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Kickstart Monday: Children of Morta: The Board Game and ICE: Second Edition

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.

Children of Morta: The Board Game

Our first game this week is Children of Morta: The Boardgame from Roomiz Games on Kickstarter.

Children of Morta: The Board Game is a 1 to 4 player cooperative adventure game based on the popular video game Children of Morta. You and the other players will become one of the members of the Bergson family working together to fight the corruption plaguing their homeland.

The game features two major play modes; Story Mode and Family Trials. In the Story Mode you will play through a  narrative campaign and unlock permanent upgrades for your characters. Family Trials is more like a roguelike video game where your progress is reset each session. Each family member has their own set of abilities and unique playstyle. You’ll need a mix of abilities and cooperative tactics as you explore dungeons and uncover their challenges and secrets. As a family you’ll use a shared bag building system to progress as a group and to draw and coordinate your skills. You’ll also share a resource called Rage which you can use to power up your abilities but you’ll need to manage it carefully to use it to its fullest potential. As you adventure you’ll face off against a variety of enemies including mighty boss monsters that use their own unique deck of cards making boss fights challenging and unpredictable. And whether you are playing a single session or playing through the campaign setup will be quick and easy with the unfolding adventure book and flexibility to allow players to leave and join the group as needed.

Children of Morta: The Board Game on Kickstarter now starting at $45 for the Guardian Pledge. At this level you get the Standard Edition and standard stretch goals. For $85 you can make the Goddess’s Pledge and receive the Deluxe edition which features upgraded acrylic tokens, metal coins and both standard and deluxe stretch goals. The Divine’s Pledge is available for $115 and includes every item in the deluxe edition plus neoprene player mats and custom marbled dice. The campaign for Children of Morta: The Board Game will end on May 30, 2024, so gather the family to make your pledge before then.

ICE: Second Edition

Our second game this week is ICE: Second Edition from ThisWay Editions on Gamefound.

ICE is a strategy adventure board game for 1 to 5 players where archeological guilds are exploring an icy expanse in a search for valuable artifacts in order to bring renown to their guild. Players take a group of explorers led by their Expedition Leader out into the frozen Valley of the Elders, represented by a 3 layer game board made up of 3 sets of hex tiles. As you explore you will be digging through these terrain tiles and excavating ancient artifacts to collect for special powers and end game points.

The game takes place over 4 days where each player will take turns spending Exploration Points to take actions. Actions include, building camps, moving your explorers across the map, excavating tiles and artifacts, planning ahead to gain extra expiration points in the next round and even spending Renown (points) to take extra actions in the current round. You will also have access to special abilities from your specific Archeological Guild and from collecting sets of ancient artifacts. If you explore deep enough you may even uncover the ancient buried city of Azulia, where you will earn points for every section you uncover. After 4 days the expedition that has gathered the most renown for their guild will be the winner!

This new collectors edition of ICE is available for $140 and includes 2 expansions (Relics and Edifices and Gulid) in a collectors big box, deluxe screen printed meeples and metal coins. If you are a backer of the original version you can opt for a Returning Backers pledge for $49 which includes a conversion kit for the new edition and the Relics expansion. The standard retail edition is also available for $64 or in a bundle with the expansions for $107. If you want to dig further into the reward tiers and other addons, be sure to send out your expedition for ICE: Second Edition before the campaign ends on May 26, 2024.

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Kickstart Monday: Heroes of the Sanctum and Cosmos Empires

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.

Heroes of the Sanctum: The Strategy Card Game

Our first game this week is Heroes of the Sanctum: The Strategy Card Game from Firetap Games on Kickstarter.

Heroes of the Sanctum is a solo dungeon crawling card game set in a dark fantasy universe. You will be in control of four unique heroes as you take on quests and face grim enemies that threaten the world. Choose from heroes like the Warlock the Spirit Dancer, the Pyromage and the Assassin. Each hero had a personal passive ability and a unique action to be used in quests and combat.

