Kickstarter Spotlight – Debtzilla

And we’re back after vacation, sickness, work-related insanity and injury! Lots of exciting stuff to talk about but let’s start with a Kickstarter Spotlight!

It seems like there has been an ever-increasing number of board games that are trying to introduce some form of education into their gameplay, whether it’s a serious attempt to teach a second language or a light way present a science at a very high level. This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight asks the questions: can fiscal responsibility be fun?

In Debtzilla players take the role of heroes who are not only attempting to save the city from financial super-villains who are trying to scam money out of the citizens but also must manage their cash flow so that they can purchase the necessary equipment to fight them. Debt can not only clog your hand if it’s not paid off, but it affects the power of Debtzilla, which everyone will need to face when the villains are gone. Debtzilla is a deckbuilding, tableau building and dice pool manipulation in a fun and strategic way and looks like a nice way to introduce the idea of debt management to younger players.

Here is the pitch video:

Check out Debtzilla on Kickstarter HERE, on Board Game Geek HERE, and on the official website HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Avertigos

Airships have never really been done proper justice in the board game world. The only game I can really think of off the top of my head that used them as the main feature is Sky Traders and it didn’t really make great use of them. They could have been replaced with boats or trucks, and it still would have worked out well.

Avertigos arrives to elevate the genre with customizable miniature airships and combat that uses an elevation based mechanic to cement the flight mechanics with the theme. It also implements an impressive looking card based movement mechanic instead of measurements or templates. I also quite like the Asian influenced aesthetic, all too infrequent in the fantasy/sci-fi genres, in particular on the sea chart style game board. Based on the upgrades and backer tiers it seems like Avertigos might get a bit expensive overall but for such a unique theme and implementation the total cost would be worth it for the right gamer!

Here’s the pitch video here:

Check out Avertigos on Kickstarter HERE, and on Board Game Geek HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Off the Rails

This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight is complete madness on mine carts. In ‘Off the Rails’ by Flippin’ Games, players lead a team of mining goblins as they collect gems from a rapidly collapsing cave. They ride in mine carts using rails that can be placed and changed by all players to help collect the treasures while derailing your opponents or even causing them to pitch themselves in the ever growing crevasse.  Highly competitive with a unique randomization mechanic, I’m sure ‘Off the Rails’ will appeal to tabletop gamers of all ages!

Here’s the pitch video here:

Check out Off the Rails on Kickstarter HERE, on Board Game Geek HERE and on the official site HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – The Brigade

Fantasy game villages really have it rough, don’t they? The town of Tinderbox has the great misfortune of having been built surrounding the Pyromancers University, whose experiments are constantly going awry and setting the buildings on fire. In ‘The Brigade’, it’s up to Tinderbox’s greatest heroes, not the idealistic adventuring kind, but the members of the village fire brigade, who all come from the same standard fantasy stock of humans, dwarves, elves, and orcs. You’ll pick your warden, manage your crew and water wagon while gaining the support of the townsfolk by saving their abodes and businesses.

I enjoy the idea of turning the fantasy tropes on their head. It seems very Discworld-ish to me in the best way possible. Looking forward to trying this one out!

Here’s the pitch video:

Check out The Brigade on Kickstarter HERE, on Board Game Geek HERE and on the official site HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Epoch: The Awakening

This week on Kickstarter Spotlight is a unique fantasy-themed strategic game with exploration, territory control and resource management elements, Epoch: The Awakening, that I have to admit I almost entirely ignored. I must have scrolled over this one on the Kickstarter page 2 or 3 times before finally giving it a click. Mostly due to the small box image and the grey tile that it sits on. It’s a shame though because am I ever glad that I did give it a look. The tiny thumbnail does no justice to the incredibly rich and detailed artwork, and the austere layout gives no hint to what appears to be a very dynamic and unique take on the fantasy adventure game. Particularly fascinating is the resource relationship between your potential, influence, and conviction, with your cubes needing to be moved from one to another to be used for various purposes. I also shouldn’t fail to mention the unique die cut card designs.

Do yourself a favour and don’t skip over this one.

Here’s the pledge video:

Check out Epoch: The Awakening on Kickstarter HERE, on Board Game Geek HERE and on the official site HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – A Place in the Sun

This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight is A Place in the Sun by Vermin Games, a space themed empire building card game that has some slick artwork and an interesting dial based mechanic that is meshed in with the individual card play. The dials not only indicate how many cards you must play each turn but also change the specific interactions you have with your faction. Seems like a very interesting concept that I’m looking forward to trying out!

Here’s the pitch video:

Check out A Place in the Sun on Kickstarter HERE, on Board Game Geek HERE and on the official Vermin Games site HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Lords of Hellas

Lords of Hellas has some of the best looking minis in a Kickstarter since Dark Souls and looks like it has the huge gameplay to back them up. The 12 cm tall monuments are almost too big to call miniatures. The Greek mythology meets high technology aesthetic is fresh for the board gaming world and the strategic territory control combined with the adventure elements looks very epic. A campaign mode with a solo player option is right up my alley as well. Having smashed its funding goal means it’s less of a risky venture for those Kickstarter shy and contains lots of bonus content.

Here’s the pledge video:

Check out Lords of Hellas on Kickstarter HERE and on Board Game Geek HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Rise of Tribes

I needed a break from big tactical miniature heavy games this week so I was happy to stumble on Rise of Tribes, published by indie game house Breaking Games. Civilization building games have always been high on my list especially when they have unique mechanics. Rise of Tribes’ dice management mechanic is unlike any I’ve seen before, requiring some forethought since some combinations can make certain actions more and less effective. With everyone using the same dice pool you have to pay attention to your own actions, less you give an opponent an advantage. Rise of Tribes also features stunning art design and all the components, whether you chose to go with cardboard or wooden ones, have a nice tribal aesthetic.

Check out Rise of Tribes on Kickstarter HERE and on BGG HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Clash of Rage

Here’s another Kickstarter that hits all my game buttons: lots of great looking minis, unique art style, a campaign mode, and solo play! Clash of Rage looks attractive and easy to learn while having lots of strategic depth and replay-ability. The cartoony yet edgy art style certainly grabbed my attention and the Kickstarter page contains an inexhaustible store of information about the design. Also for a mini heavy game it has very reasonable exclusives and add-ons. I’m going to be watching this one very closely!

Here’s a how to play video:

Check it out Clash of rage on Kickstarter HERE and on BGG HERE.

Kickstarter Spotlight – Ursa Miner

Time for something a bit lighter on this week’s Kickstarter Spotlight. Can’t have a collection that is full of epic, 4 hour long extreme board games can you? So here we have Ursa Miner which caught my eye because, well, bears! Simple and quick game play with some strategic variety, cute art and components and tonnes of bear puns! All for a very reasonable price. Sounds like a good time to me!

Here’s a how to play video:

Check it out Ursa miner on Kickstarter HERE, on BGG HERE, and at Room And Board Games’ official site HERE.