With a vast array of Kickstarter games being released every week, it’s hard to sift through all the amazing titles vying for your attention.
But don’t worry, The Bear is here!
I’ll be compiling a weekly (hopefully) list of Tabletop games that have come to Kickstarter over the previous seven days and deserve a moment of your time.
Any fan of 80’s horror flicks will be fully on board with Monster Slaughter’s twist on the cabin in the woods theme. A bunch of insufferable college kids have hiked deep into the woods to party hard in a ram-shackled old cabin. But don’t worry, we’re not going to let these overly horny hell raisers disturb the tranquility of this forest; we’re going to rip them limb from limb.
You take on the role of a family of monsters (these include werewolves, vampires, zombies, golems – there are even stretch goals for a family of Aliens and an Ancient Egyptian family of mummies) as they attempt to smash their way into the cabin and devour the unsuspecting teenagers. Sounds simple, but be warned: the other monster families want their pound of flesh and will do anything to stop you from getting there first, including arming the teenagers and setting traps that’ll spell your doom.
There is no part of Monster Slaughter that doesn’t look amazing, from the incredible artwork, the design of the board, the stunning miniatures, all the way down to the mechanics and theme of the game. It is no surprise that this title has already smashed its Kickstarter goal and I cannot wait to give Monster Slaughter a go.
The Enigma Box
Who doesn’t love a puzzle, a challenge or a riddle to solve. Ever since Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, I’ve dreamt of finding a small book filled with secrets, maps and strange writings that’ll guide me on a wondrous journey around the globe, acquiring notoriety, fortune and glory. Well, The Enigma Box doesn’t promise you fortune and glory but it does offer over 6,000 minutes of challenging enigmas that’ll take you all over the world from the comfort of your own home. With puzzles coming in a variety of forms including virtual reality, augmented reality, cyphers, maps, codes and so much more, it truly is a boggling amount of stuff you get inside the box.
Laruna: Age of Kingdoms By ODAM Publishing LLC
Manage your Kingdom, allocate resources, dominate on the battlefield or consolidate an epic empire to gain favour with the gods and reign supreme. Age of Kingdoms merges together worker placement mechanics with Risk-esque global conquest and a fair bit of politicking. You must utilise every aspect of Age of Kingdoms’ design if you hope to defeat your opponents in this incredibly deep game, be that through economic development, spells, area control, unit deployment/ advancement or a plethora of other actions.
This is an epic-fantasy strategy game for those who love to really take control of their kingdom. Allowing for up to 6 players and with a playtime of approximately 180 minutes, this isn’t for the faint of heart, but for those of us who find joy in micromanaging, stratergising and dominating our foes, this is definitely one to look out for.
Stumped by Outside In Games
Stumped takes a classic deck building title and slaps a wooden tree in the middle of it. This is a game that has all the makings of a family friendly night in – until you peel back the leaves and find one of the most malicious and dastardly deck-building games I’ve seen in a long time.
The premise of the game is simple: purchase cards to build a deck that will help you to grow a 10 leaf tree. These are physically made in front of you using crafted pieces of wood that can slot in at different angles. Combining the right elements of sun, water and dirt will allow you to add new sections to your tree and once you’ve placed your final piece on the aforementioned sapling you are champion. But when has anything been that simple? This is a game that allows your opponents to flick your tree, scattering branches and leaves everywhere, poison the soil and loose cows into the orchard. It is a brutal game of betrayal, vengeance and deforestation.
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