Friday, September 28, 2018

Eye on Kickstarter #50

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 September, 2018:

Live Campaigns from Past Eyes:
Dice Coins 2018 2nd Release - ENDING TODAY!!!
Eye for an Eye

Lockup: A Roll Player Tale
  • GJJ Games Backed
  • People Behind the Meeples Interview
  • I'm a huge fan of Roll Player, so when I found out that there was going to be a standalone game in that universe I was super excited. I got a quick preview of the board and box in April at Protospiel Milwaukee and then finally got a chance to play at Gen Con in August. This is a wonderfully competitive worker placement game by Stanislav Kordonskiy, the same designer that did Rurik: Dawn of Kiev a few months ago through Piecekeeper Games. Lockup is another innovative title from Stan, featuring a competitive power struggle style of worker placement that's fairly unique. Since this is being published by Thunderworks Games you know the component quality and campaign management is going to be top notch.

During the Dragul Invasion of Nalos, King Taron’s loyal soldiers throw captured minions into Kulbak Prison, where enchanted gates and Construct guards make escape all but impossible. Once each year, Taron releases the toughest gang of war prisoners into the royal Colosseum to fight for their freedom.

In Lockup: A Roll Player Tale, players command squadrons of captured minions. They must keep their suspicion from the guards under control while hiring the strongest crew and building the most powerful items. The crew with the highest reputation wins the game and a chance to fight for their freedom.

Lockup is a worker placement game with elements of bluffing, set collection, resource management, and variable scoring to make sure each game feels different. Collect and play tome cards at the right moment to get the upper hand. Each player's crew has members with different strengths and abilities. Knowing when and where to use each member of the crew is key to success in Kulbak.

The Artemis Project
  • People Behind the Meeples Interview
  • Everything about this game looks wonderful, from the incredible artwork and great theme to the dice placement and engine building mechanics. Travelling to Europa never looked like so much fun!

Tiny Epic Mechs
  • GJJ Games Backed
  • People Behind the Meeples Interview
  • It's no secret, I love the Tiny Epic games. Every single one of them has been a blast to play and I can't believe how much game is packed into those small boxes. Tiny Epic Mechs brings a fun theme, interesting programming mechanic, and mech suits for your meeples to the lineup! What's not to love?!

  • In this third entry into the Treasure Hunters series by Jellybean Games you play zombie cards (plus one kid dressed like a zombie) to try and score points. It looks fast and simple, and can be combined with the other games in the series, Scuttle! and Ninjitsu!

  • I love games based on actual science and Genius Games does a great job making games that are not only based on accurate science, but also fun to play. Periodic looks to be another hit in their lineup with simple mechanics, fun gameplay, and an educational theme, too!


Bee Lives: We Will Only Know Summer
  • This game was at Protospiel Milwaukee back in April, and while I didn't get a chance to play, it looked very interesting. This is a less common theme, but the work that went into matching the worker placement and resource management mechanics to the bee theme of the game is impressive. The artwork is gorgeous, too!

Waters of Nereus
  • This is a relaunch of a game that was previously in a combined campaign with another game by Dr. Finn called Cosmic Run: Regeneration. Both look like awesome games, but I think Waters of Nereus will be a lot more successful in a campaign on its own (Cosmic Run: Regeneration funded successfully in its own campaign a few months ago). This is designed by Dr. Finn (Steve Finn), who is known for designing really awesome middle-weight filler games. Waters of Nereus is a bigger game, but looks to have the same fast pace, player interaction, and excitement that has become expected of Dr. Finn's games. Plus it has wonderful artwork by Beth Sobel.

Into the Black Forest
  • Into the Black Forest is another small box from Green Couch Games. Green Couch Games is known for releasing games that fit in a small box but pack a big punch. They're simple enough to play with casual gamers, but deep enough to provide an interesting experience even for hard core gamers. Into the Black Forest is yet another game with gorgeous artwork, too.

The Stygian Society
  • The Stygian Society uses an interesting cube tower mechanic that I've seen before (Wallenstein uses it, although I still haven't played my copy of it), but is not used very often. The Stygian Society looks like an interesting use of that mechanic.

The Jasper - Board Gaming Table
  • I'd love to have a dedicated game table. I do have a table that's primarily for games, at least it's supposed to be, but it's often filled with schoolwork and clutter from the kids and it's just a regular table. Most dedicated gaming tables are priced well outside of mu budget, but luckily a few are becoming more affordable. The Jasper is one of two more affordable game tables on Kickstarter right now and it looks beautiful. It's still not cheap, but it won't take a second mortgage to get one either.

GameChanger Gaming Tables and Toppers
  • The second game tables on the list this week are the GameChangers. These are actually even more affordable than the Jasper for an equivalent table, plus there is a bigger variety of options (and some are very affordable).

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