Kickstarter Hot Picks – October 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 have a party with meeples, learn fundamental principles in chemistry while playing a fun strategy game, and finally get those games organized with some versatile organization boxes.
Let’s take a look at these hot Kickstarter campaigns…
New from 9thLevel Games, Meeple Party is a cooperative strategy puzzle game about throwing an epic party. Let’s get this Meeple Party started! You and your meeple roommates are throwing a party of epic proportions, working together to make this party great! The roommates and the guests have different personalities like the Jerk, the Flirt, the Party Animal, the Wallflower, and the Cool meeple who each have a specific effect on the room they enter.
Meeple Party is a fun cooperative game for a wide variety of ages and skill levels. I had a chance to demo an early copy at Origins Game Fair this summer, and it was a good time. I’m kind of obsessed with meeples… so this definitely appeals to me. The artwork is great, and the partying meeples are quite entertaining.
How to Play
On their turn, each roommate will take 2 actions – welcome meeple to the party and mingle meeple around the party to meet conditions of photo opportunities. When welcoming a meeple to the party, the active player pulls a random meeple out of the guest bag. They place that meeple into any room at the party and perform their personality effect on that room. Next, a roommate will mingle 1 meeple at the party, moving that meeple to an adjacent room. The mingled meeple’s personality effect will happen to the new room they enter.
Once actions are complete, check that your disaster has been avoided. If so, proceed with the party. If the criteria are met for a Photo Opportunity, snap a photo and the party moves forward in time. Consequently, if a disaster has occurred, all roommates take a stress.
Roommates win when they take enough photos to get to the end of the party before they all stress out (take 3 stress).
What You Get
The Welcome Pledge of $39 USD receives 1 copy of Meeple Party, plus all unlocked stretch goals. The Surprise Pledge of $59 USD receives 1 copy of Meeple Party, 1 meeple t-shirt, plus all unlocked stretch goals!
The campaign ends on Thursday, October 25, 2018. The project is currently 81% funded.
Periodic: A Game of The Elements
Periodic: A Game of The Elements is a set collection and strategy board game by John Coveyou (Genius Games) for 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up. It is accurately themed around the Periodic Table, as well as some of the most fundamental principles in chemistry that can be derived from the structure and function of the periodic table. Use periodic trends, discover elements, and learn actual science!
In Periodic, you activate periodic trends (such as “Decrease Atomic Mass” or “Increase Atomic Radii”) to strategically maneuver across the periodic table, “discovering” elements to score points. Couple “discovering” elements with ending your turns in specific families of elements, like Noble Gases or Transition Metals, to allow you to move up the Academic Achievement Track in a race against other players for the limited spots, and additional points, at the end of the track.
How to Play
On your turn, you choose between two actions. You can either:
- Pay energy to activate multiple trends. The first trend costs 1 energy and each additional trend costs 2 energy. For each trend, move your flask up to 5 spaces in the direction allowed from the specific trends you’ve activated.
- Take all the energy sitting on a single trend but you only get to activate that one trend. Then, move your flask up to 5 spaces in the direction allowed from the specific trend you’ve activated.
Once you’ve paid energy or taken energy, the goal is to end each of these trend movements on available elements. As a result, this allows you to “discover” those elements. This is one of the main ways players score points.
Elements available to be discovered are shown on the Goal Cards (four stacks, ranging from easiest to hardest, are located above the game board). On each Goal Card are a number of elements that share similarities in their properties, uses in industry, occurrence in nature, etc. Players then mark each of the elements on these Goal Cards on the game board with a cube. This signals that it is available that round.
Once two piles of the Goal Cards are complete, the game ends and the player with the most points wins.
What You Get
For a pledge of $29, you will receive 1 copy of Periodic: A Game of The Elements, a download link to your own Print & Play version, and all unlocked stretch goals. For a pledge of $39, you will receive the Collector’s Edition copy of Periodic: A Game of The Elements, a download link to your own Print & Play version, and all unlocked stretch goals. The Collector’s Edition game box will be upgraded with 3D embossing, shiny metallic paper, and each copy will be individually numbered. This version will also include custom Metal Energy Coins, a custom Metal First Player Marker, and upgraded Award Tiles and Point Tokens with shiny metallic paper. There are additional bundle pledges that include multiple copies of the game, and other scientific education games from the Genius Games line.
