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Published on October 2nd, 2013 | by Nicole Jekich

October Kickstarter Updates

October already?! Well we are full into the fall season and as the sun goes down earlier, a board game with cocoa, heaters and a group of friends sounds like the best way to spend a day. Here are ten different games worth curling up with:


Fairytale Games: Miniatures Edition:

This campaign launched in September literally the day after I posted a second Kickstarter article! You can’t stop this company. You’ll have so many fairytale minis, board games, art books and posters that you’ll wonder if you fell through the looking glass. Following up on their successful board game, Fairytale Games has partnered with a prominent miniatures company to create a collectible mins for their Hunger Games-type fairytale brawl board game featuring ammo-covered heroes and heroins from fairytale lore; or for those looking to collect miniatures of that genre, they offer a great selection to add to your mini’s shelf.

King of Clubs:

Those looking for a physically-active and rules-light party game that will have you up and dancing should look no further: King of Clubs is your party game. Following the “War” card game mechanic that we all know and love from grade school, players compete using their hand of dancers and dance movie modifiers. If a winner isn’t found during the round, the competing players must dance off to win their victory points. Make sure you have playlists ready as dancing to silence or your friends’ laughter isn’t very motivating.




Do we all remember those Flash food games like Diner Dash, Cake Mania and all the multiple spinoffs where you had to manage orders and food for customers on a time limit? Well Expresso gives that same experience except in board game form. Players are baristas trying to fufill orders and make customers happy to earn victory points in the form of tips. Why is this better than a flash game?? Well each Expresso barista has a unique ability that helps them in game and since players are competing, other players can try and lure away the other customers! A great game that sounds fun and relatable to players like who work in the customer service industry.

Shadows Over the Empire:

If those sexy 3D graphics and steampunk gears-on-gears costuming didn’t get you excited to buy the game, maybe the promise of a complex gameplay involving intrigue, warring guilds will and a reasonable time expectation will. Currently, no gameplay videos or reviews are listed which would help win my full support of the game; however on the Kickstarter page the game rules are available for download free of purchase! We look forward to playing Shadows Over the Empire in the future as on of ATBG’s authors threw in for a physical copy. He is excited for the game as it promises complex multiplayer action within a reasonable time expectation.


Castle Rising:

Oh the beloved,  castle building game! This one is German style meaning lots of pieces, complex strategy and a fun time had by all your friends. With hundreds of pieces, players can find different ways to construct, upgrade and protect their castle and looks like a more details version of Kingsburg but without the battle and what looks to be a more realistic, medieval theme.


Ever wanted to play a game featuring modern art? Me neither; but Cubist turns all our eyerolls into head-turns with this dice placement builder for multiple players. This isn’t the average dice placement game; where the dice are placed on a player’s personal board matter to the win condition of the game. A player is building installations for their museum and must carefully place dice into their specified, 3D placement. Cubist adds a different mechanic to the dice game genre that is worth trying for yourself.

A Thousand Leaves: 

A very highbrow game produced for 2-6 players that contains 1000 cards with the intent to create an entertaining and educational game through storytelling. The cards feature poems, quotes and prose from ancient books, scripts and writers from 8 different cultures. The only downside–to have enough cards to have a complete game for 4 people, be ready to shell out $140. Much of the complexity seems unnecessary and makes me think that A Thousand Leaves would make a better rpg.


Allegiance: A Realm Divided:

Allegiance is a high-fantasy strategy and war game where players take on the role of hero characters as they fight for control of the region. Similar to Chaos in the Old World, Allegiance allows players to level up their character’s abilities, buy reinforcement allies and take actions to increase world domination. This battle takes place without a game board allowing players to use their imaginations and makes tracking success more intense as players will need to pay attention to others’ moves and progress in addition to their own.


Imagine chess if it took up a 4-person dining table. Also imagine if players had multiple actions each turn to set up his army of soldiers. BattleAxe is designed for a 2 player war game where a player wins if he kills his opponents queen. Keep your fantasy and magic spells to yourself though, BattleAxe focuses on two player combat filled with iron and blood. For those who love big box war games, BattleAxe may be worth looking in to.


Fantasy Frontier:

Fantasy Frontier is a game for those who love pushing colorful cubes. This game combines exploration, airships, meeple placement and resource management into a single complex game. The board is modular and as characters move their ship, more to the board creating many different maps. I love the look of this game and the challenge of multitasking on three fronts to win the game.

If there are other Kickstarters out there that deserve a mention, please let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Twitter. Across the Board Games post Kickstarter updates during the first week of every month however for those months like September which was overflowing with campaign releases, we may even release two Kickstarter updates! We also would be happy to play and review your prototype board game for your crowd-funding campaign. Just email me at nicolejekich(at)yahoo(dot)com.

About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.

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