Kickstarter Roundup: solve a 5-Minute Mystery, get your Ducks in Tow, and face the Dawn of Madness

by Calvin Wong

5-Minute Mystery

5 Minute Mystery is a follow up game from the absolutely amazing 5-Minute Dungeon, which used to be my go-to game for introducing people to board games. The formula has changed this time, instead of matching cards to monsters in real time, you have to work together to solve a puzzle before the timer ends.

If you enjoy high-pressure situations and working together with your friends, this game should be a real hoot. I really loved 5-Minute Dungeon and 5-Minute Mystery seems to be a whole new take on the real time genre. Go back.

Ducks in Tow

Feed ducks, get them to follow you, and take photos of them in Ducks in Tow, a set collection game illustrated by Everdell's Andrew Bosley. 


sorry where was it? I couldn't get over the ACTUAL PIECE FOR HAVING DUCKS FOLLOW ME AROUND ok go back it.

Dawn of Madness

A co-operative horror experience with over 250,000 words of in-game story (thankfully in book form), Dawn of Madness is leaning heavily into the spook. The box is jam-packed, with a thousand cards (minis are optional) and 4 different (presumably for mature audiences) adventures to play.

The designers previously made 2018's Deep Madness, an scifi/horror Alien-inspired adventure under the sea, and this game pits you against further otherworldly horrors and ghastly beings of all sorts. A core set will set you back $79 but there's the usual optional add ons, mainly additional content, apart from the 40+ miniatures to complement your core set.

You can back Dawn of Madness here.

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Supporter15 months ago

Ducks in tow looks beautiful. Andrew Bosley is rapidly rising in my esteem. 

15 months ago

I really hope he does more, his style is something the board game world sorely needs more of

Owner15 months ago

He sure seems to be in demand recently haha--Everdell, Tapestry, Ducks in Tow, Tungaru, and on the upcoming Chai: Tea for 2. I'm sure there's more but I think his work on the heavy hitters led to a great boost in visibility

Supporter15 months ago

5 Minute Mystery is my most anticipated in this list for sure

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