Kickstarter Hot Picks – July 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 has 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 pack our bags for a board gaming journey, experience galactic exploration and planetary exploitation, and outdrink the competition tasting lemonade, or is it…???
Let’s take a look at these hot Kickstarter campaigns…
The Ultimate Boardgame Backpack *
*My Kickstarter Backing Pick for July 2018
GeekOn!, the brand created by boardgame enthusiasts with the goal of designing and developing innovative and quality boardgame gear and accessories to share with the world, brings us the most comfortable & convenient game bag ever created to protect your expensive board games on the go – The Ultimate Boardgame Backpack!
After a recent vacation that involved airplane travel, I was desperate to find a decent option for carrying my boardgames. I refuse to check this precious cargo, I don’t trust the baggage handlers to treat them with as much love and care as I do. This trip I chose a Warmachine bag. While everything fit well, carrying this extremely heavy bag around the airport and on the airplane was downright awful.
Then, at a recent weekly boardgame night at my FLGS, one of my gaming friends mentioned this campaign. As soon as I saw it, I knew this was the answer I was looking for!
This backpack design is focused on 3 main points: Protection, Organization & Comfort. It is made from weatherproof 500D ripstop nylon and an EVA padded frame. There are so many pockets, holders, and zippered sections to keep everything organized. It is designed for comfort with adjustable straps (including a sternum strap), back panels, and padded handles. The size is also impressive… it even fits the Gloomhaven box! Designers did extensive research to ensure that the backpack meets size regulations as a carry-on bag on the most popular airlines.
The only drawback to this backpack is that it will not be here in time for Gen Con. Oh well, there’s always Gen Con 2019!
There are still some Early Bird pledges available for The Ultimate Boardgame Backpack & GeekOn! Gear Bundle at $174, which is $75 off the expected $249 retail price! The bundle includes the backpack, dice case, dice tray, dragon carabiner/bottle opener, five 11” elastic box bands, and five 8” elastic box bands.
The campaign ends on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 1,397% funded.
MiKe & ode’s Solarius Mission 2nd Edition (Deluxe)
Designed by MiKe & ode, Solarius Mission is a game for 2-4 players lasting between 90 and 120 minutes. While exploring the far reaches of the galaxy, players will compete to settle planets and gather valuable resources in order to go deeper into space and fulfill missions. The player who best manages time and resources will be the ultimate winner.
I had a chance to play this game recently at my FLGS. Rick from Flying Lemur Games (who will be reprinting the second edition) brought it for us to try. Everyone that played it had a good time.
Solarius Mission is a 3X experience with galactic exploration, planetary exploitation, and expansion. Players eXplore, eXpand and eXploit the planets in our nearby solar systems to equip their ships with more powerful engines, gather the resources needed to accomplish objectives, and gain the most victory points by the end of the game.
Solarius Mission Gameplay
The most interesting point about Solarius Mission is that a game lasts 4 rounds with each player having 4 turns per round. So, players must strategically use their limited actions each turn. However, as each preceding player chooses their action die from the “Bridge” and is replaced by a new action die at the end of each turn, available actions might not be available anymore once the player’s turn rolls around again.
I’m not a huge fan of dice rolling games, but Solarius Mission uses dice in a unique way. Players choose dice for action and movement programming. Players then perform actions based upon the pip count and color of the selected Action die, or, if they chose a die with a starburst, the number of pips on the appropriate Resource die on their player board. Then, after the player performs their final action, they draw a die from the bag, the arm on the Bridge moves one space to the right, and the new die is placed immediately to the left of the arm.
A “die bonus” is given based on the Bridge location of the die players choose. There is a number on the bonus wheel pointing to the space of the action die, which shows how many fuel points or SpaceBucks the player immediately subtracts or receives on their Fuel/SpaceBucks track. If the player gets a bonus of 2 or 3, they may take any combination of fuel and SpaceBucks. Fuel and SpaceBucks are essential for moving around the solar system and completing objectives.
For a pledge of $60, backers receive the 2nd edition of Solarius Mission, with all new upgraded components. The game will be available in English, Chinese, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and French. There are a number of new and upgraded elements in the game, including a first player Space Helmet marker (a Kickstarter exclusive), new spaceship player markers, double-thick player board with indents to hold dice and resource cubes in place, acrylic cubes, new planets to add into the mix, heat-transfer dice, and new game variants created by MiKe & ode.
The campaign ends on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 160% funded.
That’s Not Lemonade!
In this super easy to learn press-your-luck game, there’s only one question you have to ask yourself: to drink or not to drink? Drink the most lemonade and you win… but watch out! Some people have seen Little Johnny, the neighborhood rascal, sneakin’ about, and you might end up drinking something… That’s Not Lemonade!
That’s Not Lemonade! is fast, light, and fun. It’s an open table game, so players can join late, leave early, the game still works. It’s easy to learn and fast to play. There are minimal rules; press-your-luck distilled down to its purest form. It only takes one turn to learn and only ten minutes to play. I tried it out at Origins Game Fair and had a really fun time! And you can add your own “lemonade” to the cups to spice up gameplay.
The base pledge of $10 receives a copy of the base game That’s Not Lemonade! The $45 TKG Bundle pledge receives a copy of That’s Not Lemonade!, a copy of Two Rooms and a Boom, and a copy of World Championship Russian Roulette.
The campaign ends on Thursday, July 12, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 370% funded.
Other Kickstarter Campaigns
- The Board Game Book | Explore the year’s greatest games
A beautiful hardcover book celebrating tabletop games, with exclusive designer interviews and stunning photography.
- Hidden Panda – the world’s cutest social deduction game
From the designer of Dracula’s Feast, a family-friendly game for 5-8 players. Backers get exclusive wooden panda babies!
- RPG Dice Potion Bag with Fantasy Dice and Potion Flask
The Adventure Begins: new accessory design, for the board game enthusiasts and RPG adventurers. Genuine leather, durable and portable.
- GIF IT UP! 2.0
Endless laughs with this hilarious GIF-based tabletop card game. Match random GIFs from the net with priceless captions!