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.

The Board Gaymer Reviews – Scythe

It’s no secret that I love games with a strong theme. Games where the aesthetics, concepts, and mechanics are tied together, are the ones that draw my attention. On the other hand, I do understand that sometimes theme based mechanics can get bogged down in details to make them coalesce, adding too many layers of complexity to truly make it an enjoyable experience (I’m looking at you Dungeon Pets). Finding games that balance the richness of a great theme and flow of mechanics is one of those great joys I have as a board game enthusiast, and when a game like Scythe comes around and falls right in that sweet spot, I know I’ve found an extraordinary gaming experience.

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Scythe including the Invaders From Afar expansion setup for seven players

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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.

The Board Gaymer Reviews – Dark Souls: The Board Game

The Dark Souls video games, a dark fantasy action RPG hybrid, have been played by millions, would seem ripe for a tabletop interpretation as part of an elaborate pen and paper RPG. Steamforged Games took the risky move of bringing the beloved IP to Kickstarter as a full-fledged miniature-based board game. Dark Souls: The Board Game’s Kickstarter looked extremely promising and broke backing records for tabletop games, bringing with it the high expectation of quality and fidelity to the source material. Does Dark Souls: The Board Game meet its lofty goal of bringing the on-screen experience faithfully to cardboard or is it destined to die a quick death?

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Kickstarter Spotlight – Street Masters: Rise of the Kingdom

Someone out there in Kickstarter land has been reading my site, or peeking into my board game dreams, because once again we have all my favorite things in one package. Lots of cool miniatures? Check.  Co-operative? Check. Campaign mode? Check. Single player mode? Check! To top it all off it plays like an old school video game beat-em-up like Final Fight or Streets of Rage! And be honest, who doesn’t need a miniature that resembles (but is legally distinct from) the P.P.A.P. guy?

Here’s a how demo video:

Check it out Street Masters: Rise of the Kingdom on Kickstarter HERE, on the official Blacklist Games website HERE, and on BGG HERE.

The Board Gaymer Reviews – Rum & Bones: Second Tide

The MOBA, or Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, is currently one of the hottest trends in competitive online gaming. Games like League of Legends are a cornerstone of the E-Sports world but very little attempt has been made to bring its more recognizable aspects to board game form. Known for a cast of colorful characters and simple yet deep mechanics it would seem like the elements of the genre would be ripe for cardboard plunder. In swings Rum & Bones: Second Tide by CMON Games, recently released sequel and re-implementation of the original swashbuckling MOBA based board game of pirate ship duels on the high seas that aims to bring the same kind of experience as the genre of online game around the table. Continue reading “The Board Gaymer Reviews – Rum & Bones: Second Tide”