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Kickstart Monday: Masters of the Universe Battleground and Periodic Table Dice

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, we couldn’t help but be excited for more Masters of the Universe and these cool periodic table dice. With that, read on and let’s see what these projects have to offer!

Masters of the Universe: Battlegrounds

Masters of the Universe: Battleground Core Set from Archon Studios

By the power of Greyskull!!! Archon Studios has brought their hit tabletop miniature board game Masters of the Universe: Battlegrounds back to Gamefound. Not only that but this time, they can distribute it to more countries including the US. Masters of the Universe is one of my favorite intellectual properties and brings back amazing childhood memories. When this project launched originally and I couldn’t receive a copy in the US I was very disappointed. Fortunately, I found a way to get a copy, but now I can get all the expansion stuff I missed.

In Masters of the Universe: Battlegrounds you play a 2 player skirmish tabletop miniatures game on a hexagonal game board. Each player controls some of their favorite characters from the MotU setting to see who can win. The miniatures, as you can see in the picture, come unassembled and unpainted. However, these models have details and poses that are iconic and classic to the characters from the cartoons, comics, and toys that inspired them. Not only that, but I can say that the detail is of a very high quality on these models.

If you are like me and want to collect all things Masters of the Universe, then you should head over to Gamefound and check out this project!

Ultimate Periodic Table Dice

When we heard about these dice, we were immediately intrigued. Of course, with dice in the name of our show, how could we not? In the Ultimate Periodic Table Dice Kickstarter from Rampage Games you can get six-sided dice that feature 118 elements from the periodic table. Do we have your attention yet?

We were sent a copy of these dice to play with and we couldn’t help ourselves but roll them to see what crazy molecules we might roll up. There are certainly several clever learning games one might create to use these dice in the classroom or with their children to help make learning about the elements just that much more fun. On top of that, as an add-on to the project, you can get cards with all 118 elements that will have details about each one so that you can learn more about each of these.

If you have young children or just want to learn more about science then you should definitely head over to Kickstarter to check this project out today!

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Episode 122: Being Bad is Good – Our Favorite Games to Play the Bad Guys

In Episode 122, the hosts discuss their favorite games where they play the bad guy. Give it a listen and find out why they like taking the bad guy role in these games.

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Kickstart Monday: Children of Morta: The Board Game and ICE: Second Edition

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.

Children of Morta: The Board Game

Our first game this week is Children of Morta: The Boardgame from Roomiz Games on Kickstarter.

Children of Morta: The Board Game is a 1 to 4 player cooperative adventure game based on the popular video game Children of Morta. You and the other players will become one of the members of the Bergson family working together to fight the corruption plaguing their homeland.

The game features two major play modes; Story Mode and Family Trials. In the Story Mode you will play through a  narrative campaign and unlock permanent upgrades for your characters. Family Trials is more like a roguelike video game where your progress is reset each session. Each family member has their own set of abilities and unique playstyle. You’ll need a mix of abilities and cooperative tactics as you explore dungeons and uncover their challenges and secrets. As a family you’ll use a shared bag building system to progress as a group and to draw and coordinate your skills. You’ll also share a resource called Rage which you can use to power up your abilities but you’ll need to manage it carefully to use it to its fullest potential. As you adventure you’ll face off against a variety of enemies including mighty boss monsters that use their own unique deck of cards making boss fights challenging and unpredictable. And whether you are playing a single session or playing through the campaign setup will be quick and easy with the unfolding adventure book and flexibility to allow players to leave and join the group as needed.

Children of Morta: The Board Game on Kickstarter now starting at $45 for the Guardian Pledge. At this level you get the Standard Edition and standard stretch goals. For $85 you can make the Goddess’s Pledge and receive the Deluxe edition which features upgraded acrylic tokens, metal coins and both standard and deluxe stretch goals. The Divine’s Pledge is available for $115 and includes every item in the deluxe edition plus neoprene player mats and custom marbled dice. The campaign for Children of Morta: The Board Game will end on May 30, 2024, so gather the family to make your pledge before then.

ICE: Second Edition

Our second game this week is ICE: Second Edition from ThisWay Editions on Gamefound.

ICE is a strategy adventure board game for 1 to 5 players where archeological guilds are exploring an icy expanse in a search for valuable artifacts in order to bring renown to their guild. Players take a group of explorers led by their Expedition Leader out into the frozen Valley of the Elders, represented by a 3 layer game board made up of 3 sets of hex tiles. As you explore you will be digging through these terrain tiles and excavating ancient artifacts to collect for special powers and end game points.

The game takes place over 4 days where each player will take turns spending Exploration Points to take actions. Actions include, building camps, moving your explorers across the map, excavating tiles and artifacts, planning ahead to gain extra expiration points in the next round and even spending Renown (points) to take extra actions in the current round. You will also have access to special abilities from your specific Archeological Guild and from collecting sets of ancient artifacts. If you explore deep enough you may even uncover the ancient buried city of Azulia, where you will earn points for every section you uncover. After 4 days the expedition that has gathered the most renown for their guild will be the winner!

