There were several interesting gaming Kickstarters in the week of June 5th to June 11th. Many board games, and even a high quality gaming table with which to play them on. Here’s what stuck out to me.
Conspiracy Uprising is a hidden-role card game with simple rules set during a series of corrupt political elections. Each player is assigned a role with specific goals, and they will use their skills to accomplish them. This seems like a very fun game that pits you against your friends in a frenzy of backstabbing, lying and bribing. You can get this game for $12 USD with free shipping in the US, and it’s only got 7 more days to get nearly three quarters of its funding goal, so head out there and show them your love.
This gaming table has it all. The Dutchess is a deluxe gaming table that can seat 6 comfortably, with the option of cupholders off the side. The table surface has a neoprene padding akin to a mousepad to help pick up cards or tiles, and is surrounded by a nearly three inch wall to keep your dice and cards from falling out of the play area. With a deluxe table like this comes a deluxe price. For the basic table without cupholders or a top to convert it into a standard dinner table, this will cost you $499 USD ($558 after shipping). For a well constructed table with good functionality, this might be well worth it to back.
Dungeon Dealer offers a way to randomize your dungeons without having to think about each room in advance. If you want to surprise your players during a tabletop roleplaying game, these cards give you that and more. You can pick up a deck of strictly corridors or a deck of strictly chambers for $16 USD (after shipping), and you can grab both for $27 USD (after shipping). This seems a bit expensive to me, but it can be a good option to keep your campaign from feeling stale, and saving you a lot of homework planning dungeons out.
Heart at Hack is a story-driven visual novel style game with puzzles. It follows a couple’s text conversations while their relationship is on the rocks, and follows one character as he hacks into his girlfriend’s electronic device to monitor her activity. The game’s futuristic setting and diverse cast could lend itself to an interesting, albeit voyeuristic game, and it might very well be worth picking up at just ~$2 USD.
This board game burst onto Kickstarter with a solid idea: miniature-based dungeon crawling with customization and loot. At this moment, the campaign has racked up $1.2 million USD with 25 days left in the campaign. As far as I can tell, it’s what it says on the tin, with generic euro-centric fantasy tropes in tact. It has great looking miniatures, but at $110 USD (before shipping), it seems like something that is an expensive and poor substitute for a personalized tabletop roleplaying campaign.
Nova Cry is a card game of space exploration and adventure with crew and resource management. It is a second printing, which has gotten 80% of its funding goal with 23 days remaining, which suggests that it has some loyal followers who didn’t get to the first printing, as well as some new people who are interested in getting the game this time around. This game looks very fun, and at $34 USD (shipping included) it seems well worth the price.
This video game is an atmospheric space mystery, where you explore the surrounding world to uncover its intriguing past. The game’s haunting soundtrack and its distant camera angles add to a sense of isolation. It does use the very cliche trope of amnesia to start off its story, but enough of it seems intriguing enough to want to experience the game despite this. If you act in the next 25 days, you’ll be able to get the game for just $14 USD. However, the campaign has gotten just $18,249 USD out of its ambitious $84,000 USD goal, so I couldn’t be sure if they will reach their funding goal or not.
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.