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.These are my choices from January 30th to February 5th:
Dungeon Allies by Joe Magic Games
Dungeon Allies is a worker placement Euro game where your D&D dice do all the work. Instead of placing your meeples throughout the dungeon, having them quest from legendary weapons or enter rustic bars to recruit allies, you must carefully send your trusty D20 and friends to defeat dragons, collect powerful items and adventure deeper into the dungeon – all while stuffing your bag of holding to the brim with lovely gold.
Dungeon Allies is a classic Euro game and will definitely appeal to those of us who have always thought that dice were the true heroes of every quest.
To get your hands on a copy of Dungeon Allies will cost a minimum of $40
Dungeon Allies’ campaign ends March 30th with delivery expected August 2018
Endeavor Age of Sail by Burnt Island Games
Navigate the great oceans of the world as you endeavour to become the most successful Empire. Endeavor Age of Sail is a rich strategy game where you must control the various shipping lanes of the world whilst attempting to balancing your Empire’s industry, culture, finance and influence. As you open up more trade routes and discover other lands, you must colonise new areas, create commerce links and venture to make your mark on the age of sail.
Endeavor Age of Sail is a gripping Euro strategy game for 2-5 players that’ll have you dreaming of the open waves and the fortune that awaits you.
Endeavor Age of Sail will cost a minimum of CA$68 and comes with all relevant Kickstarter goals.
Endeavor Age of Sail’s campaign ends on the 2nd of March with delivery expected September 2018
Eternal Kings by Rolando Issa
Eternal Kings combines the classic strategy of chess with the diverse mechanics of a collectable card game(CCG). Instead of playing pawns, kings and bishops, you’ll lay cards, each with their own unique abilities and stats. Every card relates to a piece on the chessboard and must be set out in the same way you would a game of chess.
Eternal Kings is a fascinating game as it has the potential to be truly brilliant – and if it’s done right could change the way we play CCGs.
Eternal Kings will cost a minimum of $44 and comes with all applicable stretch goals.
Eternal Kings’ campaign ends on the 28th of February with delivery expected Sep 2018.
Hammered Heroes by Kinetic Energy Productions
Hammered Heroes is a whimsical strategy game that aims to get your drinking friends into card games and your card game friends drunk. Though to be honest, most of my drinking friends already play card games and we don’t need much of an excuse to get drunk! Hammered Heroes isn’t a serious game – it has additional rules to turn this fantasy questing adventure into an actual drinking game, and I applaud it for that; gaming should be fun and I can see this card game being a barrel of laughs next time you’re down at the Green Dragon Inn.
Hammered Heroes will cost a minimum of $20 and comes with stickers, though if you’re willing to spend $40 you can get your hands on a set of five Hammered Heroes shot glasses.
Hammered Heroes’ campaign ends on the 1st of March with delivery expected May 2018.
Herbalism by Deep Water Games
Herbalism is a memory and deduction game that challenges you to find the cure for a pandemic that is sweeping across the country. As a novice pharmacist, you must gather enough information about the disease to combine the correct ingredients and cure the epidemic. However, you also want to make this medical breakthrough before anyone else at the table, gaining huge renown and possibly tenure, so controlling what information you share is vital to your success.
Herbalism is one of a number of titles that Deep Water Games have localised from Asian tabletop games to bring to the West and with wonderful artwork, simple mechanics and a chance to play games from around the world, I highly recommend checking this one out.
Herbalism will cost a minimum of $19 but can only be shipped to certain countries so check yours is one of those being shipped to before pledging.
Herbalism’s campaign ends on the 22nd of February with delivery expected March 2018.
Loot N’ Shoot by Vile Genius Games
Loot N’ Shoot is a rubber band flinging, shoot em’ up where you get to blast goblins from their woodland homes. Seriously, there’s not a lot more to say about this game. Using rubber band guns you’ll set up a fabulous forest scene filled with happy little goblins playing amongst the bracken – and then proceed to blast them all to hell.
Loot N’ Shoot does have more to it than just firing elastic bands across your front room: there are challenges to complete, treasures to collect and more – but to be honest it’s all about blasting pieces of cardboard!
Loot N’ Shoot will cost a minimum of $39 but does come with 4 rubber band pistols so, you know, gameplay is endless.
Loot N’ Shoot’s campaign ends on the 1st of March with delivery expected February 2018.
Cogs and Commissars by Atlas Games
Cogs and Commissars is a cleverly competitive card game about revolutionary robots. Set in the world of totalitarian mechanoids, you take on the role of an inspirational robot leader, with your own faction of stalinist droids and your own deck of cards. You must grow your faction by manufacturing more robots, use powerful propaganda to steal other faction’s automatons or just send your enemies to the gulag.
Cogs and Commissars comes with pre-built decks to make it easy to pick up and play but for those of you who like those deeper deck experiences, Cogs and Commissars also provides deck drafting, intricate card combos, unique faction-based tricks, and deep strategy.
Cogs and Commissars will cost a minimum of $25 for the Proletatian edition and $50 for the deluxe.
Cogs and Commissars’ campaign ends on the 1st of March with delivery expected October 2018.
Dice Odyssey from Kaiju Kraft
Dice Odyssey is a tabletop RPG that takes all the best parts of storytelling roleplay games and fills it with a myriad of stunning dice. During the game you’ll get to create your own pool of dice, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, so choosing the makeup of your dice pool will have serious effects on your entire experience. Like most RPGs, one player will have the job of storyteller and using the prewritten adventures (or their own) run a group of heroes through a fantasy world filled with attitude.
