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5 Games for New Board Game Enthusiasts

Are you just getting started with board games, but aren’t sure where to go next? Here are five games that WiscoDice thinks you can use to build your collection and discover which board game mechanics you really like.

Kickstart Monday: In Space or On Land

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.

Stay informed when new Kickstart Monday projects come out by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and following the #KickstartMonday hashtag.

Andromeda’s Edge

Our first game this week is  Andromeda’s Edge, a Gamefound project from designer Luke Laurie and publisher Cardboard Alchemy.

Andromeda’s Edge – Deluxe Box on Gamefound

Andromeda’s Edge promises a mix of worker placement, engine building, area control and dice combat. Each player represents a unique alien faction with asymmetric powers.

In the game you will be sending your worker starships out to planet, moons, and nebulae to collect resources, build developments, trade, and salvage technology. Each of your ship type can be upgraded to improve it abilities including is strength in combat. As you explore the galaxy you will engage in battle with raiders other players in a dice based combat system. Starship upgrades like weapons and shields will aid you in battle. You will also build up and engine of modules that you will be able to activate when your ships return from exploration.

Andromeda’s Edge – Standard Box, on Gamefound

The components in Andromeda’s edge look stellar (if you’ll excuse the pun). There are plastic miniatures for each of the types of starships; Transport, Fighter, Science Vessel and Heavy Cruiser. The deluxe edition will feature even more miniature and custom game trays to house all the components.

If this sounds like the game for you make sure to back before the Gamefound campaign ends on February 23rd.

F.O.R.K.

Next up we have F.O.R.K (Fox Owl Rabbit Kale) a family friendly food chain trick-taking game from Sunrise Tornado Studios and designer Ta-Te Wu.

FORK Box
FORK Box

F.O.R.K. is a trick-taking game where each round player will attempt to claimed score cards played by other players in the trick by playing an animal that is higher in the food chain. For example Fox cards act as a trump card and can claim Owl and Rabbit cards. Owls can claim rabbits and rabbit are content to munch on kale cards played by other players.

FORK Cards
FORK Cards

For more detail on F.O.R.K. check out our review on the WiscoDice blog: FORK – An Engaging Game for All Ages

The Kickstarter for F.O.R.K. runs through March 2nd so head on over to the project page to check it out.

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FORK – An Engaging Game for All Ages

FORK or (Fox. Owl. Rabbit. Kale.) is a clever and engaging trick taking game from Sunrise Tornado Games Studio and designer Ta-Te Wu that the whole family can enjoy. FORK is launching on Kickstarter January 30, 2023.

Game Play

Each card in the 54 card is a Fox, Owl, Rabbit, or Kale card and has one of four terrain types; Arctic, Desert, Mountain, or Swamp that acts as the card’s suit. Foxes are wild and count as any terrain type.

Each turn a player will lead a trick by announcing terrain type and in a twist on traditional trick taking games they play their playing a card face down unless they are playing a Kale card, which is always played face up. Then all other players then also play a card face down or a Kale card face up. The cards played must match the announced terrain type, if possible.

To resolve the trick, all players cards are revealed and we follow the food chain with Foxes at the top. If only one Fox card is in play it allows a player to score either an Owl or Rabbit card worth 1-3 points as long as it matches the terrain type of the trick. The chosen Owl or Rabbit card is claimed by the player scoring it. After the Fox has fed, starting with the highest value Owl card, players can score a Rabbit card of the matching terrain type.  Then Rabbits can score Kale cards in the lead terrain and if any Kale cards remain after that the owner of the Kale cards claims it themselves for points. New tricks are played until a player has 5 score cards or everyone is out of cards.

Overall Thoughts

FORK is a deceptively simple little game. It’s easy to learn but still offers some interesting strategic choices, my 7 year old son and 11 year old daughter were able to start playing after just a few minutes of explanation, but I still found myself thinking carefully about what cards to play each turn. Do I play my highest value Owl now so that I get first shot at any rabbits that get played? Maybe I should play a Kale to hope that I can score it or at least see if my opponents play a fox or higher value owl or rabbit cards first. Having almost all the cards played face down each trick adds some fun tension to the game. You are never sure that you are going to score a meal on any given trick.

Components and Design

FORK has delightful artwork that strikes the right balance between cuteness and realism that I think can appeal to both kids and adults. I particularly like the illustrations for the Striped Owl and Snowy Owl cards. Lili Chin did a wonderful job illustrating this game.

Final Thoughts

I think FORK can fill a perfect little niche as a family oriented trick taking game. It has much more to think about than a game of go-fish and has a great playful theme as opposed to something like Euchre. I see FORK as the perfect kind of game to bring along one of my family camping trips. Ultimately FORK is a great twist on trick taking games to play with family, gamers and non-gamers alike. 

This review is based on a review copy of FORK WiscoDice received from Sunrise Tornado.

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Kickstart Monday: Back at it with a New Manhattan Project and Deep Shelf

Welcome back to Kickstart Monday! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects that have caught our eye. We scour over platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest us.

Stay informed when new Kickstart Monday projects come out by following us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and following the #KickstartMonday hashtag.

Manhattan Project: War Machine

The first project this week is Manhattan Project: War Machine on Kickstarter. This is the 3rd installment in the Manhattan Project series and is preceded by Manhattan Project and Manhattan Project: Energy Empire.

Manhattan Project: War Machine is an engine building game focused on developing the industrial and military might of your nation.

In each round of Manhattan project you will roll dice and assign to actions on a central “Global Actions” board that all players share. You will select from actions to produce resources, trade, build new structures, clean up pollution, and expand your resource storing capacity. All other players also get the chance to take an action depending on the where you placed your dice on the Global Actions board.

One thing I will note that stands out is that the graphic design and art style of this game is a pretty big departure from the art in the previous games. I could see this being a sticking point for fans of the previous games. Manhattan has a very stylized look that looks like it draws inspiration from war propaganda posters from the WW2 era. I think the art style looks good and fits the theme of the game particularly well.

If you are a fan of the previous Manhattan project games this is worth a look, and for only $35 USD it seems like a pretty good deal. The Kickstarter campaign for Manhattan Project: War Machine will run through February 14th.

Manhattan Project: War Machine on Kickstarter

Deep Shelf

Next up is a kickstarter for Deep Shelf from Ninth Haven Games, the developer of Dinogenics.

In Deep Shelf you take on the role of one of four corporate factions exploring the dark depths of the oceans to extract and exploit its resources to fulfill their own scientific endeavors. Each round you will take two actions from a set of actions cards that let your research scientific upgrade, explore the deep with your submarines, gather resources, and build new structures to expand your home base.

One other aspect of note is that Deep Shelf can be played in a 2-4 player competitive mode or a 1-2 player cooperative branching story campaign in a series of missions. If a big crunchy strategy game in a deep sea setting sounds like the game for you, go check out Deep Shelf before the campaign ends on February 19th.

Deep Shelf on Kickstarter

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Dice Miner Overview and Review

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