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Kickstart Monday: An Exciting Odyssey for the Ages

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! I had to take a quick break the past couple of weeks due to crazy work/life balance things. However, we are back this week and I can’t wait to tell you about these two amazing projects. We are going to be talking about two amazing sci-fi games. So let’s go on an exciting odyssey for the ages!

The Artemis Odyssey

The Artemis Odyssey from Grand Gamer’s Guild is the successor game in the same universe as the popular The Artemis Project. However, being in the same universe is where these two games stop being similar. In The Artemis Odyssey you will take on the role of trailblazers discovering the interstellar space. Discover new planets, terraform them, build factories, and gather resources is the theme of this game.

The Artemis Odyssey uses card driven game play where you will play cards in a programming fashion. Your actions will be boosted if the other revealed cards are ones that aid you and give you benefit. This lets you strategically select cards based on what you think your opponents will do.

Of course, like most projects these days it’s available to try using a Tabletop Simulator mod. This ability to play games before you have a physical copy allows players to really know if they are going to like a game.

Do you have what it takes to discover new worlds? If this excites you then you should check out The Artemis Odyssey from Grand Gamer’s Guild.

Agemonia

Agemonia from Lautapelit.fi, the same publisher behind Eclipse, features a cooperative campaign board game. You will play through various scenarios, evolve the maps as you explore, and unlock upgraded powers on your path through this game. As you explore you will use the various books, such as the City Book and the Story Book, to uncover the background and experience new challenges.

While it could be argued there there are too many of these campaign adventure games available, this game looks to have a very well done production. Graphically, it looks to be on point. Not to mention, that you aren’t forced into backing at a huge investment to get the game. There is an add on package if you want the additional miniatures. For those of you who may be storage challenged, or have to carry the game to game nights at some other location that will certainly be attractive.

If you are looking for a different campaign game experience, then check out Agemonia.

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Kickstart Monday: Beautiful Dragons Taking Tricks and Lands

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!! Our weekly blog series features two or more crowdfunded projects in the tabletop gaming industry. This week we picked a pair of dragon themed games that are active on Kickstarter right now. Hopefully you are as intrigued as we are. Let’s check out these games!!!!

Dragonbond: Lords of Vaala

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Dragonbond: Lords of Vaala from Draco Studios brings a unique game experience to the tabletop board game. You will play this tabletop wargame as an asymmetric faction, either a general or dragon. You will play the game over a series of rounds in a race to collect the most Vaala. The first player to 10 Vaala will be declared the winner!

At the start of each round, you will build a deck of cards that are your planned actions for the round. The cards will be resolved in order triggering all of the various actions. Manuever, attack, create bonds, cast spells and harvest the lands as you follow your path to victory.

If the idea of asymetric combat with dragons, epic generals, and various other powers in a beautiful fantasy realm with gorgeous art interests you then you should check out Dragonbond: Lords of Vaala!

Wicked and Wise

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Wicked and Wise from Weird Giraffe Games is an asymmetric trick taking game of dragons and mice. This game features all of the common mechanics of any trick taking game. However, what makes this different is that during each round each team will start by choosing a goal (or more than 1). You will then play a round of 5 tricks. Trick playing is standard and players must follow suit. However, one player of the team will play as the dragon player and play using the number of the card and the other player is the mouse, activating the text on the card they play.

Playing as your mouse gives your partner a much more dynamic role. Their cards may have abilities that let you collect coins, swap cards that have been played, or other fun tricks. This helps make this trick taking game something different than the other games like it on the market.

If you like trick taking games, but need something different than the normal game of Euchre then this game is certainly one you should check out.

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Kickstart Monday: Boldly Explore New Lands

Welcome to #KickstartMonday!!!! We have a couple of games that really have us intrigued on deck today. Make sure you follow along each week as we discover two or more crowdfunded gaming projects. Join us as we explore #KickstartMonday

Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread

Arydia: The Paths We Dare Tread from Far Off Games is designed by the same design team that put together Xia: Legends of the Drift System. In Arydia, you will play a series of linked games with between 1-4 players to explore and discover the fantasy land of Arydia. This game is a classic campaign game where your characters will advance and grow over the course of game play. Arm yourselves, gather your friends, and explore the land.

Included with this project is over 60 pre-painted fantasy figures that you will have the opportunity to encounter over the course of the campaign. The game features different paths for the players that encompass the classic fantasy characters – warriors, healers, rogues, and rangers. With so much content to uncover and explore this will most certainly find a way back to your game table if you should choose to support it!

Discover new lands in this game of fantasy exploration. Unlock new powers as you gain mastery over your path. With events to overcome, monsters to thwart, and stories to be told this game has real potential.