The campaign ends on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The project is currently 1,140% funded.
The Bee Box
The system is designed to organize most table top games that will fit most of the common game boxes. It is adjustable for use with hundreds of different games. There are 4 sizes to choose from. The adjustable dividers allow you to custom design your Bee Box to fit all of the small pieces and parts of your game, therefore replacing the small plastic bags that are commonly used in board games.
The Bee Boxes are made from a sturdy 1/8″ MDF (medium density fiberboard) material. They come to you fully assembled, no gluing, no cutting and no mess. The tops are clear plastic, allowing you to see all of your game pieces.
- The Standard box is 3.5″ x 11″ x 2″
- The Half box is 3.5″ x 5.5″ x 2″ (divided into 4 sections)
- The Short box is 3.5″ x 8.25″ x 2″
- The Low profile box is 3.5″ x 11″ x 1 5/8″
What You Get
The $25 USD pledge receives 3 Bee Boxes of your choice. Backers also receive 1 of the Kick Stand accessories and one small Bee Dice Roller. The $50 USD pledge receives 6 Bee Boxes of your choice, 3 of the Kick Stand accessories, a 10 Pack of extra dividers, and one large Bee Dice Roller. The $100 USD pledge receives 14 Bee Boxes of your choice, plus 3 Kick Stand accessories, a 20 Pack of extra dividers, and one large Bee Dice Roller. The $150 USD pledge receives 20 Bee Boxes of your choice, plus 3 Kick Stand accessories, a 20 Pack of extra dividers, and 2 large Bee Dice Rollers.
The campaign ends on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The project is currently 334% funded.
Other Kickstarter Campaigns
Paparazzoo, by Martijn Weekenstroo, is a tactical drafting and set collection game for the entire family set in a colorful zoo. In Paparazzoo, 3-5 competitive tour guides lead strings of tourists through a zoo – the central game board. The tourists strive to photograph as many animals as they can, while avoiding a gorilla on the loose. Players draft action cards to move or expand their group, take pictures or direct the gorilla to the rival guides! The player to best guide the tourists’ movements, while staying out of the gorilla’s way, wins the game!
Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails – The Board Game
Designed, illustrated and hilariously captioned by Jamie Noble Frier, Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails is a humorous card game of dysfunctional dungeon-crawling for 2-4 players. Light-hearted humor meets surprisingly deep strategy. As one of Snoozehaven’s worst adventurers, you’ll be squabbling over the right to be the Party Leader, avoiding the ‘take-that’ of the bungling buffoons around you and trying to get enough gold to leave behind your failure-fraught fellowship. You’ll have to manage both your hand and your expectations… you guys really are terrible.
Kill Merlin!, by Schuman Family Games, is a new board game for 2-4 (awful) wizards.
Merlin is the most powerful wizard in the land, and he has cornered the market on all mana and magical ingredients. His impetuous and unpredictable nature has made life for an aspiring magic user a challenge. As long as Merlin lives, you and your fellow wizards must hide in the shadows and follow his every whim. You know that there is only one way to end his megalomaniacal reign. You must kill him.
Use your wits, magical ingredients, and the very elements of nature to assemble a mystical spell that can bring Merlin down. Buy ingredients, learn spells, and cast spells to thwart your opponents. Be the first to defeat Merlin so that all may revere your glory!
Project L is a fast-paced, tile-matching strategic game with triple-layer puzzle tiles and lovely acrylic pieces. 1 to 5 players complete puzzles with their pieces. Although you start with just a single basic piece, you gradually build a pool of pieces that allows you completing more difficult puzzles and even more of them at once. A few simple and elegant actions will keep your brain running at full steam. Be the one to beat all your opponents by earning the most points for completed puzzles.
Centurion, the Elderwood Deck Box
Centurion, the Elderwood Deck Box, is the latest beautiful creation by Elderwood Academy. This natural leather and wood Deck Box is designed for collectible card games like Magic: the Gathering, and with the Dungeoneering Kit it doubles as a sleek travel pack for all your RPG needs. Choose a size, wood type, leather color, and foil art. Customization options are endless, empowering you to customize each feature to perfectly complement your game. These gorgeous deck boxes are a must-see!