Recently we’ve been focusing on games coming to Kickstarter in summer, but the later part of the year seems equally, if not even more, exciting. Today we’ll show you 3 games coming to KS in Fall 2020 and one coming… today.
Frostpunk – Fall 2020
The name of this game will likely ring a bell for many of you, especially if you’re into video games. It was released on PCs and consoles by the very same company which made This War of Mine. Frostpunk was set in an alternative XIX century. After certain natural disasters the world had entered a volcanic winter and there was a colossal change in climate. You played as a captain tasked with building a city around a “Heat Generation Tower”. The game was essentially a city building simulator with elements known from survival games.
The board game version is being developed by a true dream team including Adam Kwapiński, the lead designer of Nemesis and many other highly popular titles. Frostpunk is supposed to be highly challenging. Apart from strategy elements you’ll often have to make moral choices, to help your citizens who have their own problems and feelings. They will suffer from freezing, sickness and stress resulting from the entire situation. To make you emphasize with them even more, Frostpunk is quite heavy in the story department, which isn’t usually the case in games from city building genre. It’s also worth adding that the game is fully cooperative, so we’re guessing you’ll be building the same city with the help of other players, instead of competing with them.
The Warp – October 2020
Let’s follow up with a debut project that recently got its Kickstarter campaign announced for this year’s Fall. The Warp is a creation of Thomas Snauwaert, a card and video game lover who decided to make a game of his own. Starting your design career with a complex 4X game might sound like quite a challenge but what we’ve seen so far looks quite promising.
The Warp was designed for 2 to 6 players and like many 4X games is highly competitive (with an optional “team versus team” mode). So what’s the story here? The game takes us to a faraway planet called Yortar which used to be a home for colonies belonging to 16 different space races. Recently it has suffered from a series of violent conflicts and a strange natural disaster. You are tasked with governing one of the colonies and leading your people to prosperity and glory. There are various methods to achieve that, including war. A flexible system of missions helps with using a strategy you prefer (and enjoy the most) to reach victory.
BookSmart – June 18th
This creative take on party games is bound to appear on Kickstarter today. BookSmart is an educational game and manages to fulfill its mission while staying fun and competitive. The stylish box contains a deck of cards filled with initial sentences from worldwide literature classics by Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens and many, many more. The other side of each card contains the title and the name of the writer. So how do you play this game? Do you need to know all these books by heart?
One player draws a card and reads the name of the author along the title of the book. Players have to write the first sentence of said book from their memory. Bluffing is not only allowed but also adds additional layers of fun – if you don’t know the sentence you can still win! The next phase has players vote for the answer they find most likely and if they pick yours, you get a point (even if it was wrong). 2 points are awarded to people who guess the correct sentence.
Right now, the campaign will be aimed at US backers only. You’ll be able to get the entire game packed into a book shaped box for $35. The package will come with a reusable scoreboard as well.
BookSmart seems like a great way to improve your memory, promote reading and it can be played either at home or during classes. We can’t wait to see the campaign go live! Link
Primal: The Awakening – 2020
Reggie Games, an Italian publisher we know from ELO Darkness, must really have a thing for adapting video game genres into the board game medium. Their previous title was an effort to make a tabletop version of classic MOBA games. This time they went after a certain RPG subgenre: monster hunting games (Monster Hunter, Soul Sacrifice, Toukiden). Many board games already have long fights with difficult bosses but here the bosses are going to be the central part of each adventure.
Primal: the Awakening’s main treat is its massive campaign mode spanning over dozens of sessions. Each scenario will have you hunt a different, often colossal, opponent along your teammates. Single player mode is also there if you’d like to challenge your enemies solo. No matter how you play, the campaign is nonlinear and has choices leading to different experiences and plot outcomes.
Hunt mode is another way to play Primal: The Awakening. It allows tackling single scenarios instead of the entire campaign. The visual side of the game is also worth mentioning. Miniatures shine the most, especially when it comes to monsters themselves.