Kickstarter (Bi)Weekly Spotlight 4/9 – 4/22

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the weeks of April 9th through April 22nd. I took a week off, so here’s a two week summary of the most notable projects.

This game pits you against up to three other proto-lifeforms in a battle to see who can become the most advanced organism. The amount of depth this game goes into is really astonishing. There are even alternate options for players who go extinct early on, as you can become a parasite and live inside the other players’ organisms. If you’re searching for a smart game with tons of aspects to keep you interested, check out the Bios Genesis Kickstarter project page for more info. Just $39 USD will get you the whole game, so jump on it!

Current funds: $85,583 USD
Funding Goal: $7,900 USD
Project End Date: May 10th 2017

Bridges to Nowhere is a competitive but also calming card game. You and your opponent take turns laying bits of bridge down in varying arrangements in order to get the maximum points for number of cards used, number of bridges, etc. Accompanied by very nice artwork, this game looks like one to be played over and over again. To get a copy of this game, just pledge $12 USD.

Current funds: $18,673 USD
Funding Goal: $4,300 USD
Project End Date: May 11th 2017

Eagle Islandeagle island

Another metroidvania comes to Kickstarter, but this one is what you didn’t know you needed. That’s right, an owl tamer and his magical owl friend are out to find his other magical own friend. Alongside well-crafted pixel art, this game actually does look fun to play. If you’re at all fatigued by the amount of metroidvania-styled games coming out, this may not be for you. But if you’re just ready for it to be done right, maybe this is worth waiting for. Pledge £10 ($12 USD) to get your hands on the game once it’s out of development.

Current funds: £5,748 ($7,134 USD)
Funding Goal: £20,000 ($25,613 USD)
Project End Date: May 15th 2017

I’ve seen a fair share of CCGs hit Kickstarter, and they always seem very fun, but also difficult to pick up. Forged Realms circumvents that by making the game very attractive in other ways. The game costs $15 USD for 2 copies of all the cards needed, so you can start playing right away. The game features unique gameplay such as simultaneous turns, that can make it stand out from the competition. On top of it all, the artwork for the cards is really good, so there are many things this game has going for it. If you could always use another dueling card game, head on over and check it out!

Current funds: $6,728
Funding Goal: $3,500
Project End Date: May 20th 2017

Here are some super cool miniatures to use for your sci-fi tabletop adventures. Three separate fleets with five different models of ships each. You can buy them individually or as a set, so check them out!

Current funds: $2,533 USD
Funding Goal: $1,500 USD
Project End Date: April 30th 2017

The Sheet is a good idea, but its design has a bit too much presence for my taste. It basically allows you your own transparent dry erase board to keep track of anything you need during your game. This could be incredibly handy for keeping track of hp, mana, spells the sheet 1cast, inventory usage, combat strategies, etc. Also, this transparent sheet is affixed to a dice tray with plenty of room for many dice. Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a version with a sleeker look and a lower profile dice tray, but it looks like it would do a great job for what it is. The Sheet will cost you $29 USD to get it unpainted, with the painted variation going for ten bucks more.

Current funds: $1,724 USD
Funding Goal: $2,500 USD
Project End Date: May 23rd 2017

If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream and gets them that much closer to their goal.

Also keep in mind that the numbers representing the “Current Funds” are taken at the time just before this was posted, and do not reflect an up to date representation of the current funds.


*=Projects that I have backed

Kickstarter Weekly Spotlight 4/2 – 4/8

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of April 1st through April 8th. A few video games and some rpg gear will help you through this week. It’s time for another breakdown, here we go.

Bringing immersion to a new level, Gametee has made what may be the most immersive tool for tabletop roleplayers yet. This leather binding houses everything you need to keep track of all your roleplaying adventures in style. Choose from one of four variations of premium leather bindings and get room for several notepads, pens/pencils, and pouches for anything else you may need. At £50 ($63 USD), you get your choice of one of the four unique designs.

