It’s Kickstarter time! Lots of new campaigns launched this week and it was really hard to pick as so many of them rock! Take a gander at what I’m talking about in the list below!
1. Everdell: A Beautiful Board Game of Cards and Critters
Here we have a 1-4 player worker placement/ tableau building game where players lead their party of adventuresome animals to explore the wood and build new settlements. You can only have 15 cards in your city so its critical that you think carefully about what and when you build in order to maximize your tableau’s efficiency and get the most points by the end of the game.
The game has a really neat three-dimensional tree that acts as storage for the 128-card deck and the campaign has already unlocked awesome custom meeples. Everdell hits a number of my buttons (city building, cute animals, great art), so I’m am really excited about it!
2. TOKYO SERIES: JIDOHANBAIKI, METRO, & JUTAKU
I learned about this campaign after seeing Andrew back it. Tokyo Series is a set of three game systems that can be played independently or together to form over 20 different games! Youve got dexterity flicking, investment gambling, grid placement, racing, and more.
The 3 game sets come in adorably tiny boxes and the pieces are pretty slick (I love the tiny vending machines)! Metro (economic train simulation) and Jutaku (real time dexterity) also look awesome. I can’t wait to get my hands on these games!
3. Deja Vu: Fragments of Memory
I am fascinated by the look of this game. Deja Vu: Fragments of Memory is a mancala-style game with tableau building.
In the game you’re trying to help a nameless girl who has lost memories. You’ll be trying to recreate those memories by collecting up tokens called impressions. When you have the correct impressions you can add cards to your tableau to start generating victory points. The game looks unbelievably beautiful and the play-style looks pretty unique. I love how the play area is created by all these different shaped tiles to make a different board each time you play it.
4. Masque of the Red Death
IDW’s Masque of the Red Death is not what I expected. I was fully prepared for a hidden role/social deduction game, and while there is some deduction, the game is more about action programming and stabbing your fellow party-goers in the back.
The game is based on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story of the same name and challenges players to gain popularity while also learning which rooms the Red Death will visit. You only have until the clock strikes midnight, so it is a balancing act to make sure you survive the night while trying to gain the highest social standing.
5. Western Legends
My pal Ross referred to this game as ” a cool “Red Dead Redemption” style board game, with an open-world western feel to it” so I immediately jumped onto Kickstarter to find out more. In this 2-6 player game everyone is looking to collect as much reputation as they can in order to build their legend. There are a ton of paths to victory by doing things like gambling, cattle wrangling, prospecting for gold, robbing the bank, fight bandits, and so on.
Western Legends mixes an Action Point Allowance System, Betting/Wagering, Pick-up and Deliver, and Press Your Luck elements that make this game sound like fun for pretty much any kind of gamer.
Which Kickstarters are you drooling over this week? Let us know in the comments below!