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Kickstart Monday: Nassau & Kathmandu and Everstone

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.

There are certainly some exciting projects out in crowdfunding land. Let’s take a look at a couple of games that we think you should check out.

Nassau and Kathmandu

Our first project this week is a Kickstarter from well known designer Stefan Feld and publisher Queen Games and actually features two games, Nassau and Kathmandu.

Nassau and Kathmandu are the latest entries in Stephan Feld’s collaboration with Queen Games called the City Collection. In Nassau players will find themselves captaining a pirate ship hiring a pirate crew in Nassau and traveling and fighting through the Caribbean. To prepare for your adventures you’ll need to gather resources in the alleys of Nassau like weapons, ammunition provisions, pets and of course coins and rum. Once you are well provisioned you’ll take to the sea and sail about the Caribbean setting up outposts, fighting your opponents, plundering trading posts and expanding your territory and influence. At the end of four rounds one player will have assembled the best crew and gained the most influence to be crowned the pirate king!

In Kathmandu you will embark on an adventure to the capital of Nepal. Using dice and actions cards you will travel through the wilderness in various landscapes on your trusty Yak. During your journey you will visit Temples and trade for useful goods at cities along the way. Gathering the right equipment will also help you overcome obstacles during your travels. You will also have an opportunity to paint pictures of the beautiful wildlife. After six rounds at game end you’ll score for animal paintings you’ve made, temples you’ve visited, trade good and bonus points for reaching Kathmandu.

For this Kickstarter there are many pledge options available that include other games in the City Collection but we will focus on just those for these two new games. Both Nassau and Kathmandu are available individually  as a “Classic” edition for $79. A deluxe version of either game with upgraded printed acrylic components can be had for $129. If you are looking to get both games you can pledge for both classic editions for $149 or get both deluxe editions for $255. The campaign for Nassau and Kathmandu ends on February 29, 2024, so be sure to check out the campaign page before that.

Everstone: Discovering Ignis

Our next game this week is Everstone: Discovering Ignis on Kickstarter from designer Sam McDavitt.

Everstone is a 1 to 4 player action selection engine building game  where players drive a caravan in the lands around the city of Ignis, looking to gain resources, barter for and repair relics while racing to gain the most reputation.

Each turn you will perform one of the four main actions on your player board: Explore, Harvest, Barter and Repair. With the Explore action your caravan will take you to different action spaces on the board with a special action based on the villager card at that location.  When you Harvest you’ll roll the Harvest dice to gain resources needed to repair the important Relic cards.

There are a number of ways to mitigate and tweak your dice rolls to get the resources you need.  As you gain resources you also advance on the influence track for that resource gaining potential bonuses. With the Barter action you will move your caravan to the city of Ignis and have the opportunity to buy Relic cards. Relics are multi-use; you’ll need to decide if you will sell the relic for immediate bonuses or keep the relic which is then added to your player board. Each Relic you keep is added to one of the main actions making it more powerful.

This is a key way that you build your efficiency engine in the game. In order to sell or keep a relic though you will first need to perform the Repair action spending resources to fix the relic and access its power. Repairing relics is another important way to gain reputation points. The first player to reach 10 reputation points will trigger the end of the game and the player with the most reputation is the winner!

Everstone will be available for $59 and will include the core game as well as all unlocked stretch goals. The campaign runs through March 14, 2024, so drive your caravan over to the Everstone: Discovering Ignis Kickstarter page before then to make your pledge.

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Kickstart Monday: Cryptic Nature and Among Cultists

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.

There are certainly some exciting projects out in crowdfunding land. Let’s take a look at a couple of games that we think you should check out.

Cryptic Nature

Our first game this week is Cryptic Nature from iDventure on  Kickstarter.

Cryptic Nature is a competitive euro-game for 1-4 players where players will track legendary cryptids across Europe and build a wildlife sanctuary from them in an effort to become the most renowned cryptozoologist.

As a cryptozoologist you will travel to different cities and regions in Europe trying to gather evidence of the elusive cryptids you are tracking.  To find a cryptid you will need to reach its particular location on the map with the evidence you have gathered. With enough evidence you can find and claim the cryptid card for yourself but if you can only have some of the required evidence you can roll the tracking dice to see if you can find the cryptid with a little luck.