Current funds: £71,466 ($91,209 USD)
Funding Goal: £7,500 ($9,279 USD)
Project End Date: April 30th 2017

Taking deck-building to a new level, Hardback has you buy letters to be able to build words, which allow you to in turn buy more letters. Simple to pick up, difficult to master–this game just adds a bunch of little mechanics that really add some spice to the general scrabble-meets-deckbuilding theme it has going. Sailing way past its initial funding goal, Hardback has picked up a few stretch goals, and at $27 USD, you can get a hold of this game and all the stretch goals as well!

Current funds: $121,589 USD
Funding Goal: $20,000 USD
Project End Date: April 26th 2017

Dark Souls in space, what more needs to be said. This game seems to be made by industry veterans who really know what they’re doing. Set in a very grim sci-fi world, you must fight your way through hordes of tactically challenging baddies to find the answers you seek. Backing this project at $24 CA ($18 USD) will get you the full game on release.

Current funds: $11,197 CA ($8,818 USD)
Funding Goal: $50,000 CA ($37,290 USD)
Project End Date: May 9th 2017

Looking to spice up your roleplaying campaign with some interesting pre-written stories? Look no further than Sly Flourish’s Fantastic Adventures. This small manual contains 10 different adventures for characters levels 2-5 to be used with 5th ed. For $15 USD, you can get a pdf of this book to be able to add a little extra to your dungeoneering.

Current funds: $11,808 USD
Funding Goal: $4,000 USD
Project End Date: May 2nd 2017

Drawing from the nostalgia of 90’s puzzle games, Super Plexis is likely to scratch that Tetris itch. Borrowing from classic puzzlers like Yoshi’s cookie, Wario’s Woods or Meteos, this game pits you against another player in a competitive match to see who can drown the other in blocks. This game also has a single player mode and beautiful pixel art to offer as well. Fortunately, this will be a free to play game, but you can secure extra content for backing at the appropriate tier.

Current funds: $1,556 USD
Funding Goal: $6,000 USD
Project End Date: May 6th 2017

Unimo is a unique take on UNO, where the different colors are “worlds” the special cards are “attacks”, and each number is actually a monster. Unimo adds a few new game mechanics such as battles, and the introduction of 1 color per player. This all adds up to an easy to learn card game that’s a fun twist on a beloved classic. Get your copy by pledging at the 150 SEK ($17 USD) tier.

Current funds: 64,630 SEK ($7,161 USD)
Funding Goal: 100,000 SEK ($11,024 USD)
Project End Date: May 8th 2017


If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream and gets them that much closer to their goal.

Also keep in mind that the numbers representing the “Current Funds” are taken at the time just before this was posted, and do not reflect an up to date representation of the current funds.


*=Projects that I have backed

Kickstarter Weekly Spotlight 3/26 – 4/1

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of March 26th through April 1st. Projects were abundant, but promising ones weren’t. Let’s get to it.

Bargain Quest!bargain quest

Every hero needs a good shopkeeper to supply them with the essentials for their adventure ahead. In Bargain Quest, you and up to three of your friends play as a city’s shopkeepers who compete to supply the local heroes with equipment while working together to make sure these same heroes are able to keep the city safe. Being both cooperative and competitive gives Bargain Quest an interesting twist you might want to check out. For just $30 USD you can get a copy of this game when it’s ready!

Current funds: $12,743 USD
Funding Goal: $35,000 USD
Project End Date: April 27th 2017

The City of Kings sets out to be an infinitely replayable cooperative adventure board game. From what they show, it appears to accomplish this goal fairly well. It gives you a wide variety of decisions on how to equip and upgrade your heroes, as well as a great many variables to diversify your opponents, keeping them fresh each game. It’s hard to pin down exactly how the game works out, but if you’re interested, head on over to the Kickstarter page and join the nearly 1400 other backers to find out more. To get a hold of your own copy of The City of Kings, pledge at the £59 ($74 USD) level and also receive the game as well as the stretch goals.

Current funds: £118,658 ($148,646)
Funding Goal: £28,500 ($35,756)
Project End Date: April 27th 2017

What happens when Mafia gets a European plague inspired makeover? You get the hidden role game of Infected. In this game, one player is the plague doctor who tries to infect the other players. Simultaneously, the other players try to find out who is the plague doctor while they keep themselves from getting infected. The game comes with a plague doctor miniature and a few nice visual bits to get you into the game. It looks like a very fun hidden role game, that recreates the fun of Mafia with a brand new look. Pledge at the $15 USD level to get your copy when the project is over.

