Kickstarter Hot Picks – September 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 battle as unicorns, engage in an epic battle for godhood, and compete to grow the largest and most influential city-state.
Let’s take a look at these hot Kickstarter campaigns…
Unstable Unicorns: Control & Chaos
Unstable Unicorns: Control & Chaos (The Backercorn Project)is the follow-up to the successful 2017 Kickstarter campaign by Ramy Badie, Unstable Unicorns. For 2-8 players, ages 14 and up. 30-45 minutes playtime.
These 100% Kickstarter exclusive decks feature brand new mechanics, a roster of powerful new characters, and much more. You can think of these games as the classic Unstable Unicorns strategy game you know and love, supercharged with a bolt of caffeinated lightning. These games will give you an exciting new opportunity to destroy friendships… but in a good way.
So, what is new? There are two different decks to choose from (or you can choose both, no one is stopping you). The Control deck features a variety of new cards that specialize in protective magic and deck manipulation. The Chaos deck features an assortment of new cards specializing in destructive magic and summoning from the discard pile.
Both decks feature new Instant cards, which are triggered by certain conditions within the game. These make gameplay more unpredictable, and allow the players to plan exciting new strategies. Each deck also includes exclusive Ultimate Unicorn cards. These cards have extraordinary power that affects the game on a great scale, but at a price. Therefore, players must be tactical when planning to use them.
Unstable Unicorns: Control & Chaos are 100% Kickstarter Exclusive decks. This means that they will not be available for retail after this campaign comes to an end, so make sure that you pledge if you want them!
All Stretch Goals Unlocked Up Front!
Instead of doing traditional stretch goals, all the upgrades are unlocked up front, right from the beginning of the campaign. Magnetic closures and foil on all the boxes, linen finish on the cards, and two super-sized decks of 150 magically destructive cards will come standard this time around. Boxes are also big enough to accommodate sleeved cards this time.
With all of those upgrades from the start, stretch goals are more personalized and backer-oriented. For every $10k over the set goal, one of the active backers will be drawn as a Unicorn. At the end of the campaign, all of the drawn Backercorns will be included in a Special Edition Art Book, forever memorializing devotion to this project.
A pledge of $25 USD receives one Unstable Unicorns: Control Base Game or one Unstable Unicorns: Chaos Base Game. A pledge of $49 USD receives both base games. The Collector’s Set pledge of $99 receives both base games, a Collector’s Box, and 8 Packs of 50 card sleeves (in your choice of colors). The Magical Unicorn Set pledge of $199 USD receives both base games, a Collector’s Box, and 16 Packs of 50 card sleeves, 8 play mats, and the Unstable Unicorns Art Book.
The campaign ends on Friday, September 14, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 2,124% funded.
Set in a chaotic, alien universe where its guardians have turned on each other vying for ultimate godhood, Endogenesis is a competitive card game that features strategic free-for-all combat. Designed by David Goh, Endogenesis is a game for 3-5 players, and lasts between 15-30 minutes per player.
During your turn, you’re given freedom on how you perform actions, both in their order and frequency. With careful planning and a dash of creativity, you can set up devastating turns where you wipe out your enemies… or have your master plan backfire when an even better player counters your strategies with their Reaction Skills and Wonders!
Also joining the fray are vicious Monsters from the Realm of Chaos. The most powerful of these are Legendary Monsters; killing them will reward its slayer with a Prism, a crystal needed to achieve godhood. Be the first to collect 3 Prisms and you win!
You’ll love Endogenesis if…
…you enjoy discovering new combinations of power with different themes for each playthrough.
…you love being able to set up elaborate combos, to produce powerful and game-changing outcomes.
…you thrive in complexity, where understanding the full potential of your abilities and the minor details of a game’s mechanics can give you an edge.
…you’re looking for intense but faster game sessions that last 1-2 hours.
The Ascended pledge level of $59 receives one copy of Endogenesis and all unlocked stretch goals.
The campaign ends on Friday, September 7, 2018. Funded in 2 hours, the project has reached its goal and is currently 2,271% funded.
The Ancient World (2nd Edition)
In an ancient world forgotten by time, enormous titans terrorize the land. Five tribes have been fleeing from the titans for centuries, but things are about to change. Growing city-states pledge to end the reign of terror, determined to take on the titans and make the world a safer place for all. Each city-state competes to attract the tribes, eager for the strength of the combined peoples, with the hope that the titans can be defeated once and for all.
In The Ancient World, players compete to grow the largest and most influential city-state by managing citizens, treasury, and military and by defeating titans. Players take turns sending citizens to take special actions or using military cards to attack titans. One of the actions a citizen can perform is to build Empire cards, which give more citizens, money, and abilities. A city-state’s influence in the world is measured by sets of tribe banners that it owns. Each Empire card has one or more tribe banners, and tribe banners can also be gained by defeating titans. Players gain victory points (VPs) for sets of tribe banners. After six rounds, the player with the most VPs from sets of tribe banners wins.
This gorgeous update to Ryan’s design features:
- Numbered, limited edition boxes
- Designer’s signature printed in metallic ink
- Revised and new titans
- Larger, revised player boards
- Expanded gameplay, including a new resource: AMBROSIA
- Titans now attack YOU!
- Updated district and empire cards
A pledge of $50 receives One copy of The Ancient World (2nd Edition). Includes all stretch goals and a set of 64 metal coins.
The campaign ends on Friday, September 7, 2018. The project has reached its goal and is currently 714% funded.
Other Kickstarter Campaigns
- Vertium & Get Adler!
2 great games, one low price! Vertium is a fast-paced colonization game for 1-4 players. Get Adler! is a social deduction card game for 4-8 players.
- Infinities: Defiance of Fate – A 4x-lite Game
In Infinities: Defiance of Fate you are the leader of a sci-fi or fantasy faction seeking to assemble an army, shape the very worlds you walk on, and fulfill or redefine your destiny. Experience a combination of accessible, tactical gameplay and rich, flexible storytelling as you forge your own timelines. Explore the multiverse in this 4x-lite adventure with infinite replay value for 1-4 players of all levels.
A strategic party game for the deranged. If you enjoy seeing awkwardly hilarious moments and stretching the limits of your comfort zone, then gather your friends to see who is willing to ditch their dignity and win the title of Jackwagon. But wait a moment! What if you or your friends are not daring or shameless enough for Jackwagon challenges? Have no fear! Jackwagon is also a game of strategy and wits, not just moxie and big donkey balls. So get the gang together and laugh until your face hurts! Jackwagon isn’t just a game, it’s a community of like-minded Jackwagons. Players perform challenges to earn Badonka Dollars. The most money after 60-90 mins wins!
- Dragon Egg Gift Candles (w/ Metal D20s Inside!)
Custom scented Egg candles with a special prize inside. Each Egg Candle has a Metal D20 embedded inside with the wick surrounding it, so that the dice reveal as the candle burns.
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