Friday, February 23, 2018

Eye on Kickstarter #38

Welcome to my Eye on Kickstarter series!  This series will highlight Kickstarter campaigns I am following that have recently launched (or I've recently discovered) because they have caught my interest.  Usually they'll catch my interest because they look like great games that I have either backed or would like to back (unfortunately budget doesn't allow me to back everything I'd like to).  But occasionally the campaigns caught my attention for other reasons.  Twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, I'll make a new post in this series, highlighting the campaigns that have caught my attention since the last post.  In each post I'll highlight one campaign that has really grabbed my attention, followed by other campaigns I've backed or am interested in.  I'll also include links to any reviews I've done.  Comments are welcome, as are suggestions for new campaigns to check out!

You can also see my full Kickstarter Profile to see what I've backed or my old Eye on Kickstarter page that was too unwieldy to maintain.  Also, check out the 2018 Kickstarter Boardgame Projects geeklist over on Board Game Geek for a list of all the tabletop games of the year.
So, without further ado, here are the projects I'm currently watching as of the fourth Friday of February, 2018:

Robin Hood and the Merry Men
  • Errol Flynn, Kevin Costner, Brian Bedford, Russle Crowe, or Cary Elwes - whoever your favorite modern Robin Hood is, it's a classic story that everyone seems to love. This looks like a great euro style game that's dripping with theme. The artwork is fantastic, too. This looks poised to be as great an interpretation of Robin and his Merry Men as any of the classics.

Nottingham 1100 A.D.: The True King is away in the Holy Lands and the town is under rule by the evil tyrant, Prince John. He has forced matrimony upon Maid Marian and locked her in his castle against her will. The young princess sends word of her captivity to fabled outlaw and her true love, Robin Hood.

He vows to save her with help from his Merry Men — faithful souls who would follow him to hell and back! But this time, Robin sees doubt in their eyes. Little John, Will Scarlet and the other Merry Men deem the mission so perilous—it could plunge Nottingham into turmoil. Torn between love for the princess and his town, Robin devises a plan to save both! He proposes a challenge, betting his men that none can protect Nottingham as well as he. If one of them bests him at this task, he will bestow his mantle of leadership to the victor! They accept his wager, and pledge to rescue Maid Marian, no matter the outcome.

Their quest will require bravery, cunning and all the wits they can muster! Will one of the Merry Men become Nottingham’s newest hero, or will Robin live up to his own legend?

Robin Hood and the Merry Men is a semi cooperative, but a highly competitive board game set in the folklore we all know and love. It’s a thematic euro style game that perfectly blends worker placement, hand management, set collection and dice rolling into a one big exciting crossover.

In Robin Hood and the Merry Men, players take on the role of a famous outlaw such as Robin Hood, Little John, Will Scarlet and Jane Fortune, and their mission is to protect the town of Nottingham from the tyranny of infamous ruler Prince John and the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham throughout 5 rounds of onslaught. If they succeed, a winner is declared-the player with the most VP becomes Nottingham’s greatest champion.


War of Supremacy

Stew & Arcane Bakery Clash
  • Another set of wallet games from Button Shy, this time featuring Stew, by Jason Glover, another Chicagoland area game designer that I see at several meetups a year.

  • This looks like a pretty cool take on a resource management, area control euro style game. The theme is pretty cool, the artwork is great, and the gameplay looks simple, yet pretty deep.

Legendary Metal Coins: Season 3
  • I won a set of the Season 1 Elven coins a few years ago and they're pretty awesome. If you like to bling out your games, these are big, solid metal coins with awesome designs.

City of Gears
  • Despite the similar theme, name, and same font used in the logo, City of Gears has nothing to do with Piecekeeper Games' Gearworks from last year. This one has been around as a PD game from The Game Crafter for a while and has been slated for publishing for a few years. It's great that it's finally seeing a wider distribution.

Infinities: Defiance of Fate
  • Resource management, map building, and dice drafting all sound great, and this game combines them all into what looks like a really awesome experience.

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