You all are probably well aware by now at how much I love #Rurik: Dawn of Kiev. Welp, the Kickstarter for the Stone and Blade expansion just launched! If you missed getting the KS edition of the base game last time, now's your chance. Such a good game! I will always talk up good games haha
Who else here as played Rurik? How do you like it?
After all of the time we spend researching and acquiring games, and then getting friends together for a game night, shouldn't that experience be the best it can be?
Wyrmwood Gaming just launched their 14th Kickstarter campaign, for a Modular Gaming Table. It's a solid wood table that comes in a variety of sizes, and you can increase or decrease the size of the table with upgrade kits as your needs change.
Start out with the base pieces in the wood that you want (they are the end pieces with the logo, seen above), and you can change the height, length, felt, and accessories at any time.
Build your table exactly how you want it with the interactive customization tool. Any accessories you don't get today will make great birthday and holiday gift suggestions later!
The Modular Gaming Table from Wyrmwood Gaming is made in America from solid wood. It is striking not only in its design, but its craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Look how the topper mirrors the angled corner of the base. Even the storage box for the leaves has dovetail joints.
It comes in several sizes and heights, from coffee table to dining table for 8 to 10 people.
The Lilliput is 24" x 44", and starts at $300 for Maple.
The Gaming Coffee Table is 44" x 48", and starts at $400 for Maple.
Put taller legs on it, and it becomes the Small Gaming Table that seats four. It starts at $500 for Maple.
The Medium Gaming Table is 44" x 72" and seats six. It starts at $650 for Maple.
The Large Gaming Table is 44" x 96" and seats eight to ten. It starts at $800 for Maple.
Remember that the tables can be made smaller as well as larger, so if you move into a smaller place or become empty nesters, your table can adjust to fit your needs.
The important thing is to decide on your favorite wood. The tables are available in Maple, Espresso Maple, Cherry, Black Walnut, Padauk, Wenge, and Purpleheart.
Since we can't always be gaming, toppers are available to give the tables a solid surface.
The toppers have a tongue-and-groove design with rubber in the groove side to provide spill resistance. The corners of the end pieces match the corners of the table base, and the available storage box provides a safe place to keep the leaves while you're gaming.
The Modular Gaming Table has a magnetic rail that goes around the inside and outside of the table. Once in place, accessories can slide along the rail to be exactly where you want them.
Let's take a look at what's available.
When I think of a gaming table, I think of cup holders.
There are two sizes; one for general use, and a smaller one for bottles and stemware.
The metal insert is dishwasher safe.
There are two shapes of component organizers. The new modular option is curved to fit on the left or right of other rail accessories.
Here it is next to the drink holder. Everything fits together nicely.
If you play a lot of games with hands of cards, take a look at the Card Shelf. It has two component wells, and a curved cut to hold cards that is angled back perfectly. Not only that, but it swivels!
Here's another look at it, without cards.
Especially if you're considering a coffee table, you might find the Power Pack useful. It charges your phone while keeping it handy. A charging station is also a nice thing to offer your guests when they need it.
Do you often keep score, or take notes? Imaging sitting down to a writing surface like this.
The Player Desk has a leather surface and places for components and writing instruments.
If your table is going to see a lot of RPGs and you want to get on the DM's good side, take a look at the Game Deck. It can slide to one end to be a place for the DM screen and other supplies, or it can go to the middle of the table to divide the table into two playing areas.
The Game Deck has the same magnetic rail to hold accessories.
And if you use maps or other digital assets in your games, an Inset Screen is available that can hang on your wall when you're done.
If you like grid / hex maps, and acrylic sheets to cover your maps, Wyrmwood offers those as well (they really did think of everything). Wargamers, imagine having those sheets over your paper maps.
It's a bit hard to see the clear acrylic in the image because it's, well, clear, but the videos on the campaign page show it off nicely.
The felt play surface is available in five colors. Charcoal (center) is the default color.
All you'll need to provide is a hand drill. All other parts and bits are provided. But if assembling furniture isn't your thing, White Glove Delivery is available.
More on Kickstarter
Accessories are $10 off during the campaign, and that can be a significant savings.
The Kickstarter page has several videos that give you a closer look at all of the features and options. Be sure to check out the campaign before it ends on October 9, 2020.
The Ultimate Edition adds new cards, expansions, and a 1v1 competitive mode where one player can play as the Imperialists going against Captain Nemo. Honestly, that last bit is the most attractive to me.
