rd, 2016 | by Nicole Jekich0
Fund It…Thursday! Late to the Spooky Party
Luke and I LOVE Halloween but this year with the move, busy day jobs, new puppy,etc we missed celebrating one of our favorite holidays. Silly costumes, tricks and treats, and a good scary movie is our favorite way to celebrate Halloween. For those of you like us want to hold onto the spooky theme and delay taking down your pumpkins, black candles, bats and spider decorations, we have some spooky Kickstarter campaigns that are still in progress that will help you hold onto the goth and gloom of Halloween… before the real horror season begins…Christmas music. *shudder* We hope you enjoy the many rpgs on this list that lets you play out your favorite horror movies and shows.
This story game features a group of friends in a small town who discover a mysterious creature. If you love Stranger Things, ET, Super 8, etc Home by Dark is a game that brings the conflicts and excitement of those movies into a story that you can build with friends. The main themes of Home by Dark is about the tug of war between hope and fear inside each character. The game is divided into scenes and along the way, the “kids” must confront the bad guys, protect their new creature friend and confront their fears before the final, epic conclusion.
Dracula’s Feast is a quick deduction game where players are monsters at Dracula’s party looking to uncover their opponent identity while keeping themselves hidden. In Dracula’s Feast, unlike many other hidden roles a game, all players are “bad guys” and each have their own ability. It’s still quite humorous and I love the playful, sketched art on the characters. If you want to spice up your hidden roles gaming, I would suggest getting a copy of Dracula’s Feast for just $9.
If you ever had an itch to play in a game all about teen angst, lust and horror like Buffy, Twilight, Monsterhearts 2 comes highly recommended by a lot of cool people. Kieron Gillan for example known most recently for his ongoing comic series The Wicked + The Divine ( a great setting perfect for Monsterhearts!
“Monsterhearts 2 lets you and your friends create stories about sexy monsters, teenage angst, personal horror, and secret love triangles. You’re all teenagers in a dark and stormy world, hiding the fact that you are secretly a monster. When you play, you explore the terror and confusion of having a body that is changing without your permission.” Oooh so mysterious!
You play as a discarded thesis experiment from Frankenstein University and must fend for yourself from the lurking and terrifying Abomination in the forest and survive attacks and dismemberments from your opponents. Stitches is a funny, quick game where players upgrade their monster with cool new parts and attack each other or the Abomination. A creative feature of Stitches are the word cards that monsters learn through the game. These simple words like ‘Grumpy’, ‘Kitty’ and ‘Cookie’ lets fellow players team up their monsters and do a bigger attack to the Abomination. Stitches has seen a lot of playtesting from kids to hardcore gamers and all agree that this monster building game is a lot of fun.
Get your tinfoil hat ready for Conspire: a collaborative, hidden roles storytelling game where players make up the crazy characters and outlandish connections in their made up (or real) conspiracy event. At the start of Conspire, players will pick an event in time and submit character roles and then secretly assign them to all players. Players act out their character and try to figure out who their opponents are with the only gameplay element in this phase being the 3 influence markers that players can use to make anything in the world true.
The storytelling game is all about surviving against the wilderness, harsh land and the environment during a terrible plight. When I came across this rpg I thought immediately of Hatchet and The Island of Blue Dolphins: well-known YA fiction where characters are marooned and must fight to survive. These types of wilderness-based conflicts and settings are probably some of the most terrifying stories as many of the situations are real and could actually happen. I don’t ever want to marooned but I would love the opportunity to explore that possibility in a game.
If you like creepy fairytales I encourage you to dive right into Bluebeard’s Bride. As a creative retelling of the Bluebeard tale, players will each represent a different part of the newly wed bride’s psyche and help her investigate the haunted manor of her husbands. The finale of the story will come down to the forbidden door: the door that Bluebeard instructed his wife to never open. Will you choose to open it or keep the secrets locked away? I feel I should also mentioned that this rpg was designed and put together by 3 awesome ladies!
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”.