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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.

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Kicstart Monday: The Last Lighthouse and The Big Crunch

Welcome to Kickstart Monday and to a new year! 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.

The Last Lighthouse

Our first game this week, and our first game of 2024, is The Last Lighthouse on Kickstarter.

The Last Lighthouse comes from designer Scott Almes (from the Tiny Epic games series) and is a solo wallet game in the “Simply Solo” line of games which focus on simple rules and replay-ability. In The Last Lighthouse you must defend a lone lighthouse against the darkness as  a series of nightmares threaten to overwhelm you and extinguish the lighthouse forever.

Each turn of the game you can lay traps and attempt to defeat the nightmares that are attacking the lighthouse. If you have built up enough traps within reach of a nightmare you will be able to overcome its health to defeat it. Nightmares that you have defeated may then be used as Traps to be used against the remaining nightmares in later turns.

After the players actions a new nightmare is revealed the nightmares begin to attack the lighthouse if they can reach it otherwise they will attack your carefully laid traps. If darkness overcomes the lighthouse you lose but if you manage to survive all the nightmares with the lighthouse still intact you are victorious!

The Last Lighthouse is a pocket sized or “wallet game” and is therefore extremely portable, great for a quick game on the go or say while waiting for friends at a bar. It has a price tag to match its small size; the base level pledge is only $12 USD. The campaign is also offering all of the Simply Solo wallet games for $60 USD which includes the games Food Chain Island, Ugly Gryphon Inn, Insurmountable, Fishing Lessons and The Royal Limited. Backers can also add individual games of their choice as addons. If The Last Lighthouse feels like it would be a good fit for your wallet, consider backing on Kickstarter before January 13, 2024.

The Big Crunch

Our second game this week is The Big Crunch on Kickstarter from Alec-A-Sam Games.

The Big Crunch is a cosmic card game for 2 to 8 players where you are in a race to create the best  solar system from a variety of types of planets before they are sucked into the black hole at the center of the universe. Players build their solar system by playing planet cards with different values representing the planet’s mass. The mass of your planets acts as your point total but there is a careful balance to be had – if you build too massive of a system your planets will start falling into the blackhole. And you aren’t just building your solar system in a vacuum. Your opponents can opt to send planets into your system as well!

If the total mass for a given planet type exceeds 5 in a system all of those planets will fall toward the black hole in this way you can strategically attempt to overload your opponent’s system and send their planets hurtling into the void. The Big Crunch looks to be an interesting casual card game with some good player interaction and easy to learn rules.

The base game is available for approximately $19 USD and there are some deluxe pledge levels that include a large neoprene playmat but for the adventurous ultra-supporter there is a pledge level that is truly out of this world. For around $447 USD your copy of the game will be one of a few rare copies that are given gold foil accents and be sent in a weather balloon 17 miles above the earth’s surface literally into the stratosphere!

While obviously not a pledge level for everyone it’s one of the wildest and most unique backer rewards I’ve ever seen and I thought it deserved a mention. But whether your budget is more terrestrial or you can reach for the stars I’d recommend checking out the campaign for The Big Crunch before January 13, 2024 if you are, looking to make a pledge. 

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Kickstart Monday: Elyse’s Guide to Magic and A Short Rest – Dice Collection

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.

Elyse’s Guide to Magic

Our first project this week is the Kickstarter for Elyse’s Guide to Magic from Draco Studios.

Elyse’s Guide to Magic is a 300 page Dungeons and Dragons 5E supplement in the Dragonbond setting. You will be able to explore a whole new spellcasting system in your game that features mechanics like spontaneous spellcrafting. Players will be able to create spells on the fly by creating them out of combos of primary and secondary effects. This kind of spell casting can potentially be accessed by any character using what are called Vaala points – the ability to access a new raw form of magic. Crafted spells can include environmental and stacking effects to make combos even more powerful. But beware! If the raw magic this system is used in too complicated a fashion it can backlash against its user with negative effects. There is also a new summoning system focusing on communing with magical spirits and a built in level of unpredictability that can work in your favor sometimes and against you at others.

Elyse’s guide introduces four new classes from the Dragonbond setting: the Vaala Witch, the Scion, the Summoner and the Arcanologist each of which has at least 3 subclasses to choose from. There are also new subclasses for traditional 5e classes like the Enthraller Clerics who beguile and hypnotize others and the Mindwalker Sorcerers that haunt the dreams of their foes.

Beyond all that there are 150 new spells, a magical bestiary, new potions, poisons and magical items, powerful arch-villains and introductory adventure and much more to discover in this jam-packed magical tome. There are of course a number of different pledge levels starting at $25 USD for a PDF copy of Elyse’s Guide to Magic. A printed copy of the core book is available for $60 USD or you can go for the Game Ready pledge which includes the core book, introductory one shot, character sheets and a dry erase spell tracker. For those looking to go all in there is the Core Box at $150 USD and the Deluxe Box at $250 USD which include additional physical and digital components like liquid core dice and spells cards. The campaign for Elyse’s Guide to Magic will end on November 30, 2023 so be sure to visit the Kickstarter page before then!

A Short Rest

To go along with the role playing theme this week our second project is A Short Rest, a dice collection Kickstarter from Lindorm Dice.

A short rest is a collection of dice sets inspired by rest relaxation and nature. The collection will feature up to 11 different dice sets. Here are some of the current available sets

  • Star Gaze – Lilac with gold swirls
  • Ancient Glade – Grass green with gold
  • Gone Fishing – Deep blue with gold and white swirls
  • Fellowship – Bright yellow with gold and silver
  • Leather Bound – Mahogany with black and white swirls 

The descriptions won’t do them full justice though so you should definitely head to the Kickstarter page to check out each beautiful set. There are even more sets still locked behind stretch goals so the collection may still expand as the campaign progresses.

In addition to the beautiful dice sets there are quite a few accessories and add-ones that are available. There is a 35mm raised metal coin featuring a fox on one side and a lovely cornflower design on the other. For those curling up with a book on their short rest there is a leather bookmark depicting a gold design of campfire in the forest. If taking notes is more your style you can add a traveler’s notebook bound in faux leather with a gold print of the fox and cornflower designs. There are two dice storage options, a brown faux leather case for a single dice set with a gold cornflower print, and a larger “Traveller’s Findings” that holds up to 5 sets of dice and features the campfire in a forest design in gold print. And once you are ready to pack up your things and continue your adventure you can load everything into a custom printed canvas backpack with the “A Short Rest” logo. All of the add-ons are ala carte and can be added to any pledge level.

The pledge levels are very open ended starting with 1, 2 or 3 dice set for $14, $25 and $37 USD respectively. The “A Short Rest” core set is available for $59 and comes with 5 sets of dice and collector’s case. On the upper end is the “Forager” pledge for $146 which includes 11 dice sets, a dice case, the traveler’s journal, a bookmark, a fox amulet, 3 coins and a cornflower dice box. You should really see these beautiful offerings in person so take A Short Rest now and head over to the Kickstarter page. The campaign will end on December 7, 2023 so you will need to finish your rest before then!

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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