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Kickstart Monday: Defending against Dragons and Discovering Lost Species

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.

The Search for Lost Species

We’ve got 2 Kickstarter projects to share with you this week so let’s KICK it off with The Search for Lost Species from Renegade Games.

The Search for Lost Species

The Search for the Lost Species is the follow up to the excellent logic and deduction game Search for Planet X.  If you are looking to use your deduction skills in a game with a theme little closer to home, Search for the Lost Species may be worth a look.

1 to 4 players will travel a tropical islands seeking signs of potentially endangered plant and animals to protect them from extinction. Players use surveys by foot and boat camera traps and other means to tease out sighting of the missing species then use logic and deduction to record their findings. Like Search for Planet X the game uses an app to vary the setup of the game and let players find out if their deductions are correct.

The game also bills itself as an eco-friendly game and will be produced with eco-conscious methods with the goal of reducing the environmental impact of the of the game. The campaign will be wrapping up on March 2nd .


Next up is Alynthia a fantasy themed dragon horde defense game.


In either cooperative or competitive modes players take the role of a powerful guild charged with defending the land against hordes of dragons bent on destruction. Players expand their presence on the hex tile landscape upgrading their outposts and gathering resources.  They also develop a personal skill tree to customize their abilities all while fending off dragons that spawn from nests each round. There seems to be a bit of a pandemic feel to some of the game as dragons sent out from their nests that can cause chain reactions creating even larger hordes which promises some fun tension.

No matter if you want to ally with your friends or go head to head against them, there will be plenty of dragons to fend off for everyone in Alynthia from Xplody Games. Check out the campaign on Kickstarter which will run through March 2nd.

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Board Game Brunch: Playing in the Dirt

For Board Game Brunch this week we were playing in the dirt with Succulent from Renegade Game Studios and Dirt Cups. Come dig in the ground with us and explore this combination.

image is of Succulent game box, 4 dirt cup desserts and some succulent plants
Board Game Brunch: Succulent with dirt cups

Episode 76: We Are Building a Kingdom with Architects of the West Kingdom

Architects of the West Kingdom with Age of Artisans Expansion

For episode 76 of the WiscoDice Tabletop Gaming Podcast we review Architects of the West Kingdom from Renegade Game Studios.

Other games we talk about on the show include:

Here are the products we mentioned during the show:

We also talk about online gaming platforms. The platforms that were mentioned:

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Hyped Up to Unbox Viscounts of the West Kingdom

Viscounts of the West Kingdom

My wife recently placed an order online for a few games and Viscounts of the West Kingdom needed to be one of the games.

This game made it into our The Best New Board Game Releases for your 2020 Holiday Shopping list for many reasons. Since we love the other two “West Kingdom” games so much, this was a no brainer to add to our order.

We have been anxiously anticipating the third game in this series. Since it was ordered we watched the tracking impatiently, frothing at how excited we are to try this game. When it finally arrived we immediately pulled it out of the box and dashed to the game table.

  • Players: 1-4
  • Playtime (with Setup): We find it between 90 and 120 minutes
  • Publisher: Renegade Game Studios
  • Designer: Shem Phillips and S J Macdonald

The Best New Board Game Releases for your 2020 Holiday Shopping

It’s the time of the year to be festive. With many of us, we are looking at our favorite online retailers this year to purchase and possibly ship gifts to our friends and loved ones. With so many games out there, WiscoDice is here to provide some guidance as to what to buy your board gaming friends.

It’s worth noting that we have not played any of these titles. These are games that we are excited about ourselves. After reading reviews, watching game play, and doing enough research to make ourselves a little jolly, this is the list that we settled on.

For this list, we have looked at the top games that have either just released or are expected to release before the Christmas (December 25th) holiday. The list will feature both stand alone board games as well as expansions to popular games. Gamers can be very difficult to buy for. Anything that has just released going into the holiday season is something your gamer just might not have in their collections yet!

I hope you are excited for our holiday board game top 10 shopping list!!!

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