Here’s a look at all the most interesting Kickstarter gaming projects from the week of June 26th through July 2nd. There were two huge card game projects and of course System Shock to talk about this week, so let’s get started.
A card game about a collectible card game. You can’t get much more meta than this. In Millenium Blades, you play a character who collects and competes in tournaments for the fictional card game, Millenium Blades. This game seems quite complicated, but also very diverse in its tactics, which I would imagine increases its replayability as long as you can find friends willing to get as invested. This is not a collectible card game, just a board game simulating all the facets of a collectible card game. Honestly, it sounds like a lot of fun, and for $80 USD, it seems fairly reasonable for the amount of depth this game can offer.
I am always on the lookout for new dice, and this week I found some on Kickstarter. These dice are machined precision dice with floating faces. They look absolutely gorgeous, but are quite pricey for a set. For $155 USD, you too can get your hands on some.
This is most likely the biggest Kickstarter this week. Nightdive Studios is fully recreating the original System Shock in Unreal Engine 4 in 3D. The assets they have shown look very polished, and they seem to be fully capable of realizing this project. The studio is filled with industry veterans from AAA companies such as Blizzard and Bethesda. I never played the original, but this game looks like it could have great potential. For $30 USD, you can get your hands on this remake of a classic when it comes to fruition.
Warage is the second huge card game that appeared on Kickstarter this last week. This one is more of your typical euro-fantasy combat simulation card game. While it doesn’t interest me at all, it does seem to have an interesting card-buy mechanic and it can come with over a thousand cards to play with. At the $60 USD pledge level, you get around 1040 cards to play with, which is a steal compared to a lot of card games these days.
Xydonia is my pick of the week for interesting Kickstarter gaming projects. This game throws me back into my childhood with its retro graphics and cheezy 80’s style action sci-fi aesthetic. This is a side scrolling shoot ’em up with gorgeous pixel art, which also features music from veterans of the genre. The gameplay seems like a throw back, but also is updated to compensate for modern gaming trends. At any rate, this game is a steal at $11 USD.
Non-gaming projects worth mentioning:
In all facets of our world, we need diversity. Specifically, diverse creators bring a wider perspective and much-needed representation to our various media. ELEMENTS: Fire focuses on bringing these creators together in an anthology of comics ranging from sci-fi and fantasy to steam punk and comedy. For this project, excess money will be used to pay the contributors more for their content, which is very nice. The lowest pledge to get this collection is $31 USD (after shipping) for a softcover copy. Higher pledges will net you a hardcover, one-of-a-kind post cards, enamel pins and more.
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