For those interested, I've seen a comment recommending people not to get the add-on for the cloth bundle, which includes a cloth map version of the board. Says that there's a potential for slip that will move around the pieces on the cloth board. It was only one person commenting on that so please do your research!
Who here's going "UGHHH why are you sharing this Phil???"
I was clued into #Commissioned several years ago by one of those Dice Tower top ten videos. This is a deck building co-op game where you play as Apostles spreading the early church. Each player gets an Apostle with a special power and their own player deck and you build that deck to get better at making or equipping disciples and fighting against the board which will try to halt your missionary outreaches. Admittedly gameplay-wise this is no #Spirit Island in terms of crazy-amazing co-ops, but its a soild game and I am super impressed by how strong this game is thematically. Every one of the event cards has a verse on it which was the inspration for their effect. For example, when the persecution card comes up, you lose some of the disciples you made in a certain church, but then other disciples move to adjacent cities and start new churches there. I love it's attention to detail in that sort of thing.
Anyway, they are running a new kickstarter for an expansion for the base game but you can also purchase the base game. It has only 4 days left, but I thought it was worth a plug since I love it and I don't think its very well known.
The days grow shorter and the dark season is upon us. Cities still rely on caravans to bring them goods, so a brave few go out past the safety of the city walls and are handsomely rewarded for their troubles.
Merchants of the Dark Road is a new game from Brian Suhre (Coldwater Crown, Freshwater Fly, Paradox), and features the art of Andrew Bosley (Everdell, Tapestry, Caylus 1303). Players fill their wagons and travel the dark winter roads, seeking fame and fortune.
You can get a copy of Merchants of the Dark Road for $49, or a copy of the Deluxe Edition with upgraded components for $74.
There's even a luxurious "All In" level with bi-color plated metal coins, coin pouches, and card sleeves for $125. Check out the campaign before it ends on June 26, 2020.
Merchants of the Dark Road is a dice placement game with a rondel style action system. Players move around the city of Highreach, selling goods to heroes, and form caravans to go out on the dark roads. Don't neglect either of these ways to prosper, as it's the lower of the two scores that you'll keep at the end of the game.
Each player has a wagon-shaped player board where they place dice and fit their goods.
The Deluxe Edition has dual-layer boards to keep your components neatly in place.
On your turn, you'll select a die in your reserve and move it up into your wagon, then perform its associated bonus action. The die that it replaces will go into the action pool.
You'll move around the city (according to the value of one of the dice in your action pool, with the help of a horseshoe if you have one). The dice in your action pool also allow you to take a district's action.
Action dice come in either Night or Illuminated form. Illuminated dice allow you to take an additional building action.
Once you've prepared your wagon, you will depart from Yurg's Excursions to visit the Ruins or travel to a distant city. Companions like the Snow Bee and Ice Mouse are waiting to come along.
At the Ruins of Yin you'll find upgraded goods. Equip the heroes at The Ringway Inn with weapons, armor, and other goods, and invite them to join your caravan. At the Ruins, having help will increase your choices.
Other players may also take part in the journey. When there is an event, each player will draft dice for their rewards. You will travel to return heroes to their homes and fulfill commissions obtained at the Queen's Palace. The caravan leader receives a bonus for their bravery and ambition.
More on Kickstarter
Merchants of the Dark Road is filled with custom dice: the Oracle of Lumi die, the Ruins of Yin die, five translucent Travel dice, five Merchant dice, and thirty-six action dice with "star" pips.
Each player also has a Wagoneeple in their color. The Deluxe Edition has upgraded wooden wagon meeples with screen printing.
The Deluxe Edition also comes with sixteen resin lanterns, twelve die-cast metal horseshoes, and twenty-four resin blazing quartz.
The Dark Market Coin Pouch and Ruins Map tokens in the Deluxe Edition have just been upgraded to resin through unlocked stretch goals!
Looking for even more? You can add-on bi-color plated Lumi Coins, coin pouches, and card sleeves (included in the All-In Pledge).
There are lots more unlocked stretch goals, plus great videos and a link to the rulebook, so be sure to check out the campaign before it ends on June 26, 2020.
Considering its pedigree, this certainly creeped up out of nowhere (at least for me, in comparison to the amount of hype recent major Kickstarters had). But as you'd expect, the numbers are rising fast and... it's expensive. Anyone backing this?
I have been aloof to Kickstarter ever since I heard of it. I think it is mostly because I don't like buying something and waiting that long for it to come. I do have some other reasons as well.
