Friday Fav Time! Friday Fav Time! Wooooooooooooooooo! (I may be overly excited for Fridays y’all) Here are the top five board game related Kickstarters I am checking out this week.
1. Rabbit Island
A 4X tile-laying game about bunnies? Count me in! Rabbit Island will have you building the island and claiming ownership over territories and harvesting carrots (because what would Rabbit Island be without carrots?)
Rabbit Island caught my attention with it’s beautiful illustrations and it kept me interested with design. For as adorable as the game looks, the rules belie a highly strategic and thinky game. Not only do you have to decide where to place parts of the island, but also what to upgrade, what action cards to play, which tiles to conquer, etc… I am really curious to see how this one plays.
Hop on over to the Rabbit Island Kickstarter here for more info.
2. Gruff: Rage of the Trolls
Gruff is a fantastic game where Shepards (players) use horrifyingly mutated goats to battle one another. You can check out our review of the original game here.
Gruff: Rage of the Trolls adds boss monsters and cooperative play. Andrew tried the game at Pax East and says:
Andrew: I love the idea of turning the Gruff engine toward a co-op mode – it worked really well, and it was loads of fun. The brutal difficulty is perfect for the theme, too!
If you are a fan of Gruff, goats, or just fun battle-driven games, check out Gruff: Rage of the Trolls on Kickstarter here.
3. Pocket Ops
Want to take your game of Tic-Tac-Toe to a whole new level? Pocket Ops is a 2-player area control game where Spymasters try to position their operatives to take control of the field and recover pieces of a doomsday device. If you manage to get 3 of your operatives in a row you will win 1 piece of the device. Once you get both parts of the device you win. This might sound easy and simplistic, but there’s a twist.
Any time you make a move, the other player gets to secretly predict where they think you will place your operative. If they are correct, your move is canceled. There are also special tokens that introduce new rules such as the Assassin, which can kill an opponents piece and take their place on the board. I like that the game is small yet it looks like it adds a lot of strategy to an otherwise simple idea.
You can learn more about Pocket Ops on Kickstarter here.
4. Board Game Garage
Large board games and travel don’t often get along; the box size is unwieldy and, unless you have a great insert, the bits will become a jumble inside the box. This is why I am always on the lookout for good bags to transport games. Board Game Garage, while pricey, has its advantages. It was designed to fit a ton of games in a compact space and keep them relatively safe with its PVC liner.
This looks like the kind of bag I would use if take a bunch of games to a friends house or to a local game night in the city. I am not sure I would use it as luggage for something like Gen Con. Considering how bags get treated at the airport, I think I’d want something more substantial protecting my games. That said, Board Game Garage is an attractive solution to the board game transport problem.
Take a look at the Board Game Garage here.
5. There She Is!! (The Tabletop Game)
Ok, back in college I saw this animation about a cat and a rabbit falling in love despite their…differences. I loved the little cartoon and the music was fantastic, so when I saw it transformed into a board game on Kickstarter I freaked out good. This is so awesome!
There She Is!! is a cooperative press-your-luck game for 1-4 players. To win the game you have to help Doki (the bunny) and Nabi (the cat) save their relationship despite the odds by flipping over challenges and trying to find the correct item to overcome them. There is a campaign of five episodes with custom events for each one. I totally love the theme, the message that interracial relationships are awesome, gameplay, and the art is super cute. I’m getting the vapors here people.
Go admire the cuteness of There She Is!! on kickstarter here!