Current funds: $31,071 USD
Funding Goal: $3,456 USD
Project End Date: April 24th 2017

retrocausalityHave you ever wanted to play a tabletop roleplaying game where you mess around with time without having to worry about excessive crunch? Retrocausality provides the framework for this exact type of play. Rules lite and diceless, this game allows you to play out any of your time traveling fantasies without worrying too much on the specificities of how you effect the countless planes of existence. If you want to travel back in time for some quick mischief, all you need to do is pledge $6 AU ($5 USD) to get a hold of the rulebook in pdf format, and you’ll be on your way.

Current funds: $1,190 AU ($949 USD)
Funding Goal: $1,000 AU ($762 USD)
Project End Date: April 30th 2017

Apparently a prequel to a classic fantasy roleplaying world originally made in 1986, Talislanta brings you an update with great art, deep lore, and absolutely no elves. This setting is famous for having a diverse list of sentient races, without following in the footsteps of Tolkien, which we have seen done to death. Other than that, the setting is during a sort of fantasy dark ages where most magic is a mystery and society is slowly piecing itself back together after a great cataclysm. To brave this wasteland with your friends, just head over to the Kickstarter and back at the $10 USD level for at least a PDF of the rulebook.

Current funds: $22,594 USD
Funding Goal: $10,000 USD
Project End Date: April 30th 2017

If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream and gets them that much closer to their goal.

Also keep in mind that the numbers representing the “Current Funds” are taken at the time just before this was posted, and do not reflect an up to date representation of the current funds.


*=Projects that I have backed

Cheap Golf Successfully Funded!

cheap golfThe silly, vibrant 4th wall breaking Cheap Golf project was successfully funded on Kickstarter! In only seven days, Pixel Jam Games managed to barely reach its pledge goal, so we’ll see exactly how odd it can get when the game comes out later this year. No stretch goals were reached, but I’m glad it was funded at all.

Backers: 666
Funding Goal: $9,000 USD
Funds Pledged: $9,625 USD

Narita Boy Successfully Funded!

narita boy

Narita Boy, which was a project I was very excited about, has been successfully funded! The
game looks gorgeous and incredibly fun. The art style makes me drool, and the character/monster design is simple and striking. Congratulations to Studio Koba for their project success and I can’t wait to get my hands on this game.

The project achieved 2 stretch goals beyond the initial funding:

  • “More characters & interaction, extra lore, deeper plot”at €140,000
  • “Additional programmer. Extra enemies additional development” at €160,000
Backers: 5,012
Funding Goal: €160,946
Funds Pledged: €120,000

Kickstarter Weekly Spotlight 3/19-3/25

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of March 19th through March 25th. Getting back to it, I’m going to try to provide more info this time around including the current funds, funding goal and ending date for every project. Kickstarter popularity has been picking up recently, which is great for independent creatives and teams. Let’s get to it.

Non-gaming projects:

Kids 2 Kings: 4 Kids, 7 Kingdoms, 1 Legend! Funded!kids 2 kings

A comic book about 4 super-powered kids set in ancient Egypt. I know what you’re thinking–you’re sick of Egypt as a setting in fantasy. In fact, I’m there with you, but I implore you to take a second look at this comic. It explores the idea of children born into power who are tasked with rebuilding their land after endless wars. This Kickstarter is to fund the second issue of the comic, and the first issue is available as a video on the Kickstarter page. The art style is great, the story is very interesting, and the characters are nuanced and engaging. I would highly recommend backing this at even the $10 USD pledge tier to get a pdf of the first issue, and early access to the second.

Current funds: $9,305 USD
Funding Goal: $4,000 USD
Project End Date: April 11th 2017

If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream and gets them that much closer to their goal.


*=Projects that I have backed

Been away for some time, let’s fix that

Hi there all. Here I am!

I know it’s been a while since I posted and I’ll warn you, it’s about to get personal.

