Kickstarter Hot Picks – November 2018

Kickstarter Hot Picks – November 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 mine asteroids, compete for the title of Best Suburb by building the best neighborhood, and design a new city zoo.

Let’s take a look at these hot Kickstarter campaigns…

Dark Side of the Mine

Dark Side of the Mine is Flying Lemur Game Studio’s second Kickstarter campaign. Mining an asteroid is a dangerous, highly-competitive business. Can you navigate your mining bots to the most lucrative areas? 

Dark Side of the Mine
Dark Side of the Mine
The world’s ore supply has been depleted. Mining companies have turned to sending remote-controlled bots to nearby asteroids in order to obtain ores and metals needed to keep societies running. Copper, iron, uranium, gold; all are in abundance on these star travelers. And the people of earth are paying a pretty penny for each ounce.

You are assigned by your company to mine the most ore, no matter what it takes. Locate the most abundant vein and get to it before the competition does. But be careful. Greediness can lead to disaster. If you are caught in the shadows, you lose communication and mining the ore becomes impossible. All you can do then is wait until the sun comes up, restore communications, then try to catch up. 

Do you have what it takes to guide your mining bots to the largest deposits, keep them moving ahead of the setting sun, and protect them from ending up on the Dark Side of the Mine?

How to Play

Players issue orders to their robots, which move along the asteroid’s surface and earn points by mining locations. As the players remain in orbit on the mothership, part of the asteroid is obscured from view. A signal cannot be sent to the dark side of the asteroid, and any robot caught there on a player’s turn will power down and wait until communications can be restored. When the asteroid deck is depleted and all players have taken an equal number of turns, the game ends. The player with the most points is declared the winner.
Want to give it a spin? A print-and-play PDF is available for download for free!

What You Get

A pledge of $35 USD receives one copy of Dark Side of the Mine and all unlocked stretch goals. There is a special $500 level pledge to own your own asteroid mining company. At this pledge level, your name will be used as the name of one of the mining companies in Dark Side of the Mine.

The campaign ends on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.


Deep Water Games is proud to announce, in partnership with Blue Cocker Games, the worldwide Kickstarter release of Welcome To…! Players compete to be named Best Suburb by giving the houses in their developments the best parks, pools, and curb appeal. The game supports 1 to 100 players out of the box and is perfect for any size playgroup, because everyone takes their turn at the same time!

How to Play

Every round players select which house they want to build out of 3 available, writing their selected house onto their player sheet. They’ll then have the option of taking a bonus action, based on the house they picked. In addition to competing for the title of Best Suburb, they’ll also be racing to complete objectives set by the city. There are multiple ways to score big in this game, and no two plays are the same.

What You Get

The Starter Home pledge of $25 USD receives one copy of Welcome To… and all applicable unlocked stretch goals. This pledge includes FREE SHIPPING for all US & CANADA backers. Add additional copies of Welcome To… for $25 each (additional postage included).

The Intern pledge of $29 USD receives the unlocked Thematic Score Pad refills, unlocked City Plans, and all applicable stretch goals. The more that is unlocked, the better value this pledge becomes!

The Veteran Architect pledge of $49 USD receives one playmat, plus unlocked Thematic Score Pad refills, unlocked City Plans, and all applicable stretch goals.

The Director pledge of $69 USD receives one copy of Welcome To…, one playmat, plus unlocked Thematic Score Pad refills, unlocked City Plans, and all applicable stretch goals.

The campaign ends on Tuesday, November 20, 2018.


From Doomsday Robots, Zoo-ography is a tile-laying zoo builder game for 1-4 players, where you create custom habitats, populate them with a variety of animals, and strategically build attractions to earn the highest rated zoo!

Zoo-ography Deluxe Edition

In Zoo-ography, you’ve been asked to design a new city zoo. Build custom habitats, draft animals for exhibits, and strategically place attractions. Meet the city’s unique objectives, and you’ll earn the highest rated zoo!


🐘 Animal Draftingover 40 animals to choose from!
🦒 Tile Layingbuild and manage your zoo’s habitats and attractions.
🦏 Variable ObjectivesOver 200 objective combinations means endless replay-ability!
💵 Awesome Value1-4 player Zoo-mongous gameplay and a great price!

What You Get

A pledge of $2 USD receives a download link for the official Zoo-ography Digital Print and Play Files. The $24 USD pledge level receives a copy of Zoo-ography Retail Edition including the Kickstarter exclusive Panda meeple, all unlocked stretch goals, and a download link for the official print-and-play files. The $34 USD pledge receives the Zoo-mongous Deluxe Edition, which includes over 40 large animal meeples, large game tiles, a custom plastic insert, and a beautiful deluxe box.

The campaign ends on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.


Other Kickstarter Campaigns

  • Mimic Tabletop Storage Chests

    Mimics are such amazing creatures because they can transform into so many different objects; the most well-known of which are treasure chests. We are so into mimics that we have made storage chests for all of your tabletop gaming accessories and peripherals. These storage chests have teeth, making them just look like real-life mimics!
  • Skulk Hollow: An Asymmetric, 2-Player Game with Epic Meeples

    A game of snakes and critters, Skulk Hollow is a 2-player, asymmetric, tactical combat game where players take the roles of either a band of Foxen heroes or a towering behemoth of a Guardian.  

    Over generations and generations, the ancient woodland of Børe prospered and grew. The spirit of the world lifted the animals to new heights, bestowing great gifts upon them. The Foxen race grew proud and true. That is, until the Guardians rose. No one quite knows why they came, but these are not the kind, life-giving Guardians of spiritual legend. These are darker, more ferocious versions, and now they’re wreaking havoc in the realm.

  • Pride Flag Polyhedral Dice for Tabletop Roleplaying Games

    Polyhedral dice sets for TTRPGs, including Dungeons and Dragons, inspired by the different pride flags. The campaign includes five Pride Flag inspired dice sets; the original pride flag, and the lesbian, bisexual, asexual, and transgender flags. Each dice set includes seven dice; D4, D6, D8, D10, D%, D12, and D20.

  • Meeples Together: How and Why Cooperative Board Games Work

    A new book from the publisher of The White Box for people who play, discuss, critique, design, and love cooperative board games. Meeples Together contains 14 chapters about the nature, mechanics, theory, and frontiers of cooperative gaming. Along the way, 14 in-depth case studies (or more, depending on stretch goals!) of cooperative gaming’s greatest hits—from Pandemic and Battlestar Galactica to Contract Bridge—demonstrate the concepts and ideas.

  • PetEVIL

    Draw cards, build missiles and defeat your frenemies. A card game for pawfect people! Your goal is to be the last player standing! Supply yourself with cards by drawing, stealing and if you’re feeling nice, trading cards to build a hand of epic parts. Use the parts you’ve scavenged to blast your opponents away by building missiles. Battle it out until only one remains to claim victory!



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