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.


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


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