Dice Odyssey is my kind of game and it’s absolutely filled with glorious dice. Unfortunately, I don’t get paid till the 28th so I can’t back this one myself but I will be adding it to my Christmas wish list!
Dice Odyssey will cost a minimum of $74 unless your quick enough to get the early bird pledge which is $68.
Dice Odyssey’s campaign ends on the 22nd of February with delivery expected December 2018.
Pulp Detective by AV Studio Games
Pulp Detective is a 1–2 player card game which challenges you to solve some classic pulp mysteries. Set in the heart of the 1930s, Pulp Detective is filled with illustrations once emblazoned across original pulp magazine and novel covers. These alone make checking out the Kickstarter campaign worth a moment of your time.
As for gameplay, Pulp Detective has elements that remind me of Elder Sign, where you have to match your dice rolls to the symbols shown on the card. Once you match all these symbols you’ll gain clues which will lead you to the mastermind behind your current caper. With the inclusion of a time limit, it makes solving the case tense and thematically adds to the film noir feel. While there may be only one case in the base game of Pulp Detective, there isn’t a single solution. Each playthrough will see you come up against 1 of 4 different criminals; the storyline cards will never come up in the same order twice and if you do find yourself needing more from the game there are expansions available to increase your case files.
To get hold of a copy of Pulp Detective it’s going to cost a minimum of $19.
Pulp Detective’s campaign ends on the 28th of February with delivery expected December 2018.
Quirk! Legends from Emmerse Studios
Quirk! Legends is charming match 3 card game that is filled with happy unicorns, mischievous imps, amusing wizards and some evil villains. It’s perfect for those family gaming evenings: quick to learn, easy to play and suitable for all ages. Plus Quirk! Legends can be added to the original Quirk! game to extend game play and boost the number of players from 6 to 12.
Quirk! Legends will cost a minimum of £3 for the print and play version and only £10 for a physical copy.
Quirk! Legends’ campaign ends on the 3rd of March with delivery expected May 2018
Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon from Academy Games
Based on the newest video game set in the Saint’s Row Universe – Agents of Mayhem, Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon is a team vs. team skirmish game for 2 to 4 players. Played across a 3D board which is fully destructible, you and your friends will battle it out through a raucous story where each decision you make will have an effect that ripples throughout the campaign.
Filled with the over the top action and humour you’d expect from a Saint’s Row affiliate, this is definitely a title for the more mature audience. Offering fast paced gameplay that promises to keep you involved at all times and character progression filled with gadgets and weaponry, Agents of Mayhem is bound to be a success on Kickstarter.
Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon will cost a minimum of $90 but this comes with the ‘Get Gaunt’ expansion, ‘Total Mayhem’, Kickstarter exclusives and all unlocked stretch goals.
Agents of Mayhem: Pride of Babylon’s campaign ends on the 27th of February with delivery expected September 2018.
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, strategising and dominating our foes, this is definitely one to look out for.
Laruna: Age of Kingdoms will cost a minimum of $85 and includes all stretch goals.
Laruna: Age of Kingdoms’ campaign ends on the 2nd of March with delivery expected March 2019.
Compositions by Side Hustle Studio
Compositions is a fast-paced tile placement game that creates vibrantly abstract works of art across your tabletop. I’ll be honest, the inclusion of Compositions on this week’s list has more to do with its relationship to work by Mondrian & Theo van Doesburg than it does with tabletop gaming. I’m not sure if I’d want to play the game or frame it and put on my wall.
But what I can say is that after every game you’ll have created a work of art.
Compositions will cost a minimum of $5 for the print and play version but if you want to get your hands on the physical version of the game it’ll cost you $35.
Compositions’ campaign ends on the 3rd of March with delivery expected July 2018.
Arkon from Hill Gaming Company
Arkon is a fast paced, non-linear strategy card game that employs a unique bidding based resource system and multi-use cards. You take on the role of a mysterious stranger who claims to be a fabled mystic from long ago. With war and mistrust causing great unrest across the land, deep divisions have been sown between continents. It’s now your job to use your powers to amass support and bring unity back to the clans… or you could just dominate the world and declare yourself God Emperor!
Arkon is played from a central deck of 52 cards, where each player will bid and bargain for influence, building their clan to the point of ultimate victory. It’s a deceptively simple strategy game that’ll put your poker face to the test.
Arkon will cost a minimum of $20 for one copy of the game and all achieved stretch goals.
Arkon’s campaign ends on the 4th of March with delivery expected December 2018.
Treasure Mountain by August Games
Treasure Mountain is a dwarf themed worker placement board game for 2-4 players. King Grimsteel wishes you to mine the vast riches buried deep within Treasure Mountain. Using all your dwarven skills, you must carve tunnels, refine ore and watch for marauding dragons as you ransack the wealth from deep inside the mountain.
Treasure Mountain is a medium to light worker placement game that uses a wonderful tile arranging mechanic to build your mines and generate wealth. With each clan earning victory points from mining gems, earning gold, building mines and fighting dragons, it’s up to you to acquire the most victory points and gain the favour of King Grimsteel – thus winning the game.
This looks like a board game that will be perfect for anyone who likes worker placement games and tabletops filled with a myriad of tokens, gems and meeples.
Treasure Mountain will cost a minimum of $55 and comes with all the stretch goals.
Treasure Mountain’s campaign ends on the 7th of March with delivery expected November 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.