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Kickstart Mondays is all about sharing two new Kickstarter projects each week. These projects are always gaming related, whether that’s a cool new game, accessory, table, or other product. Stay tuned here to find out what projects you might want to look at backing on Kickstarter!

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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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. 

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Kickstart Monday: Dawn of Ulos and Legacy of Yu

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 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 am diving into more board game content as to new projects are just hitting the scene. These two projects are from two of my favorite publishers so let’s dive into the projects and see what has me so excited!

Dawn of Ulos – A Roll Player Tale

Dawn of Ulos – A Roll Player Tale from ThunderWorks Games is the next game in the line of games set in the Roll Player universe. This game for 1-5 players will introduce new mechanics to this family of games.

While it will retain the similar art and look of previous games in the Roll Player Universe, this game will leverage tile laying and an economic engine that you will need to balance to be successful. Featuring 10 factions in the game (5 in each game), you will take part as the creator of civilization with table stakes in factions in areas you control. This in turn will gain you points towards winning the game.

If you love the idea of being the influencing creator of a world while competing against other powers for the influence of the world in a game then this project may well be for you!

Legacy of Yu

Legacy of Yu from Garphill Games takes a dive into the truly solitaire playing experience. That’s right, this game is for just a single-player campaign game. The campaign features self-balancing elements so that you should have a good experience even if you are struggling to get those wins in the game. The campaign game runs for 7 full plays of the game, at which point it’s easily reset so that you can try to do better the next time. As you progress, new elements will come into the game presenting new and exciting things to explore.

During the game, you will play Yu the Great during the Xia Dynasty in China. You will need to build canals and defend your village. During the game, you will need to balance worker placement, deck management, and resource management together to string actions together to have increasingly more efficient turns.

If you needed a great solo play game to add to your collection or think the theme of this game sounds intriguing make sure you check this project out.

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Kickstart Monday: Miniature Painting System and Gaming Tables

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 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 on Kickstart Monday it’s time to dive into accessories for the tabletop gaming room. I will take a look at a modular miniature painting system that looks really cool. In addition, a lower-cost modular gaming table that can be assembled to accommodate almost any gaming needs (assuming you purchase the correct components).

The DMG Mini Painting System

The DMG Mini Painting System

The DMG Mini Painting System from Dog Might Games (DMG) features hardwood modular components that come together as a luxury miniature hobbyist painting station. These well-made modular components are magnetic to allow you to customize and grow your miniature hobby area. Ideal for a permanent setup, because of the magnetic components and smaller nature of the modular set up you can pretty easily store and set up this hobby station as you need it.

One of the things that I would recommend you look at with this project is the layout you are able to accommodate with your current painting station. An appropriate amount of planning so that you can add the right number of brush holders, shelves, and other accessories to your hobby station will be key.

If you are like many of us and paint miniatures and terrain then this project will have something that may interest you!

Project Ironside – A Extendable Board Game Table

Project Ironside from Cloud Puncher Games is introducing their take on the budget board game table. The table is made to be modular and can be assembled using additional tables for different sizes and layouts. Another interesting component of this table is that the frame itself is made of pure steel. The table is listed as available in three colors, black, white, and brown.

There are a few options to bling your table. From armrests, the neoprene playing surface, wood toppers, cup holders, and more. All of the standard components you would expect are available for this table. That said, a single table with roughly a 3×5 foot play space is what you will get at the $399 promised budget entry point. When you start throwing in add-ons to this project can really wrack up the price point.

If you are in the market for a game table but want to make sure that this comes in at a budget price this project may have the solution you are looking for!

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