You know what time it is…
1. Spy Club
Do you want a co-op game you can play with your kids, but also enjoy with other adults? Spy Club is a 2-4 player mosaic game (a game which has continuing elements over a campaign to tell a story). It is reminiscent of all those Nate the Great, and Encyclopedia Brown style books, where kids become detectives to solve mysteries in their own neighborhoods.
I’ve played a few rounds of the game and it is really neat! Everyone is trying to get a set of cards in the middle to discover an aspect of the mystery before the suspect can escape. We’ll be releasing a preview of the game soon, but in the meantime, go investigate Spy Club on Kickstarter here!
2. 戦國 ZiPANG Portable
I want you to check this Kickstarter out if for no other reason than their video should be appreciated, but if you need more reasons:
Zipang Portable is a 2-6 player battle card game, based on a larger tabletop game called Zipang, that uses a fast play style. Players will “pick one, play one”, trying to best their opponents and impress the Shogun. The game is listed as taking about 10-20 minutes, which makes it a great game to bring along wherever you go to fill those in-between moments.
You can check out ZiPANG Portable on Kickstarter here.
3. You Think You Know Me
Simple cards games in the Cards Against Humanity style, of nothing but words on a plain card face, often go for the shock value, but Ami Baio is steering this kind of social game in a new direction: Being mindful and contemplative about your friends.
You Think You Know Me proposes statements about your friends where you must fill in the blanks with what you believe is the correct answer. For example you might get silly “I know you wish you could write an episode of ____” or more serious cards like “I know you did/didn’t run away as a kid”. The answers might surprise your friends and led to interesting stories and insights into their lives. I enjoy games where the focus is on building something instead of tearing it down and, in this case, what you are building are deeper relationships with the people you hang out with. Take a look at You Think You Know Me on Kickstarter here.
Snollygoster is a 2-4 player semi-cooperative game where everyone is part of a team of astronauts stranded on an alien planet. To escape you need to work together to collect fuel before you starve to death, but there’s a twist: Everyone has their own agenda and those agendas will probably work against each other. You might be looking to earn points for every death that occurs or want to make sure that everyone makes it into the escape pod.
Each turn you’ll be adding cards to a communal pile. Will you add helpful cards or sabotage the food supply with poisonous tubes of food paste? Snollygoster looks like a boiled down version of the mechanics of Dead of Winter with a humorous twist and that could be pretty fun. At least in this game I won’t be the only traitor. Check out Snollygoster on Kickstarter here.
5. Stellar Leap
We just did a Kickstarter preview for Stellar Leap here, but if you want the quick and dirty, the game is a 1-4 player 4x dice game. Everyone will be a different alien race trying to earn as much prestige as they can by discovering planets, fulfilling missions, and expanding their empire.
As you take up residence on planets you’ll be earning resources via rolls of the dice and then spending those resources to complete missions. It’s fun, looks great, and deep enough to keep strategy lovers happy. Take a look at Stellar Leap on Kickstarter here!
What Kickstarters are you backing this week? Let us know in the comments below!