Something major happened in my life that was equally the worst and best thing that could have ever happened to me. The most influential and inspiring person I have ever met in my life left me, and I’m glad they got away. It was likely  that I wouldn’t have changed had our relationship kept going. On the outside, it is entirely too easy to see how poorly I treated this person, and I wish nothing but the best for them moving forward. This really kicked my ass emotionally, mentally and existentially, and it’s time to pick myself up and commit to being a better, more self aware individual as I move forward.

Of course, the world has changed too. I see now that I have to double down on my creative projects and on signal boosting other’s projects that deserve a larger audience–the reason I started this blog to begin with. There is just too much going against a person trying to carve out a creative space for themselves, especially in times like these where the arts are suffering a substantial blow from authoritarian government edicts, and the palpability of modern Nazism and Nihilism (not that they were ever gone). Of course, I can only do this through actions and not words.

Expect more updates in the future, and in the meantime take care of yourselves.

-Kydell, The Fast Hero

Kickstarter Weekly Spotlight 7/24-7/30

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of July 24th through July 30th. There was only one gaming and one non-gaming project really worth mentioning this week. If you found any interesting projects that aren’t on my list, please send them in or mention them in the comments section. Now we proceed to the good stuff.

TROVE – The Tabletop Gaming Subscription Boxtrove

This is the only gaming project that really stuck out to me. It is a quarterly (not monthly) subscription service that sends you tabletop board game and roleplaying game content from indie developers around the world. Much like Loot Crate, you pay ahead of time and receive a box in the mail filled with various board game, card game or tabletop rpg type stuff. If you’ve done some research on subscription services that might have similar content, you might know about MytHoard or possibly Dungeon Crate or RPG Crate from cratejoy. This project seems similar to those, but only ships 4 times out of the year, is thrice as expensive, and can be tailored to your interests. The company putting this together is also looking to be not for profit, so it could be worth checking out. For their first full crate of goodies, you’re looking at pledging around $158 USD after shipping.


Non-gaming projects:

ticwatchTicwatch 2: The Most Interactive Smartwatch

My pick of the week of interesting Kickstarter projects goes to the Ticwatch 2. This smart watch appears to be one of the most capable of any smart watch out there. You can answer calls, get notifications, search google, text, monitor your fitness habits, and of course check the time. All this, and it is just $139 (before shipping) if you act quickly. Seeing as I paid $109 for the Pebble 2, this appears to be one hell of a deal. I highly suggest checking this out if you’re in the market for a capable smart watch.


If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream and gets them that much closer to their goal.


*=Projects that I have backed

Kickstarter Weekly Spotlight 7/17-7/23

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of July 17th through July 23rd. Plenty of projects to go through, but only a few made the final cut. If you found any interesting projects that aren’t on my list, please send them in or mention them in the comments section. Now we proceed to the good stuff.

GLITCHED*glitched

Hot off the heels of the Kickstarter super success Undertale, Glitched is another adventure RPG that uses a battle mechanic similar to Earthbound. Unlike the Mother series, this game has a unique plot where the main character realizes they are in a game and actually interacts with the player. Other notable features are an interesting game engine that generates play specific battles, and gorgeous avatar pixel art. The overworld art is just servicable and the main character doesn’t seem too interesting, but I backed this project because it looks like something I haven’t seen too much of with it’s 4th wall-breaking story and imaginative NPC design. If this seems interesting to you, I highly suggest pledging the $10 USD to get your hands on a digital copy.

near and farNear and Far – Storytelling Board Game

This combines many things I have seen before with even more that I haven’t. Near and Far is a board game with a persistent story to immerse yourself into with each consecutive play. Of course it is entirely possible to start up a brand new game each time, but this game offers you the chance to pick up where you left off. This board game is reminiscent of a streamlined adventure in a tabletop roleplaying game that also includes a small bit of resource management and turn-based strategy. At the time of writing this, the project has accumulated about eleven times what their funding goal was. To get your copy, just pledge $57 USD (shipping included) and you’ll be set.

