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Kickstart Monday: Carry Your Bags to Rome and More

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects in the tabletop gaming industry. I scour over platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing. Since I was providing these recommendations all ready, what a better way to do it than post a weekly blog about projects I am interested in.

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This week’s projects feature bags for carrying board games, gaming mats, and a territory control board game. Let’s dive into this week’s Kickstart Monday projects.

Bags and Playmats for Board Games

Boardgametables.com is best known for their Jasper Gaming table, but they also produce a number of accessories for the tabletop board gamer. This project will feature new options to their line of bags for transporting board games to game night, conventions, or wherever you need to take them. These bags will feature new colors and are designed to nicely hold 12×12 inch board game boxes. You know, that classic board game box size made famous by games like Ticket to Ride and multiple Fantasy Flight Games titles!

In addition, if you play at say the kitchen table, game store, or other surface and would just like something nicer to pick up game components on then this project has something for you. Neoprene mats come in three sizes and five different colors. With stitched edging, they will hold up. I know we end up having to put up a folding table for our extra table at game nights so having a mat like this is really attractive for us.

If you need something to carry your games to game night or a nice mat to go on your table for the game night then this project has something for you.

Total War: Rome The Board Game

Total War: Rome The Board Game from PSC Games and designed by Simon Hall is based on the highly popular video game of the same name. For up to four players, this game is played over a number of rounds. Like so many games, each round is a collection of phases. You will collect resources, convert those resources into more units and upgrades such as generals and weaponry, and then spread your legions over the lands to try to control as much territory as possible.

I have always enjoyed tactical war games, but at some point there just isn’t a reason to continue playing once someone gains the strong upper hand in resources, units, and board control (Games like Risk). Total War: Rome gets around this by making it a race to 25 VPs. You’ll score points for economic might, expansion, victory in battle, and other things. Race condition endings aren’t for everyone, but in this type of game, I think it’s ideal.

If you like tabletop strategy wargames or love this video game then this game is likely for you.

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Kickstart Monday: Viscounts and Monks Make Great Games

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! On Kickstart Monday I scour crowdfunding platforms for two or more projects that I feel are worth looking at. This includes platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo. Everything that is recommended on Kickstart Monday is oriented around tabletop gaming in some fashion.

This week I take a look at one of the hottest expansions to one of our favorite games and a game about making wine.

As a quick note, there will be no Kickstart Monday next week.

Viscounts: Gates of Gold and Keeper of the Keys

Viscounts of the West Kingdom from Garphill Games is the final game in the trilogy of West Kingdom games from designer Shem Philips. We originally reviewed this game and unboxed it on the blog around a year ago. Now there is a project for two great expansions to this game.

Keeper of Keys and Gates of Gold are two unique expansions for this game. Gates of Gold will introduce new card types, manuscripts (and a manuscript board), new leaders, new building bonus cards, and just more of the stuff that makes this game great. Meanwhile, Keeper of the Keys introduces updated player boards with slots for housing chest tiles. In addition, there are going to be three new public buildings you can compete to construct. Just looking at this, if you wait to retail this expansion seems to be the one you will want to add to the base game the most.

Of course, Garphill Games will also allow you to add a Collector’s Box which is just a larger game box that will hold the base game plus the expansions. There’s usually a little bonus in the Collector’s Box, and this one is no different with 12 promo items.

If you need to have all of the West Kingdom series games as we do, then this is a project you certainly should check out.

Dom Pierre

Dom Pierre from publisher R&R Games and designed by Rola and Costa is going to take you to the 17th-century French wine-making boom. This game looks to be another great crunchy Euro-style title you can add to your collection. Like so many games, the player with the most points at the end will be nominated as the winner.

The game consists of a number of rounds where on your player board you will move an action disc on your winery board up one spot and do the corresponding action. As the disc moves up a given track the actions become more powerful. Yet you need to balance the actions you are taking to be able to have your winery succeed. In addition, each action will cost you resources so the further you push an action disc up a track the more costly it will be to take that action.

The game will take you through all of the winemaking things you would expect as you manage your winery. You will plant and harvest crops in your vineyard. Produce champagne in your cellar. Don’t produce enough in your vineyard, then go to the village and purchase your neighbor’s (other players) crops. Of course, you also need to manage your logistics and build your sales network so that you can have the best sales of your products.

If the idea of running a winery sounds like fun, then you should check out Dom Pierre from R&R Games.

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Kickstart Monday: Abstract Strategy Meets Cthulhu

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! It’s 2022 and I am excited for all that this new year will bring. On Kickstart Monday I scour crowdfunding platforms for two or more projects that I feel are worth looking at. This includes platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo. Everything that is recommended on Kickstart Monday is oriented around tabletop gaming in some fashion.

This week I take a look at a really cool abstract game and plush creature that surely will rise from the depths. Let’s dive into it!

Canosa

Canosa from One Day West Games is an abstract game for two players that should take you around 20 minutes to play. In the game, you play as a siren who is trying to capture shipwrecked sailors. The box art is beautiful and actually is part of the gameplay experience.

