Welcome to the 3rd article in our “Backer’s Guide” series, where we talk about our favourite, currently running Kickstarter tabletop game campaigns.
Today’s menu? Two huge projects that appeared out of nowhere, two great accessory campaigns, and a certain hidden gem we found about yesterday. Let’s go!
Throw Throw Burrito
The creators of the second highest funded KS tabletop game are back. After Exploding Kittens (8.7 million USD in pledges) and Bears vs Babies (3.2 million USD in pledges) the expectations are quite high.
In Throw Throw Burrito players draw cards and try to find matching ones. All cards you match grant you points, but these are pretty easy to lose due to the existence of… burrito cards. Burrito cards let player pick a burrito plushie and (literally) throw it in the face of another player. If your opponent gets hit successfully – he or she loses points. Throw Throw Burrito merges classic card games with dodgeball. All of that comes with a dash of russian roulette feeling known wells from Exploding Kittens.
Illustrations are (again) the work of Matthew Inman so expect lots of cats, dogs, farm animals and top notch toilet humor.
Elder Dice: The Colors Out Of Space
Elder Dice are back on Kickstarter after almost a year. Previous campaign collected $390.000 and the new one managed to get half of that sum in less than a day. What attracts so many backers here? Most likely: packaging and the story.
Elder Dice were created with horror and Cthulhu RPG and tabletop games in mind. All 9 of them come packed in a stylish box equipped with magnets and occult ornaments. The new campaign offers 3 new dice sets, optional dice trays and GM screens. More sets might appear later, after reaching certain stretch goals.
Immersive Battle Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games
Another game accessory, and a pretty creative one at that. The map set created by Yarro Studios can be used during D&D sessions and with smaller miniature based wargames. All maps form a book and are printed on high quality, full colour, laminated pages. That allows for drawing on them and easily scrubbing everything off afterwards.
Maps in the book can be personalized with stickers, available as campaign add-ons. With these, you can add new terrain features: from stranded boats, to single rocks or mine cart tracks.
Mini Miners is a debut game by a Swiss game publisher Yutopi. It can be played by 2 to 4 players and according to the creator, it should satisfy experienced players, while remaining a family game at heart. Each player takes on the role of dwarf clan leader and has to plan an underground expedition with one task in mind: finding as much gold as they can carry.
At the beginning of each round players select the dwarves to form a team, and equip them with tools and gadgets necessary for exploring mines. The exploration happens mostly on a board, and going deeper makes the whole expedition more risky. To mine, you’ll have to draw cards from piles related to danger level of your location. If you’re lucky, you’ll go back with piles of gold metal. If not: the cave segment may collapse and lock you out.
Shadows of Brimstone Adventures
Shadows of Brimstone is a series of tabletop co-op games, using similar mechanics, but all set in completely different worlds. After feudal Japan and Old West we’re going to visit 2 new lands: the cold realm of the Vikings and… Conquistador era Americas. Both mentioned factions have one thing in common: a huge thirst for adventures and exploration.
Each box hosts a set of unique characters belonging to new Hero Classes, new enemies to fight and new lands to wander through. Both games come with over 20 miniatures each and have a campaign mode, where you develop your hero over a long chain of scenarios. You can also combine the games in whichever way you please, including all older installments.