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Kickstart Monday: Castellans of Valeria and Micro Architects

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.

Castellans of Valeria

First up this week we have Castellans of Valeria from Daily Magic Games. Castellans is the next game in the Kingdoms of Valeria series including Card Kingdoms of Valeria and Shadow Kingdoms of Valeria as well as many others.

In Castellans of Valeria the Duke of the City of Kosk is looking for a new Castellan for the developing city and you as the player are one of the candidates who will be competing for the position. You will start by drafting dice which give you resources or influence with one of the 4 guilds in the city, then you use your drafted dice to take actions to improve the city and your position. You can use the Harvest action to gain additional resources from your drafted dice. To gain influence with the guilds of the city you can build temples and manors in the districts where they have sway. You can recruit citizens to gain their valuable dice manipulation abilities. Down at the wharf you can sell cargo and position your ships in the districts of the city to gain victory points when its current district is scored. And you may place great Monuments in the city to earn victory points each round. Ultimately you will need to gain enough influence and control over the districts of Kosk to become the next Castellan.

Castellans seems to have a lot going for it, the combination of dice drafting, resource management, and area control hit a lot of buttons for me and it is one I am going keep my eye on. One point to note is that the campaign mentions that Castellans will not be released through game distributors. They will only print copies to cover their Kickstarter backers (which could include retailers who back the game) and 250 copies for their web store. This means the game might be hard to find after the campaign so if it sounds like the game for you make sure to back before Friday, June 30th.

Micro Architects

Next up this week we have Micro Architects, a Gamefound project from Thistroy Games.

In Mirco Architects, players take on the challenge of designing and constructing a thriving metropolis. During the game you will add a variety of buildings to your dual layered city board. You will be building one of six different building types Offices, Industrial, Shops, Landmarks, Municipal and Residential. Placing the right kinds of building together is important as you will be scoring points from Landmarks, Services and Goal cards which all want a certain combination or layout of buildings somewhere in your city. The game also includes to additional modules to mix up game player the Residents module where you will be housing residents as you build your city and the Events module which add random events that provides some additional unpredictability.

The components for Micro Architects look great for a small box game. The wooden building tokens are screen printed as are the resident meeples from the Residents module. The overall design is bright and colorful and gives the game a light playful feel. The game also includes a Solo Mode using Automa cards so all you solo gamers out there aren’t left out. If you are ready to build your perfect little micro city head to Gamefound before Saturday June 24th to make your pledge.

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Kickstart Monday: Multiuse Cards are front and center

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.

This week we feature 2 games with multiuse cards. What are multi-use cards you ask? They are cards that have different purposes in the game based on when and where they are played.

Coba

First up is Coba by Crossbow Games. In this co-op game for 1-4 players you are fighting your way through the temple to find treasure. Described as The Mind meets Racko, this pocket sized game has a lot of depth and replayability. The artwork is extraordinary and adds to the game immersion. The cards are used as steps in the cathedral, to determine imitative, and for player actions. WiscoDice had an opportunity to play a prototype of Coba and can confirm that this is a game you don’t want to miss out on. Hear about this game from the designers on WiscoDice podcast episode 110.

The crowdfunding for this game is through The Game Crafter and is live for the next 2 weeks. Crowdfunding on The Game Crafter is a bit different, if you back the project you are guaranteed to get a copy of the game. But the more that back, the lower the price goes. If you miss the crowdfunding window, you can purchase anytime for full retail price.

El Burro

Next up is El Burro: a La Granja Game by Spielworxx. This one is live on Gamefound for another week. In this game you are a farmer in Majorca and need to develop the farm and move goods to the port of Palma. In addition to multi-purpose cards, you also have the fun of dice-drafting.

If you are a fan of La Granja, this is a standalone game in the same family of games. The campaign indicates this is slightly more complex than the first game, La Granja. Also, it plays the standard 2-4 players and includes a solo mode!

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Kickstart Monday: Point City + Deep Dive and The Hunt

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.

Point City + Deep Dive

Our first project of note this week is the Kickstarter for Point City and Deep dive from Flatout Games.

Point City + Deep Dive

Point city is a follow up to the quick card drafting  game Point Salad. Point city looks to expand upon the mechanics of point salad by including card drafting and engine building mechanics. 1 to 4 Players will create a unique city from 150 different building cards. Players try to find the right combos of resources and buildings including special civic buildings to maximize their scoring. Point city looks like it would be a great alternative to Point Salad for someone who is looking for a slightly heavier but still quick game. 

This Kickstarter campaign also includes Deep Dive, a push-your-luck game for up to 6 players. Deep dive looks to be a light fun game where you dive deeper and deeper into the ocean with your group of penguins hope for greater rewards the deeper you go. But you must be wary of the various predators that looking to snack on penguins that dive too deep. If one or both of these games catches your interest follow our link to the Kickstarter project before April 14th.

