Friday, November 8, 2019

Eye on Kickstarter #77

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 related reviews or interviews 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 2019 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 second Friday of November, 2019:

Live Campaigns from Past Eyes:
Gameboard-1 by The Last Gameboard - ENDS TODAY
Beyond Humanity: Colonies by Three Headed Monster

by Brookspun Games
  • GJJ Games Backed
  • I've played Legacies twice now, once at Protospiel Milwaukee in April and again last week at my 24 Hour Gaming Marathon for Extra Life. It was excellent in April and even better last week. The few rough spots have been smoothed out and the artwork is gorgeous. It was such a hit last week that players were talking about it all evening and even at this week's game night, and at least one went all in and backed the game. This is Jason Brooks's first published design and he's self-publishing. It's an ambitious undertaking for a first game, but he's nailing it! This is an amazing design that will have amazing production quality (from what I've seen so far). This may be Jason's first time publishing, but he already shows a wealth of knowledge and has many connections in the local midwest designer and publishing community, so I'm confident the campaign will be run as impeccably as the game has been designed.

You are famous - one of the most well-known names of the early 19th Century. That's not enough for you, though. You want to leave a legacy, with your name living far into the future. Make strategic relationships, well-timed investments, and marvelous heirlooms to leave a lasting mark. Most importantly, identify the ideal successors to carry your reputation and fame across multiple centuries. This strategic, action-selection, economic game challenges you to navigate events of the past, present, and future to cement your legacy. What kind of legacy will you create? How will YOU be remembered?

Legacies is unique in its integration of primary mechanisms including: multi-use cards, market manipulation, area control/worker placement, variable round-ends, variable player powers, and variable scoring. Many paths exist to build your fame, but it would be foolish to focus only on your own heirlooms and industries as that path will likely benefit your opponents more than it will benefit you.

The player cards and entire board evolve throughout the game highlighting inflation, and more importantly, showcasing the visual progression from the 19th century into the 20th and eventually the 21st century creating an effect that carries the player through a journey that truly feels as if it spans 300 years in just a couple of hours of game-play.

Honey Buzz
by Elf Creek Games
  • GJJ Games Backed
  • Honey Buzz is another game that I played a much earlier version of at Protospiel Madison last year. I haven't had the opportunity to play since then, but I've watched the game evolve online, at Protospiel events since then, and a bit at Gen Con. The game was very interesting last year and has only gotten smoother and better since then. On top of that, the artwork that has been added to the game is absolutely amazing! This may be the most beautiful game I've seen all year! Combined with great gameplay and top notch components, Mike and Brent at Elf Creek Games have another huge hit on their hands.

by Holy Grail Games
  • I saw this out at Gen Con and the table presence it amazing! I love the idea of a thematic Euro game with such an Amerithrash style board. The theme and mechanics look interesting, too. This is definitely one I'd enjoy having out on the table.

Clash of Minds: Holmes vs Moriarty
  • My wife loves Sherlock Holmes, so we're always interested in games based on the sleuth. In Clash of Minds two players pit themselves against each other, one trying to commit a crime, the other trying to prevent it. This has some very interesting hand management, tableau management, bluffing, and deduction mechanics that look like they really capture the back and forth mind games that the two characters are famous for.

Seven Bridges
by Puzzling Pixel
  • People Behind the Meeples Interview
  • This was on Kickstarter a few weeks ago, but was cancelled when it looked like it wouldn't fund. The game looks incredible, but the biggest complaint was the cost. In the last month the publisher has gone back to the drawing board and figured out some ways to reduce costs. Now this is back with a more reasonable price point and it funded very quickly and is now knocking out stretch goals. If you like roll-and-writes, maps, or mathematical puzzles, check this one out!

by Board Game Hub
  • Tranquility is a cooperative game played in silence. Like The Mind and other games, Tranquility makes players work together to play numerical cards in a particular sequence. In this case you are trying to build a grid of cards that increase in value from bottom left to top right of a playing area. You gain rewards for the team as you fill up rows, complete achievements, and overcome obstacles. If you like games like The Mind, The Game, Hanabi, or other casual cooperative games that focus on non-verbal communication, check out Tranquility.

On the Origin of Species
by Artana LLC
  • Artana has been publishing games based on the lives of scientists since their first game, Tesla vs Edison several years ago. On the Origin of Species is their latest game, based on Darwin's travels through the Galapagos Islands aboard the HMS Beagle. Gorgeous artwork and interesting set collection mechanics make this look like an incredible entry into the Artana line of games.

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