You will earn reputation points for finding cryptids and also for managing to settle a creature into the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is built collectively by the players during the game. They will place terrain tiles of either forests, mountains or water into the sanctuary to build a habitat for different cryptids. To settle a new cryptid into the sanctuary you will need to place the cryptid polyomino tile (a Tetris style shape) onto terrain suitable for that cryptid. Some cryptids will grant “when relocated” bonuses when they are moved into the sanctuary.

Outside of finding and settling cryptids into the sanctuary you can further your reputation as a cryptozoologist by completing private and public contracts and by fulfilling special requests of a city to relocate cryptids there rather than to the sanctuary. At the end of the game the player with the highest reputation will become the most renowned cryptozoologist and win the game!

The Cryptic Nature base game will be available for $45 at the first pledge level which also includes a Kickstarter exclusive mini-expansion and any unlocked stretch goals.  For $81 you can get the game and the Flora and Islands expansions which almost double the amount of available cryptids in the game. A deluxe all-in pledge is also available for $130 and includes the game, expansions, metal coins, upgrades wooden components and a hardcover art book featuring high quality art of 76 different cryptids.

If you are ready to make a pledge for Cryptic Nature, track down the Kickstarter campaign before it ends on February 21, 2024.

Among Cultists

Next up we have Among Cultists on Kickstarter from Godot Games.

Among Cultists is a murder mystery thriller board game for 4 to 8 players. Among Cultists was originally funded on Kickstarter in 2023 so this new campaign features a reprint of the original game and a new expansion “Under the Surface ”. In the game players will play one of several investigators for a secret society or secret cultist working against the investigators. The investigators must work together to disrupt the dark ritual of a group of cultists – some of whom are posing as investigators. If the investigators can expose and eliminate all the cultists in time or collect enough victory points they will win. The cultists on the other hand will be attempting to eliminate the investigators or sabotage them to prevent the investigators from collecting the needed victory points.

The game takes place in an old university where the characters will be moving through the various rooms in the university attempting to find eldritch books to thwart the cultists’ ritual. Moving through the hallways among potential cultists is dangerous though. When in the same location as another character you secretly exchange cards giving a cultist the chance to murder an investigator they encounter. Yes you can be murdered in the game but thankfully they have done away with player elimination in this game. If killed you can continue to play as a ghost and for the most part you will be taking the same actions as if your character were alive.

Among Cultists is a more complex kind of social deduction game and it is  full of markers, cards, and tokens giving it much more the feel of a board game then something like Werewolf. The new expansion for this campaign “Under the Surface” features a new double sided game board and is set in the Antarctic. A mind controlling monster dwells somewhere under the ice and the creature must be located to ensure it cannot escape its frozen prison.

If you were a backer of the original campaign you can opt just to get the new expansion on its own for the discounted price of $31. The next pledge level is for new backers and includes the reprinted core game and any unlocked stretch goals for $54. The all-in pledge level is available for $135 and includes the core game 2 prior expansions (Mountains of Chaos and Down into the Abyss) and the new expansion.

The campaign for Among Cultists will end on February 16, 2024, so be sure to make your pledge before then.

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Kickstart Monday: Photo Tour: North America and EVE: War for New Eden

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.

There are certainly some exciting projects out in crowdfunding land. Let’s take a look at a couple of games that we think you should check out.

Photo Tour: North America

Our first game of the week is Photo Tour: North America, a Kickstarter from designer Eugene Timashov.

Photo Tour: North America is a strategy game for 1 to 5 players where players will travel across the US and Canada taking beautiful pictures of famous landmarks and locations. As you travel across North America you will collect photographs to capture in your photo journal. As you add more pictures you will build a small card engine that will increase the efficiency of your future turns.

To take a photo you will first need to plan your trip by collecting a landmark card. Famous locations from all across North America are depicted on the beautifully illustrated landmarks cards. The Grand Canyon, The Statue of Liberty, Jasper National Park, The Everglades and The Golden Gate Bridge are just  a few of the places you can visit. You will use one of five transport dice to take planes, buses, and cars to your destination to get your perfect photo of the landmark.

Once you get your shot you can trigger bonuses by adding the landmark to your journal in a slot that matches the type of landmark, either urban or natural. Landmark cards themselves grant permanent abilities that help you build an engine to make your turns more powerful. Once a player has placed their 7th Landmark card in their journal the game end is triggered. The player with the most points from their landmark cards, photography equipment and points from photography contest objectives will be the winner. While The base game is easy to learn and suitable for family play players can also customize the difficulty by adding one of the two available expansions.

