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Kickstart Monday: Sleeping Gods and Spinning Dice

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 all ready, what better way to do it than post a weekly blog about projects I am interested in.

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This week on Kickstart Monday I head over to Gamefound to look at an expansion to one of the games I hear talked about all of the time. Then we take a look at a surprisingly fun dice game.

Sleeping Gods: Distant Skies

Sleeping Gods: Distant Skies from Red Raven Games is a much-anticipated stand-alone sequel to Sleeping Gods. This expansion is going to provide more Sleeping Gods content. More characters, locations, narrative arcs, and more to discover. Featuring a new massive open world you will need to use your airplane to fly and discover some of the new locations.

Sleeping Gods: Distant Skies is a narrative, quest-based campaign game for 1-4 players. Playtime will likely vary somewhat on a per quest basis, but most sessions can be completed in 1-2 hours. Like many campaign games expect this one will keep you engaged for likely hundreds of gaming hours.

If you love deep narrative immersive games with a heavy story element and light role-playing then you should consider backing this project!

Tin Spin

Base Game and Components

Tin Spin from Surprisingly Fun Games is exactly that, surprisingly fun! We have had the opportunity to actually play this game for 2-6 players. This game features dexterity, strategy, and even some risk/reward gambling of gold cubes (points). The small form factor (a small metal tin) makes this game extremely easy to transport and its simple rules make it ideal for gamers and non-gamers.

On your turn you will either roll the dice you control or you will take a whirl at spinning your dice. Both have their risks and depending on the dice you control at the time you might opt for one option over the other. Of course, once you are done resolving your turn you will roll the SWAP die which will determine if the dice are passed and in which direction around the table.

We laughed and had a great time when we had the opportunity to play this game. It’s a great game to give as a gift so pick up a pair of copies when you back this project!

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Kickstart Monday: Abstract Strategy Meets Cthulhu

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! It’s 2022 and I am excited for all that this new year will bring. On Kickstart Monday I scour crowdfunding platforms for two or more projects that I feel are worth looking at. This includes platforms like Kickstarter, Gamefound, and Indigogo. Everything that is recommended on Kickstart Monday is oriented around tabletop gaming in some fashion.

This week I take a look at a really cool abstract game and plush creature that surely will rise from the depths. Let’s dive into it!

Canosa

Canosa from One Day West Games is an abstract game for two players that should take you around 20 minutes to play. In the game, you play as a siren who is trying to capture shipwrecked sailors. The box art is beautiful and actually is part of the gameplay experience.

Once the game is set up you will perform one of four actions on your turn. First, you may move your siren token. Next, you can move a ring from your siren to a sailor. This must be a sailor that is adjacent to your siren. Once you have a sailor under your control you then unlock the move a sailor action. Of course, the number of rings you have is limited so during the game you may need to remove a ring from a sailor and move it back to your siren.

To win the game you need to be the first to successfully move 4 sailors off the board or to trap your opponent. Moving sailors off the board is the most common way to win and involves moving a sailor to your starting spot. When this happens, remove the sailor from the board. Do this before your opponent and you win!

If you like quick, abstract strategy games then you should check out this one from One Day West Games.

Cthulhu’s D20 Plush

Cthulhu’s D20 Plush from NekoRaveWolf is a cute stuffed Cthulhu plushy with a removable D20. While not a traditional gaming-related item, this plushy would be great to help decorate a tabletop gaming space. Of course, if you just want more cute plushy critters then you can’t go wrong with this one either.

There are a number of unlocks and add ons that you look at adding to your pledge, from cute pins to funding goals that will unlock upgrades to the plushy.

If your gaming space needs a little decoration then you should check out this plushy project.

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Kickstart Monday: Ancient Blood Rises with Carrara

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! Happy holidays everyone. As the year winds down, I am still taking the time to scrub Gamefound, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms for tabletop gaming projects that I think you might be interested in. This week we have two board game projects that really have me intrigued. Let’s dive into them!

As an FYI, I will be taking next week off on Kickstart Monday. We’ll be back in the first week in January with new projects to recommend for you!

Ancient Blood – The Order of Vampire Hunters

Ancient Blood – The Order of Vampire Hunters is from Dark Gate Games. This is the third game by Dark Gate Games. All of their games feature darker tones. While this is their first venture on Gamefound, their other projects have been previously on Kickstarter.

In the game, you will play as a vampire hunter cooperatively with the other players against the game. Like many of these games, you can play it stand-alone, solo, or even as a campaign. Each session you will choose a story that dictates the scenario. There will be local people for you to interact with. These people may provide aid, narrative direction, or other things to you. You will encounter various creatures and villains that you will have to overcome. Ultimately leading to the completion (or failure) of the story’s goal.

If you like campaign-driven narrative games where you and your friends take on the world then you may want to check out Ancient Blood. This game certainly features a different feel to the adventure board game than the traditional Sci-Fi or Fantasy dungeon crawl games that often dominate this space.

