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Published on September 4th, 2013 | by Nicole Jekich

September 2013 Kickstarter Updates

Still hungover from endless video games, premiers, long lines and sweaty, cramped exhibitor halls? Well we here at Across the Board Games were excited to spend Labor Day kicking back with friends, a cup of coffee and a board game or two. For those still jazzed about supporting independent game developers, here is our September list of Kickstarter projects worthy of your hard-earned cash.

The Games

Wrath of Kings

I can’t even begin to describe the complexity and style that Wrath of Kings puts into its minis’. If their game and miniatures are as high quality as the opening video shows, then I am sold. Wrath of Kings is a scalable war game where for 2 or more players featuring 5 distinct clans descended from the former ruler each clan looking to claim the thrown. There are ninjas that look like r. k. post illustrations; a group of gnome scientists with Frankenstein-type monsters; an Atlantian guild of merpeople and much more! With such unique designs and the opportunity to have Warhammer-size war battles, this game looks worth the investment.

Codename: Oracle

Codename: Oracle

Are you a fanboy of Cold War spy versus spy tactics? Then grab a fellow friend for a game that will test your psychic abilities! Codename: Oracle is a strategy games for 2 players. You can play as a CIA agent or KGB operative looking to defeat your opponent in a game of wits and memory. Secret codes, psychic attacks and defensive strategy are all included in this 20-3o minute card game.

Conquest of Orion

This game can accommodate exactly 4 players in a game 2 versus 2 game of planetary exploration and conquest. Gameplay is very simple and is intended to attract both science fiction fans and bridge/rummy card players. Players place cards in turn order and determine the winner of each turn by the highest costed card but make sure your ships are prepared for battle should the enemy ships show up.




Across the Board Games recently received a promotional copy of Conglomerate  (those who want to skip to the nitty-gritty of a detailed game report should head over to Luke’s review article). Lovers of Monopoly will enjoy Conglomerate for its mature version of the childhood favorite. There is a board, fake money and all the deals and bargaining one could ask for. Players own business that are trying to take raw materials and turn them into purchasable products. Multiple players are highly recommended for this game to add to the complexity and aggressiveness of Conglomerate. Also an added bonus, all copies and pieces will be made in the USA!

Havok and Hijinks:

A family friendly game that looks engaging for adults too. Each player is a young dragon looking to make their way in the world by collecting treasure. Win the game by having the largest collection of gold, jewels and other shiny collectibles. Players use their wit to trick characters, hence the game title, which I think is a great alternative to beating your friends up for treasure. The cartoony art is similar to the popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series and it completes this game as a great investment to start kids early with board games.

Gunship: Afterburners

Afterburners is the first expansion for Games Knight’s past successful space board game, Gunship: First Strike. Players can look forward to a game another game focusing on modifying, upgrading and protecting your own gunship.  Want an even more thought-out bonus?—the new game box can accommodate all the pieces from First Strike base game.


Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

A card game for multiple people, players will need to throw the best, fancy party. Just like real parties there are a lot of factors in this game to help make or break your party. Challenges such as the invited guests, polite conversation, snacks and keeping the celebrity guest pleased all add to the difficulty. The characters, art and actions are very tongue-in-cheek. For example, Gigglelack Lololol is a character whom I would definitely invite to my party. This game is one of many created by Dice Hate Me games so we are excited to support another surely successful game.

Smash Monster Rampage:

If we learned anything from Pacific Rim’s success, people are ready for more Godzilla-type games and media. Smash Monster Rampage is a cooperative game where players dispatch troops, save people and try to save a city from being completely destroyed by a monster. The prototype looks amazing and backers can expect a 3D board for their city map and there are some great expansions promised with greater contributions.


Septikon: Uranium Wars


A retro-future exploration and tower defense game two players, Septikon will help you spend an afternoon pushing around colorful cubes! Players are looking to successfully run, defend and upgrade their space station, but with limited supplies, one must also squash the competition to acquire the necessary resources. The game is colorful and complex, but isn’t too difficult to learn. Septikon also offers a print-n-play version of their game for those looking to save a few bucks.


Across the Board Games received a promotional copy of Crootle and viewers can expect a full review later this week! Crootle is a game about matching colors at its core. It supports up to four players as there are four colors and looks to be a dominoes game of sorts.  The object of the game is to be the first player to match their 2 colored corners. While gameplay is much simpler than other games on this Kickstarter list it is a strategy game that is also kid/teen friendly. All Crootle pieces fit in a container about half the size of a deck box making it the perfectly portable for gaming on the go.

Wrap Up

Well September looks to be a busy month of gaming! We hope to see what you have to say about this list of Kickstarter games. If we missed any Kickstarters games you’d like us to play or review or have general questions about gaming, please connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.


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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