Caveat Emptor: The Kickstarter Roundup (Brandon Kempf)
Kickstarter Highlights for the week of October 13th - October 20th
(all times are US)
Dice Hate Me/Greater Than Games
Designed by Matt Riddle and Ben Pinchback
Campaign Ends on November 10th, 2017 at 10:59 AM Central Standard Time
Find Ichabod Crane in this scenario-based cooperative game for 1 to 4 players set three days after Washington Irving's classic tale.
While Chris Kirkman is a fellow member of PunchBoard Media that isn't why I am highlighting this one. I love the theme and the idea of the game and reviews have been pretty positive so far. I look forward to seeing the finished project. I don't think the asking price of $69 is too steep, but I did back away from the tier with the art book as I couldn't quite pull the trigger just based on an art book. Looks like a solid back, it will fund, currently sits at 83% funded with 22 days left in the campaign with some stretch goals on the horizon.
Chip Theory Games
Designed by Adam Carlson and Josh J. Carlson
Campaign Ends on November 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM Central Standard Time
Chip Theory Games' standalone sequel/expansion to the award winning Dice Builder RPG, Too Many Bones.
I didn't back Too Many Bones but I have been begging to play it even with some of the negative feedback leveled against it even on our podcast by Derek. I'm also not backing this one, not because I don't want to, but because I can't really afford to play catch up with this one after playing catch up with 7th Continent. So I'm going to be relying on John to get this one to the table with me, and then maybe after I play it, I will regret that decision.
Lucky Duck Games
Designed by David Cicurel, Pierre Compain, Mateusz Komada & Katarzyna Kosobucka
Campaign Ends on November 9, 2017 at 4:59 PM Central Standard Time
If you liked the mobile game, you will love the tabletop ones!
Three Fruit Ninja games for $69. I don't even like the app that much, but the kids have really had a good time with it now and then. You can buy in for single titles if one or two don't look worth backing to you so kudos to the company for allowing that even though I only see 23 total backers not backing all three. Could be good fun and I will certainly play it when it comes around. This one is fully funded and working on some stretch goals.
Tasty Minstrel Games
Designed by John D. Clair
Campaign Ends on November 10th, 2017 at 10:00 PM Central Standard Time
Tasty Minstrel Games presents John D. Clair's 4x post-apocalyptic strategy game "Downfall" in Deluxified format.
Oh no! A Deluxified title that I don't really care to own, this hurts! It definitely looks the part of a quality game, especially considering that this is kind of a first for Tasty Minstrel Games at this point. Fully funded and working on some nice component upgrades in the stretch goals. TMG runs a good ship when it comes to Kickstarters, they really do it right, I just don't have the desire to own another 4x game that probably won't get played around here.
Split Second Games
Designed by Jay Little
Campaign Ends on November 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM Central Standard Time
Stop the Mastermind behind the Z-B13 outbreak in this cooperative dice-placement adventure game for 1-4 players.
This is the second time around for Zero Hour and I really hope it can meet it's funding goals. This is the only one on this list that I have played and I can honestly vouch for. It's a good, tough dice placement game with some push your luck elements that perfectly fit in with the theme. Surviving is tough, and you have to know when to push forward to try for some more resources and find more intel, but push too far, and well, let's just say it won't be pretty.
Meet Me at the Table Games, LLC
Designed by Joshua McMurray
Campaign Ends on October 25, 2017 at 12:35 AM Central Standard Time
Become the greatest outlaw that ever lived with this awesomely Western card game by collecting notoriety and bounty! Yee-haw!
Here is my weird find, the game out of nowhere that I know absolutely nothing about and it seems like a lot more folks that me don't know about. Local-ish company out of St. Louis is running this and I believe that it is their first game. In many ways, this is an example of how not to do a campaign, the page looks really slapped together and not easy to read, but I'm drawn to it based on the theme and the fact that this is the exact type of thing I should be backing or at least thinking about backing on Kickstarter. Small company looking to make their dreams of creating a game and publishing it come true. It's a simple enough card game, go around dueling, fighting off coyotes, managing your supplies and just being a cowboy in the old west. Currently sitting at 85% of its low funding goal of $3000 with just 4 days left in the campaign, it needs a bit of help to get made, but at $25 or $30 it isn't a huge risk either. I can't say that I am backing, funds are pretty low here after 7th Continent charged, but if I had the extra sitting round I might just be tempted enough to take a chance.