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!) of Tabletop games that have come to Kickstarter over the previous seven days and deserve a moment of your time.
These are my choices from November 7th to November 13th:
Dragon Canyon by Sweet Lemon Publishing
Gather together your greatest heroes and send them into the depths of Dragon Canyon, a light skirmish game for one to five players that has you take on the role of a tribal leader charged with sending your bravest champions deep into the wilderness to bring glory to your tribe. However, you’re not the only group of glory hunters on this mission; you’ll have to form alliances, bargain, bluff and battle your competitors if you want to stand tall as the greatest tribe in Dragon Canyon.
One of the great aspects of Dragon Canyon’s campaign is that you can try the game out before you pledge. If you head over to Tabletop Simulator, you’re able to try a fully scripted digital version or an unscripted one. Sweet Lemon Publishing obviously know what they’re doing and though the Kickstarter page isn’t the most detailed and informative, having a go on tabletop simulator sold this project to me.
Dragon Canyon is only going to set you back $25 for the core game and all the stretch goals. The campaign Ends on 28th November with delivery expected October 2018
IronClad by Alcyon Creative
Join a crew of freelancers aboard Ironclad, a powerful, battle-worn warship liberated from the Gaia Nova Federation Navy. Describing itself as a Space Opera, IronClad is a co-operative adventure game that follows the adventures of IronClad’s crew over 10+ scenarios on an epic campaign through the stars. Each scenario will force you to make decisions that will have real repercussions on future adventures and put your skills as the crew of an intergalactic space ship to the test.
With visuals reminiscent of Ulysses 31, Star Blazers and other classic 80’s/early 90’s Sci-fi cartoons, and game play comparable to ELITE or Freelancer, I can’t help feel this is a game directed solidly at those of us born in the 1980s.
With only one pledge level of $35 you’ll get a copy of this awesome looking Space Opera and all the stretch goals they achieve. IronClad’s campaign ends on 29th November with delivery expected November 2018
Direwild! by Vas Obeyesekere
We all know that red pandas are ubergruppencute but what if you mixed a red panda with an otter and small huddle of kittens? Then you’d have the ultimate weapon: Pandotterkitten. Direwild! is a cooperative dungeon crawler where you assume the role of an Animist, a powerful druid who can summon forth the woodland creatures to aid them in battle. Using your beastial powers, you can combine your animals to form ferocious beasts able to aid you on your journey through Direwild. Banding together with other animists, your task is to defeat the maniacal might of Karn, an animist like yourself who has become corrupt with power and wishes to destroy the Direwild.
Direwild! offers a complete co-operative adventure without the need of a dungeon master. Combining deck-building mechanics with a tactically engaging board game, you move your heroes across a series of different realms; using the environment to your advantage you’re able to hide behind walls, sneak up on enemies and hopefully get the jump on those unsuspecting fiends.
With a minimum pledge of $59 you’ll be able to get your hands on this fantastic deck-builder and if you’re into your miniatures than checking out the $79 pledge may be well worth your time. Direwild!’s campaign ends on 1st December with delivery estimated August 2018
Kids on Bikes RPG by Infectious Play
Set before Google and smartphones, Kids on Bikes take you back to the early 1980’s in a rules light role-play game. Embark on fantastical adventures in smalltown America as strange happenings take place around you. With more than a passing resemblance to Stranger Things and classic films such as Goonies, BMX bandits, E.T. and one of my favourite TV shows, Eerie Indiana (population 16,661), Kids on Bikes offers an easy to learn RPG that is perfect for those game nights where you just want to get into the action straight away.
The simple rules and stats-light mechanics also make it a great gateway game into the world of role-playing and I for one can’t wait to head off in search of One-Eyed Willy while smuggling an alien being past the FBI.
A PDF copy of Kids on Bikes and all of the unlocked modules will cost you only $10; if you do want a physical copy the pledges range from $20 to $35 depending on which kind of cover you desire. Kids on Bikes’ campaign ends 28th November with delivery estimated March 2018.
Sorcerer by White Wizard Games
Sorcerer is a character building game that combines elements of a strategy card game with a tactical board game. Set in a dark Victorian world where the barriers between realities are thinning and mankind’s faith has moved from the divine to the technological, Sorcerers have returned to claim their rightful place as rulers of humanity.
You take on the role of one of these sorcerers, building an army, casting spells and crushing your foes as you stake your claim to the dominion of Earth and all the ethereal realms.
Brought to us by the people who designed Epic card game, Hero Realms and the fantastic Star Realms, Sorcerer has a wonderful pedigree and with the base game being available at a pledge of $45 this is a tabletop game well worth checking out.
Sorcerer’s campaign ends 8th December with delivery estimated June 2018
Mountaineers by Massif Games
Screw your courage to the sticking place as you brave the tempestuous weather, precarious cliffs, challenging routes and other climbers on an epic ascent to the peak of the mountain. Mountaineers is a 3-dimensional strategy game for 1 to 6 players that combines area control, resource management, pattern building and character progression into one monumental boardgame. Boasting an 18 inch (45cm) tall game board with hundreds of mountain combinations, Mountaineer offers a truly unique gaming experience and a theme that is a welcome change from the pack.
The mountain can be yours for $49 and includes a digital print file and all of the stretch goals the game achieves. Mountaineers’ campaign ends on the 8th December with delivery estimated August 2018
Is a 5th edition dungeons and dragons role play campaign in a box. It works a lot like Lootcrate: you pay a monthly subscription to Dungeon in a Box and you’ll receive everything you need to run an epic D&D adventure. Now whether you choose to use these as one-shots or as part of an ongoing campaign is up to you, but Dungeon in a Box does promise that the adventures will flow together in a year long campaign arc that will see your characters rise from lowly adventurers to epic heroes.
If Dungeon in a Box sounds like your cup of tea then it’s going to cost you $21 for a one month subscription. Now obviously the more months you bulk subscribe, the cheaper it gets.
However it’s important to note that Dungeon in a Box is only available in the US and Canada so us poor Europeans are going to have to hope they smash their Kickstarter goals and start shipping it across the pond soon.
Dungeon in a Box’s campaign Ends 5th December with delivery estimated February 2018
Mythica: Fate of Heroes by Berserker Labs Game Design Studio
Based on the cult series of movies about monsters, magic, romance and betrayal, this fantasy adventure game seems to have an interesting mix of RPG, economic, tactical and co-operative gameplay. Thematically it’s very strong and has a lot of components for you to get your teeth into. However it’s not clear what this title wants to be and there isn’t really a clear summary of the game or how it plays. But what I have seen of Mythica: Fate of Heroes is enough to make me want to find out more and if it’s anything like the movies it won’t be long ‘til it has suckered me in and claimed me as a true fanboy.
Mythica’s campaign ends on the 11th December with an estimated delivery date of March 2018.
That’s it for this week’s list of tabletop games to check out on Kickstarter. If there are any other board games you think I should check or a Kickstarter campaign I missed, head over to the contact section and leave me a message.