The Hunt

Our second project for the week is The Hunt a Gamefound project from Salt and Pepper Games.

The Hunt

The Hunt is a 2 player asymmetrical duel set in 1939 between one player playing as the British Royal Navy and another taking the role of the German Kriegsmarine. The German player must steathfully sink 5 freight ships while the British player seeks to hunt the German Admiral for a final battle.

The games plays out on a hex grid and with tactical card play using cards either for their special event or for action points to take actions like movement,  search and attack or other special actions that differ between each side. The game promises tense action in a 20-45 minute time span and seems like it would play out as a bit of a cat and mouse game with the Germans trying their best to avoid a direct battle while still targeting the British freight ships. I quite like the artwork on display here too as it really helps the theme of the game come forward. This definitely looks like an interesting title for anyone looking for a 2 player war game. Head over to the Gamefound project page for The Hunt, before April 3d if you are looking to back it.

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Kickstart Monday: Are you a Young Witch or a Mad King?

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.

Witchbound

Witchbound is a unique 1-2 player storytelling campaign game set in a magical world. As a young witch you will explore the island of Coven Cove through a series of scenes which have multiple points of interaction that lead to a story path in a choose your own adventure style narrative. You might be interacting with townsfolk in a village or venturing into dangerous dungeons to face challenging encounters.

Witchbound – Gamefound

The game boasts a Dynamic NPC (non-player character) system that can make each interaction with an NPC unique and put you down a different story path There is also crafting and enchanting to let you make powerful potions or magical items to help you on your journey

The art and components in Witchbound are lovely and give a very cozy, lighthearted feel to the game which seems perfect for a relaxed solo or two player playthrough. If you are looking for a delightfully witchy storytelling adventure head over to Gamefound and before the campaign ends on February 23rd, 2023.

Blueprints of Mad King Ludwig

Our next game this week is the Kickstarter for Blueprints of Mad King Ludwig from Bezier Games.

The Blueprints of Mad King Ludwig brings the Castles of Mad King Ludwig experience into a flip and write format. In the game you will use colored pencils to add a variety of strangely shaped rooms onto the floor plan of your castle while earning bonus cards and attempting to fulfill the king’s royal decrees. 

Blueprints of Mad King Ludiwig – Kickstarter

The base version is available for $40 USD and a deluxe version for $70 USD that has some extra deluxified and components and a gametrayz insert. We are big fans of the Mad King Ludwig family of games and the flip and write genre feels like a natural fit for this series. We will be keeping an eye on this one. The Kickstarter for Blueprints of Mad King Ludwig runs through March 7th, 2023.

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Kickstart Monday: In Space or On Land

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.

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Andromeda’s Edge

Our first game this week is  Andromeda’s Edge, a Gamefound project from designer Luke Laurie and publisher Cardboard Alchemy.

Andromeda’s Edge – Deluxe Box on Gamefound

Andromeda’s Edge promises a mix of worker placement, engine building, area control and dice combat. Each player represents a unique alien faction with asymmetric powers.

In the game you will be sending your worker starships out to planet, moons, and nebulae to collect resources, build developments, trade, and salvage technology. Each of your ship type can be upgraded to improve it abilities including is strength in combat. As you explore the galaxy you will engage in battle with raiders other players in a dice based combat system. Starship upgrades like weapons and shields will aid you in battle. You will also build up and engine of modules that you will be able to activate when your ships return from exploration.

Andromeda’s Edge – Standard Box, on Gamefound

The components in Andromeda’s edge look stellar (if you’ll excuse the pun). There are plastic miniatures for each of the types of starships; Transport, Fighter, Science Vessel and Heavy Cruiser. The deluxe edition will feature even more miniature and custom game trays to house all the components.

If this sounds like the game for you make sure to back before the Gamefound campaign ends on February 23rd.

F.O.R.K.

Next up we have F.O.R.K (Fox Owl Rabbit Kale) a family friendly food chain trick-taking game from Sunrise Tornado Studios and designer Ta-Te Wu.

FORK Box
FORK Box

F.O.R.K. is a trick-taking game where each round player will attempt to claimed score cards played by other players in the trick by playing an animal that is higher in the food chain. For example Fox cards act as a trump card and can claim Owl and Rabbit cards. Owls can claim rabbits and rabbit are content to munch on kale cards played by other players.

FORK Cards
FORK Cards

For more detail on F.O.R.K. check out our review on the WiscoDice blog: FORK – An Engaging Game for All Ages

The Kickstarter for F.O.R.K. runs through March 2nd so head on over to the project page to check it out.

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