Once the game is set up you will perform one of four actions on your turn. First, you may move your siren token. Next, you can move a ring from your siren to a sailor. This must be a sailor that is adjacent to your siren. Once you have a sailor under your control you then unlock the move a sailor action. Of course, the number of rings you have is limited so during the game you may need to remove a ring from a sailor and move it back to your siren.

To win the game you need to be the first to successfully move 4 sailors off the board or to trap your opponent. Moving sailors off the board is the most common way to win and involves moving a sailor to your starting spot. When this happens, remove the sailor from the board. Do this before your opponent and you win!

If you like quick, abstract strategy games then you should check out this one from One Day West Games.

Cthulhu’s D20 Plush

Cthulhu’s D20 Plush from NekoRaveWolf is a cute stuffed Cthulhu plushy with a removable D20. While not a traditional gaming-related item, this plushy would be great to help decorate a tabletop gaming space. Of course, if you just want more cute plushy critters then you can’t go wrong with this one either.

There are a number of unlocks and add ons that you look at adding to your pledge, from cute pins to funding goals that will unlock upgrades to the plushy.

If your gaming space needs a little decoration then you should check out this plushy project.

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Kickstart Monday: Ancient Blood Rises with Carrara

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! Happy holidays everyone. As the year winds down, I am still taking the time to scrub Gamefound, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms for tabletop gaming projects that I think you might be interested in. This week we have two board game projects that really have me intrigued. Let’s dive into them!

As an FYI, I will be taking next week off on Kickstart Monday. We’ll be back in the first week in January with new projects to recommend for you!

Ancient Blood – The Order of Vampire Hunters

Ancient Blood – The Order of Vampire Hunters is from Dark Gate Games. This is the third game by Dark Gate Games. All of their games feature darker tones. While this is their first venture on Gamefound, their other projects have been previously on Kickstarter.

In the game, you will play as a vampire hunter cooperatively with the other players against the game. Like many of these games, you can play it stand-alone, solo, or even as a campaign. Each session you will choose a story that dictates the scenario. There will be local people for you to interact with. These people may provide aid, narrative direction, or other things to you. You will encounter various creatures and villains that you will have to overcome. Ultimately leading to the completion (or failure) of the story’s goal.

If you like campaign-driven narrative games where you and your friends take on the world then you may want to check out Ancient Blood. This game certainly features a different feel to the adventure board game than the traditional Sci-Fi or Fantasy dungeon crawl games that often dominate this space.

The Palaces of Carrara 2nd Edition

The Palaces of Carrara 2nd Edition from Game Brewer is bringing back this Euro-style game for updated printing. For those of you who have not heard of this game before the theme is that you build buildings during the Renaissance in Italy. You will do this by manipulating the price of marble so that you can purchase materials inexpensively. You can then use that marble to construct buildings. Of course, reducing the price of marble helps the other players as well. You need to carefully balance the market to produce what you need while keeping it expensive enough to slow your opponents.

In this second printing, they are providing a completely revised and updated ruleset. On top of that, the game will feature new advanced play options. Finally, they are offering a deluxe version as a Gamefound exclusive. Plenty to offer if you are interested, but already own Carrara.

If you like a crunchy, economic, euro game that will make your brain work then you should definitely check out The Palaces of Carrara.

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or at our email.

Kickstart Monday: Going Medieval on Your Games

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! This is our typically weekly series featuring two or more crowdfunded projects for tabletop gaming. Every week I take a dive into what looks interesting on sites like Gamefound and Kickstarter. Hopefully, you will find these projects of interest too!

This week’s featured projects include an amazing 3D board game and a Dungeons and Dragons 5E supplement that is sure to spice up your city encounters. Hopefully, you are as interested as I am. Let’s check them out!

Hortven: King of Fortress

Hortven: King of Fortress from MasterGames features one of the more unique board games we have brought to Kickstart Monday to date. This game features an interactive, three-dimensional castle that you play the board game on. You will play as one of six playable characters interacting with the other players, game-controlled characters, and exploring the castle itself.

Since the big attraction to this game is the castle itself it definitely needs a number of cool components. You can open gates, doors, and other components of the castle itself as you play the game. On top of that, you will find crates and boxes scattered through the castle. Plundering those, also tangible objects, you will find treasures such as relics that you can use to help achieve victory.

If you are like me then just looking at this game has to bring out your inner child. I can see myself spending hours just playing with some miniatures around this, perhaps inserting the castle into a role-playing game. Of course, I would play the game too!

The City Attractions Package

The City Attractions Package from Evil Pidgeon Games will help you Dungeon Masters out there add new elements to your fantasy cities. Cities are more than just places to shop. People live there. They need activities. Town Criers, taverns, eateries, and more are the standard fare at most game tables.

This supplement will add NPCs, attractions, maps, random tables, and features that you can add into your fantasy cities to make them feel more real. It’s one thing to have players enter a city. It’s quite another for them to get a true feeling that the city is lived in, massive, and full of life.

If you are a Dungeon Master that is like me and wants to prep and create the best game experience for your players then this project is something you will likely want to look into.

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or at our email.

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