Kickstarter Hot Picks – March 1-15, 2018
Kickstarter is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform for creative projects. 2017 marked the first time that the Games category took the top spot on Kickstarter, with the number of Tabletop Games projects having grown significantly, up 18% from 2016. Tabletop Games have constantly grown over the past few years, both in terms of the total amount of money raised, and the number of projects funded. After a record year in 2016, the subcategory grew again, by +36% in 2017. The number of funded projects grew by +20%. There is no doubt that Kickstarter is a serious driving force in the content being supplied in the board gaming industry. In the latest roundup of Kickstarter Hot Picks, we bring healing potions to D&D games, compete to grow the most successful empire in the Age of Sail, become the galaxy’s next great explorer, and uncover and develop a steampunk metropolis.
Let’s take a look at these hot Kickstarter campaigns…
Dice Bottles – DnD 5e Healing Potion Kit
Enter the game with Dice Bottle healing potions! Pop the top and down the correctly sized potion while wowing your friends!
Quick, how many d4s in a Superior Healing Potion? Which is larger, Superior or Supreme? You might know (+1 to your Medicine stat if you do), but you likely have players or DMs who don’t. And with everything else to keep track of while playing D&D, any way to avoid slowing down the battle to hit the Index of the Handbook and hunt down the modifier is a positive for everybody playing.
The Healer’s Kit solves all that. Simply flip the latch on the box, admire the handiwork, select the proper size potion for the occasion, unscrew the cap, and dump the dice onto the opened lid—it’s also a rolling surface! Add the dice numbers and the right modifier (provided on the underside of the lid) to reveal just how many or few Hit Points you’re getting back.
Dip your toe into the restorative arts with a single compact vial and enough d4 dice to create any healing potion for Fifth Edition, perfect for even the most crowded Bag of Holding. Receive the Starter Vial for a pledge of $15, which includes 1 Vial for Potion storage, 10 d4 translucent blood red dice, a scroll with instructions on proper usage, and 1 Dice Bottles Keychain.
The campaign ends on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 231% funded.
Endeavor: Age of Sail
Endeavor: Age of Sail is a Euro strategy board game for 2-5 players set in the historic Age of Sail. Starting out in the crowded hub of Europe, you must struggle to dominate at home while sending ships to the closed regions of the world… and be ready to seize control when they open up!
Endeavor: Age of Sail is fundamentally similar to the original (now out-of-print) edition of Endeavor, with all-new graphics and art. There are some rules and setup changes, and one major new experience-enhancing aspect called the Exploits. Exploits, which are historical events from the Age of Sail, are a game-changing new feature that adds an incredible boost of regional flavor and replayability.
Five different actions (Occupy, Ship, Draw, Attack, and Payment) and five different attributes (Industry, Wealth, Culture, Influence, and Glory) drive the gameplay. The way you build, combine, and manage those elements creates your empire.
You’ll compete to grow the most successful empire through a smooth combination of area control, resource collection, engine-building, and action management. Your challenge will be to navigate the maps of the world and write the history books so that the Age of Sail describes your victory!
The Captain pledge $68 CAD (~ $54 USD) receives the Endeavor: Age of Sail retail version of the game and all Kickstarter stretch goals pertaining to this pledge level. Do you have the original edition of Endeavor and want to test out this new version? The Lieutenant pledge of $10 CAD (~ $8 USD) receives a high-quality print-and-play Exploits package for digital download (Note: This is not a stand-alone game).
The campaign ends on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 753% funded.
Ride a rocket to extraordinary destinations. Gather crystals during your travels. Become the galaxy’s next great explorer.
Space Park is a 20-30 minute space exploration game for up to 6 players. Space Park can be described as visiting national parks in space. Players explore exotic destinations and earn badges to prove themselves to be the galaxy’s best explorer.
Gameplay is simple. A player can land on a space destination if there is a rocket on top. After the action is complete, the rocket moves clockwise around the board to the next available destination on the board. Choosing where to go might help, but it also opens up places for your opponents. When a player lands on a destination, they perform the action of the chosen destination. Some locations require conditions for a player to visit there. After exploration, the rocket moves to the next destination clockwise, skipping over any destinations that already have rockets on them.
When a player has reached 20 or more Explorer Points, finish the current round of play so each player gets an equal number of turns. The last player should be the person to the right of the First Traveler Marker. The player with the most Explore Points at the end of the round is the winner of Space Park.
There is also a solo gameplay variant. The player wins if they reach 15 explore points, and loses if a card cannot be drawn for the robot pile.
A pledge of $29 receives a copy of Space Park, including all updates and stretch goals.
The campaign ends on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 149% funded.
City of Gears, a Game of Discovery, Development & Disruption
In City of Gears, players compete to uncover and develop an abandoned, overgrown steampunk metropolis. The player who can use their resources and automaton workers to earn the most Prestige on Opening Day will be the founder of the City of Gears.
City of Gears starts with 9 random city tiles placed in a 3×3 grid face down, waiting to be discovered. As players reveal the grid tiles, they assemble the game board piece by piece. Due to the 18 different grid tiles, there is high replayability, as no two games will ever be the same.
On their turn, players roll resource dice to gain Gears, Steam, and Charges. Gears create new powers or new connections that help gain access to and control over new parts of the city. Steam deploys automaton workers to city tiles. Charges rapidly move workers around the city, or destroy opponents’ gear links, or send opponents’ workers back to their factory.
Workers on building tiles can activate buildings in the City of Gears, earning clever players a chain reaction of benefits. While Opening Day creeps closer, development speeds up in the city. The game ends immediately when a player draws the third Opening Day gear from the bag. Players who control parts of the city when Opening Day hits will earn extra Prestige. Whoever has the most Prestige wins.
The Head Automaton Pledge of $49 receives one copy of City of Gears Standard edition plus all unlocked stretch goals. The Founder Pledge of $59 receives one copy of City of Gears Founders edition of the game plus all unlocked stretch goals.
The campaign ends on Thursday, March 15, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 1,308% funded.
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