Jess’s Fav Five Kickstarters of the Week 6/30/17

It seems like this week my theme for Kickstarters I’m checking out is: Pretty Games. Whether they be pretty in design, art, or even feel, these games appealed to my artistic sensibilities.

1. Ducklings

You want to make me cry game? Do you? DO YOU???

Well Ducklings is probably going to make me bawl like a little kid. It is a cooperative game with competitive elements, about ducks trying to lead their vulnerable ducklings on a journey. You travel a path of cards that is full of natural and man-made perils and must make life and death decision for you and your flock. This one if beautiful in art and spirit, as Ducklings seeks to capture the essence of parenting in its simple gameplay. This game might just be too tense and emotional for me, but I recommend taking a look at it.

Check out Ducklings on Kickstarter here.

2. Savage Planet: The Fate of Fantos

savage planet components

On the other end of the sectrum, Savage Planet: The Fate of Fantos isn’t pretty in the traditional sense nor is it sweet, but hot damn that art is gorgeous. It reminds me a lot of older comic art like something out of Conan or the Wizards animated film by Ralph Bakshi. The story sounds pretty brutal for what is essentially a tableau building game. I’m really intrigued by Savage Planet.

If you are curious take a look at the Savage Planet: The Fate of Fantos Kickstarter here.

3. Minerva

A game from Hisashi Hayashi, designer of Yokohama and Trains? Count me in!

minerva components

Minerva is a resource management/tile placement game that plays in programmatic style. Ok that was a lot of words, but basically you’ll be placing buildings in lines that will activate in order. So if you want to activate something that needs stone you have to make sure you place a tile that gives stone somewhere in the line before it. Thus you “program” what will happen if you activate that row. I can see how this game can be easily explained and yet can be much more complex to play.

The game features fantastic art by Ryo Nyamo and Franz Vohwinkel and there is something strongly appealing about the gameplay. Pandasaurus looks like they have a winner here in my book.

Visit the Minerva campaign on Kickstarter here to learn more

4. The Stonebound Saga

stonebound saga

Not only does The Stonebound Saga have beautiful art and a cool storyline, but it also has a soundtrack by music composer Bill Piyatut, who has worked around the world on cartoons, films, and video games. It’s obvious that a lot of love and care went into this 2-6 player skirmish game. I particularly like the play board design which has inset sliders to help you keep track of your stats.

Take a look at The Stonebound Saga on Kickstarter here.

5. Fantastiqa – Rival Realms

Fantastiqa components

Alf Seegert has designed some great games, likeThe Road to Canterbury (which we discussed in this week’s Podcast), so I have high hopes that  Fantastiqa  will be just as fun. The art look like something straight out of a renaissance painting and my only disappointment on that front is that the card design doesn’t seem to do justice to the art. I’m not sure how to explain it better, but there is something about the design that I wish was more in harmony with the paintings. That small ding aside Fantastiqa looks like a neat 2 player puzzle game.

If you want to learn more check out Fantastiqa – Rival Realms on Kickstarter here.

What Kickstarters are you admiring this week? Which ones are pretty enough to hang on a wall? Let us know in the comments below!

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