Kickstarter Roundup: Return to Dark Tower, pledge an Oath, and lay the Foundations of Rome
by Calvin Wong
Return to Dark Tower
From the designers of Pandemic Legacy and Gloomhaven comes a new co-op adventure. Return to Dark Tower features an 'intelligent, malevolent' 30 centimeter tower that will, well, tower over your board as you and up to three other heroes fight to cleanse the land of its corruption and battle foes to get into the tower and defeat it once and for all.
Based on the classic board game from 1981, Return to Dark Tower is a highly ambitious game, with tons of plastic miniatures, a behemoth of a tower complete with motors and bluetooth capability - but delivers a medium-weight co-op experience with a ton of production value.
Restoration Games has been doing some absolutely killer work recently, with their Unmatched series being my 2019 Game of the Year. I'm super excited to see what they've done with Return to Dark Tower.
Oath: Chronicles of Empire & Exile
From the creative team that brought you Root and Vast comes Oath, a legacy game where every decision ripples down through time. Each session of this empire-building game can have effects that last the next dozen games or more, altering the victory conditions, resources, or actions players can take.
Fast to set up (less than 3 minutes) and fast to play (45m to an hour) Oath promises the long-term narrative of legacy games without all the hassle of stickers and permanent changes to your game, or even keeping the same group. It looks absolutely gorgeous and totally intriguing, definitely worth a look.
Foundations of Rome
From Century Spice Road designer Emerson Matsuchi comes Foundations of Rome, a deluxe board game of the classical age. What makes it deluxe? Well.
A board filled with miniatures of Roman buildings, statues, temples, and gods, Foundations of Rome promises elegant and intuitive gameplay married with absolutely ridiculous levels of table presence. Build your city without everything crumbling to ruin - lay the Foundations of Rome.