Jess: I thought I would try something new and take a look at some of the Kickstarters I’ve been drooling over this week.
1. Dinosaur Island
The more I look at this game, the more I want it. Dinosaur Island has recipes for brewing dinosaurs, building your theme park, visitors getting eaten by your attractions! This is so Jurassic Park in board game form and I love it right down to the dinosaur meeples and in-your-face 80’s art design.
Jon Gilmour and Brian Lewis have designed some really great games previously (Dead of Winter, Wasteland Express Delivery Service, Titans of Industry) and I know that Pandasaurus Games always puts out a quality product, so I’m really looking forward to this one. If you want to plonk down a pledge head on over to the Dinosaur Island Kickstarter now as it only has 12 hours to go!
2. The Grimm Forest
Yes, I’m addicted to building games. It probably comes from being raised by an architect and being related to contractors. The smell of sawdust in the morning… I digress!
Druid City Games’ The Grimm Forest is beautiful, I adore the small board, the tiny constructable houses are so cute, and I love the mechanic of trying to suss out what your opponents are going to do on their turn. If 2 or more players end up taking the same action, they must share the resources that they collect. Whereas, if you take an action no one else does, you reap all the resources for yourself. This kind of game often has me overthinking my opponents ala Princess bride style.
The Grimm Forest has annihilated its goal of $35,000 by raising $119,999 so far and it still has 21 days to go! I foresee them hitting all their stretch goals so each backer is going to be getting a box packed full of awesome. Scurry on over to the The Grimm Forest Kickstarter to learn more.
3. Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game
John Coveyou has created a lot of science based games over the years and we’ve thought they are pretty good. It looks like all of the work has been leading up to Cytosis. This is the most polished game he has put out yet.
This one is a worker placement game about cells in the human body. it has a cool mechanic where you can choose your end game goal whenever you like, so timing when you pick it is crucial so you don’t give away your strategy or miss out on what you are building towards. I think John’s games are great not only for any board gamers collection, but also in the classroom. He is really great at the gamification of education. If you’re interested, head on over to the Cytosis: A Cell Biology Board Game Kickstarter and check it out!
4. Strawberry Ninja
Looking for something for the kiddies (or kitties)? Strawberry Ninja is a cooperative deduction game for the whole family. In it you are a tiny kitten trying to catch the strawberry ninja who is reeking havoc in the garden. As soon as I saw the design for the fruits and vegetables I was caught. It’s simple, cute, whimsical, and only $10! This looks like a great little addition to any family’s game night. Pounce on the Strawberry Ninja Kickstarer here.
5. Rising Sun
Last, but certainly not least (considering how much money it’s made) is Rising Sun. Designed by one of the industry greats, Eric M. Lang and illustrated by Adrian Smith, Rising Sun is a big box, miniatures game about mythic feudal Japan.
Let me just say: HOLY CATS BATMAN THESE MINIS ARE GLORIOUS! Ok I had to get that out of my system, but really, this game is truly a work of art. Players take on the roles of clan leaders as they negotiate alliances, gain the favor of the Kami, and go to war alongside their monster allies. I love Japanese mythology so this is right up my alley.
Rising Sun has 10 days left to go and has already raised $3,005,971. When you check it out be sure to don your credit card in armor as this game is going to punch you in the wallet for $100, but considering everything you are getting for that pledge, it is well worth it. March on over to the Rising Sun Kickstarter to learn more.
That’s it for this week. I have to go hospitalize my credit card after the beating it went through, but I’ll see you back here next week to see what else is tantalizing me in the crowdfunding forum.
Help me abuse my wallet some more. What are your ‘Must Back’ Kickstarters right now? Let me know in the comments below!