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Kickstart Monday: Horror on the Orient Express and Lairs & Legends 2

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.

Call of Cthulhu Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game

Our first game this week is Call of Cthulhu Horror on the Orient Express: The Board Game on Kickstarter from Chaosium Inc.

Horror on the Orient Express is a cooperative board game for 1 to 4 players from the makers of the Call of Cthulhu TTRPG and the authors of the popular board games Nemesis, Frostpunk, Lords of Ragnarok and Destinies. You and your fellow investigators are passengers on the luxurious Orient Express. What starts off as a comfortable train ride soon delves into the realm of eldritch horror as the train passes into the dangerous Dreamlands.

You are charged with keeping the other passengers on the train safe all while the train is being attacked by hideous creatures from the strange realm beyond. To make matters worse there is a secret cult aboard the train as well seeking to complete a dark ritual that will doom the Orient Express and its passengers to an evil fate. You will need to question the other passengers as suspects to root out the hidden cult members and stop the ritual before it’s too late. You will need to work together to use the unique skills of your investigators along with items and spells you collect along the way if you are to have a hope of succeeding.

Horror on the Orient Express looks to have a unique table presence with a 3-D train centerpiece made of 6 train cars that the investigators and passengers can move between. The train cars feature moveable window curtains to let you peek out at the horrors that wait you beyond the train or to close them to protect  yourself. The game also features custom miniatures for each of the investigators, the Reaver, Absorber, Howler, and Vampire monsters, and six different suspects. The game is available at two pledge levels, first is the First Class Ticket level for $98. This includes the core game, the Investigators Unveiled expansion and a promo miniature of the Nightmarish Orient Express and any unlocked stretch goals. You can upgrade your ticket to be a VIP Passenger for $145 which will get you everything at the previous level and the Consumed by the Void campaign expansion. You’ll want to get on board for Horror on the Orient Express before April 19 2,024 when the campaign ends.

Lairs & Legends 2 – The Definitive 5e Resource Anthology

Next up on Kickstarter is Lairs & Legends 2 – The Definitive 5e Resource Anthology from The DM Lair.

The Lairs & Legends 2 campaign is offering 2 new books for fifth edition Dungeon & Dragons campaigns from Luke Hart who runs the popular Dm Lair youtube channel. Between the two books; Lairs & Legends 2 and Loot and Lore 2 you will find a whole host of resources for running exciting 5e D&D games. First off there are 30 full length adventures included. This includes 6 three-part adventure arcs that cover each tier of gameplay. On top of that there are 12 stand alone adventures that also cover each tier of play.

Beyond that there are also 30 stand-alone encounters for when your party strays off the beaten path. Of course you’ll need to make sure there are plenty of monsters for your players to face during these adventures and there are over one hundred different monsters available to choose from in Legends & Lairs 2. Many monsters have new tactics and abilities to surprise and challenge your players. In addition to those challenges see how your adventurers fare against 30 devious traps and 30 clever puzzles. Reward your players with 20 new magic items – which has actually expanded to 30 with an unlocked stretch goal! You can expand your campaign with six new rulesets that provide some fun new mechanics for your 5e campaign these include rules for:

  • Skill Challenges
  • Naval Combat
  • Rewards & Recognition
  • Diseases
  • Sanity
  • Spell Dueling 

The books are designed specifically to be easy to use and run at the table. The formatting, layout, wording and art are all designed with care to keep you from having to dig through multiple pages of the book to find what you need. Also all of the content of these books is guaranteed to be free of AI-generated material.

Here is a breakdown of the various digital and physical pledge tiers that are available.

  • Both PDFs – $80 – digital copies of Lairs & Legends 2 and Loot & Lore 2
  • Both PDFs plus Foundry VTT Module – $100
  • Both Standard Hardcovers – $120 (includes PDFs)
  • Both Standard Hardcover plus Foundry VTT Module – $140
  • Both Limited Edition Hardcovers – $150 (includes PDFs)
  • Both Limited Edition Hardcovers plus Foundry VTT Module – $170

The campaign for Lairs & Legends 2 will only be open until May 2, 2024, so plan your quest accordingly and make your pledge before then.

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Kickstart Monday: Dice Treasure and Monsters of Drakkenheim

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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Kickstart Monday: River Valley Glassworks and Super Boss Monster

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.

River Valley Glassworks

Our first game this week is River Valley Glassworks from Allplay on Kickstarter.

