Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Games start with a dream and become a reality with the support of the community. Let’s take a look at some current Kickstarter Hot Picks for tabletop game campaigns.
The Hobby Holder – A Better Way to Paint Miniatures*
*My Kickstarter Backing Pick for November 2017
An all-in-one holder and grip for miniature painting, sculpting, model building and more. Improve technique and get to your game faster. Ideal for painting, sculpting, model building and more by providing ultimate control and maximum comfort!
The Hobby Holder
The Hobby Holder, by Game Envy Creations, is a versatile, all-in-one miniature painting holder and grip system for gamers and hobby enthusiasts of all kinds. The Hobby Holder is an all-in-one tool to improve your painting technique, making it faster and more comfortable. The offset handle accommodates various height miniatures while allowing for painting and airbrushing from any angle. The unique QuickClick attachment allows you to easily switch between grip, handle and base-only configurations and provides 360-degree rotation for ultimate control. There are dozens of positioning options to fit your painting style, including the ability to use the handle as a brush or tool support as well as a table rest for greater control.
The $20 pledge includes the Hobby Holder retail version and all applicable stretch goals.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 505% funded.
End of the Trail
Search the land, press your luck, pitch your tents, and play your cards right to strike it rich in this game for 2-4 prospectors.
In End of the Trail, by Elf Creek Games, you are a prospector who has come to California to strike it rich during the gold rush of the 1840’s and 1850’s. Over the course of three rounds, you will be using cards to prospect the land and stake your claim to the best gold fields. But before you do, head to auction to secure your transportation to the gold fields and stack your hand for the future. In the end, players compare cards for their poker sets in an effort to win a little more gold and a fourth and final claim.
The Deluxe End of the Trail Pledge of $39 gets you a copy of the deluxe version of End of the Trail, including all relevant deluxe stretch goals.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 304% funded.
A worker placement and dice manipulation game! Featuring beautiful art, novel mechanics and a unique theme where the dice are patients!
Each player controls a different hospital taking sick patients from a central pool of ambulance deliveries. The patients – represented by dice – will need to be healed using various hospital effects, through a series of higher values, until they can be discharged.
Each turn each player will score points for every patient they have been able to discharge. At the end of the game, the player who has accrued the highest total score from discharged patients – minus any fatalities – is declared the winner.
The Medical student level Pledge (£36 or more, approx. $49 USD) includes the Dice Hospital full game plus all stretch goals. The Doctor level Pledge (£59 or more, approx. $80 USD) includes the Dice Hospital full game, all stretch goals, a deluxe add-ons box, 5 plastic ambulances, and the Experimental Chemistry mini expansion pack.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 1051% funded.
DinoGenics: Dinosaur Park Management
Compete to build the most popular and profitable dinosaur park in this thematic worker placement board game.
DinoGenics, by Ninth Haven Games LLC, is a worker placement game where players compete to build the most successful and profitable dinosaur park. Each player takes on the role of a multi-billion dollar corporation, each with access to their private island park. Over the course of seven seasons, players will send workers to the nearby mainland to collect resources such as DNA, fences and other necessities needed to run a successful park.
Once a player has assembled their resources, they get to choose how to layout their individual parks and decide which dinosaurs they will attempt to house. Parks with the most prestigious dinosaurs will attract the most visitors, but remember, dinosaurs have a mind of their own and if neglected or improperly penned, they will attempt to escape and spread havoc.
DinoGenics plays out over 7 seasons, each composed of an Open Season and an Upkeep phase. During the Open Season phase, players will attract visitors based on the reputation of their individual parks. Reputation in DinoGenics is decided primarily by the types of dinosaurs a park contains; in general, the more dangerous the dinosaur, the more exciting it will be for visitors and increase your reputation the most.
The Park Manager Pledge ($54 USD) includes a full copy of DinoGenics complete with all unlocked stretch goals.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, November 2, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 345% funded.
The suspense-thriller tabletop game that engages the imagination with horror movie worthy phenomenon. A new nightmare with each play!
In Coma Ward, by Everything Epic, 2-6 players assume the roles of a group of amnesiacs who have just awoken from a coma. You know little about your character and even less about the abandoned hospital you occupy. Scattered throughout the hospital are clothes, tools, and other useful items. There are also unknown terrors waiting in the empty halls and undiscovered rooms.
Coma Ward is played in two acts, the Prologue and the Phenomenon. During the Prologue, you must find Clues to determine who you are and why you are all in this hospital together. Once you have uncovered three Clues, you can start to unravel the mysteries and comprehend the Phenomenon that caused this ghastly situation. The combination of Clues and the order in which they were revealed determines which Phenomenon is played. Each Phenomena is a unique scenario with unique win conditions, sometimes for each player individually. Some Phenomenon are cooperative, meaning all players win or lose together, and others are secretive and competitive.
As you explore the hospital, you must monitor your character’s Health and Terror levels. As characters’ Health decreases, so do their Strength and Dexterity. As characters’ Terror increases, they lose Focus, making it more difficult to accomplish tasks, and their unique Neuroses become more pronounced.
