Hello friends old and new. Welcome to my humble dojo! Without wasting time: let’s look at my favourite projects running on Kickstarter right now.
🎲 Geeknson’s Megan Gaming Table
A board game table that’s modular, high quality and somehow manages to stay on the affordable side of gaming furniture spectrum? Color me shocked, but something like that is launching on Kickstarter right now. Sure, over past 2 years we’ve had some tables where creators had similar ideas in mind, but most if not all of them were expensive and had plenty of problems due to worldwide shipping by third party companies.
Geeknson’s “Megan” campaign seems to go in the opposite direction. Shipping is performed by the company itself and that allows for much more customization and great add-ons.
Megan tables come in a few varieties – most including so called “leaves” that cover the gameplay area and protect your little treasures from wine or sauce damage. Other extras like USB ports or Card Rail System are to be included as well.
Now that’s something you don’t see everyday. A card game where you create your own paintings and do so much more realistically than in most games tackling similar themes.
Canvas, designed by Jeff Chin and Andrew Nerger with amazing illustrations by Luan Huynh is a card game for 1 to 5 players. The cards are made of transparent material with some elements of scenery and characters printed on. By putting 3 of them together you create unique pictures. Each turn players buy cards for their inspiration tokens and combine bought pieces to score points according to each card’s iconography. Easily one of the best looking games of the year so far, and the gameplay seems up my valley as well.
🎲 Steampunk Rally: Fusion – Deluxe Edition
Roxley is back with a new edition of one of my favourite dice games. In Steampunk Rally greatest minds and inventors create their own vehicles and race to prove who’s the fastest and the smartest. The campaign contains a new, deluxe edition of the game but that’s not all…
A full blown sequel, called Steampunk Rally Fusion, compatible with the original is available as well, and has a story that looks loosely inspired by The War of The Worlds (and other ancient SF classics). There’s 120 dice, some of them (“Fusion Dice”) including new mechanics. Like all recent Roxley products the game has insane production quality (Mr. Cuddington duo strikes back) and if the sequel turns out as good as the original: count me in.
Tapeworms might not be the nicest of creatures, but that didn’t stop Edmund McMillen (Binding of Isaac) from making a game about these nasty creatures. Despite their nastiness, Tapeworm somehow manages to have a family-game feeling.
Each player has a hand of cards (well, more like tiles) and places them on the table to continue already existing tapeworms present there. All creatures belong to different colours so continuing the pictures (Carcassonne style) is vital. You can work on only one color during one turn. Some cards allow for special actions like swapping tiles, stealing them, manipulating the deck and more. Five ninja stars from me.
🎲 The Great Race
Second racing board game today but they don’t really share anything, maybe except for the wheels and gasoline. The Great Race is set in the 1930s. Passionate crews from France, England, Belgium and Italy venture through Africa (or South America) to compete in long races through the continents.
The Great Race is not about crazy speeds, but instead focuses on perfect planning and smart resource management of your expedition. The maps are quite big and nonlinear, so you can plan your trip in plenty of ways. Just remember about your limitations and… fame hungry competitors.