Friday, June 22, 2018

Eye on Kickstarter #46

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 June, 2018:

Hidden Panda
  • Hidden Panda is a family friendly social deduction game designed and published by the same person as one of my favorite deduction games, Dracula's Feast. Hidden Panda includes some unique and interesting mechanics

From the designer of Dracula's Feast, Hidden Panda is the world's cutest social deduction game. Each turn, players must try to hand baby pandas to their team: Bandits are trying to give them to other Bandits, while Pandas are trying to get them to the Panda team without giving their role away. Watch the other players closely, and trust no-one! (Except Grandma. You can probably trust Grandma.)

Solomon Kane
  • Here's another mini heavy game that looks really awesome. Solomon Kane is one of Robert E. Howard's first character creations and the first that became popular. He also created Conan and started the genre of "sword and sorcery". I'm not super familiar with the Solomon Kane stories, but after learning about the campaign, Solomon Kane is definitely a character I need to learn more about.

Solar City
  • This is a tile-laying, city building game that looks like it has some interesting, unique mechanics. Plus the theme and story behind the game seems very interesting.

Solarius Mission
  • This campaign is for the second edition of Solarius Mission. I missed the first campaign, and am really interested in this 3x game. Some of my friends/family aren't super into conflict, so having a 3x game that focuses on eXpand, eXplore, and eXploit while leaving out the eXterminate is great.

When Cutie Met Patootie
  • People Behind the Meeples Interview
  • When Cutie Met Patootie was on my last list as well, but in the past two weeks the campaign was cancelled, reorganized, repriced, and relaunched. When Cutie Met Patootie is a game designed by Daniel Zayas, a fellow media creator. Daniel also runs a Kickstarter consulting company where he helps others run successful campaigns. A number of people from the board gaming community were involved in the project, especially doing voiceovers for the animations.

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