Photo Tour: North America is available starting at $45 USD for the base game and stretch goals. A deluxe version pledge is available for $66 USD that includes premium wooden components and a plastic box insert. To get the expansions you will need to opt for the Expansions pledge at  $74 USD which also includes everything in the deluxe version. The campaign for Photo Tour: North America runs until February 23, 2024, so make sure to get your pledge in before then.

EVE: War for New Eden

Next this week we have EVE: War for New Eden on Kickstarter from Titanforge Games.

EVE: War for New Eden is a sci-fi 4X board game for 2 to 4 players and is an adaptation of the popular MMO game EVE Online. Set in the EVE universe players will control a faction with a fleet of ships exploring the galaxy, developing and expanding their empire and of course engaging opponents in epic space battles.

You begin the game with limited resources and territory. As you explore you will gain rewards for discovering new systems and as you move your fleet in to claim them you can extract materials and resources to build more ships and structures. Technological advancement will also be important to the success of your faction and your research into different areas which can be kept secret from your enemies and sprung on them at the opportune moment. Each faction has their own deck of development cards and you are able to customize the technological path of your empire.

Combat is an important part of the game and when initiates starts with each player creating a formation with their fleet with 3 “orbits” that include one lead ship and multiple potential supporting ships. Combat is resolved with a combination of custom combat dice and each faction’s unique strategy cards. Each player is attempting to roll damage results to overcome their target’s armor and critical damage results can be especially punishing with bonuses that change based on the abilities of the lead ship!

EVE looks to be a massive space epic featuring 112 ship miniatures, 500 cards, 330 tokens and an estimated playtime of 90-180 minutes (though I would wager it would tend toward the longer side). The pledge levels start with the Capsuleer for $129 which includes the core box with the four base factions and any unlocked stretch goals as well as a starter pack for the EVE online video game. At the Veteran level for $219 you get the core game and the Titan, Havoc and Azariel expansions. These additional components for a fifth player and massive Titan  capital ships for each faction.

If you are an EVE ultra-fan you might want to look at the $399 Capital pledge that uniquely offers a set of components (board tiles, tokens, dice and miniatures that are 200% larger than those in the base game and are sure to provide some truly massive table presence. The campaign for EVE: War for New Eden ends on February 21, 2024, so be sure to send your fleet over to planet Kickstarter before then if you are looking to make a pledge.

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Kickstart Monday: Kabuto Sumo: Sakura Slam and Dungeon Twist

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.

There are certainly some exciting projects out in crowdfunding land. Let’s take a look at a couple of games that we think you should check out.

Kabuto Sumo: Sakura Slam

First this week we have Kabuto Sumo: Sakura Slam from BoardgameTables.com on Kickstarter.

Kabuto Sumo: Sakura Slam is a stand alone sequel to 2021’s Kabuto Sumo. In Sakura Slam 2 to 4 players will control a sumo wrestling bug known as a Kabuto Mushi. They will face off with their uniquely shaped wooden wrestler tokens in a raised wrestling ring board filled with different sized wooden discs. The goal of the game is to eliminate your opponents by sliding new discs into the arena and trying to push the completion off the edge of the board.

Sakura Slam uses the same mechanics as the original Kabuto Sumo but now features a square game board with fixed corner posts that you can use strategically when siding your pieces onto the board. Sakura Slam also features 8 new wrestlers like the Assassin Bug the Antlion and the Honey Bee each of which have their own unique power to use during the game. The new board and wrestlers are all compatible with the wrestlers from the original game and its expansions.

The Kickstarter is offering a bunch of different reward tiers starting with the base game tier for $39 USD. You can snag a copy of the game along with the new Swarm expansion at the next level for $54 USD. Further up the line for $89 you can get the game with the expansion, a Kabuto Mushi plushie and two deluxe wooden wrestling rings. And lastly the all-in pledge will include all of this and a copy of the original Kabuto sumo and the previous expansions and will run you $149 USD. If you are ready to get in the ring with Kabuto Sumo: Sakura Slam, push the competition out of the way and get to the kickstarted page to make your pledge before February 1, 2024.

Dungeon Twist

Next up this week is Dungeon Twist, a Kickstarter from Magari.fun.

Dungeon Twist is a competitive strategic tile-laying dungeon crawl game for 2 to 5 players. Players will guide one of 5 roguish heroes into an ever-changing dungeon to grab loot and treasure, steal from their opponents and with luck escape with their life and loot intact. Each turn players can add tiles to the dungeon constructing it tunnel by tunnel and room by room. Some rooms grant loot that can increase your wealth or power up your character when equipped.

