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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 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.

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.

Board Game Brunch: On Location in the Caribbean

Last week Consey and I escaped the cold of Wisconsin for a much needed vacation to the Caribbean. The warm weather, the sun, the water. So what better game to play on the beach other than Reef? We enjoyed this game with some delicious snacks and tropical cocktails. Our regular Board Game Brunch will return next Sunday. Read on to see what we played in paradise and a few pictures from our trip.

Episode 88: Celebrating 10 Years of WiscoDice

In Episode 88 of the WiscoDice podcast, the hosts reflect on how the show started and how it has grown and changed over the years. We dive into the early years of the Warhammer Fantasy show and then how we transitioned into the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast!!!!

Download the Episode Here!

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.

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.

Board Game Brunch: Memories of Warhammer Quest

Warhammer Quest and Belgian Waffles
Warhammer Quest and Belgian Waffles

Consey has fond memories of late nights of playing Warhammer Quest with friends and then everyone heading to a 24-hour dinner and enjoying a big stack of waffles with fruit. With the pandemic we may not be going out with friends to eat as much, but we can still have some fun at home.

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