The Bear’s Pick of Kickstarter Tabletop Games Dec 12 to Dec 18

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 (apart from when I go on Holiday) list 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 December 12th to 18th:


ATK! Kickstarter

ATK! by ATK! boardgame

ATK! Is a gateway game into the world of Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBA). You take control of a group of three heroes, each with their own unique talents, and are charged with destroying your opponent’s base while protecting your own. However this isn’t as simple as killing the opposition and strolling on in to their base as there are a couple of towers you must destroy before you can proceed. Anyone who has played a MOBA before will be well aware of the tug-of-war style gameplay that ATK! offers; however, this is a more streamlined affair than you may be used to.

ATK! Is an easy to learn, quick to play tabletop game, filled with vibrant colours, a comic art style, fun characters and quirky spinners. It is a title that has quite obviously been aimed at a younger audience. But don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s a MOBA for beginners as with the use of specialist cards, a Rock, Paper, Scissors mechanic and classic MOBA tropes throughout, ATK! offers a really solid competitive experience. Add in to this the potential ATK! has to expand and its ability to create a strong competitive scene, and this is a board game well worth taking a look at.

To get your hands on a copy of ATK! it’s going to cost you a minimum of $69 and unless you’re into canvas prints which come with the higher level pledges, then this is the pledge you’ll want to make.

ATK!’s campaign ends on the 14th January 2018 with delivery expected June 2018


Movable Type Kickstarter

Movable Type: Second Edition by Uncanny Cardboard

Being a Bear who has struggled with dyslexia for many years, it always surprises people when they find out that I love word games. I tend to lose – but language and the patterns words create have always fascinated me so games like Scrabble, Boggle and Bananagrams have been a mainstay in my family gaming evenings for a long time. However, I may have just found a game that will replace all of those… Movable Type.

Movable Type is an award-winning, word building, card-drafting game that takes the word generation of Scrabble and puts it into a round of Sushi Go! It’s a fast paced spelling game that really pushes tactical word manipulation.

This is the second edition of Movable Type and it offers a more varied game with a new set of author challenge cards, an adjustment to the point values of letters, helping to reduce the chance of those frustrating draws and a new solo mode that may finally give me the opportunity to win a game of words.

To get your hands on a copy of Movable Type, it’ll cost you a minimum of €15 but I know so many people who’ll enjoy this wonderful card game that I’ll be going for the two copies with the €25 pledge  – what a bargain!

Movable Type’s campaign ends on the 12th January 2018 with delivery expected May 2018


Chronicle X Kickstarter

Chronicle X by Archon Studio

Chronicle X is a tactical board game for upto 7 players, where you can either control the brave heroes of a 1980’s action movie or the Overmind, an invading group of monsters that seem to answer the question, “What would happen if a Xenomorph and Predator had a kid?” Bearing more than a passing resemblance to X-Com, Chronicle X is a strategic shooter that is played as either a one-off mission or as an on-running campaign. Use cover to your advantage, collect loot and materials to upgrade your team and wipe your opponent from the face of the planet – what could be more fun?

Chronicle X’s miniatures are astounding, with details you don’t see from some of the top board game publishers and come in a variety of sizes which are going to make the battles look epic. The custom dice have me twitching to get hold of a copy and the dials used to adjust your characters stats give me such a warm feeling inside that I’m starting to worry about my sanity.

To get your hands on a copy of Chronicle X it’s going to cost you $99 plus shipping; there is only one pledge level so if you back this project you’ll be getting all the stretch goals – and man are they worth having!

Chronicle X’s campaign ends on the 6th January 2018 with delivery expected September 2018


Shoudo Kickstarter

Shoudo: The Scorched Earth Game by Houseplant Games

Shoudo is set during the Japanese civil war as opposing families struggled to gain influence and ultimate control of the Empire. You play as one of the four main clans, maneuvering your armies across the terrain, burning rivals’ lands, crippling enemy militia and capturing the Daimyo’s castle.

Shoudo is played across 40 terrain cards which are shuffled and laid out in a 5×8 grid. Ten of these locations belong to your clan and must be protected, while the rest are a mix of villages, and fields as well as 10 locations that belong to your rival’s clan. It’s your task to protect your lands while burning your opposition to a crisp; first player to capture the opposing Daimyo’s castle wins. Shoudo is a fast paced strategy game that offers a vast amount of replayability and promises a new gaming challenge for those of us who love those 1v1 battles.

To get your hands on a copy of Shoudo it’ll cost you a minimum of $20 but this doesn’t include any of the stretch goals. However, it does seem like quite a big leap in price to get any of the added bonuses (paying double will get you a thank-you letter and an art print) so the choice is really up to you.

Shoudo‘s campaign ends on the 18th January 2018 with delivery expected July 2018


If there are any other board games you think I should check out or a Kickstarter campaign I missed, head over to the contact section and leave me a message. I’m off until the 5th of January so have a fantastic holiday and a happy new year.

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