River Valley Glassworks is a cozy drafting game for 1 to 5 players and features artwork from the excellent Andrew Bosley. The Woodland creatures of River Valley collect colorful glass from the river to keep and arrange in their shops to score the most points.

Glass pieces of a variety of rarities and shapes flow down the river eventually collecting in the lake. Players draft sets of glass pieces from river tiles and arrange them in their personal glassworks into rows and columns. Each color of glass which represents a different rarity, is placed into its own column in your glassworks going from left to right. Spaces in your glassworks columns increase in point value from left to right and also as they grow taller.

At the end of the game you will score points for each row depending on how many spaces are filled in the row without gaps. You will also score for your two tallest columns, but you must be careful not to collect too much of one color of glass as it will then overflow its column and each piece that overflows counts for negative 3 points. The player who has done the best job at arranging their glassworks and scored the most points is the winner!

River Valley Glassworks is available at a variety of pledge levels. The retail edition is available for $39 and includes a Kickstarter exclusive first player statue as well as all unlocked stretch goals. At $69 the deluxe edition includes an illustrated playmat, clear acrylic river tiles, deluxe dual layers boards and screen printed meeples. You could also opt for the founders edition which adds on a unique founders box sleeve and river glass pieces made from real glass. Also included as a bonus for backers of the founders edition is a special medallion that will be redeemable for a future “tiny box” game from Allplay. If you are looking for a cozy casual drafting experience I’d recommend heading down river to the River Valley Glassworks Kickstarter page before the campaign ends on April 4, 2024.

Super Boss Monster

Our second game of the week is Super Boss Monster from Brotherwise Games on Kickstarter.

Super Boss Monster is a dungeon building board game for 1 to 4 players inspired by retro video games. Super Boss Monster builds upon the original Boss Monster from 2013 with new mechanics, a town board, minion meeples, and a brand new solo mode. In Super Boss Monster, players take on the role of the bad guy and compete to build a side-scrolling 8-bit dungeon by drafting and building dungeon rooms while attempting to lure in heroes from town to defeat them and collect their souls.

Players will build their dungeons with room cards that are either monster rooms or trap rooms. Each room also has a specific treasure type either tomes, holy symbols, swords or money. Hero’s are drawn to the treasure in dungeons and the dungeon with the most treasure of a specific type will lure a matching hero into its depths. Once a hero is lured to a dungeon they will progress through the dungeon room by room taking damage and triggering the rooms effects. If a hero makes it all the way to your boss monster at the end of the dungeon they will deal wounds to your monster. Be careful! Your boss monster can only take 5 wounds! If your dungeon defeats a hero you collect their soul. Once one player manages to collect 10 souls they win the game!

To get a basic version of Super Boss Monster you’ll want the Minion pledge for $30. It includes the retail version of the game along with a Kickstarter promo card pack. Deeper into the dungeon you’ll find the Boss pledge for $45. You’ll  get the deluxe version of the game with a neoprene play mat and wooden wound tokens. If you are feeling brave try the Super Boss pledge for $75 that includes everything in the boss pledge plus a collectors big box and an expansion for a fifth and sixth player. For $90 you can face the Final Boss pledge which gets you 4 neoprene player mats on top of the rewards of the Super Boss pledge. And for the truly adventurous, the Ultimate Starter pledge is available for $175 and includes everything for Super Boss Monster and all published expansions for the original Boss Monster (compatible with Super Boss Monster). Make your move before the Super Boss Monster campaign ends on April 5, 2024.

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Kickstart Monday: Armello: The Board Game and FantasyForm

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.

Armello: The Board Game

Our first game this week is Armello: The Board Game from King of the Castle Games Company on Kickstarter.

Armello is a fantasy strategy deck building game for 2 to 4 players and is a board game adaptation of the popular video game of the same name. The king of the great kingdom of Armello has fallen into madness and it is up to the players as one of the heroes of the Great Clans to overthrow the mad king and become the new ruler of Armello. Only one can claim the throne so players will compete against rival clans to quest, explore, fight monsters and gain enough power and prestige to face off against the king and take the throne.

Players will take the role of one of four heroes: Thane of the Wolf Clan, Sana of the Bear Clan, Amber of the Rabbit Clan and Mercurio of the Rat Clan. Each hero has two custom decks of cards unique to their character, a starter deck and an experience deck that they can earn cards from as they rise in power. Players will need to travel to different regions and terrain types to complete quests which are an important source of prestige. During their travels players will also come into combat with palace guards, monsters and even other players.

