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Kickstart Monday: The Stifling Dark and Kings of Ruin

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 Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing since I was providing these recommendations already. So why not share my thoughts with a weekly blog about projects that interest me?

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

For this week’s Kickstart Monday I am bringing another preview Kickstarter that I am extremely excited for. In addition, I have been tempted by every project Awaken Realms has done, but I haven’t quite taken the plunge yet on this title. Let’s dive into these projects with a bit closer look.

The Stifling Dark

The Stifling Dark from Sophisticated Cerberus Games adds a new element to the hidden movement horror board game. After we interviewed the designers as part of Episode 97 and featured this as a game to check out at Gen Con 2022 in Episode 95, I am excited about this game. 

The Stifling Dark is a board game for 2-5 players. One player takes on the role of the “Adversary”. The Adversary must stop the other players known as investigators from escaping. Using hidden movement, the adversary player moves about the board, taking action in silence and allowing the suspense to build. Pretty standard stuff for a hidden movement game.

This game is different from other hidden movement games because the investigators have flashlight templates. These templates control the investigator’s line of site mechanics. As the game progresses, the investigators may uncover clues as to where the adversary has been as well as discover the way to escape. 

If hidden movement games with a great horror theme get you excited then you should definitely check out this project!

Tainted Grail: Kings of Ruin

Tainted Grail: Kings of Ruin from Awaken Realms is the next installment in this hit series of board games. This is a stand-alone game in this series. This game will bring more exploration into the Tainted Grail universe and is quite similar to the original game. You will play as a character, explore locations, gain in ability and equipment, and uncover the story of the game. 

Where Kings of Ruin differs from other Tainted grail games is that each location has two sides. The new “wyrdness-covered” side represents the same land under the control of a chaotic power giving you new secrets to delve into. Additionally, three unique guardian creatures wander the realm. These Kings of Ruin offer new boss-level encounters that you can explore with combat and diplomatic encounters. 

Of course, this new game streamlines card mechanics, enhances exploration rules, and adds even more secrets. All of this hopes to make the player experience improved. Overall, this game appears to really have learned from its predecessors and is focused on delivering the best possible game experience for an immersive, story-rich campaign. 

If you love great fantasy figures, immersive campaign storytelling, and Arthurian legend then you should definitely give this project a try!

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Kickstart Monday: Necromolds and a Dark Tower

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 Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing since I was providing these recommendations already. So why not share my thoughts with a weekly blog about projects that interest me?

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

This week I dive into two projects that look really cool. If you have been watching the WiscoDice Discord recently, you have seen me doing quite a bit of 3D Printing. Couple that with the inspiration of the now legendary StarkRM’s (Brian) Dark Elf Tower project he started forever ago and you can see why the first project definitely had to make this list. Of course, in the second project who doesn’t like being able to mold up their army and then actually take it up against your opponent and literally smash their models? 

Spider Tower STL Files

Spider Tower STL Files is from Dani Amenguel and this project takes me back to my Warhammer days. The art from the old Warhammer Online MMO video game for the Dark Elves inspired Brian when helping figure out a terrain project he would do for our local tournament scene. Of course, year after year went by and he would steadily make progress, but never quite get the project completed. Now we can just 3D Print one!

In this project, you can pick up the STL files for the Spider Dice Tower. While this can be used as a dice tower, it truly makes a fantastic terrain piece. Standing at a little more than 21.5 inches (55 cm) tall it will definitely be the centerpiece of any wargame table you intend to play on. 

If you are into 3D Printing and want a real centerpiece to a themed table for your fantasy tabletop wargame then you should definitely look into this project!

Necromolds: Call to Arms Expansion

Necromolds: Call to Arms Expansion from Necromolds LLC is the reprint and expansion to the prevalent mold, play, and smash game. Rather than points or some other way to build a list, you actually are provided so much clay. From that, you can mold different soldiers, monsters, and creatures. Of course, once your clay runs out, your army is ready for battle. 

From there, you will roll dice and assign them to your different monsters. These dice rolls represent the commands the monster will follow. Of course, your minions will fight the opponent’s assembled forces. When any monster overcomes an opposing monster the opponent uses their Caster Ring to literally smash and stamp the defeated monster.

