It’s Kickstarter Friday! Let’s jump right in to the list and see what I’m excited about this week!
Keyflower was one of the first games we played with Josh when we met him. In the middle of the game, Andrew was already on his phone ordering himself a copy. it is part of a series of Key-titled games and Keyper is the latest installment.
Keyper is a worker placement game where each player is managing their own village. During the four seasons of the game players will have different options available to them. The campaign gives the example: “…raw materials can only be upgraded to finished goods using fields on the country boards in spring and summer. Gem mining only occurs in autumn and winter.”
This reminds me of one of my favorite video games series Harvest Moon and if it is anything like a cross between that and Keyflower I AM IN! The mechanics look fun, the art is serene, and if you are a collector like Andrew, this campaign is great because you can get the other games in the series on sale through it.
2. Dawn of Peacemakers
Dawn of Peacemakers leapt out at me as I don’t often see games focused on stopping war. In this one, a conflict is brewing between the scarlet macaws and the ocelots in the land of Daimyria. Everyone must cooperate to prevent the bloody war by using their resource cards to influence the situation.
The game is scenario driven and players will keep track of their progress in a campaign log so they must be careful as their actions can affect future games. The minis are nice looking though I’m a bit disappointed with how plain the board looks, but the idea behind the game really intrigues me.
3. Folklore: The Affliction
Greenbrier Games is Kickstarting the second printing of their popular dark fantasy game, Folklore: The Affliction. This cooperative adventure takes you through scenarios where heroes seek to free the land of the twisted evil that plagues it. The base game comes with everything you need to play, but you can also invest in a full set which includes an expansion and a ton of minis to help bring the stories to life.
The neat thing about this game is that people can create their own adventures. With Folklore’s mix between board game and rpg, it’s no surprise that Greenbrier offers an Adventure Creation Kit that is designed to help you develop your own campaigns. They also have a online community where fans of the game can discuss their builds and swap stories.
When I saw a Kickstarter for a deck-building game with little wooden trees I did not expect the SUPER dramatic video. Watching their video I might expect the trees to explode with awesomeness. Instead I think we have here a cute, take-that tree building game.
Players compete to see who can grown their pile of dirt into a 10 leaf tree first. By building up your deck of cards you can invest in growing your own tree or attacking others. The wooden trees lend it a nice 3 dimensional touch that makes it easier to see your opponents progress and I suspect it feels pretty satisfying to knock the leaves off your buddy’s tree when you go on the offensive.
5. Gaming with Edo – Season 4
Edo Baraf creates tons of fun videos about board games! Right now he has a Kickstarter running to help raise some money to get new equipment for his channel Gaming with Edo. On it he covers reviews,interviews, and Kickstarter advice. Edo has a lot of experience with Kickstarter having run several campaigns for his Publishing Company Pencil First Games.
See anything I missed this week? Let me know which Kickstarters caught your eye in the comments below!