May 2018: Kickstarter & Pre-Order Cross Section

What grabbed our attention and which Kickstarter board games should you have a look at if you like similar style games like us? We also include the current line of board game additions and possible upcoming reviews, previews or showcases!

Kickstarter

Still running (or late pledge open) and backed

18Lilliput

18lilliput card game

The premise this game is set out to let you experience is that it will give you an 18xx game but in a much smaller package and time. We have played 1846, which we can appreciate and did like, but to say we are the biggest 18xx fans out there would be overselling that fact. One of the biggest reasons we are less into those type of games is the running time you need to finish them. This game seems to come in a much smaller scale, hence the title but does bring the facets we did like a lot such as track laying, shares and things may be less regular 18xx, beautiful artwork, and nice components. Especially hopeful is it comes from the creators of 18CZ, which also looks great and good with 2 players! Fox in the Box!

New Corp Order

New Corp Order box cover

We are really liking what 2Tomatoes (review for Peak Oil is being drafted) is bringing and New Corp Order is another title we are looking forward too! We even hope to showcase it here on the blog, if the stars align that will happen before the Kickstarter ends, fingers crossed. Megacorps taking over, mega Conglomerates setting the tone to the connected citizens, sounds familiar? With a range from 1 to 4 players there is a lot of flexibility to play, quick playing time from 30 – 45 minutes, a retail version and a deluxe one, again the beautiful art from Heiko Gunther and what we saw at the Heavy Cardboard teach was very good!


Still running (or late pledge), but thinking about

On Tour

On Tour board game overview

Another Roll & Write title, but men do we love those at the moment. A lot of game in a much smaller package and it is so easily brought along to friends & family and bang out for some board game fun. The theme is fun and is also very appropriate for what you are doing. Smartly done Chad!

Azimuth Ride the Winds

Azimuth board game on Kickstarter

Quite an interesting setting and something we haven’t seen that many strategy games about. Stranded on an island or floating on the sea, you will need to get back home and outsmart your opponents in the process. The tagline is fun too, a game of shrewd tactics. Does have the sound of something with a real narrative packed into it and that is always something we want from our board game experiences. And those Light tower meeples are just fantastic! The reason why we are on the fence about it, one too many backed projects already and it does look quite abstract to our liking. Brought to you by Sharon and Lior from Tyto Games

Tudor

Tudor board game from Academy Games on Kickstarter

We must be very honest, we were in as backer number 6, but also backed out of it after some thought on it and watching a few videos on it. The way the rings are working sounds amazing and it is such an original thing to do. But the overall game isn’t making us really want to play it or maybe better put, is it going to be another dry euro or is it really sets itself apart? Really on the fence about this one from Academy Games. (which we love as a game publisher, 1775 is one of our favorites!)

Vast: The Mysterious Manor

Vast: The Mysterious Manor board game

We did not go for the first Vast: The Crystal Caverns, but we did hear a lot of great things about it over the last few years. As vivid d&d players, we do love the setting and the whole idea behind the game. On the other hand, it also has a steep learning curve with so many synchronized features to it, that teaching it to other players everytime is not something we are looking forward too.

We like this too, smart move to put your reasoning out on the campaign to Leder Games!

Vast motivation

War of Whispers

World Shapers board game

We know, Game Salute (Starling Games) isn’t being one of the most liked publishers out there, but this game does have somethings going we think sounds cool. We personally don’t have any experiences with this publisher, so we want to treat every publisher on the same level until proven otherwise. Second chances are there for a reason.

The first thing that drew us in was the artwork, we love that painted feeling it gives and a somewhat faded look to it. The chosen color scheme is also to our liking.  We love civ like wargames, with unique factions and a lot of interaction between players. The round shaped board does look interesting, it does give a feeling of being on a real globe. We haven’t done any more digging yet on the minutiae, but we are intending to do so. It has a huge Game of Thrones feeling too it and we love that game.

Villagers

Villagers Kickstarter overview

Card drafting and sweet clean graphical design is always something which has us turning our heads on a Kickstarter launch and Villagers are no excepting in that regard. Building out your Village with a variety of different people with an array of skills. There is a tech tree feel to it with the way you need to follow a certain path to get people into your village which will give you better and more rewarding actions. The campaign is crushing it and it is already on its 48-hour mark. A lot of tasty stretch goals have been already achieved and there is one still on the horizon and has our interest too, solo mode upgrade! Sinister Fish Games did very well on this. We do find it regretful that the 2 player scaling is taking out quite a few cards. You will not use two types of the cards in the game and that does not add to the replayability. In spite of that, we do really like what we have seen on this game and Tom, Slickerdrips, did a stellar job with his playthrough.


Finished and backed

Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog

Nogging the Nog board game

This came out of left field, at least before our friends from Heavy Cardboard were very stoked about it on their podcast, we never heard of it. This is a classic British kids tale which showed on the BBC and the creator of the board game, Nick Case, made this his passion project. And it shows in almost every inch of what is happening around this project. The stories on his meetings with the artist, Peter Firmin, are just wonderful on its own. The fact it has two ways you can play the game, family style or standard, is a huge advantage for us! The game has a coop vibe to it, you all don’t want Nogbad to win so some progress as a whole as players are needed, but you must make sure that in the end, you should be the one helping Noggin to his rightful throne, the most.

Gùgōng (The Forbidden City)

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We liked the the releases The Game Brewer did together with TMG, Chimera Station (here our thoughts) and Pixie Queen (coming also soon!), and this one seems to be another hit. At least, the project did great and the community brought a lot of extra’s into the game. Even with the whole needed name change, they kept the momentum going. A project where 1 to 5 players can explore the imperial palace in China of 1570. Especially the clever way the cards are played had our interest and also the fact you need to reach Palace of Heavenly Purity, makes this a euro game which is anticipated and we cannot wait to give the deluxe version a swing.


A list of backed board games in 2018

The Omen Saga by Kolossal Games

Habitats 3rd edition by Cwali Games

The Estates by Capstone Games

Imperius by Kolossal Games

Architects of the West Kingdom by Garphill Games

Spillover by 2Tomatoes

Kami Sama by Kolossal Games

CO2 by Giochix.it

Gentes by TMG

Western Legends by Kolossal Games


Additions

Paperback by Fowers Games

Fugitive by Fowers Games

Boarding Now by Fowers Games

The Sands of Time by Spielworxx


 

We hope we put some extra attention on some of the projects and we would love it if you go check out some of these awesome people’s works of art and don’t shy from sharing this forward.

Which ones did we miss and which ones should we check out? Let us know in the comments below!

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