There are variety of quests to choose from where your heroes may be defending a fort, delving dungeons or recovering a valuable artifact. Your adventure will take you to different regions like the Forsaken Cliffs or a Molten Lake each with different obstacles and effects not to mention the monstrous threats you will face. Test your heroes against enemies like Dread Knights, Reapers, Underhounds and Enraged Ghouls. Each threat has a unique action to challenge your party. Let’s also not forget the spoils of victory, you will earn loot for defeating threat which you can strategically assign to your party members for the most benefit. The Heroes can also advance by completing different quest goals growing in power even further. Your victory will depend on how you manage your Heroes unique actions in combination with Stratagem cards which you use to activate the 8 core Hero actions: Attack, Heal, Defend, Scout, Use, Taunt, Assist and Move. You will have to use your action points wisely to overcome obstacles and defeat threats if you hope to achieve your quest!

The Heroes of the Sanctum core game is available for just $30 and will include any applicable stretch goals. For $74 you can opt for the Ultimate pledge which includes the core game, the Epic expansion and the Multiplayer expansion that adds rules for up to 4 players to play the game cooperatively each controlling one hero. This pledge also includes a unique Comic Campaign book – a graphic novel that also doubles a game book offering an immersive series of quests and some new game mechanics. If you are ready to dive into some dark fantasy roleplaying and dungeon crawling check out the Heroes of the Sanctum Kickstarter campaign before it ends on April 25th 2024.

Cosmos Empires

Our next project is Cosmos Empires from Bigger Worlds on Gamefound.

Cosmos: Empires is a fast, easy to learn tableau and engine building card game for 2 to 8 players where you build and grow a galactic empire. Each turn of the game you will roll production dice to determine if any cards in your empire (or others player’s empires) produce credits. Any card that has a roll value that matches the dice will produce cosmic credits for that player. You will then have 2 actions to use on your turn.

Three options are available. First you can use an action to tweak your production roll if the dice didn’t land in your favor. Second, you can cycle a card in the available build pool of 10 cards and collect 2 credits. Third and most importantly you can use cosmic credits you’ve produced to build a card from the build pool. You will be able to choose from variety of beautifully illustrated cards some representing ships and facilities like the T-wing, the World Ship and the Fabricator Belt while others represent more fantastical cosmic creatures and locations such as the Nebula Whale, the mysterious Librarian entity and the cosmic world-tree Yggdrasil. Each card provides additional production value to grow your empire and may come with a special ability unique to that card. Once a player has reached a total of 30 production across their cards the end game is triggered, and the player with the most productive empire wins!

The Cosmos Empires campaign is offering a 2nd edition of the original Cosmic Empires released in 2022 and a brand new expansion titled Culture Clash. With Culture Clash each player will start the game with 2 secret culture cards like Ancient, Martial or Technical. Each culture provides the player with a one-time special ability that is triggered when the player reveals the culture card. Culture Clash also adds a host of new cards more than doubling the number of cards available. 

A copy of Cosmos: Empires and the Culture Clash expansion are available for $35 which includes clear card sleeves for all the cards in the core game and the expansion. You can also pledge for the core game or their expansion on their own for $25 and $15 respectively. There is also a Complete Collections Edition pledge level available for $120 that includes the core game and expansion, upgraded metal dice, mother of pearl tokens and a wooden collectors box. To expand your cosmic empire, visit the Gamefound campaign page for Cosmos: Empires before April 25th 2024.

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Kickstart Monday: Fief England and Votes for Women

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.

Fief England

Our first game of the week is Fief England from Academy Games on Gamefound.

Fief England is a strategy game for 2 to 4 players set in medieval England. Players will lead a noble family in their pursuit of royal titles, wealth and influence. Players will manage the politics, economy and military of their noble family, contend with other lords and face outside threats like Viking invaders.

Players expand their economy by building mills in new lands which increase a player’s income. If you have expanded enough you may be able to claim a royal title which grants benefits like the ability to enact taxes, elect the next king or queen or gain victory points. The Church also plays a powerful role in this time period and your lords and ladies can become clergy members like bishops and abbesses who have access to the Church’s powerful sacred relics.

Event cards can sometimes provide benefits like boost to production but will also bring calamities down on the kingdom like the plague, famine and Viking invasions. Viking invaders can even capture your lords and ladies and  you will need to pay ransom to recover them! Players may also form alliances with each other through marriage between their lords and ladies. The fate of the two players is then tied to each other and they will win or lose the game together.

