Published on May 20th, 2015 | by Nicole Jekich0
Kickstarter Audio and Visual Spotlight
We just came back from an epic whirlwind of gaming over the past five days. On Friday we had our fourth World of Darkness session and introduced a new character to the group (Fox Mangrove: a total bro tv personality always looking for a quick buck. Kind of like Guy Fieri meets The Situation). On Saturday we celebrated a friend’s birthday with an entire day dedicated to the big games like Trajan and Mage Knight. On Sunday we played unpublished indie games and demoed our foodtruck game at Raygun Lounge for our monthly Unpub Mini event. On Monday we introduced Microscope, our favorite world-building rpg, to a friend and so on and so on.
We enjoy playing a lot of different games from different designers because games provide so many fun and entertaining experiences. I wanted to spotlight a couple Kickstarters that I came across recently that are all about adding more elements to a gaming story or campaign through music and ambient sounds.
Music for Roleplaying:
A couple years ago, I purchased a $50 tier of audio tracks by Plate Mail Games on a whim. I thought someday I would need a handful of monster and magic sounds in my line of work and decided to grab them up. These custom audio tracks be audio designer Wes Otis are of phenomenal professional quality. Wes has a professional demo reel which includes sound design for DC animation!
He currently has a FOURTH Kickstarter devoted to custom tabletop friendly tracks and continues to build upon an impressive portfolio of sounds. If you want various fantasy, sci fi or modern audio for your campaign, gaming podcast, youtube videos or just to play around with, I highly recommend getting in on this campaign.
The second audio campaign I wanted to talk about covers many audio background tracks, sounds and voice-over scripts featuring common interactions a fantasy D&D style party might run into. BattleBards promises over 500 tracks that gamers can use to immerse their friends in future or current fantasy campaigns.
This BattleBards Kickstarter campaign only has 5 days left and recently BattleBards made a huge announcement: they are partnering with Dwarven Forge, creators of miniature and modular gaming terrain, to create audio sets and list of tracks to pair with your Dwarven Forge terrain. Very cool!
The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics
On Sunday at Raygun Lounge, I ran into Christy who was demoing the prototype version of Mangaka: a party game for friends that features drawing comics. At the start of the game, players randomly draw 3 Obsession cards. For the purpose of this game, these are your obsessions that you must work on including in your comic throughout the entire game.
These were my Obsessions: Trying to be Alone, Samurai and Ghost Stories.
Next, players get the necessary supplies, a brief moment to plan their comic and then the timer starts. Players have a comfortable 5-9 minutes, depending on how challenging you would like to make the game.
After the first round, I ended up with this cute doodle about Haunted Harry: just your regular samurai ghost trying to enjoy the peace and quiet of his grave. Unfortunately he has some talkative neighbors and has to wait until morning before he can have his peace and quiet again.
As Mangaka continues, players draw from a communal trend deck. Players gain bonus points for incorporating specific trends. Our game featured an ’emotional’ trend where bonus points were awarded for incorporating crying and laughing into multiple scenes. Adding trends our growing comic stories brought many hilarious outcomes.
I always enjoy finding more drawing exercises. I constantly have creative blocks and having an outside prompt helps with stimulating that creativity again. Mangaka is very fun as an exercise for artists and provides light-hearted entertainment between friends. I honestly would ignore the point structure because I don’t feel crowning a winner in a game about creative expression really fits. Mangaka would definitely make a greater collaborative game where players must work on each other’s stories and incorporated their own obsessions on their peer’s established world and characters while also adding in the trends.
The Mangaka Kickstarter only has 4 days remaining! If this game appeals to you, better back it quickly!
This packed week of gaming continues! We’ll see you Friday for another game review. If you have a game that you’d like us to review or a Kickstarter campaign you’d like us to share please email me at nicolejekich(at)yahoo(dot)com. Happy Gaming!