Kickstarter News Blast Roundup!

Looking for new games from small/first time/indie publishers? Well, look no further! The crowdfunding is coming fast and furious in the board gaming world. Here is a shotgun blast of a few Kickstarters with currently running campaigns which I’ve had my eye on:

First up is Deck of Thieves! The designer for this light card game has been very active on Board Game Geek throughout the design process, soliciting advice and ideas on how to improve the game. The art is simple and nice, and the designer has already successfully self published another game through Kickstarter. The game itself looks fun and entertaining for those looking for a filler type “take that” style card game. As of this writing, Deck of Thieves has five days left in its campaign, and has already exceeded the funding goal.

After my pleasant experiences with both Belfort (review here) and Village, any Kickstarter from small but growing publishing house Tasty Minstrel Games gets an automatic second look from me. Their newest offering is a super light “push your luck” style dice game called Dungeon Roll. In it, you’ll lead you band of heroes into deep dungeons in search of treasure. How far you go is up to you, but if you can’t defeat the monsters you find there, you’ll lose everything you’ve collected. This looks like another fun filler from a company with a proven track record of quality products. Right now, Dungeon Roll has six days left in what is already a wildly successful campaign.

I’m not even going to try and explain Emperor’s New Clothes. Just read the Kickstarter page. The Designer is a very well known and respected board game reviewer and the game is being published by Game Salute/Springboard, a well known (though perhaps not universally respected) publisher. The game is already over-funded and the Designer promises that it is not a joke and that there will be a big reveal the day before the campaign closes: on April First.

And last, but not least:

The Machine of Death game Kickstarter was an instant back for me. I’m a fan of those involved and I read and greatly enjoyed the first book. The game is a sort of party style faux-RPG affair in which you are given a cause of death and some items which must be involved. Then you make up a story about how the death actually happens, roll some dice, draw some cards, and laugh and squeal. It sounds like some simple fun with only a loose goal and flexible rules. The campaign needs no help from me as it is already waaaaay over funded (it is over $362,000 as of this writing) and the stretch goals keep on coming. You’ve got six days left to grab this one!

Well, that’s it for now, so go waste some of your hard earned cash making someone’s dream come true and pledge!

What Up Witches!

Box cover courtesy of BGG. 

Although this information has been out for a couple of weeks already, I thought some folks might not know that a new Discworld game is on the horizon and comes from Martin Wallace – the same designer as Discworld: Ankh-Morpork. This new game, titled The Witches: A Discworld Game, can apparently be played as a solo, co-op, or competitive game. The game supports from one to four players, each taking on the role of a Discworld witch (the playable characters will be Tiffany Aching, Petulia Gristle, Annagramma, and Dimity Hubbub.) It is scheduled for release this September with the US version being produced by Mayfair Games.

Also, check out my review of Discworld: Ankh-Morpork for more info on why I’m excited!

Death and Taxes!

And of course, by that I mean Kingdom Death and “No taxation without representation” – one of the rallying cries for the American Revolutionary War! Today, I’m going to talk briefly about two games currently on Kickstarter, one of which I have already backed and the other of which I am quite curious about. Let’s start with 1775: Rebellion.

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What Exactly is a SMERSH?

So, after backing this game ages ago on Kickstarter, it has finally arrived in the mail! The box is absolutely packed with goodies. Agents of SMERSH is billed as sort of a combination of Pandemic and Tales of the Arabian Nights, which sounds promising. I can’t wait to dig into the rules and get it to the table soon.

Dr. Lobo is really an evil genius because
as a kid, someone gave him a swirly.

I’ve Got 99 Problems, and Board Gaming Is One of Them

My brother Tony is a co-host/recurring guest/something else on his buddy’s podcast called Modern Problems. It is a fun rambling stroll through various unrelated topics of interest and is really a fun listen actually. BUT, more on topic, they have also started a NEW podcast called The BoardGamers which is all about, you guessed it, board games! They are two episodes in, with the first one about Pandemic (a game I’ll be tackling soon on my blog) and the second about Munchkin: Zombies. They are sort of modeled after the Let’s Play video game articles and videos you’ll find online. They give you a pretty good idea about what it is actually like to be there playing the games. Give them a listen!

The Pandemic Episode

The Munchkin: Zombies Episode