Devious players can still betray their allies though so be sure you can trust those you ally with. Conquering neighboring fiefdoms is an important way to expand your family’s power and you must gather armies of various units like archers, knights, and even siege engines to secure your own land while also seeking to expand. Your military is used in combat against both Viking invaders and the militaries of other players.

Fief England is available on Gamefound for $75 USD and if you make your pledge quickly you may be able to take advantage of their early bird special and get a free historical metal coin set along with your pledge. For those with kingly purses there is also an all in pledge for $170 USD which includes a giant map, an expansion, the metal coins and a set of 3D miniatures buildings. The campaign for Fief England ends on January 2, 2024, so you’ll need to pledge your loyalty before then.

Votes for Women

Our second game this week is Votes for Women from Fort Circle Games on Kickstarter. The campaign is for the game’s second printing.

Votes for Women is a historical strategy game setting during the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. 1 to 4 players can play the game either competitively or cooperatively (with a solitaire mode for a single player).

In the two player competitive scenario one player will take on the role of the suffragist while the other player plays as the opposition against suffrage. The suffragist’s first goal is to gain enough support in the congress to bring the 19th amendment to the states for ratification. To do this they will need to make use of their deck of action cards and the lobby action to move a total of six congress markers to the congress track representing the amendment advancing towards a vote. The opposition player will be looking to delay or prevent the vote entirely.

Players will also be taking actions to campaign across the united states moving their campaigners into different regions of the country and gathering support by campaigning in individual states. Support for or against suffrage can shift from side to side in a state as players spend resources and take actions to advance their cause. Once the 19th amendment has passed congress states will be able to ratify it or reject it based on the campaigning efforts of either side.

Victory for the suffragists is not an easy task though as they need 36 states to vote in favor of the amendment while the opposition only needs 13 total states to reject the law to win. Once the amendment has been proposed by congress each side will be in a race to win as many states as possible before the sixth turn of the game. Votes for Women’s design looks excellent and very interestingly  features actual historical portraits, photos, documents and artwork from the period.

Many of these are realistically replicated versions of the original documents allowing players to immerse themselves in the time period and theme while providing an educational opportunity as well. The second printing of Votes for women is available for $75 USD and backers should be looking to receive their copies around spring of 2024. The Kickstarter campaign for Votes for Women will conclude on January 25, 2024, so if you missed out on the first printing now is the time to pledge!

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Kickstart Monday: Aberration and Grave Robbers from Outer Space

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.

Aberration

Our first project this week is the Gamefound campaign for Aberration from Ghostfire Gaming.

Aberration is a horror themed cooperative tower defense and survival game for 1-4 brave souls. Set in the dark fantasy world of Grim Hollow, players are tasked with defending a village from an onslaught of aberrant monsters. They will take on the mantle of a hero with unique special abilities such as Galgrick, the resilient dwarf warrior or Alwin, the keen sighted elf. The player can then further customize their character by pairing it with one of four different classes: the Monster Hunter, the Martial Artist, the  Duelist and the Captain.

Using bag building and worker placement mechanics players will send their heroes out into the darkness to light fires to reveal what lurks in the shadows of the forest. They will encounter aberrant monstrosities of a wide variety and must use their class skills, spells and items to defeat them. Players will draw ability tokens from their player bag of different types: Intellect, Strength, Speed, and Command which are used to trigger abilities of the matching type.

Players must be cautious though because the Great Beast lurks in the forest as well and its corruption can spread across the board and even to the heroes themselves. Becoming corrupted does have its advantages as it requires players to draw aberration cards which power up the players abilities making them even stronger. If one player takes on too many aberrations though the game will end in a loss so there is a risk reward element at play.

The Deluxe edition of Aberration is definitely the focus of the campaign, as it includes all of the detailed aberrant monster miniatures. The Deluxe edition is available for $149 USD. A Standard edition will be available for $79 USD but includes standees for all of the monsters rather than miniatures. You can also pledge for the Spellcasters Expansion as an add-on to either the Standard or Deluxe edition which includes new game scenarios, heroes and monsters. If you feel ready to face off against the monsters that lurk in the shadows, make your pledge for Aberration before October 20, 2023, when the campaign comes to a close.

