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Kickstart Monday: Majestic Mountains Are Ready for Exploration

Welcome to Kickstart Monday! Kickstart Monday is our weekly series where we feature two or more crowdfunded projects in the tabletop gaming industry. This week, we are looking at two games that feature mountain fairing fantasy races.

Fall of the Mountain King

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Fall of the Mountain King from Burnt Island Games features the prequal game to their popular In the Hall of the Mountain King game. In this game you will collect and build a tableau of ancestry cards that will add to your in game actions. This will ultimately lead to an interesting territory control game on the game board.

This is a complete stand alone game. Like many of these sequel/expansion projects there are options to get the original game in the series. If you enjoy playing the bad guys, like games that have euro mechanics, and like games that feature great player interaction then these games are likely to delight you.

Dwar7s Winter & The Lost Tribes

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Dwar7s Winter & The Lost Tribes is the latest game and expansion to the popular Dwar7s games from Vesuvius Media Ltd. While these games boast their unique cartoonish art style that makes them family friendly, there is plenty of game in the boxes.

In Dwar7s Winter, you will pick up in the fall and play more of a tower defense game, something unique for the series. You will build squads, man the walls, and defend the outpost from marauding monsters.

For the Dwar7s: The Lost Tribes expansion adds ogres, crystal dwarfs, and half-bloods. With more content for this great game, and more figures, this alone should make this Kickstarter popular. This particular expansion is a Kickstarter exclusive so make sure you back now to get your copy.

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Kickstart Monday: Explore Fantastical New Lands and Peoples

It’s back to the work week, but that also means it’s time for our dive into crowdfunded projects for another Kickstart Monday. This week we have two games that caught our attention. Let’s dive into these projects and see what makes them great games to think about supporting!

Buru

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Buru from Crafty Games is a Euro style discovery game where you will play as a noble in the Majapahit empire in Indonesia. Your goal will be to set out over the seas to find new people and civilizations to trade with. You have landed with the other players on the small island of Buru where you will need to win over the residents by trading and paying your respects while exploring the island.

The game leverages a bidding mechanic where you will take all but one of your 5 explorers which are numbered (1-5) and place them on regions of the island. They will then resolve with the highest powered explorer to the lowest powered explorer in that region. No matter how many explorers you commit to a region, you only ever get to take one action.

You’ll take actions that secure resources, collect cards that represent the islanders, and utilize the resources and islander abilities to unlock victory points when you pay your respects to the islanders water spirit. All in all it looks like a cool game we just had to mention!

Euborea – Spell, Axe & Loot

In Euborea from designer Martin Baer players will find themselves exploring a hex tile board, discovering locations, overcoming challenges and monsters, fighting battles, gaining skills, and ultimately completing tasks.

Utilizing an asymmetric battle system that resolves similar to “rock-paper-scissors” you will be able to overcome most challenges. While certainly you will acquire skills and other items that will help enhance your chances and enable you to overcome greater challenges, this mechanism let’s it stand out from other games that utilize a similar explore places on the board that may vary in difficulty.

Featuring game play for between 2-5 players this game will be a bit more lengthy at a 180+ minute play time. While longer games like this are often harder to get to the table, there is something about the excitement of discovery and exploration in a fantasy setting that gets us excited. If you are, then you should definitely check this project out.

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Board Game Brunch: Village with Amazing Biscuits and Gravy

Board Game Brunch: Village game cover and plate with biscuits and gravy with fried eggs

Today’s board game brunch featured a two-player game of Village (base game only) paired with homemade biscuits and gravy.

Village is a 20-year old, worker placement game that continues to see the table. Each player is responsible for growing the family through multiple generations. There are multiple paths for points, and to have the most famous and prosperous family, you best pay attention to them all.

Board Game Brunch: Village game play

The base game plays 2-4 players, scaling excellently to each player count. Total play time is just under an hour for today’s two player game. Even with four players, this does not take much longer. Of course, my husband eeked out a win going heaving on the religious points.

Board Game Brunch: Plate of biscuits and gravy with fried eggs, coffee, and juice

Brunch was biscuits and gravy, a delicious treat for us. Today we tried Chef John’s Buttermilk Biscuits, which had lovely flaky layers. the biscuits were topped with Ben’s sausage gravy: cooked pork sausage simmered in made from scratch gravy (flour, onion, milk, garlic, black pepper, and butter).

Village with Biscuits and Gravy was a great way to start our Sunday. If you have any suggestions for food and game pairings you’d like to see, let me know via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Enjoy your Sunday

Hallertau – Uwe’s Latest Heavy Gaming Masterpiece

Hallertau

Uwe Rosenberg, one of the most well known designers of board games, has been at it again with his new game Hallertau. Published by Lookout Games we bought this game at the same time as we picked up another game from Uwe you may have heard of, A Feast for Odin.

What we were surprised was that the box was almost as heavy as the mighty 7 pound box that is A Feast for Odin. At nearly 6 pounds of game contents, Hallertau is no light weight game. Weight of the game boxes isn’t the only thing that makes these heavy games. There is a complexity of the rules and game interactions that are common to Uwe Rosenberg designed games.

However, is this really a masterpiece game? Let’s dig into the game and find out!

  • Players: 1-4
  • Playtime (with Setup): we find it around 90-180 minutes
  • Publisher: Lookout Games
  • Designer: Uwe Rosenberg

Gaming Spotlight: Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

T’Zolkin – Check out those Gears on the Game Board!

One of my favorite board games ever, I was able to play it again this weekend and it reminded me just how cool this game is. The game has a loose, Mayan theme. The best part of this game, in my opinion, is the board. There is a lot going on with the board, but it’s pretty intuitive and every turn you interact with it by moving the board. The board is made up of giant gears that all interconnect. While still being a worker placement/earn resources type game, the dynamic board and great art adds to the feel and theme of the game allowing players to immerse them into the experience of the game. This is something that I find so lacking in so many great games, particularly these worker placement games.

  • Players: 1-4
  • Play Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Publisher: Czech Games Edition
  • Designer: Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini

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