As the game goes on players will be able to add new cards to strengthen their deck like followers, treasures and spells. New cards are obtained by buying them  from the market, or earning them through quests.  Once a player has earned at least 30 prestige points from their adventure they can attempt a special combat with the mad king. Not only must they face the king but they must also contend with “Palace Perils” that make the combat more challenging. If they overcome all these obstacles they can claim the throne and win the game.

Armello: The Board Game is available in three backer tiers. First is The standard edition for $79 including all stretch goals. Second is a collector’s edition for $109 which features a metal first player token and an upgraded board and palace model and a few other upgraded components. And third is the Everything Armello tier for $150 that adds on upgraded hero dice, screen printed wooden tokens and 4 enamel pins. The campaign for Armello: The Board Game ends on April 4, 2024, so venture on over to the Kickstarter page before then.

FantasyForm

Next up this week we have FantasyForm on Kickstarter from Button Shy Games.

FantasyForm is a single player wallet game where you use your abilities as an alchemist to increase your skills and defeat a rival alchemist. In FantasyForm you play as an alchemist who has the power to alter their body and transform into forms that wield the power of elements like Air, Water, Earth and Fire. Your goal is to defeat your rival the Dark Alchemist who abuses their alchemical prowess for nefarious purposes. 

Each turn you will resolve encounters in the Outland and Forge phases. Encounters earn you resources like Shards and Alchemical essences but can sometimes cost you these resources instead. After resolving encounters you have the opportunity to increase your power in the Market phase by purchasing upgrades with shards in the form of Companions, Artifacts or new Elemental Forms. You can also purchase Essences cards that act like potions and provide various beneficial effects like reducing damage, providing healing or cycling through cards. 

You will need to use your resources wisely to get the upgrades you need to face off against your rival. After upgrading you will either Explore or complete the Rival Phase. You will need to spend Shards and use your other resources to defeat the Dark Alchemist, but be careful! Your rival can take on Elemental Forms of their own and use their special powers to deal you damage and deplete your resources. If you manage to reduce your rival to 0 health you are victorious!

FantasyForm is available on Kickstarter for $12 and that pledge also includes a copy of the 6 cards Frozen Over expansion. You can also get a copy of FantasyForm along with the expansion and the designers previous wallet game SpaceShipped for only $22. If you are looking for even more you can pledge $32 for the FantasyForm and SpaceShipped collection which includes both games and additional expansions for SpaceShipped. The Kickstarter for FantasyForm will end soon on March 23, 2024, so be sure to visit the campaign page by then to make your pledge.

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Kickstart Monday: Fantastical Townsfolk and a Printable Mansion

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 interesting projects.

This week on Kickstart Monday, while Justin takes the week off, I thought I would take a slightly different route. We’ll look at a couple of projects that will get your 3D Printers humming. Don’t worry, for those of you who don’t have a printer, at least one of these you can order the physical models!

Fantastical Folk – Townsfolk Miniatures

Fantastical Folk – Townsfolk Miniatures by the creator known as the Artisan Troll is a 3D printing project for five unique, fantasy versions of various townsfolk that might show up in your fantasy game. There are options for just the Digital STLs or to order the physical prints of the models!

From the half-orc (or full-orc) butcher, halfing barmaid, or the Dragonborn blacksmith some cool additions help fill out the normally human townsfolk miniatures that are so often in our collections.

Whether you are a Game Master for a Fantasy RPG, a modeler looking to create a cool diorama, or you just think these miniatures are cool, make sure you check out this project.

Mansion #2 – Printable STL Files

Mansion #2 – Printable STL Files from creator Little Dragon Miniatures has created a very cool mansion that can be used in a great many worlds and settings. What’s great about a terrain project like this is its versatility. Whether you are running a fantasy RPG to a modern miniature game, this piece can look good and be functional for a great many games.

This project is only being offered as .STL files, so if you don’t have a 3D printer I apologize but you’ll need to find someone to print this for you. However, this mansion is modeled with the ability to print it with all of the interior rooms. That gives you the chance to model up interiors for whatever your gaming needs are. From a miniatures player perspective, I love the fact that the upper levels have open flat spaces so I can have miniatures continue the fight on those upper levels.

Whether you are an RPG player, Fantasy, Modern, or even a Sci-Fi gamer I think you can find ways to use this project in your games. Make sure you check out this project.

Did we miss your favorite project?

Thank you for checking out this week’s Kickstart Monday! If you find these interesting or want some attention on a Kickstarter or other crowdfunded projects that you would like to read more about please share your thoughts with us via our social media or email.

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