The Palaces of Carrara 2nd Edition

The Palaces of Carrara 2nd Edition from Game Brewer is bringing back this Euro-style game for updated printing. For those of you who have not heard of this game before the theme is that you build buildings during the Renaissance in Italy. You will do this by manipulating the price of marble so that you can purchase materials inexpensively. You can then use that marble to construct buildings. Of course, reducing the price of marble helps the other players as well. You need to carefully balance the market to produce what you need while keeping it expensive enough to slow your opponents.

In this second printing, they are providing a completely revised and updated ruleset. On top of that, the game will feature new advanced play options. Finally, they are offering a deluxe version as a Gamefound exclusive. Plenty to offer if you are interested, but already own Carrara.

If you like a crunchy, economic, euro game that will make your brain work then you should definitely check out The Palaces of Carrara.

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Kickstart Monday: Crossroads Inn and Weather Machine

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! This is the next installment in our regular blog series where we focus on two or more crowdfunding projects in the tabletop gaming industry. This week we have a couple of very interesting-looking board games.

Weather Machine

Weather Machine from Eagle-Gryphon Games is the latest game from Vital Lacerda and Ian O’Toole. This game promises to be another complex masterpiece. For 1-4 players and a 2-3 hour playtime, you will need to be ready for a real brain crunch when you play. Yet, this game has all of the looks of another great game from these designers.

In the game, you take on the roles of players working for a master scientist who is creating a weather machine that will control the weather. In your turn, you will take action to adjust the rainfall, snow, prevent extreme weather, and more through the game to win. There will be plenty of opportunities to correct the out-of-control weather conditions that this machine’s weather tampering has created. If you can master the machine then you will be the winner!

If you love very complex strategy games with intertwined rules then we suggest you check out Weather Machine from Eagle-Gryphon Games!

Crossroads Inn

Crossroads Inn from Klabeter lets players create their own fantasy tavern from the ground up. Described as a strategic economic game, it’s based on the digital version of the game. For 2-4 players with somewhere around 90-120 minutes of time to play this game looks to be one that can make it to the table on shorter game nights.

The ultimate goal is to score enough points to win. You will do so by improving your reputation, adding tiles to your in that represent furnishings and satisfying guests that come to visit. Add an additional layer of complexity by adding kingdom cards that award bonuses if you build and design your Inn in a specific way indicated on the card.

If you like an economic game that is set in a fantasy setting then you should check out Crossroads Inn: The Board Game from Klabeter.

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Kickstart Monday: Too Many Bones go to the Next Level With Goblin Gummies

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! Fresh off of Gameholecon in Madison, Wisconsin we are back at it today featuring two amazing projects in tabletop gaming. After all, that’s what we do on #KickstartMonday.

Too Many Bones: Unbreakable

Too Many Bones: Unbreakable from Chip Theory Games is the latest expansion to the ever popular Too Many Bones game. In the game, you play as Gearlocs taking on adventures in a very innovative campaign style RPG experience. Players must overcome various encounters. Some of them are role playing encounters where you are given some options and you must choose what seems to makes the most sense for your character. Others are combat, where your character becomes a stack of poker chips and encounters other stacks of chips that represent the monsters. Each chip has amazing art stickers of what you are encountering on the chips.

In Unbreakable, players of the game will receive new Gearlocs to play, new tyrants to overcome, and new encounters and adventures to go on. Basically, more of the things that make the game so popular. You will be able to now take your battles to the new lava battle mat. This means you better make sure your Gearloc is ready for fiery battles!

If you like adventure games, beautiful art, and an immersive campaign world then you should check out Too Many Bones: Unbreakable from Chip Theory Games! Head over to Gamefound and back this one today.

Edible Gummy Minis for Tabletop Games

Edible Gummy Minis for Tabletop Games is from Crawlspaces and Critters and is a very unique project. Your character delves the dungeon, encounters a hoard of goblins. The dungeon master places these gummies on bottle caps on the battle mat. They move about, attacking your character. However, you dash forward taking one down. The DM hands you your reward. A tasty gummy goblin that you get to eat! That’s the idea with this Kickstarter project.

If that didn’t sound great enough, then you can be a part of this to donate these amazing gummies to the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. There is one thing that I am so proud of with the gaming community, it is the amount of charity work and donations so many of us have been a part of. This Kickstarter project is no exception.

I personally had an opportunity to try these gummies at Gameholecon this past weekend. I have to say, these are some of the best tasting gummies I have ever had. The flavors are bright and exactly what you would expect. Grape and pineapple in the ones we tried were flavorful and delicious. The energy from the booth and the excitement for this product really has us excited for these crazy gummy treats.

If you love gummies, have children at your gaming table, or want to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals then please take a look at this project and give it your support!

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