Characters in Coma Ward are intentionally not fully formed; they have no name, age, gender, race, occupation, or personality. Players are encouraged to use this blank slate as their canvas. All characters are equal in Health, Terror, Strength, Dexterity, and Focus. The only prefabricated aspect of characters are their flaws. In Coma Ward, each character has a Neurosis of some kind, and each Player will also draw a Quirk. These traits allow for distinct interactions between characters.
The $50 pledge level gets you the Coma Ward Core Game with Kickstarter Exclusive Phenomenon and all core stretch goals. The $75 deluxe pledge level gets you the Coma Ward Core Game with KS Exclusive Phenomenon PLUS the Cataclysmic Abominations Expansion Pack and all CORE & DELUXE Stretch Goals!
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, November 2, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 246% funded.
RatLand: Conquest of the sewers!
Think like a rat, act like a rat. BE A RAT! Manage and multiply your clan of rats and become a master of the sewers. Scout the dangerous areas outside for food or snatch it from your neighbors. But be careful, they’ll try to do the same!
RatLand, by Eclipse Editorial, is a fun, light-hearted family game where players will try to make their clan of rats the most numerous in the sewers. But first, you must gather enough food (cheese) to feed your rats…
Other clans will try to steal your food or beat you to the three areas where food can be found: the dump, the city, and the field.
The fight for survival is fierce in the damp sewers of RatLand. Many rats put their lives at risk by going outside to search for food. Others, less bold, go through the winding dark pipe system to steal cheese from their oblivious neighbors’ pantries; while the most cautious rats stay in the nursery to fulfill the most important role: increase the clan’s population.
A pledge of $34 will get you the RatLand board game and all the stretch goals.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, November 2, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 294% funded.
Detective: City of Angels
Detective: City of Angels is a board game where detectives solve mysteries in the dark and violent world of 1940’s Los Angeles.
Detective: City of Angels, by Van Ryder Games, is an epic narrative-driven board game set in the dark and violent world of 1940’s Los Angeles. Most players will step into the shoes of LAPD Homicide detectives that will do whatever it takes to solve the case, but one player will take on the role of The Chisel whose goal is to stall and misdirect the detectives at every turn.
Inspired by classic film noir like The Big Sleep, the works of James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential), and the video game L.A. Noire from Rockstar Games, Detective: City of Angels is a mystery and crime solving game unlike any other.
The Gumshoe Detective Pledge level of $64 gets you one copy of Detective: City of Angels and all stretch goals. The Hardboiled Detective Pledge level of $89 or more gets you one copy of Detective: City of Angels and one copy of the Bullets Over Hollywood Expansion and all stretch goals.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, November 2, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 444% funded.
Park Smarts Adventures Board Games on National Parks
Park Smarts Adventures Magnetic Board Games on National Parks Featuring Yellowstone & Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy the Fun of Educating our Children on our Precious National Parks!
With Park Smarts Adventures Magnetic Board Games on National Parks, be a part of teaching our children about our precious National Parks. Our children and their children’s children will be inheriting these awe-inspiring lands. Help them learn in unique ways to appreciate the magnificent beauty of these lands and why they should treasure and preserve them. Teach them to protect these lands for all of the enjoyment of the people. And have tons of family fun doing so!
Each game is designed to be educational and engaging, teaching you and your children along the highways of each Park, while learning about special features of the park. Whether players have visited the park or not they will enjoy unique facts that they may not have learned while visiting, and if they haven’t visited the park they get to imagine while playing the game what it would be like to go there.
There are two $45 level pledges to choose from. The Early Bird Yellowstone 5 Piece Game is for the Yellowstone Park Smarts Adventures Magnetic Board Game, with 5 playing pieces: bicycle, motorhome, SUV, convertible and jeep. There is also an option to donate a copy of the Yellowstone 5 piece game to a local cause, such as a school, hospital, day care, cancer care unit, women’s shelter, or disaster shelter. No shipping will apply to the donation level reward. The $65 pledge level will add another 5 game pieces, and the $85 pledge level will get you both the Yellowstone & Grand Canyon Park Smarts Adventures Magnetic Board Game.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Saturday, November 4, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 376% funded.
Globe Chess Spherical Chess Set
Globe Chess is a fully playable spherical chess set including magnetic pieces, a finely crafted wooden base & a steel globe sphere.
Globe Chess can be played like regular chess but without any edges! Discover exciting new strategies and gameplay tactics on a grid without limits! You’ll be surprised by how powerful some pieces have become! The Globe Chess Set has a total height of 10 inches, with an Arc width of 11 inches. The Base & sphere are 6 inches in diameter.
For a pledge of $49, you receive one Globe Chess Set (50% OFF) complete with chess pieces. An early bird pledge of $78 gets you two Globe Chess Set (60% OFF) complete with chess pieces.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, November 9, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 557% funded.
