Jess’s Top Five Kickstarters of the Week 4/21/17

Happy Friday folks! It’s time once again for my Friday Five of Kickstarter projects. Here are the top few that made me take a closer look.

1. Morels Foray: the Morels Expansion

morels foray kickstarter

Morels is a fun 2 player game about mushrooms. This expansion adds a bunch of new stuff including allowing for up to 4 players, there are new characters, items, weather, and events,  and hand-crafted tokens! Brent Povis puts a lot of hard work into these tokens. Looking at them you can really see his passion for the project.

morels 1st player token

If you are a fan of the original game, this Kickstarter looks like a fantastic way to just add more fun to your fungi! (I’m going to get fired for that pun)

You can pick up the basic Morels Foray expansion for $19 or the deluxe edition with handcrafted pieces for $38. Considering how unique and special the pieces are $38 is a steal. Head on over to the Morels Foray Kickstarter to learn more.

2. 2050 (Humans, We Have a Problem…)

2050 art

This Kickstarter has a unique stretch goal that caught my eye. If 2050 (Humans, We Have a Problem…) reaches 96,000 Euro (Around $102,570) Alan Gallart, the designer, will donate 5% of the proceeds to environmental protection and regeneration projects.

2050 (Humans, We Have a Problem…) is an abstract game all about the global environmental crisis. Players are charged with trying to save the world by finding renewable energy, investing in environmental policies, and improving the world around them. It looks like an interesting premise and might be a great game to include in science classrooms. If you want to take a look, check out the 2050 (Humans, We Have a Problem…) Kickstarter campaign here.

3. Brass ~ An Industrial Revolution

Brass ~ An Industrial Revolution
Ok yes, I was lured in by a pretty box again. I can’t help myself around great art. Roxley Games has put together a campaign where you can pick up Brass: Lancashire and its sequel Brass: Birmingham with new art, improved rules, and player mats.
Both are economic strategy games where 2-4 players will be building your iron, coal and cotton industries and developing a rail and canal networks to get your goods where they need to go. I haven’t had the pleasure of playing either game, but boy oh boy are they gorgeous. Take a gander at the Brass ~ An Industrial Revolution Kickstarter and see if it is right for you.

4. Tesla vs. Edison: Duel

the original Tesla vs. Edison is a 2-5 player, worker placement game where each player is trying to become the most notable figure in history for inventing technology during the War of Currents.

Tesla vs. Edison: Duel boils that experience down into a 2 player, quick-play card game. You’ll still be playing as one of the 8 notable inventors, hiring figures like J.P. Morgan, H.G. Wells, and Mark Twain to help you out, and building your energy empire, just on a simpler scale.

I liked the original game, but the 2 player card game sounds even better to me. I’m much more likely to be able to sit down with someone and play for 30 minutes vs. an 1 hour or 2 commitment. You can pick up a copy from the Tesla vs. Edison: Duel Kickstarter for $24.

5. The White Box

the white box

The White Box is not so much a game as a game building kit. It comes with a book of 18 essays on game design and production and a slew of components to help you experiment with your game idea. You’ll get The White Box Essays, Two punchboard sheets of custom counters, 100 standard wooden cubes, 24 wooden meeples, 4 giant wooden cubes, 40 plastic discs, 50 plastic discs, and 8 standard six-sided dice.

The kit was created by Jeremy Holcomb (The Duke, Timestreams) and Jeff Tidball (Doctor Who Time Clash, Horus Heresy), two designers who have taught multiple game design workshops. They are backed up by Atlas Games, who are contributing their logistical expertise to make sure the project goes smoothly.

I think this is a really neat idea and a super cool gift for anyone who has aspirations fro creating their own games. The kit is only $30 and is supposed to ship by October, so you can certainly give it as a holiday present. Like 2050 (Humans, We Have a Problem…), I think The White Box also has potential for classroom purposes too. I’ve seen some great afterschool programs that involve game design and this kind of kit is a great way to jumpstart the process. Take a look at The White Box Kickstarter here.

What Kickstarters caught your eye this week? Let us know in the comments below!

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