It seems like the Kickstarters I've played have been more bling than substance, as if the designers thought they could throw more stuff at the game to make it, you know, a game. To be clear, this applies only to those that didn't make it to retail.
Some of the Kickstarters I have played have been extremely inconsistent as far as components appearance and how the rulebook says they should look.
Lastly, I have always thought that IF the game is good enough, it will eventually hit retail. At that point I have a lot more of a base to research it.
But, all this notwithstanding, the upcoming Kickstarter for Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile Designed by Cole Werhle and published by Leder Games is coming up. I don't know when the Kickstarter will start. I don't know the price of the game. But I have a lot of respect for Cole Wehrle, and, I really expect Oath to be a good game. To make a long story short, if it looks like it could have a good solo or 2 player mode, there is a high chance I will back it.
I am really curious for those of you who have backed earlier Kickstarters from Leder Games what has your experience been?
Do they generally underestimate the time they need to complete the project?
Do they communicate with their backers?
Would you recommend the experience of backing Leder Games?
Hoplomachus from Chip Theory Games gives you the experience of battling as a gladiator. It's been hailed as one of the top solo experiences out there despite dropping down to #55 on 1 Player Guild's Top 200 Solo Games for 2020 (as opposed to #28 in 2019). And a while back, CTG announced they will be remasering this edition while also bringing new content.
This is the expansion that adds additional chronicles and an Automa solo mode to the highly rated #Glen More II: Chronicles. There was a high demand for a solo mode and it went through!
What are your thoughts on this game? I've looked into Glen More II a few times before and while I like its potential to be a great tile laying game for me and my wife, I also have #Keyflower on my shortlist and that one interests me more despite not having a solo mode.
You're in a crowded cafeteria, about to sink your teeth into a sandwich, and you feel someone watching you...
Be ready to dodge the tomato coming your way...
and grab something to offer in return!
Cafe Chaos is a card game about the world's most chaotic food fight. You'll choose a character with a unique ability and throw epic food combos like Moldy Double Deep Fried Couch Cushion Candy. Have the fewest splat points at the end of the game to reign supreme!
You can get a copy of Cafe Chaos with a Kickstarter Exclusive Collectors Card for $25.
Add the Animator Pack and Animator Poster at the $45 level, or all of that plus Sooubway Pack, Junk Food Pack, and Odd 1s Out Lunch Box for $80.
Ready for more? How about three plushies, and upgrading to a holographic Animator Pack? The Collector's Edition pledge level is $130.
More plushies, more merch you say? The Odd 1s Out Fanatic Bundle has an Odd 1s Out backpack, pencil case, lanyard, holographic notebook, folder, and all 10 plushies, on top of:
a holographic Animator Pack,
Junk Food Pack,
Odd 1s Out Lunch Box,
Kickstarter Exclusive Collectors Card, and
a copy of Cafe Chaos, all for $250.
Check out the campaign before it ends on September 10, 2020.
Cafe Chaos is an Odd 1s Out food fight card game. Each player chooses a character, and each character has a special action that helps them out during the game.
You'll take aim at other players, but those players will also be taking aim back at you, so be ready! Collect food, make combos, and let the food fight commence.
Then you'll add splat points. If any player has 10 splat points, the game ends, and the player with the fewest splat points wins!
Add Cards with Packs
Three packs are available during this campaign, to give you more characters and more special abilities. Attack without food, or get a powerful healer. The Booster Pack Bundle and above will give you the Animator Pack, the Sooubway Pack, and the Junk Food Pack.
More on Kickstarter
The Kickstarter has closeups of all of the merch, like the exclusive plushies, plus behind the scenes artwork and more, so be sure to check it out before it ends on September 10, 2020.
Charty Party is a card game where you try to sway the judge with the funniest topic and earn points. It was a big hit on Kickstarter last year, and now it's back with an All Ages Edition so that everyone can play.
Charty Party: All Ages Edition comes with 44 new chart cards and 250 new orange cards that can be played on their own or combined with the original Charty Party.
You can get a copy for $25 (discounts on multiple copies), and for every $5,000 they raise, they're donating a Departmental Set (10 games) to schools around the country! Check out the campaign before it ends on July 17, 2020.
Charty Party is a card game for 3 or more players where you try to choose the card that makes the judge laugh the most.
Each player starts with seven orange cards.
One player is the judge for that round, and they draw a chart card.
The other players choose a card from their hand that fits the Y-axis (vertical) of the chart card and pass it to the judge face-down.