Premium Playmats Card Game Play Mats and Computer Desk Matsgamematz1

This is a cool project for huge playing mats with enough space to fit your mouse and keyboard. They come with a lot of different choices of graphics including some with game specific placement zones (for pokemon, magic etc.). gamematz2These could be a good idea for the gamer with a need for nice play area material. The mats would certainly make it easier for you to pick up your cards and would keep you from splitting the card edges with your fingernails. For $23 USD after shipping, you could get yourself one of these with options for saving money when buying more than one.

Roots of Mali *roots of mali

This is my pick of the week this last week for most interesting Kickstarter project. It’s a chess like board game that uses custom dice as its pieces, where each side represents a different piece. You can upgrade any of the pieces by rotating the dice to the next number up, and each piece has its own special powers to help navigate the board space and best your opponent. Various moves will net you points, which secures you the victory instead of just killing all of your opponent’s pieces. Another really neat feature is that this game is compatible with Sun Core Games’ other abstract grid based game, Light of Dragons. For this quick one-on-one tactical engagement, you’ll have to fork over at least $45 USD (with shipping). This seems like a lot for the small game, but I could see this easily becoming a favorite among my friends.


If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream, and gets them that much closer to their goal.


*=Projects that I have backed

Kickstarter Weekly Spotlight 7/10-7/16

Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of July 10th through July 16th. There were a lot of projects this week, but only a few of them caught my eye. Mostly tabletop RPGs in the mix today, so let’s get started.

Corioliscoriolis

Coriolis is a sci-fi tabletop RPG that takes place in a star cluster rich with history, and rife with conflict. This lends itself to giving the players many things to do, and allows the player’s many options for their character’s personal history, goals and ambitions. This game is also being made by the creators of Mutant: Year Zero, which as far as I can tell has gotten largely positive reviews. All of these things alongside a silver ENnie award winning system could make for an interesting sci-fi experience. At around $50 USD (with shipping) for a physical copy (a PDF copy is available for less), you might be able to get a hold of a very unique product by backing this project.

martiansMartians: A Story of Civilization

From the creators of Lord of Ice Garden and Achaia comes a resource management and worker placement board game about colonizing mars. This game can be played single player or multiplayer, cooperatively or competitively with up to four players. The goals of the game change depending on how you choose to play, but generally you are looking to fully outfit your martian colony with enough resources to survive, or gain more reputation than your opponent(s). If you are a fan of resource management games, this one seems to hit some good notes with balancing your people and resources opposed to negating the effects of the harsh environment. Picking this game up costs about $59 USD (with shipping) which is a pretty average price for most board games these days.

The Taylahtaylah

Another board game table comes to Kickstarter. This one being a little bit cheaper, and in my opinion much more versatile than one I mentioned a couple weeks back. The Taylah sports, aside from its terrible name, a variety of add-ons to make it fit just about any gamer’s needs. It can come with panels to double as a dining room table, removable cupholders and even a transparent acrylic sheet to accommodate drawing maps on for tabletop rpgs or miniature based games. Something to be aware of is that there are a couple versions of the table shown on the project page, and they are not selling the version with the built-in arm rests. Instead they have opted to add in rubber pads to put on the table, which you would have to put on and take off to convert it to the dining table format. I think this will ultimately hurt the campaign, as the built-in arm rests gave it a higher quality look. However, if you are okay with this new look, then this seems like a solid gaming table. For just $499 USD (plus $50-$90 USD for shipping), you can get this table when and if the project meets its goal.

unityUnity

Unity represents something I have a deep interest in. This is a tabletop roleplaying game created by people who have a passion for finding out exactly what makes this form of gaming unique. This system is built around crafting immersive stories as a group where no player feels left out. Even some staples of the genre have been eschewed like GM dice rolling, miniatures and grid-based combat in favor of a more natural feeling story progression. The races of the game seem to be a bit lackluster, and the little history of the world that has been shown can err on the side of trite. However, the almost wholly modular rule set focused on great stories makes this game easily worth your time. The $57 USD pledge tier (with an additional $15-16 USD for shipping) will get you a physical copy of the book, so I would suggest to get the pdf at a lower pledge level if you’re interested.


If any of these projects pique your interest, I highly recommend checking them out for yourself. Even backing a project at a $1 level helps to encourage the creators to continue their dream, and gets them that much closer to their goal.


*=Projects that I have backed