Too Many Bones: Undertow
Undertow is a standalone sequel and expansion to Chip Theory Games‘ wildly successful dice-builder RPG, Too Many Bones. This 1-2 player (4-player capable) cooperative experience is built to challenge and surprise you at every turn through unique encounters, brain-bending battles, endless character customization, clever mini-games, tactical decision making, and of course the industry-best components we’re known for.
Undertow was designed to be an easy entry point into the Too Many Bones universe. Fully playable as a 1-2 player game out of the box, Undertow will allow you to see what the hype surrounding Too Many Bones is all about. The game comes with two playable Gearlocs (Duster and Stanza), 36 completely new Encounters, 30 Baddies (to fight, flummox and fluster you during your journey), and 3 Tyrants (final bosses) to attempt to take down.
The Too Many Bones: Undertow Pledge level at $68 includes the Too Many Bones: Undertow game, all unlocked stretch goals, and a PDF of the Waterlogged Book. The Undertow Bundle! Pledge level at $100 includes the Too Many Bones: Undertow game, the Too Many Bones: Adventure Map 2.0, Add-on Character: Gasket, all Unlocked Stretch Goals, and a PDF of The Waterlogged Book.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thursday, November 9, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 1120% funded.
Time of Legends: Joan of Arc
Relive the golden age of chivalry in a 2-4 player narrative battle game of knights and peasants, heroes and dragons, angels and demons.
Time of Legends: Joan of Arc, by Mythic Games, Inc., is a narrative miniatures board game that plunges you into the heart of the Hundred Years’ War. In this dark, medieval universe, kings plot for the throne of France, and on the battlefield their heroic knights clash with foes both real and legendary.
You are free to control the army of miniatures that represent your heroes, knights, and peasants as you wish in order to achieve your goals. You will decide who moves and where; whether your forces explore, pray, converse with locals, or simply charge into battle. But before we get to the field of glory, you must first choose your side.
Maiden Pledge Pledge includes 1 Core Box, 1 Gog + 1 Magog Super Exclusive miniatures and their cards, and all unlocked Stretch Goals.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, November 10, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 1140% funded.
Downfall – Deluxified Edition
Tasty Minstrel Games presents John D. Clair’s 4X post-apocalyptic strategy game “Downfall” – in Deluxified Format!
The bombs have fallen. The Earth lies in ruins. In an instant, 99% of the world’s population was dead or would be soon. Life as we knew it was over, and those of us who were “lucky” enough to survive the initial nuclear fires have had to adapt quickly to our harsh environment or join the fallen. It has been said that no person has ever been promised a tomorrow, but now, the same could be said for the entire human race.
This post-apocalyptic setting is the world of Downfall, a brand new game from designer John D. Clair (Mystic Vale). In this 4X strategy game, each player will take control of a unique faction in the year 2213. It is a bleak and unforgiving future where survival is never certain and there is no prize for second place – you either rise to the top, or you fall into ruin and decay.
Using a unique card drafting mechanism, players will have several options on their turn. Will they forage for resources, abate radiation, or travel and explore the desolated wasteland with their citizens and airships? As the game proceeds, will they spend time researching new technologies or triggering conflicts with their opponents? All of these choices can earn a player points, albeit in different ways.
The standard $60 pledge level is for the standard version of Downfall only, it does NOT include any stretch goals, nor any of the Deluxified upgrades. To receive those, you will need to back the $80 Downfall Deluxified Pledge level. There is also a $100 Downfall Deluxified + Big Map Pledge, which also includes the Big Map Upsize Pack.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Friday, November 10, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 211% funded.
Monster Lands – a strategic dice placement game
Monster Lands is a competitive 1-4 player Euro-game. It combines worker placement, resource management, and fun battles with monsters.
In Monster Lands, by Second Gate Games, players take on the role of the leader of a small clan of brave warriors, competing to win the crown of the Lands of the Discord. These clans will visit buildings within and around the Citadel, the last bastion against marauding Monsters. Here they will battle the monsters and reclaim the lands for the Queen.
At the end of the game, the crown is handed to the clan with most Victory Points, which are gained by amassing glory, reputation, and a few other elements that enrich the game. The dice are used to take actions using a “worker-placement” mechanic to acquire hunting tools, shields, potions, venoms, mercenaries, and more. The timing of the dice placement and the type of dice will have different effects. Outside the Citadel, the dice become battle tools. They are rolled in missions and battles to try and defeat monsters or reconquer the land.There are many opportunities to manipulate the dice results and increase your chance of success.
The luck of the dice alone will not win the crown. Resources will need to be carefully managed and battles planned carefully to be successful in reclaiming the lands.
The Early Leader pledge is sold out, but the Leader pledge (approx. $64 USD) contains the base game of Monster Lands that will be available in retail, plus all the Kickstarter-exclusive stretch goals. With the Monster pledge (approx. $99 USD), you will get deluxe components on top of everything you get in the Leader pledge.
All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The project has reached its goal and is currently 433% funded.