After the success of their Graphic Novel Adventures including the cooperative kids game, The Crusoe Crew, Van Ryder games is back with an all new mystery-laden adventure. Players will need to work together to solve the four cases that they are faced with. Each player gets their own character specific graphic novel, each of which detail the same story, but give different clues based on the characters skills. One character might have the dexterity needed to climb a ladder while another might spot something hidden. Each player will choose a number listed in the image they are investigating. That number corresponds with a panel in the comic that will give them new information or give them opportunities to take actions.
I love the art for Sherlock Holmes: Baker Street Irregulars and the gameplay sounds like fun for the while family. The fact that the game takes no time to set up and very little explanation, makes it perfect to break out at a game night. You can check out the Kickstarter here for more info.
Night of the Living Dead is the quintessential zombie movie and has informed the mythology of the undead since 1968. This stand-alone version of Zombicide looks to honor that legacy by putting the players in the shoes of the characters from the movie. The game offers 2 different versions of each character: Classic Romero or Zombicide. The Romero mode looks to be a bit tougher, with characters getting fewer skills than their Zombicide counterparts. The Zombicide characters can be forced into Romero mode if they encounter their newly zombified loved-ones.
Classic Zombicide is a tough, but fun cooperative survival game, and Night of the Living Dead: A Zombicide Game looks like it will be a cool take on the format. You can summon forth your own copy by visiting the Kickstarter campaign here.
I’ve seen a lot of space colonization games, but Red Outpost throws a new twist on the genre: Communism in the ideal sense. All of the players are managing the workers of a colony working to settle an alien planet. What’s fascinating about the game is that everyone shares the workers and resources gathered. Each player will be trying to be the best leader of the colony, but your turns are dependent on what the other players do and so a competitive game become semi-cooperative.
I particularly like that you must keep your workers happiness in mind. Workers in a good mood perform better and certain workers prefer to be placed in certain locations (ie. the miner doesn’t hate working in the mine, but I wouldn’t suggest sending the farmer there as their happiness level wold drop significantly). I am fascinated by Red Outpost and I really hope it plays well because the idea of a shared worker pool sounds awesome. You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here.
Since so many of my friends live cross country, I’m always looking for ways to be able to game with them long distance. Go Dice seems like it could be an interesting solution to playing some games online together like D&D. The basic set comes with 5 “connected” dice. Connected mean they have internal computers that keep track of the die’s psition and report back to an app. The app includes some games to get you started including Yatzy, PokerDice, Ship Captain Crew, Bar Dice, Pig.
You can also get GoDice customized shells so you can roll everything from a D4 to a D20; making them great for RPGs. I find it intruiging when people integrate technology into table top games and I hope to see more done with the GoDice format. Learn more about GoDice on Kickstarter here.
A while back I interviewed the designer of Forsaken Forest Alec Nezin to learn more about his team-based social deduction horror game. The goal of the game is to get your team to a hidden location or take out the other team. The twist? You don’t know exactly who is on your team or where your destination is. You need to gather information and deicde who to trust in the dark depths of the forest. Now Alec is back with an all new expansion to the game called Forsaken Forest: Spirit Uprising!
In the expansion, the spirits are back for revenge. Dead players can now possess the survivors, be reincarnated, or just come back to kick some corporeal butt. Spirit Uprising includes new roles, destinations, forest and traveller cards, and a whole new card type called contraptions. If you’re a fan of the game this expansion looks like a fun way to add more strategy. Check out Forsaken Forest: Spirit Uprising on Kickstarter here.
What Kickstarters are you backing this week? Let me know in the comments below and Check back next week for more fun projects!