Pirates

Pirates from Queen Games offers a light, fun pirate themed game for 3-5 players. This game is, at it’s core, a revised version of Buccaneer from Stefan Dorra. Play time promises to be quick, making this ideal for an evening game night or filler game for a game day.

On you turn you will take one of four actions, assemble boarders, capture, mutiny, and capture a pirate. From these actions play will proceed until all twenty cards are discovered. At that point, the game ends immediately.

The components and art of the game look very attractive, but most of the components are relegated to punch board card components, cards, and a few wooden tokens. At $35 US to support this project though, there is plenty of game here and certainly hours of fun for your gaming group.

If you like pirates and lighter games that play quickly, then make sure you check out Pirates from Queen Games.

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Kickstart Monday: The Thunder is Heard in the West Kingdom

Welcome to #KickstartMonday!!! Our weekly series that features two crowdfunded gaming projects. We try to find two projects every week on various platforms like Kickstarter and Gamefound that catch our interest. These could be dice, miniatures, board games, gaming accessories, furniture, or even role playing gaming products. This week we’ll dive into a board game and an expansion.

Architects of the West Kingdom: Works of Wonder

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Architects of the West Kingdom: Works of Wonder from designer Shem Phillips and published by Garphill Games is the second expansion to the hit game Architects of the West Kingdom. In the core game of Architects of the West Kingdom, which we reviewed on episode 76 of the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast, you find a worker placement game where you start with an abundance of workers. As you place workers on locations, the more you have at a location the better the reward. However, if you have to pull back a worker you are not allowed to take any further action. There are mechanisms on the board to round up your workers more efficiently, or even capture your opponents workers. All the while, you are building the cathedral and other buildings that ultimately will score you points.

In the Works of Wonder expansion, players will find themselves back at it building the city for the king. However, new workers from far and wide have been drawn to help build five amazing wonderous monuments. There will be a new track to manage that tracks your influence. Players with more influence will certainly earn favors from the princess overseeing the construction of these monuments. However, the less noble profiteer will certainly award those who are looking to make a fast dollar on the kings expense.

If you love Architects of the West Kingdom this expansion looks to add onto the game with plenty of new mechanics. Owners of the base game should definitely look into adding this to their collection.

Thunder Rolls

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In Thunder Rolls from Zeroic Games you will take on the role of a race car team trying to win it all. This game is different then many race car games that have been on the market. Leveraging a dice worker placement mechanism, this game definitely reduces the luck factor that so many games like this feature. This game can play between 1-8 players, so be ready for lots of car racing fun with your friends.

The game consists of two phases. In the first phase you will roll your dice, form them into sets, and then place them on action spaces (in player order). Action spaces grant you additional abilities and maneuvers that will impact your position on the race track. During this phase you will also be able to obtain Thunder Cards which are key to the next phase.

In the Thunder Phase you will use the Thunder Cards you have collected to program what your car will do during this phase. Thunder Cards have a green number which is associated with movement of your car. In player order you will reveal these cards from left to right until all cards are revealed and resolved. If you can outdistance the rest of the field by the end of the game you will be the winner.

If you love stock car racing, looking for a race car game, or are interested in playing something that leverages dice as a workers then this game is definitely one you should check out. Thunder Rolls looks to be a brilliant, fun game that will see gaming tables delight in fast speeds, hot action, and possibly a few collisions.

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Kickstart Monday: Game Storage that Shines Under the Night Sky

Welcome to #KickstartMonday!!! We’re going to take a look at one of the biggest accessories that you can invest in for your game room, storage. Top that off, we’ll look at some amazing looking dice. Let’s get into this week’s #KickstartMonday

Jasper Modular Shelves

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Jasper Modular Shelves from BoardGameTables.com features a modular, customizable game shelving and storage solution intended to be able to grow as your collection grows. These shelves are modular and can be customized to add the types of storage you need. Massive game box, there’s a shelving unit for it. Several games that are more standard sized, well there are shelves for that too! Make room to store your copy of Gloomhaven, Dungeons and Dragons books, and dozens of other board games.

If you are like most of us, then you are in need of a better way to store your games. These shelves will look great and can be coordinated with your game table color to match exactly if you have their Jasper gaming table too!

Northern Lights Dice

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Northern Lights Dice from Cerberus Supplies features a beautiful set of polyhedral dice for your role playing or board gaming fun! These dice are hand made dice that try to capture the natural look of the borealis in the northern sky. There are plenty of add-ons, such as a wooden dice box that looks like a treasure chest that you can explore as well.

Playing that Dungeons and Dragons game in the cold north of Icewind Dale? Playing a cool sci fi game and want dice that look like they are from another galaxy?

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