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Kickstart Monday: Discover New Worlds With Giant Mechs

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 better way to do it than post a weekly blog about projects I am interested in.

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This week on Kickstart Monday I couldn’t help myself but talk about the new Robotech Miniature Game and then a really cool planetary exploration game. I hope you are as excited as I am. Let’s take a look at these projects!

Robotech Macross DOG FIGHT- The Miniatures Game

Robotech Macross DOG FIGHT- The Miniatures Game from Minitech Games looks to be a much different game than its predecessor from Paladium Games. In this game you will play out much more skirmish level encounters that more well play out individual dog fights between forces. Pit mighty Veritech Fighters of the UEDF against the alien forces such as the Zentraedi.

There are different scales and sizes of games that you can play so you will be able to include more mechs. Each round of the game is broken into four phases. In the first phase, you will plan, in secret, where each of your miniatures will move under your command. Then you will execute those movements based on your plan. Interestingly enough, movement is resolved simultaneously with rules for handling conflicts where models would move into the same space/location. The Cross-Event phase then occurs. In this phase, any mechs who happened to cross paths during the Movement phase will do a quick round of close combat. The round is then wrapped up in the Combat Phase where mechs will be able to resolve all of their ranged attacks at other targets within their firing arcs.

The game ends when all mechs have been eliminated from one side. It is possible that in the same round all mechs are eliminated from both sides. In this case, the player effectively with the smaller or weaker rated force wins.

If you love Robotech and are looking for another miniature game with lighter rules and cool miniatures then you should consider supporting this project.

Stellar Expedition

Stellar Expedition from Wulfhorn Games will take you to where no life form has gone before. In the game, you will take on the role of captain of a team from one of the four factions in the game and traverse a gate in space that will take you to new worlds and discoveries. While exploring these new locations you will be attempting to accomplish expeditions. Completing these will help advance you towards victory.

Stellar Expedition is not just another 4x game. Where most games in this genre are focused ultimately on territory control, space combats, and who can dominate the galaxy this game changes it up and orientates around exploration and completing expeditions. Expeditions ultimately score you points and at the end of the game, it will be expedition points and not crushing all of those to your point of view. After all, it’s a big galaxy and there’s far more to discover than just the small portion discovered during gameplay.

If you were hoping for a board game that would help you feel convey’s that Star Trek exploration feel in a unique game and universe then you should consider supporting this project!

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Kickstart Monday: Metro Maps and Fantasy Adventures

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 better way to do it than post a weekly blog about projects I am interested in.

Stay informed when new Kickstart Monday projects come out by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and following the #KickstartMonday hashtag.

This week on Kickstart Monday I have found a pair of board games that I think could be really fun on the tabletop. Maglev Metro is an expansion to the popular game and Legacy of Thracks – The Awakening. Let’s dive into this week’s featured games on Kickstart Monday!

Maglev Metro: Mechs, Monorails, & More!

The expansion to Maglev Metro from Bezier Games is adding more to explore in this popular game. Maglev Metro is a futuristic train game where robots will be upgrading old train tracks to updated, modern systems that can transport passengers from place to place. The board can be assembled to be different locations, 2 are included in the original game, which provide different gameplay experiences.

The Maglev Maps expansion provides 6 new maps for the main board to provide new, varied play experiences. In addition, there are upgraded passenger tokens that fully replace the ones that come in the original game. This will enhance the table presence and seems to be a must-add for anyone who has the original game.

There are even more expansions available via this project. The Mechs and Monorails expansion add a new robot city where there are giant mech robots. Monorails allow you to build a futuristic theme park where you will cater to not just regular passengers, but also VIP passengers!

Moonbases and Mars expansion let you take your trains to space. You will have new maps for each environment and new goals to build lunar bases, launch stations, and more in these environments. Of course, there are even more expansions to this hit game included in this project so make sure you check out the project page for all of the options.

If you love futuristic games or train games that are visually stunning and provide something a bit new to the train game genre then you should check out this project!

Legacy of Thracks – The Awakening

Legacy of Thracks – The Awakening from Sveda Studio is a fantasy adventure game for 1-4 players. You will explore a huge map of the game world establishing control, encountering villains, and trying to become not only the winner but stop the villain from being the winner. This game promises a blend of euro-style mechanics with luck-based resolution mechanics.