In the Call to Arms expansion, just expect more monsters. You will also be able to equip new weapons and armor for your creations. 

If you are interested in light rules, fun, skirmish miniature game where you get to create and smash the figures during the game then you should definitely check out this project!

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Batman Miniature Game: The Batman Two-Player Starter Set Review

The Batman 2-Player Starter Box for the Batman Miniature Game

Knight Models recently released a new two-player starter set for their Batman Miniature Game. The starter features a rulebook, 17 miniatures based on the film, cards, and a slew of tokens to play the game with. The contents of the box are focused on the film itself. All of the miniatures are either inspired by the film or are characters from the film. 

For me, The Batman film was great. While dark, it captured perfectly the feel of a frustrated Bruce Wayne trying to make a difference in the city only to start to realize at the end that there is a different way. Seeing the miniatures come to life on the tabletop is fantastic. Let’s take a look at The Batman Two-Player Starter in this review. 

The Best Board Games of 2022 …So Far

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So Many Games to Choose From

2022 is far from over, but there have been a plethora of board game releases in 2022. If one thing is clear, it’s that board game publishers are still going strong by releasing new board game titles. With so many to choose from WiscoDice wanted to drill into five of the best board games of 2022 (so far…).

We did put a few selection criteria in place to help create this list. For our selection we are only selecting complete board games, so no expansions. We gave preference to games we have actually had a chance to play. WiscoDice was not sponsored or received any review copies of the games in this list so any games that we have actually played it is because we played at friends or conventions, bought a copy ourselves, or were able to play them online.

That said, let’s take a look at the best board games of 2022!

Kickstart Monday: Nanolith and Fox Experiment

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 Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing since I was providing these recommendations already. So why not share my thoughts with a weekly blog about projects that interest me?

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

In this week’s Kickstart Monday it wouldn’t do to not mention Elizabeth Hargrave’s latest game, The Fox Experiment. If you don’t know who Elizabeth Hargrave is, she is the designer behind the hit game Wingspan. In addition, we are going to take a look at the Cyberpunk game Nanolith. Cyberpunk is often a genre that doesn’t see too many releases in the board game world and this one has a lot of cool factors to it.

The Fox Experiment

The Fox Experiment from publisher Pandasaurus Games and designer Elizabeth Hargrave is a game about breeding domesticated foxes to have desirable traits. The game itself is based on a real experiment that attempted to determine how dogs were domesticated. While the original experiment may not have been the most humane to the animals, Pandasaurus ensures us that they do not support the kind of animal treatment that went into the historical experiments.

In the game itself, you will select the parents that have traits you want to pass on to the next generation. Then you will roll trait dice to create fox pups. Your goal is to create pups that match the studies that you have selected. This will all be done over a series of phases. After five rounds of gameplay final scores will be tallied and the player with the highest points wins. Overall this game is a combination of roll and write mechanics along with more traditional board game mechanisms to create a unique game experience.

If this game sounds interesting or you love games about breeding animals then you should definitely check out this project.

Nanolith

Nanolith, the Cyberpunk RPG Board Game, from publisher Woodpecker Games is a combination of board game and RPG game experience. Promising an immersive experience, players can experience the world of Neo-Eden. At the start of the game, this fantasy world is on the brink of collapse. Through the campaign element of the game, you will explore how the world got this way and overcome various challenges, enemies, and boss encounters. 

The game itself promises players roughly 50-60 hours of playtime to complete a campaign. During each game, there will always be four player-controlled characters. These characters will be allowed to gain new equipment and level up between save points to allow those characters to scale with the growing challenges. Game sessions aren’t necessarily missions, but rather the game uses the idea of save points. The game is designed from a narrative design of going from the beginning to the end of the game, but the designers do not expect players to be able to complete that in one session, so when players reach a save point, they can pack up the game, note where they are and then set up the game the next time where the save point left off. 

If you like the idea of RPG narrative board games with immersive game experiences then you should definitely check out this project. 

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 email.

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