While you can place up to three tiles in a turn you can also rotate tiles to open up new passageways or block in opponents or swap tiles in the dungeon for ones in your hand. Trap doors, portals and other special rooms will provide ways for you to move around the map in different ways.  You can strategically alter the dungeon to your favor and to mess with your opponents.  But what do you do if your opponents are having all the luck and finding all the valuable loot? That’s easy you rob them of course! You are a rogue after all. When robbing another character you roll dice against each other  and earn successes  based on the stats on your character card.

If you roll the most successes you can steal a token from the other player and choose to swap places with them to give yourself a positioning advantage. A thoughtful player will be looking to collect sets of three of the same dungeon tile as this will allow them to play larger and more powerful room tiles. Once enough room tiles have been played a treasure room can be added to the dungeon and players will scramble to obtain this ultimate prize. Once someone manages to escape with the treasure the remaining players will only have a short time to escape before the dungeon collapses on them. The survivor with the most wealth after escaping will be the winner.

The Core Edition of Dungeon Twist is available for ~$44 USD and also includes a print and play version that will be made available as soon as the campaign ends. The campaign for Dungeon Twist ends on February 17, 2024, so be sure to get your pledge in before then to get your copy.

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Kickstart Monday: Metrorunner and Explorers of Navoria

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.

There are certainly some exciting projects out in crowdfunding land. Let’s take a look at a couple of games that we think you should check out.

Metrorunner

Our first game this week is the upcoming Kickstarter for Metrorunner, a new game from publisher, Thunderworks Games.

Metrorunner is a cyberpunk themed game for 1 to 5 players where players take on the role of “runners” in the futuristic dystopian Mirror City. Runners are freelance hackers looking to take on jobs of any kind to gain notoriety to make a name for themselves on the streets and gain credits to fill their wallet. Runners aren’t picky about how they earn their money. Taking on shady and illegal jobs is just part of the life of a runner in Mirror City.

Runners traverse the city on the Ring Metro, a rondel on the main board that allows moving from district to district in the city. Runners will need to travel to different districts to get resources they need to get to the right district to complete their job contracts. As you complete jobs you will gain credits and notoriety as well as upgrades to your character making you a more formidable runner and giving you an edge against the competition.

Metro runner features a unique hacking mini game played with a 3 by 3 grid of tiles in the center of the game board. You attempt to solve the puzzle on the network card by manipulating the 9 tiles on the game board. You will have a limited number of moves to attempt to manipulate the network node tiles to connect the network path so that nodes are connected to solve the puzzle and be successful in your hack. The hacking puzzles get progressively harder as the game advances and you will need to bring some real skill to solve the more challenging puzzles with a limited number of moves.

Metrorunner looks to be an exciting thematic addition to the Thunderworks catalog of games which until this point have been based in the Roll Player fantasy universe. If you would like a behinds the scenes look into the world, design and mechanics of Metrorunner, WisoDice had the chance to sit down will designer Stephen Kerr in episode #118 of the Wiscodice Tabletop Gaming Podcast.  You can catch the interview on the WiscoDice YouTube channel or download the episode from  your favorite podcast provider.

Metrorunner will be launching on Kickstarter on Tuesday January 16, 2024. For more information on the game and pledge levels hack your way over to the Metrorunner campaign page tomorrow! 

Explorers of Navoria

Next up this week is the Kickstarter for Explorers of Navoria from Dranda Games.

Explorers of Navoria is a tableau building game for 2 to 4 players set in the magical land of Navoria where new continents have suddenly emerged from the sea ripe for exploration. You will play one such explorer using a bag of action tokens to purchase adventure cards that feature cute and colorful characters and items to help you on your adventures. You will build up a tableau of cards building an array of abilities and benefits to build the engine of your tableau and improve your exploration and capabilities. Your workers will travel to the strange new continents of Navoria with the most lucrative rewards being given to the explorer that reaches the continent first!

Explorers of Navoria looks to combine a mix of bag building, tableau building and worker placement mechanics with bright playful art work and a magical theme into a nice package. The base game is available at the Wanderer pledge level of $44 USD. The Explorer pledge level includes the game and the Forgotten Lands expansion which adds a solo mode as well as a fifth player option. Other available add-ons include a neoprene playmat, deluxe resources, and custom card sleeves.

The campaign for Explorers of Navoria ends on February 7, 2024, so make sure you explore the Kickstarter page before then if you are looking to back.

Did we miss your favorite project?

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