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Kickstart Monday: Nassau & Kathmandu and Everstone

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.

Nassau and Kathmandu

Our first project this week is a Kickstarter from well known designer Stefan Feld and publisher Queen Games and actually features two games, Nassau and Kathmandu.

Nassau and Kathmandu are the latest entries in Stephan Feld’s collaboration with Queen Games called the City Collection. In Nassau players will find themselves captaining a pirate ship hiring a pirate crew in Nassau and traveling and fighting through the Caribbean. To prepare for your adventures you’ll need to gather resources in the alleys of Nassau like weapons, ammunition provisions, pets and of course coins and rum. Once you are well provisioned you’ll take to the sea and sail about the Caribbean setting up outposts, fighting your opponents, plundering trading posts and expanding your territory and influence. At the end of four rounds one player will have assembled the best crew and gained the most influence to be crowned the pirate king!

In Kathmandu you will embark on an adventure to the capital of Nepal. Using dice and actions cards you will travel through the wilderness in various landscapes on your trusty Yak. During your journey you will visit Temples and trade for useful goods at cities along the way. Gathering the right equipment will also help you overcome obstacles during your travels. You will also have an opportunity to paint pictures of the beautiful wildlife. After six rounds at game end you’ll score for animal paintings you’ve made, temples you’ve visited, trade good and bonus points for reaching Kathmandu.

For this Kickstarter there are many pledge options available that include other games in the City Collection but we will focus on just those for these two new games. Both Nassau and Kathmandu are available individually  as a “Classic” edition for $79. A deluxe version of either game with upgraded printed acrylic components can be had for $129. If you are looking to get both games you can pledge for both classic editions for $149 or get both deluxe editions for $255. The campaign for Nassau and Kathmandu ends on February 29, 2024, so be sure to check out the campaign page before that.

Everstone: Discovering Ignis

Our next game this week is Everstone: Discovering Ignis on Kickstarter from designer Sam McDavitt.

Everstone is a 1 to 4 player action selection engine building game  where players drive a caravan in the lands around the city of Ignis, looking to gain resources, barter for and repair relics while racing to gain the most reputation.

Each turn you will perform one of the four main actions on your player board: Explore, Harvest, Barter and Repair. With the Explore action your caravan will take you to different action spaces on the board with a special action based on the villager card at that location.  When you Harvest you’ll roll the Harvest dice to gain resources needed to repair the important Relic cards.

There are a number of ways to mitigate and tweak your dice rolls to get the resources you need.  As you gain resources you also advance on the influence track for that resource gaining potential bonuses. With the Barter action you will move your caravan to the city of Ignis and have the opportunity to buy Relic cards. Relics are multi-use; you’ll need to decide if you will sell the relic for immediate bonuses or keep the relic which is then added to your player board. Each Relic you keep is added to one of the main actions making it more powerful.

This is a key way that you build your efficiency engine in the game. In order to sell or keep a relic though you will first need to perform the Repair action spending resources to fix the relic and access its power. Repairing relics is another important way to gain reputation points. The first player to reach 10 reputation points will trigger the end of the game and the player with the most reputation is the winner!

Everstone will be available for $59 and will include the core game as well as all unlocked stretch goals. The campaign runs through March 14, 2024, so drive your caravan over to the Everstone: Discovering Ignis Kickstarter page before then to make your pledge.

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Episode 119: Top Recommendations for a Well-Rounded Board Game Collection

In Episode 119, join Consey, Justin, and Suzanne as they discuss what makes a well rounded game collection. Get their thoughts on essential categories and the games they enjoy in each!

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Kickstart Monday: Trailblazer: Arizona Trail and Four Forests

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.

Trailblazer: The Arizona Trail

Our first game this week is Trailblazer: The Arizona Trail from Mariposa Games on Kickstarter.

Trailblazer: The Arizona Trail is a worker placement euro-game for 1 to 4 players that features beautiful artwork depicting locations, flora and fauna of the Arizona wilderness. Players will travel the 800 mile long Arizona Trail over the course of 8 weeks with the goal of collecting “Superstition Gold” and “Arizona Grit” and building a personal Arizona mural from the flora and fauna tiles you have gathered on your journey.

You will travel through mountains, plateaus, deserts and canyons to visit beautiful locations like Saguaro National Park, Jacob Lake and the Grand Canyon, provided you have enough supplies, water and health to make the trip. If you do, claiming the passage card for a location will grant you bonus resources and end game points. New passage cards are revealed every two round and represent the actual locations that you could see along that section of the Arizona Trail.

Alternatively you may want to discover the amazing flora and fauna that the Arizona Trail has to offer. You have two choices here, you can claim either flora or fauna cards or polyomino tiles to add to your personal mural. Flora cards provide bonus resources while Fauna cards give you a special ability you can use during the game. Tiles you claim will be added to your mural and will grant bonuses as well as points for set collection of the different tile shapes. Once you have completed the eighth round you have finished your 800 mile trek on the Arizona Trail. You will total the difference between your Superstition Gold and Arizona Grit points and the player with the highest score is the winner.

