Kickstarter Hot Picks – March 16-31, 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 build and rebuild cities in magical new ways, play with enchanted game pieces, and fight for Gotham City.
So, let’s take a look at these hot Kickstarter campaigns…
Sorcerer City Board Game*
*My Kickstarter Backing Pick for March 2018
From designer Scott Caputo, who brought us Voluspa & Whistle Stop, Sorcerer City is a magical strategy board game that combines tile laying, deck building, a casual timed element, and a lot of strategic planning. Sorcerer architects compete to see who can gain the most Prestige Points by the end of the game.
Every year, Sorcerer City is built and rebuilt in magical new ways, with blocks moving and rotating in crazy directions. You and your fellow players are rival wizard architects in charge of building the same city district over 5 years, expanding and rebuilding to gain the most Money, Influence, Magic, and Prestige. Since Sorcerer City has a bit of a monster problem, players must work hard to mitigate the effects of marauding creatures that attack their city district.
During each round (there are 5 rounds total), players follow the same sequence of steps. When the timer flips, everyone simultaneously builds their own city districts in front of them. Once the timer runs out, all players must stop building.
Raw Magic points are transformed into another form. Players with the most Influence are awarded Influence Rewards. Finally, the player with the most Prestige points at the end of 5 years will be crowned the new head wizard of Sorcerer City.
The Standard Edition Pledge of $49 receives one copy of Sorcerer City including all unlocked standard edition stretch goals. The Kickstarter Exclusive Pledge of $69 receives one copy of Sorcerer City Deluxe Edition including all unlocked standard & deluxe edition stretch goals.
The campaign ends on Friday, March 30, 2018. At the time of publishing, this project is currently 347% funded.
Blinks – A Board Game System With A Mind Of Its Own
The Blinks Game System, by designer Jonathan Bobrow, brings the responsiveness of video games to tabletop gaming. Absent of screens, the focus is hands-on. Enchanted game pieces respond to your touch, react to one another, and think for themselves.
From flicking fun to brain-busting nail-biters, you can play a wide range of games with Blinks. Each Blink is responsible for knowing how to play a single game. Kickstarter backers will receive 6 Blinks and up to 6 games including Mortals and Fracture.
Mortals is a real-time turn-based strategy game can quickly expand from a showdown of two players to an epic battle with four.
Fracture is a turn-based strategy game played by 3 or more players. In Fracture, your mission is to make each of your Blinks happy. To make a Blink happy, simply make sure it’s only making contact with Blinks of another color. There’s just one catch. Blinks get lonely, so you can’t leave them alone. The only way to make all of the other Blinks happy is by working with the other players taking turns literally breaking the Fracture game board apart and repositioning it. The goal is to make all colors completely happy at the same time. If at any time a single team is completely happy before the rest, we all lose.
A pledge of $59 receives a Blinks Game System with 6 Blinks and up to 6 games including Mortals and Fracture.
The campaign ends on Friday, March 30, 2018. At the time of publishing, this project is currently 111% funded.
Batman™: Gotham City Chronicles
Batman™: Gotham City Chronicles is a scenario-based miniatures board game by Monolith Board Games where 2 to 4 players control the Dark Knight and his allies in their never-ending battle against crime through an asymmetrical and open game system.
Each game involves an action-packed fight where two sides face off. One of the players assumes the role of the Villain and controls the most notorious criminals of Gotham City. Then, remaining players take control of the Heroes, who must work together as a team to foil the Villain’s plots. Each side takes turns, pitting their strategies against each other in order to achieve their objectives.
Each game is played according to a scenario which describes the plot, location of the action, setup of the game, number of turns, and the specific objectives each side is trying to achieve in order to win the game.
The game involves two opposing sides: the heroes and the villain. Each side is set up in one of two boxes that house all of the contents of the game. Therefore, this separation eases the setup of the game. The hero box contains the hero boards, screens, cards, etc., while the villain box contains the miniatures, tiles, dice, and everything needed to play as the villain. These 2 boxes will constitute the base game, which includes all unlocked Stretch Goals.
The Base Game Pledge of $140 receives the Exclusive Kickstarter Edition of the base game and all Unlocked Stretch Goals. The All-in Pledge of $320 receives 1 copy of the base game, all Unlocked Stretch Goals, all 4 expansions, and a dice pack.
The campaign ends on Saturday, March 31, 2018. At the time of publishing, this project is currently 597% funded.
Other Cool Kickstarter Campaigns
- Custom Dice – Your design. Many Shapes & Sizes
Full color, robust textured printed dice. Our new revolutionary print technology for small print runs.
- Valhalla in the Fall 2018
A wargaming retreat in the beautiful mountains of Utah.
- TACO vs. BURRITO: A Crazy Fun Game Created by a 7-Year-Old
Have a Game Night food fight with this wild, and surprisingly strategic card game. Created by a 7-year-old & perfect for all ages!
- Queens of Adventure
Dungeons & Dragons & Drag Queens come together in a comedy adventure podcast!
- Self-Standing Leather – Lite Dice Bag
A new series of dice bags featuring Easy Roller Dice Co. original art. Each bag closes easily and can hold hundreds of dice!
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