FRIIIIIIIDAAAAAAAAAYYYYY! (I might be a little excited) Lets see what’s got me pumped on Kickstarter this week!
1. CO2: Second Chance
Giochix.it is giving everyone a second chance to pick up Vital Lacerda’s exciting environmental strategy game with CO2: Second Chance. This second printing adds a new cooperative mode where everyone will be working on small ecological goals while also trying to achieve their secret goal. The cooperative mode is meant as a way to help new players learn and enjoy the game, but I have to admit I am much more interested in the game now that it has multiple ways to play.
Besides the new mode the game has had a complete makeover. There’s new iconography, an entirely new rulebook, new events deck, upgraded components, and the gameplay has been polished up to be more streamlined and balanced. I’ve never had the chance to play CO2 before, so now seems like a perfect time to pick up the game and finally get to try it out.
2. Noises At Night
Noises at Night, by B & B Games Studio, is a family-level deduction game for 2-4 players. Every player will receive a hidden role which tells them what their objective is. Every turn players will play 2 cards (one faceup, one face down) to 2 different locations. They’ll score points for any cards played on their location that has symbols matching their goal. Cards will have multiple symbols on them so it might not be immediately obvious which symbol anyone play is going for.
Once everyone has played cards and used any abilities they have access to, there come a guessing phase. Everyone will have 1 chance to guess another players secret identity. If they are correct, they get points, but if they are wrong the other player gets the points. Noises at Night looks simple enough for everyone to enjoy, but I can see there being some fun strategy behind it. The art is really bright and fun and the campaign has already blasted through many of their stretch goals, so you’ll be getting better quality components and more cards.
3. Subatomic: An Atom Building Board Game
I’m always impressed with John Coveyou’s games. They are a fascinating blend of board game and science that goes beyond just being fun, but also educational. Subatomic is a deck-building/area-control game where you are looking to build elements.
There’s a lot of hard science words involved like Up Quarks, Down Quarks, and Particle/Wave Duality, but you don’t need to be a physicist to learn how to play. Like most deck-builders, you’ll start with a weak deck and have the chance to build it up to a more powerful and useful one. Those cards can be combined to claim element cards and gain points. So it sounds simple enough to learn and provides enough insight on scientific ideas that Subatomic can be used in the classroom to make learning more fun. If I had these kinds of games in my classes as a kid I totally would have been more engaged in class.
4. Space Park
Let me say this right pout of the gate: This game is pretty! The art just bowled me over. Take a look below and drink it in.
The focus of the game is visiting interstellar parks around the universe. There are several destinations and if a rocket is placed on one then it is available to visit. Once someone has visited that destination, the rocket moves clockwise. You’ll need to strategist about where you want to go since the result of your visit might open up a location your opponent needs. Each destination will either give you crystals or a badge, exhange crystals for badges or points, or let you move pieces around. I love the look of Space Park and the gameplay looks pretty fun too.
5. Creatures of Vathis: Volume One (D&D 5e & Pathfinder)
The Zodiac Empires Campaign Setting is a unique fantasy world for use in D&D 5e & Pathfinder. This Kickstarter is to raise funds to print a bestiary for the world. The campaign doesn’t go into much detail about Zodiac Empires itself, but the wold is really interesting; crossing magic and technology in a setting that can be played as a straight adventure game or a war game.
Imagine flying airships, a war against otherworldly creatures, and an industrial revolution raising up tech alongside magic. With these thoughts in mind, the bestiary contains some wild monsters; creatures that are part flesh and part construct, spirits believed to be manifestations of deities, hellish demons, and automata with wills of their own.
Even if you are not interested in the setting I can see the bestiary being another fun resource for any fantasy world.
Which Kickstarters are you backing this week? What should I be looking at? Let me know in the comments below!