Grave Robbers from Outer Space

Our second game this week is Grave Robbers from Outer Space, a Kickstarter project from Other Steve.

Grave Robbers from Outer Space originally released in 2001, but this Resurrected Edition brings the card game back from the dead along with some content from Grave Robbers 2: Skippy’s Revenge and Grave Robbers 3: Suburban Slashers. In Grave Robbers, 2-6 players put themselves in the shoes of a b-movie director competing to create the best film they can.

Players will build a custom deck of 30 cards from 10 different “feature packs” with different themes such as Creatures of the Night, the Shambling Dead, College Slasher and Mad Science. Each feature pack includes, characters, creatures locations, props, special effects and plot twists which are used to put together a movie. Props and Characters are added to your own movie while you can use Creatures to attack other players. Each turn you play cards from your hand by paying their popcorn cost which comes from popcorn icons on other cards already in your movie. Each card can add to your movie score for the end game or grant special abilities to use during the game. 

There are 160 cards included in the game all which feature familiar and hilarious tropes from all kinds of horror and sci-fi movies. There are zombies, killer toys, a cabin in the woods, Ouija boards, vampires and just about everything else you would expect to see in a classic b-movie. In addition, per the Kickstarter, they plan to release 10-12 new themed feature packs every year so there should be plenty of fresh content for the game for quite a while. Grave Robbers from Outer Space is available for $45 USD and there are also a number of bonus add-ons including t-shirts, an expansion, and beta cards. If you are feeling the calling to create your very own b-movie, consider pledging for Grave Robbers from Outer Space before the campaign ends on October 8, 2023.

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Kickstart Monday: Aethermon: Collect and Innovation: Ultimate

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.

Aethermon: Collect

Our first project this week is Aethermon: Collect a Gamefound campaign from Aethermon Studios.

Arthermon: Collect is a set collection game for 1-4 players set in a world with magical creatures called Aethermon.  

Aethermon obviously draws inspiration from other cute collectible monster properties but it has its own unique style and aesthetic that it brings to the genre. During the game players will be collecting Aethermon cards from the game board. Players will be attempting to collect high value Aethermon to improve their score and to collect Aethermon in the same family to double the score of those Aethermon. The game can be played both competitively and cooperatively. In competitive mode players draft powerful Artefacts to give them an edge against their opponents while in cooperative mode players will combine their scores in a joint effort to collect the most valuable Aethermon.   

To see the game in action and hear more about WiscoDice’s thoughts on Aethermon: Collect, check out our YouTube Video here.

The campaign has a number of pledge options starting with a print and play pledge for about A$5, a standard pledge for A$30, a deluxe pledge for A$60 and also higher tier pledges for those with deep pockets. The campaign runs until August 30th 2023, so make your pledge before then.

Innovation: Ultimate

Our next game this week is Innovation: Ultimate a Backerkit project from Asmadi Games.

Innovation: Ultimate is an updated version of Innovation originally released in 2010 by designer Carl Chudyk. Innovation is a tableau and civilization building game where players will play card representing ideas, technology and inventions. You begin the game in Age 1 or Prehistory starting out with cards like Writing or Metalworking. Each card has an effect you can choose to trigger with one of your two actions on your turn which may allow you to attack your opponents, expand your civilization and even advance to the next Age.

Innovation: Ultimate has a number of new features and improvements to the original game. While the original game featured 10 Ages to progress to, Innovation: Ultimate now has an eleventh age, the Prudence Age with futuristic speculative technology. The boxed set also includes the 4 existing expansions for Innovation and a new fifth expansion called The Unseen. The new expansion brings in a mechanic called Safeguard that lets to stash available achievements so that you can claim them but your opponents can’t. Cards in the Unseen expansion deal with subterfuge, shadowy technologies and other clandestine concepts.

The Innovation: Ultimate campaign is keeping it simple with only one pledge level for $69 USD but this includes approximately 750 cards and a box insert that is designed to support both sleeved and unsleeved cards. If you are ready to dive into the ultimate version of Innovation make your pledge before September 15, 2023 when the Backerkit campaign ends.

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