This new collectors edition of ICE is available for $140 and includes 2 expansions (Relics and Edifices and Gulid) in a collectors big box, deluxe screen printed meeples and metal coins. If you are a backer of the original version you can opt for a Returning Backers pledge for $49 which includes a conversion kit for the new edition and the Relics expansion. The standard retail edition is also available for $64 or in a bundle with the expansions for $107. If you want to dig further into the reward tiers and other addons, be sure to send out your expedition for ICE: Second Edition before the campaign ends on May 26, 2024.

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Kickstart Monday: Corps of Discovery and Castle Up

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.

Corps of Discovery

Our first game this week is Corps of Discovery from Jay Cormier on Kickstarter.

Corps of Discovery is a cooperative 1 to 4 player survival game set in the world of the Image comics series Manifest Destiny. The comic follows adventurers Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery Expedition in an alternate history American frontier, as they explore the wilds and fight demonic monsters.

In the game players will join the Corps of Discovery and venture out into the wilderness aiming to explore and survive the wild frontier. Players will choose a Chapter and a unique map to start the game. Chapters have unique objectives that usually involve hunting down and killing a monster. Players explore the map by revealing path tokens and gathering resources from the terrain that is uncovered. Players will be able to use a unique deduction system to find specific terrain that they need. In addition to explorations players will take actions to use their character’s special abilities, use gear cards, build shelters and fires and kill monsters. Each chapter has its own specific rules for killing monsters. You will also face threats and challenges on your path that will require the players to spend specific resources to complete. each day brings new challenges and you must be able to feed your troops at the end of each day.

Like many coop games there are many ways to lose and the players will only win by completing the Chapter objective – such as killing three monsters. The game features multiple chapters of play and several different maps which can be used with any chapter allowing for some good replayability. With the unique setting, great looking comic art and some fresh mechanics, this looks like it could be a very interesting title.

Corps of Discovery pledge levels start off with the Retail Edition for $39. The Deluxe Edition at $59 features some upgrades with a wooden board and wooden path tokens and an improved box insert tray. Further up the line is the Ultimate Edition for $119 which includes the Deluxe Edition and 4 expansions included in the box. If you are ready to join Lewis and Clarke on a trek through the monster filled American frontier check our Corps of Discovery before the campaign ends on May 14, 2024.

Castle Up

Our second game this week we have Castle Up from Marti Ganduxe Pregona on Kickstarter.

Castle Up is a 2 to 4 player medieval kingdom building and combat and tableau building card game. In Castle Up players are competing to build a medieval city made up of structures in four suits: military, merchant civilian and wonder. Players start the game with a unique castle for their city and then are able to purchase new building cards each round and execute a battle phase. Some cards like the Tax Office, Town Hall and Cathedral provide passive bonuses while others have actions that can only be used once each round.

Buildings come from three different eras and become more powerful as the game progresses. Military buildings like the Archery Range or Soldier Barracks provide attack points that you can use during a battle phase to attack other players’ buildings. If you do enough damage in your attack the building becomes damaged and the opposing player must repair it before it can be used again. Players may also purchase the use of special action cards instead of buying buildings on their turn. These special actions let you prepare defenses against attacks, loot the peasants, gain the first action in the next round and impose taxes to gain more resources. Managing your resources and buying the right buildings is the key to victory. The score for each building increases based on the era it’s from and you will score additional victory points if you control more buildings in a given suit than any other player.

This quick and easy to learn card game is available on Kickstarter starting at $24 which includes the base game and any unlocked stretch goals. For a few dollars at $27 you can get the base game along with your name in the rule book credits. Other interesting options include the Behind the Scenes Edition for $107 which gets you the base game and a prototype copy of the game that was used in play testing, and the Build Your Own Castle Edition for $257 with the base game and the opportunity to design your own castle card for the game. The campaign for Castle Up ends on May 30, 2024, so make sure to make a pledge before then.

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Kickstart Monday: GameLib and Board Game Calendar

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.

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.

2025 Board Game Creations Calendar

I love old-school calendars. The nostalgia factor plus the fact that I still find it useful as I work at home to have a clear, visual reminder of what day of the week it is! That’s why this project is one I am always excited to see each year. As a backer from previous years, I can also say that these calendars from previous years are of great quality and deliver on time. 

The 2025 Board Game Creations Calendar features a unique piece of art each month designed by Katia Howatson. She uses game components in her work, with each design inspired by a different game. It’s exciting to see which game and theme gets displayed each month. It’s unique and is a great accessory for a gamer who has everything.

Campaign runs through May 6, 2024. It also has some neat new add-ons this year. These include bookmarks and t-shirts! You’ll want to check this project out if you are like me.

GameLib Pocket

Being able to game on the go is becoming more popular than ever. That’s why we picked this project to highlight this week as GameLib Pocket. GameLib Pocket from Grammes Edition is a pay-what-you-can board game subscription. In this project, you receive some basic components for gameplay such as a deck of cards, a few dice, some meeples, and wooden cubes.  What’s great about this is that you will then receive regular PDF updates with rules that you can use those components to play various games. 

If you are a gamer on the go and want something you can take that is light and play several different games with, this might be your project.

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