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.

Dice Treasure

Our first game this week is Dice Treasure on Gamefound from Inevitable Ideas.

Dice Treasure is a family weight dice drafting card game for 1 to 4 players. In Dice Treasure players will be drafting colorful dice and using them to build patterns on cards that represent the seven colors of the rainbow. By completing the required pattern on the card they will invoke the rainbow color on the card and earn gold from the Leprechaun’s treasure pile.

Each player will start with a set of color pattern cards with different gold values. Players will roll and draft dice to place on their pattern color cards. Only a die that matches in color and value can be placed on a color card and count toward its completion. Dice that cannot be placed on a card are put into a common pool that other players can use on future turns. Players should be careful to complete cards when they can because toward the end of the game, all incomplete cards will become available for other players to steal! At the end of the game all players total up all the gold they’ve gained and the player with the biggest pile of treasure is the winner!

The WiscoDice team had an opportunity to play the prototype for Dice Treasure. Check out our thoughts and playthrough on YouTube.

Dice Treasure is available now on Gamefound for $32 for the standard edition. This includes  63 unique pattern cards, a dice bag with 45 translucent dice, 7 color tokens and a snapping dice tray. You can also add on the Leprechaun’s Bonus Expansion for $8 which includes 21 special Leprechauns Bonus cards that provide a new way to earn gold for players that complete certain combinations of color cards. Backers can also opt for a print-and-play version for $7 that includes printable cards and tokens but players will need to supply their own dice. You won’t need to find the end of the rainbow to get to the Dice Treasure campaign page but you will need to get there before April 15, 2024 to make your pledge.

Monsters of Drakkenheim

Next up this week we have Monsters of Drakkenheim on Kickstarter from The Dungeon Dudes and Ghostfire Gaming.

Monsters of Drakkenheim is a sourcebook of 150+ monsters for 5th Edition tabletop RPGs. Monsters is a follow up to the popular Dungeons of Drakkenheim campaign setting from the same designers. All of the monsters are inspired by the eldritch-horror theme of the Drakkenheim setting  and while these horrifying creatures may have their origins in Drakkenheim, be sure that they can be used to terrify and challenge players in any game setting.

Each of the 150+ eldritch and cosmic horror inspired monstrosities in the book are accompanied by unique illustrations with a commitment not to include AI art. From the Troll Hag to hideous Apothic Abominations to the maddening Cacophonous Chimera these monsters will also feature detailed lore to help define their place in the world of Drakkenheim or your own campaign world. Some of these creatures will pose unique threats to your players in the form of new debilitating effects like elemental conditions such as burning, freezing, and shocked. Epic Boss Monsters like the Humongous Fungus Troll will pose a serious threat to your players with new Epic Actions that are triggered after each player’s turn.

The book also features 10 ready-to-play adventure locations like laboratories, crypts and otherworldly dimensions. Monsters of Drakkenheim also provides players with some interesting incentives to hunt monsters for their unique parts. With a custom crafting system players can harvest monster parts and then craft them into unique magic items at special locations. There are also rules for crafting existing magic items such  as healing potions from harvestable monster bits.

But why stop there? This campaign is offering way more than its 300+ page bestiary. From digital goodies to physical miniatures there is a monstrous amount of rewards to choose from in this campaign. Here is a break down of each of the pledge tiers and their rewards:

Tier 1 – Digital – $30

  • Monsters of Drakkenheim PDF edition
  • Digital Tokens and Maps

Tier 2 – Core Book – $60

  • Monsters of Drakkenheim Standard Edition Hardcover
  • Movement ruler bookmark set
  • PDF edition
  • Digital Tokens and Maps

Tier 3 – Core Book Plus – $90

  • Standard Edition Hardcover
  • PDF Edition
  • Digital Tokens and Maps
  • Movement rule bookmark set
  • Monster token set and Lair map pack

Tier 4 – Digital Deluxe – $95

  • Everything from Digital
  • Roll20 or Foundry VTT license
  • Digital Monster, Crafting, Encounter card decks
  • Choice of 1 Lair encounter STL set
  • Digital GM cheat sheets

Tier 5 – Core Set – $140

  • Everything from Core Book Plus
  • GM Screen
  • Monster, Crafting and Encounter card decks
  • Trophy enamel pin set

Tier 6 – Deluxe Set – $225

  • Everything from Core Set
  • Apothic Abominations miniatures
  • Space Between Worlds miniatures
  • Troll Killer miniatures
  • Chimeric Catastrophe miniatures

Tier 7 –  Ultimate Set – $475

  • Special Edition Hardcover
  • Roll20 or Foundry VTT license
  • Special edition dice set
  • Bruce is Holding plushie dice bag
  • Everything from Deluxe Set
  • Everything from Digital Deluxe

The Monsters of Drakkenheim campaign ends on April 25, 2024 so be sure to visit Kickstarter and make your pledge before then. 

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