Caveat Emptor: The Kickstarter Roundup (Brandon Kempf)

Caveat Emptor: The Kickstarter Roundup (Brandon Kempf)

Caveat Emptor

Kickstarter Highlights for the Week of October 21 - October 27, 2017

(All listed times are US Central)

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Carnival of Monsters

Amigo Spiele/Freizeit GmbH

Designed by Richard Garfield

Campaign Ends on November 19th, 2017 at 11:04 AM

This fast-playing card-drafting game challenges 2 to 5 players to hunt and collect the most dangerous monsters of myth and legend.

So, this one kind of crept up with little to no fanfare on the 20th of October, it boasts a who's who of Magic the Gathering Artists and Amigo Spiele touts this as being an ode to Magic from the creator of Magic the Gathering. But what it appears to be is just an ultra light drafting game with little to no interaction among the players. You draft lands, to summon monsters, that all sounds great, right? But you are summoning those monsters to score points, and hopefully you summon them in the right season to get, more points. That's right, we're summoning monsters to not fight each other, or anything fun, just get you points. But wait! There's danger, that, oh wait, never mind. It's basically just a skill check with little to no repercussions. There is a bit of an economy in here, but it seems pretty devoid of any substance. All in all, it looks like a game that is selling itself based on art, but I haven't played it. And judging from English reviews, only a couple people have, Dale over at Opinionated Gamers, and Tom Vasel, who has a financial stake in this one as it is a hopeful for his Dice Tower Essentials line. 


Potlatch: A Card Game About Coast Salish Economics

ndnplayers games

Campaign Ends on December 22nd, 2017 at 11:34 AM


Potlatch is a card game based on indigenous economic systems of sharing, gifting, and status. It uses both English and Lushootseed.

Long campaign, but really interesting premise. I love that games can be educational, and I love that people are thinking that games can be actually good games and be educational as well. Plus I love that this is about something that is completely lacking in our schools, philosophies and ways of life of our Indeginous Cultures. At $10 this is almost a no brainer, just to show support for people thinking outside the norm, for showing us something new, but I am tempted to do the the $30 backing for one copy for us and another for a Native American Youth Center. 

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End of the Trail

Elf Creek Games

Mike Hinson Designer

Campaign Ends on November 1, 2017 at 10:00 PM





Search the land, press your luck, pitch your tents, and play your cards right to strike it rich in this game for 2-4 prospectors.

I'm not sure what's going on in St. Louis right now, but here's another quality game that has snuck by me that has a Western theme from the area. Well, at least I know that the artist is from the St. Louis area and the graphic design is done by one of the best in the business, Peter Wocken. This is another hand management, auction/bidding where the players are all about trying to secure the best lands to gain their fortunes. In this one though, there is a poker mechanism that can score the player with the best poker hand saved up at the end of the game another claim, and hopefully more gold, because in the end, it's all about who found the most gold. 

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Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun

Green Couch Games

Scott Almes Designer

Campaign Ends on November 9, 2017 at 10:00 PM




Explore the forest in this stand-alone sequel to Best Treehouse Ever that expands the Golden Geek nominee to play up to 8 players!

You can read my review of this if you want to, but just know I'm backing it and I would happily do it again!


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