Kickstarter Roundup – Summer 2020

My blog has been stalling throughout the summer but my gaming kept on going. Kickstarter proved to continue strongly with a qualitative line-up of titles. I have received very few Kickstarter games since the beginning of the year but from September onwards I think I will absolutely love waiting for the mailman =D

Backed

Tantrum House: not much to explain here. Of course I cannot resist some promos and extra content for my favourite games. I can mention the ones for Cartographers, for instance, which I had to get and had been chasing for a while + some extra content for Set a Watch or Genotype. Was hoping to find more during the pledge manager but in the end, I did not increase my initial pledge.

Daimyo: La Boรฎte de Jeu is a publisher very dear to me since I tried It’s a Wonderful World. This new title looks beautiful and present an intriguing and original atmosphere. I like that this seems to be a very crunchy experience using mechanics such as dice management. My wife being prone to analysis paralysis, we will see how it plays out though ๐Ÿ˜‰

Intrepid: this one was a real surprise for me because it came out of the blue. I had heard a little bit about it but it was not on my radar. In all honesty, it’s thanks to the website What’s Eric Playing that I was sold (https://whatsericplaying.com/2020/06/22/intrepid/). I love the dice mechanics in this one which is not using pure luck but forcing you to use the connections between the modules and players to advance in the game. Seems a rather innovative experience and very much looking forward to it!

Spirits of the Forest: Let’s be honest this one was mainly FOMO and a beautifully-led campaign that got me to pledge. Of course a lavish multiplayer card-drafting games is alway something I will look at but this one was supported on my side without reading much about it. Congrats (again) Thundergryph Games and let’s see what I’ll get!

Petrichor: this is such a wonderful and gorgeous game! Just the cover could be a piece of art to be honest! I had my eyes on this one for a long time but held back as I thought to have the full experience I would have to jump straight away on all expansions. … And that’s exactly what I did but I did not feel bad about it when you see the big box with all extra content, game organiser, etc. this was such a good deal! Cannot wait to have it home and get it on the table!

Terraforming Mars: not sure I have to explain much about this one. Well I will definitely have to write a review about Terraforming Mars and the experience it is. I absolutely love this card, the drafting, the engine building and the increasing tension when you play. I wanted to invest in some of the expansions so why not go all in and then … of course I need the big box otherwise it will take up too much space! (hum … was I convincing enough?)

Railroad Ink: here again a very efficient and enticing campaign. With more challenges and stretch goals one could imagine, Horrible Guild managed to create a whole community. Railroad Ink proved to be a quick and enjoying game I could bring around and play with anyone so adding more content and mechanics can only make it better right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Endangered Species: this one is a what an expansion dubbed as more of the same thing. And that’s exactly what I was looking for. Rather risky when I still have not received the base game (should be here in a few weeks) but I read enough about it and watched so many videos that I can pretty safely say that it will hit the table several times with my wife. The overall theme already got her excited and I think the middleweight complexity is right where we sit most of the time when we play together.

To keep an eye on in September

โœ”๏ธ – definite back — ๐Ÿ” – intrigued but don’t know enough — โ“- on the fence

๐Ÿ” Streets: Villagers looked interesting enough but had read some pretty negative reviews too so never tried it. This ones seems more appealing to me but I have to check how meaty mechanics will prove to be

โœ”๏ธ Mercado de Lisboa: a Lacerda meaty filler game. No need to say more, I’m in! Interesting combo mechanics in a much lighter format whilst still being strategic enough. And of course the access to the pledge manager to bag some of his games on top of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

โœ”๏ธ Way of the Samurai – Blood and Bushido : the expansion to one of my best solo experiences of 2020. An intricate hand management game where you have to careful plan every move to defeat your opponents. A ton of deployability in a tiny box. Not sure the expansion is needed right now but for 9โ‚ฌ you can count me in

โ“In Too Deep: I was so excited about this one until they pulled the plug at the beginning of the first campaign. Will now be a lot more wary and wait to see how it unfolds. Greedy publisher in terms of reaching their SG or needed to rework the campaign to have the expected appeal? We will see!

๐Ÿ” Cascadia: I heard Rahdo talk about this one in his August recap (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JrxBTck3JY) and have to say that the look of the game appealed to me and the fact that he compared it to Calico in terms of gameplay and depth intrigued me a lot!

๐Ÿ” 7th Citadel: a beast of a game and so much hype around it! I have never played 7th Continent because even though I am really tempted, I don’t think I will invest enough time to ever do it justice. Hope this one will be a more accessible experience and something I can sink my teeth into!

โœ”๏ธ Set a Watch – Swords of the Coin: really enjoyed this one during the summer on my terrace with some good Gin but my main complain was that there was not enough variety in the monsters and that it felt rather samey after a while. Expecting some more content from this one and perhaps some more balancing in terms of mechanics and powers. Let’s see what they have in stock for us

๐Ÿ” Dinosaur World: really curious about this one because I heard so much praise for Dinosaur Island that I have to keep an eye on that one. I never came to purchase the first game because I just find it extremely ugly and unappealing. Maybe it’s stupid of me but the arts, the board and pretty much everything about Dinosaur Island just does not do it for me. Excited to find out more about this on and the roll and write they will announce (Demeter you won’t be on your own for long!)

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