Pledge levels start with the Standard Retail Edition for $49, followed by the Deluxe Edition at $69. The Deluxe edition includes miniatures, dual layer player boards and all unlocked stretch goals. You can also grab the Trailblazer Bundle for $109 which gets you a Deluxe copy of Trailblazer: Arizona Trail and a retail edition version of the first Trailblazer game Trailblazer: The John Muir Trail. Make your journey to the Trailblazer: Arizona Trail Kickstarter page before March 8, 2024, to make your pledge.

Four Forests

Our second game this week is Four Forests from creator Andrew J. Smith on Kickstarter.

Four Forests is a short, easy to learn card game for 2 to 4 players featuring hand management, set collection, and bluffing. In the enchanted forests of Four Forests each player acts as the Guardian of a forest and plants vegetation to attract the most prestigious magical creatures to their forest.

The game plays out over 4 rounds with 4 actions in each round. First you will Cultivate, drawing plant cards into your hand and adding one into your habitat tableau in front of you. Then in the Harvest/Burn phase you secretly vote for one of the 4 creatures dealt at setup. These are the creatures you are attempting to attract to your forest with the appropriate plant cards in your play area. Your vote on a create during this phase either increases or decreases the creature’s prestige value at the end of the game. In the Pollinate phase, you simply pass a card in your hand to the player on your left. And finally in the Prune phase all players discard a card from their hand to be removed from play. After four rounds have been completed, the vote cards for each creature are revealed and each creature’s prestige determines the value of their preferred plant cards for end game scoring. The player with the most points in their habitat is the winner!

Four Forests features 22 different creature cards and 64 plant cards all with beautiful painterly artwork. You can get your copy of the game for a very reasonable $20. Also on offer are addons for the designer other games: Whiskers and Tails a cat themed hand management and set collection game, By the Seashore a hand management and tableau building game about collecting items on the beach, and Loot Dispute a drafting and set collection game where towns folk fight over the left over treasure from a looted dungeon. Make sure to visit the campaign for Four Forests before February 29, 2024, if you are interested in pledging.

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Kickstart Monday: Cryptic Nature and Among Cultists

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.

Cryptic Nature

Our first game this week is Cryptic Nature from iDventure on  Kickstarter.

Cryptic Nature is a competitive euro-game for 1-4 players where players will track legendary cryptids across Europe and build a wildlife sanctuary from them in an effort to become the most renowned cryptozoologist.

As a cryptozoologist you will travel to different cities and regions in Europe trying to gather evidence of the elusive cryptids you are tracking.  To find a cryptid you will need to reach its particular location on the map with the evidence you have gathered. With enough evidence you can find and claim the cryptid card for yourself but if you can only have some of the required evidence you can roll the tracking dice to see if you can find the cryptid with a little luck.

You will earn reputation points for finding cryptids and also for managing to settle a creature into the wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is built collectively by the players during the game. They will place terrain tiles of either forests, mountains or water into the sanctuary to build a habitat for different cryptids. To settle a new cryptid into the sanctuary you will need to place the cryptid polyomino tile (a Tetris style shape) onto terrain suitable for that cryptid. Some cryptids will grant “when relocated” bonuses when they are moved into the sanctuary.

Outside of finding and settling cryptids into the sanctuary you can further your reputation as a cryptozoologist by completing private and public contracts and by fulfilling special requests of a city to relocate cryptids there rather than to the sanctuary. At the end of the game the player with the highest reputation will become the most renowned cryptozoologist and win the game!

The Cryptic Nature base game will be available for $45 at the first pledge level which also includes a Kickstarter exclusive mini-expansion and any unlocked stretch goals.  For $81 you can get the game and the Flora and Islands expansions which almost double the amount of available cryptids in the game. A deluxe all-in pledge is also available for $130 and includes the game, expansions, metal coins, upgrades wooden components and a hardcover art book featuring high quality art of 76 different cryptids.

If you are ready to make a pledge for Cryptic Nature, track down the Kickstarter campaign before it ends on February 21, 2024.

Among Cultists

Next up we have Among Cultists on Kickstarter from Godot Games.

Among Cultists is a murder mystery thriller board game for 4 to 8 players. Among Cultists was originally funded on Kickstarter in 2023 so this new campaign features a reprint of the original game and a new expansion “Under the Surface ”. In the game players will play one of several investigators for a secret society or secret cultist working against the investigators. The investigators must work together to disrupt the dark ritual of a group of cultists – some of whom are posing as investigators. If the investigators can expose and eliminate all the cultists in time or collect enough victory points they will win. The cultists on the other hand will be attempting to eliminate the investigators or sabotage them to prevent the investigators from collecting the needed victory points.