After four hours with your younger siblings, do you have an increased difficulty sharing? An uncontrollable urge to jump into a big puddle? Or a big desire to be an only child?
The judge picks the funniest answer and that player wins a point.
Let's try another one.
It has been four hours since lunch. Do you:
Have difficulty understanding basic instructions?
See an increase in time spent whining?
Note a new willingness to eat a bug?
If you were the judge for that round, which one would you choose?
New in the All Ages Edition
Charty Party: All Ages Edition has the line graphs we all love, of course, but now you'll also see bar charts
and scatter plots.
People who own four cats tend to have weirder haircuts! Students laugh, and they learn.
This isn't an accident. The people behind Charty Party got messages from teachers and parents all over the country, asking for a version of Charty Party that they could share with their students and children. The designers interviewed parents and teachers, and set out to design a game that everyone could enjoy together.
As a way to give back, the creators are donating a Departmental Set (10 games) to schools for every $5,000 they raise. To make sure the games last, even with frequent classroom use, Charty Party: All Ages Edition will be printed on 350 GSM stock, the highest their manufacturer offers.
More on Kickstarter
See the list of schools that will receive free copies of the game, and find out more about discounts for multiple copies and the original version of Charty Party. Be sure to check out the campaign before it ends on July 17, 2020.
We all love when a gaming package shows up on our front door. Surprises are a lot of fun. And you can never have too many dice. Are you nodding as you read this?
Let me introduce you to Mystery Dice from Game Keeper Games.
Mystery Dice lets you pledge for brand new dice designs at a substantial discount (7- or 11-die sets with numerals, dice coins, or even Weird Stuff, described as "all manner of chaos"). Some will be designed by guest artists, like Mandi Hutchinson and Jamey Stegmaier. There might be sparkles, neon, glow in the dark, layers and swirls, inclusions, or any combination. Everyone has been sworn to secrecy so that you can have the fun of opening the box and discovering what's inside.
Each 7-die set is $9, each 11-die set is $14 (free US shipping with 3 or more sets). Add $24 for each Weird Stuff and $2 for each d2. Be sure to check out the campaign before it ends on July 8, 2020.
The Mystery Dice campaign started with ten totally new dice designs, and there are already 26 dice sets unlocked (be sure to check the campaign for the current number).
These sets will be available as 7- and 11-die options, with standard numerals for normal play.
Each 7-die set contains: 1d4, 1d6, 1d8, 1d10, 1d%, 1d12, and 1d20.
Each 11-die set contains: 1d4, 4d6, 1d8, 1d10, 1d%, 1d12, and 2d20.
And then there's "Weird Stuff". Weird Stuff will technically count as 'dice', but may be extra large or small, over-full sets, special single dice, new materials, unusual numerals, or odd molds.
Some sets will be from guest designers, such as The Dice Tower, Dice Envy, and Norse Foundry.
You also have the option of adding an all new custom d2 design, created just for this campaign.
About Gate Keeper Games
This is Gate Keeper Games' 16th Kickstarter campaign. They've been in business for 7 years, and they have over 90 exclusive sets so far.
They realize that they're asking you to trust them, so they're offering some guarantees.
No Duplicate Guarantee
There will be no duplicate/repeat sets in your order unless you ask for them (or pledge for more sets than are offered).
Once you receive your dice, you have 14 days to play with them and try them out. If you discover any quality issues, what-so-ever, they'll gladly replace your set or give you your money back, and "quality promise" shipping is on them.
Like Em, or Send Em Back
If a 7- or 11-die set just isn't for you, you can send sets back to them for a free Mystery replacement (all you have to do is cover shipping).
More on Kickstarter
Get details on the current unlocked sets and guest designers, flat rate shipping, and more before the campaign ends on July 8, 2020. See the Kickstarter!
Lead your race to victory and defend (or destroy) the Earth.
Vanishing Stars is a two player card game. The aim is the eliminate your opponent and render him defenseless. You will have to launch your troops in battle and maneuver them strategically to emerge victorious.
Vanishing Stars is played on a 5 by 5 grid where your units will clash with your enemy. You will have at your disposal powerful spaceships and alien creatures all ready to fight. Traps will hinder your opponent's movement and equipements will better your troops. Your placement will form the path to victory!
I just wanted to give a shout-out to this cool-looking game on Kickstarter: #Tapiru: A Bubble Tea Game. It's got a cool backstory and some excellent visual design by the game designer! I love games with uncommon settings, especially coming from people and places that don't often get attention in this industry. I'm not connected with this project in any way, I'm just excited about it!