What I find particularly interesting about this game is the fact that it features several modes of play that can change up the game experience and help you learn the game. It features a basic, symmetric mode that keeps all of the heroes with the same abilities. Great for learning the game. However, you can jump into a fully cooperative mode with asymmetric abilities for each of your heroes or even clan mode where you compete not only against the game but against each other. Couple this with increasing the difficulty setting of the game and you should be able to unlock new challenges with every play.

If you love fantasy adventure games where you overcome challenges, other players, and don’t mind a little player interaction then you should check out this project active now on Kickstarter.

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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: Going Beyond the Void with Mythical Winds

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! This is our weekly, or well mostly weekly, blog series where we feature two or more crowdfunding projects running on platforms such as Kickstarter, Gamefound, Indigogo, and others. These crowdfunding projects always are orientated around tabletop gaming. Often games, but also accessories, game room furniture, and other projects that catch our eye. Let’s take a look at this week’s featured projects!

Fractal: Beyond the Void

Fractal: Beyond the Void from Bored Game Ink is a 4x sci fi strategy game leveraging a legacy campaign setting. While this game claims to give you that full 4x experience faster, it’s play time is estimated at 30 minutes per player. It plays 1-4 players, so assume anything form 30-120 minutes plus set up and tear down for your game play.

Like most of these games, you will play as the plucky emerging empire in the solar system only to find other nations also rising at roughly the same time. To pull this off, there are three boxes to this game. To start with is the core game box. If you just want to play the game, not worry about legacy, and a pile of miniatures then this is the place to go.

Of course, you can take that up a notch and pick up the campaign box. This introduces a layered, storied legacy campaign that you can play out. Of course, plenty of new factions in this add on, more miniatures, and more game to explore. Taking the 4X game to the legacy gaming environment is unique, and different for this genre.

Of course, if you want a more rich 2-3 player game you can pick up the Automata expansion as an add-on. This will add all of the components you will need to enrich games at lower player counts by automating up to two players.

Of course, if you love delving into rich sci fi universes, legacy games, and tons of miniatures then you should check out Fractal: Beyond the Void.

Mythwind

Mythwind from OOMM Games is a co0perative game for 1-4 players that should play in 30 minutes to an hour typically. This will make Mythwind a great filler game for your game nights, or an even better game for families.

When you play Mythwind, each round in the game is the equivalent of one day in the games unique world. You will work collaboratively to build and grow your town. Take on the role of an asymetric character who has a specific skill set that you can utilize to increase the success of your town.

Mythwind uses what they call is a “Persistent World”. Effectively what that means, and it’s pretty exciting, is that your previous plays impact the set up, components, and game play of future games. This might be adding cards to decks, secret envelopes, and other tweeks to the game over the course of the play.

Since you are exploring and unlocking content through the course of game play you may find yourself playing several games during game night. If this excites you, then you should check out Mythwind!

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Kickstart Monday: Verdant Dog Parks for Your Game Table

Welcome to #KickstartMonday!!! This is our weekly series where we focus on two or more gaming projects in tabletop gaming. This week we’ll dive into a pair of board games that let us imagine scenarios on the wilder side of life. With the days getting shorter and fall starting to set in here in Wisconsin thinking about these games helps us keep summer in our minds!

Verdant

Verdant from Flatout Games is a 30-45 minute game about house plants and a cozy living space. During the game you will be managing the position of your plants to maximize the light needs for each. You will then need to take care of your plants with various nurture actions. With many options for end game scoring cards, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to replay this game.

What’s really remarkable about this game is the amazing art on each of the cards. All of the different plants that you can add to your living space (in the game) are carefully drawn and depicted. There are quite a few tokens as well, and each of them has a great graphic design as well. The tokens for pots look like ceramic pots ready for plants, the little spades look like they are ready to work dirt, and the green thumb tokens are a nice addition as well.

Overall, if you need a game in your collection about growing house plants then you should check out Verdant today!

Dog Park

Dog Park from Birdwood Games is a game about walking our favorite furry critters, our dogs! During the game you will be able to collect various breeds of dogs. Once you collect the dogs you will need to keep them happy. Take the dogs on walks, give them treats, play ball with them, and set those tails wagging!

Dog Park is a card driven game where you will need to balance collecting and adding dogs with resources like treats and play. You will need to manage a careful balance to be the best dog walker in town.

With a play time 40-80 minutes, this game for 1-4 players is well suited to play with the family. This game looks to be a great game that any group would be able to play on a weeknight evening.

Did we miss your favorite project?

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