The game takes place in an old university where the characters will be moving through the various rooms in the university attempting to find eldritch books to thwart the cultists’ ritual. Moving through the hallways among potential cultists is dangerous though. When in the same location as another character you secretly exchange cards giving a cultist the chance to murder an investigator they encounter. Yes you can be murdered in the game but thankfully they have done away with player elimination in this game. If killed you can continue to play as a ghost and for the most part you will be taking the same actions as if your character were alive.

Among Cultists is a more complex kind of social deduction game and it is  full of markers, cards, and tokens giving it much more the feel of a board game then something like Werewolf. The new expansion for this campaign “Under the Surface” features a new double sided game board and is set in the Antarctic. A mind controlling monster dwells somewhere under the ice and the creature must be located to ensure it cannot escape its frozen prison.

If you were a backer of the original campaign you can opt just to get the new expansion on its own for the discounted price of $31. The next pledge level is for new backers and includes the reprinted core game and any unlocked stretch goals for $54. The all-in pledge level is available for $135 and includes the core game 2 prior expansions (Mountains of Chaos and Down into the Abyss) and the new expansion.

The campaign for Among Cultists will end on February 16, 2024, so be sure to make your pledge before then.

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Kickstart Monday: Photo Tour: North America and EVE: War for New Eden

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.

Photo Tour: North America

Our first game of the week is Photo Tour: North America, a Kickstarter from designer Eugene Timashov.

Photo Tour: North America is a strategy game for 1 to 5 players where players will travel across the US and Canada taking beautiful pictures of famous landmarks and locations. As you travel across North America you will collect photographs to capture in your photo journal. As you add more pictures you will build a small card engine that will increase the efficiency of your future turns.

To take a photo you will first need to plan your trip by collecting a landmark card. Famous locations from all across North America are depicted on the beautifully illustrated landmarks cards. The Grand Canyon, The Statue of Liberty, Jasper National Park, The Everglades and The Golden Gate Bridge are just  a few of the places you can visit. You will use one of five transport dice to take planes, buses, and cars to your destination to get your perfect photo of the landmark.

Once you get your shot you can trigger bonuses by adding the landmark to your journal in a slot that matches the type of landmark, either urban or natural. Landmark cards themselves grant permanent abilities that help you build an engine to make your turns more powerful. Once a player has placed their 7th Landmark card in their journal the game end is triggered. The player with the most points from their landmark cards, photography equipment and points from photography contest objectives will be the winner. While The base game is easy to learn and suitable for family play players can also customize the difficulty by adding one of the two available expansions.

Photo Tour: North America is available starting at $45 USD for the base game and stretch goals. A deluxe version pledge is available for $66 USD that includes premium wooden components and a plastic box insert. To get the expansions you will need to opt for the Expansions pledge at  $74 USD which also includes everything in the deluxe version. The campaign for Photo Tour: North America runs until February 23, 2024, so make sure to get your pledge in before then.

EVE: War for New Eden

Next this week we have EVE: War for New Eden on Kickstarter from Titanforge Games.

EVE: War for New Eden is a sci-fi 4X board game for 2 to 4 players and is an adaptation of the popular MMO game EVE Online. Set in the EVE universe players will control a faction with a fleet of ships exploring the galaxy, developing and expanding their empire and of course engaging opponents in epic space battles.

You begin the game with limited resources and territory. As you explore you will gain rewards for discovering new systems and as you move your fleet in to claim them you can extract materials and resources to build more ships and structures. Technological advancement will also be important to the success of your faction and your research into different areas which can be kept secret from your enemies and sprung on them at the opportune moment. Each faction has their own deck of development cards and you are able to customize the technological path of your empire.

Combat is an important part of the game and when initiates starts with each player creating a formation with their fleet with 3 “orbits” that include one lead ship and multiple potential supporting ships. Combat is resolved with a combination of custom combat dice and each faction’s unique strategy cards. Each player is attempting to roll damage results to overcome their target’s armor and critical damage results can be especially punishing with bonuses that change based on the abilities of the lead ship!

EVE looks to be a massive space epic featuring 112 ship miniatures, 500 cards, 330 tokens and an estimated playtime of 90-180 minutes (though I would wager it would tend toward the longer side). The pledge levels start with the Capsuleer for $129 which includes the core box with the four base factions and any unlocked stretch goals as well as a starter pack for the EVE online video game. At the Veteran level for $219 you get the core game and the Titan, Havoc and Azariel expansions. These additional components for a fifth player and massive Titan  capital ships for each faction.

If you are an EVE ultra-fan you might want to look at the $399 Capital pledge that uniquely offers a set of components (board tiles, tokens, dice and miniatures that are 200% larger than those in the base game and are sure to provide some truly massive table presence. The campaign for EVE: War for New Eden ends on February 21, 2024, so be sure to send your fleet over to planet Kickstarter before then if you are looking to make a pledge.

Did we miss your favorite project?

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