Meg’s Radar #20

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Hey everyone!

It’s time to get back on track with my weekly radar list. Lots of stuff coming out in the next few months, so it is an exciting time with lots of great projects to share. Enjoy the list, and as always, thank you for reading!

Sorghum & Spear: Book One by Green County Creative

f08ed87ad7a02035cc6747afe2081bef_originalSorghum & Spear is a fantasy saga featuring a group of young girls chosen as the last line of defense in the war against the Spora–a group of demons trying to conquer the Eternal Realm. The authors of Sorghum & Spear created the world of the Eternal Realm using inspiration from African, Latin American and Asian culture. In fact, sorghum is an ancient cereal grain generally found in those regions. The use of this grain is also represented in each of the characters, growing and blossoming throughout their journey. The creators hope to provide inclusive expression, social empowerment, growth of creativity, and a community where young people, especially those of colour can feel at home. Their goal starts with this first story, which they hope to eventually bring to life with animation and other mediums. One of the great things about this project, is that it has great pledge options, specifically, along with your physical book, you can pledge a direct donation to Project Have Hope–they provide economic freedom and sustainable support to the women of Uganda, by offering their handmade jewelry on their behalf. This is definitely a project to check out and support. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/greenecountycreative/sorghum-and-spear-book-one

Days left in the campaign: 27

Pledge to get a copy: $25

Bingo Love by Inclusive Press

ad8a4a6935f86ace889cd2ede185d764_originalLove and bingo? Not two things you would think to go together, but for Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray, bingo led to a love that would last a lifetime. In Bingo Love, a chance meeting at a bingo hall in 1963 leads to a forbidden romance between the young Helen and Mari. At the time, being openly gay was not as accepted as it is today, and their blossoming relationship was halted in its tracks by their forbidding families. Decades later the two are married to men they do not love, unhappy, still pained by their forced separation, but fate will intervene–decades later, again at a bingo hall–bringing the two back together once more. This is a great story of how love can persist, even when it seems like the world is doing its best to prevent it from being so. There are tons of great options, including a two copy pledge, that encourages you to donate a copy of the book to a library of your choice. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1984974672/bingo-love

Days left in the campaign: 27

Pledge to get a copy: $22

The Grimm Forest by Druid City Games

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  • 40-60 Minutes 
  • Age 13+

In The Grimm Forest, players take on the role of one the nieces or nephews of the famous Three Little Pigs. You are competing to build three houses–made out of straw, wood, and brick–as fast as you can. The game is divided into rounds, which are made up of a Gather and Build phase. During the Gather phase, players will secretly choose which part of the forest they wish to gather resources from. Players who choose the same place, will have to share resources, while going to a location solo will grant you access to all of that locations resources. In the Build phase, the resources collected will be used to construct your three houses. However, things aren’t always so simple. Fable cards will come into play–before you are able to gather resources–affecting you or the other players. Building your houses will be a challenge. Can you gather the resources you need to build yours first? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/druidcitygames/the-grimm-forest

Days left in the campaign: 24

Pledge to get the game: $49

XYbrid by Gabe Shultz

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  • 30-60 Minutes

XYbrid is a simple game where players draft parts to create monsters in the lab, to become the most infamous scientist. A completed monster will include a set of legs, two arms, and a head (you start with a torso). Body parts will have an Infamy score (which is used to gain Infamy Points, or VP), and occasionally special features that happen during different parts of the game. These features can be Draw, Deploy, or Mission effects. There are also Auxiliary body parts that can be added to your monsters for more points, or abilities. Players will draft parts from the lab until their monsters are complete, then they will deploy them to earn points. Each player will also have a set of 3 Breakthrough cards (one for each round). These cards add a little spice to your deploy phase, and they can either benefit the person playing the Breakthrough, or hinder the other players. This game features some super neat art, and utilizes plastic cards to get a really cool overlay effect for your creatures body parts. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/525115303/xybrid-a-monster-building-transparent-card-game

Days left in the campaign: 29

Pledge to get the game: $29

My 2017 Kickstarter Resolutions

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Well folks, 2017 is here.

In the spirit of starting anew, I have decided to kick the year off with something a little different from my standard posts. Many of us are familiar with the age-old tradition of making resolutions for the new year. We vow to eat healthier, lose weight, save more money, be happier, enjoy the little things, etc. Though many of those things are on my personal list of resolutions, I also wanted to make a list that strictly applies to myself and Kickstarter. For me, Kickstarter is a great way to support a variety of things I may not have otherwise even heard about. Whether it be board or video games, comic books, or wacky inventions, I have backed it all. So, I wanted to start the year by setting some guidelines and resolutions to follow when it comes to backing projects. Below are just a few things I will do my best to stick to:

1. Ask myself: Do I really need it? Do I really want it?

Sometimes it is hard for me to answer these honestly. I tend to over justify that I need/want something by saying how much good I would be doing by getting it, even if I am not wholly interested in it. For example, I love to support indie designers. Sometimes, even though I am not incredibly crazy about the game–like, I just think it’s okay, or I think someone I know would like to play it, maybe–I will back it at a minimum to get the final product. THIS IS BAD. It’s bad because I am essentially spending money on something I might never get any use out of, but because I am generally hell-bent on showing support, I back it anyway.

From now on, I will do my best to answer these questions honestly. Instead, I will remind myself that, as a blogger, I have so many other ways to help support projects, that don’t involve spending money unnecessarily.

2. You have enough comic books. Stahp it!

get-into-comic-booksOne of my biggest vices is collecting things. I collect comics, figures, music, games–the list goes on and on. I love backing comics on Kickstarter, I really do. They always come with awesome rewards, plus you get some bad ass stories to read. However, I have no damn room for them. Along with backing comics on KS, I also have a monthly subscription set up for at least 15 comics. That is a lot of comics to be getting each month, especially when you add to that what I back from KS. I literally have two full shelving units set aside for just comics. It’s bad y’all.

So, I hereby resolve to only back to complete collections I’ve already started (ex. Arcane Sally & Mr. Steam). I may be willing to break this later in the year to get something truly amazing, but for now I can share the comic projects I love through my weekly list, and that will have to be enough.

3. I don’t care how bad you want it, if you can’t afford to back it right now, don’t!

Wallet with no money insideThis is probably my biggest one to work on, and essentially requires me to stick to numbers 1 & 2 religiously.

Again, I really love to back stuff on KS. So much cool stuff, so much wow. All that “wow” really hurt my wallet this year. I think once I started my blog, I got so carried away with KS, that I was spending way too much on it. Apart from all of the busy life things going on, between the holidays and launching Expedition Prototype Con (I will make an official post about this later this month), I have really slowed down on my KS usage. You may remember from my post about Feudum, that I deemed it the last game I would back for the year. True to my word, it was, and my wallet is sighing in relief.

One of the things I really need to work on is budgeting what I want to spend on KS for the month/year, and sticking to it. This is where #1 comes in. If I can stick to that, I can save a substantial amount of money. This may mean only backing one game per month, or setting a hard limit on spending in general. Not spending money on as many comics will also help substantially. Either way I NEED TO DO IT.

Here’s where I want to pose a little question to all of you, what strategies do you use to budget for KS? Do you have a criteria that you follow for the projects you back? If you have any solid advice, I will gladly take it, so feel free to leave a comment below.

So, That is my list of Kickstarter resolutions. I’m going to do my best to stick to them. I honestly think these will be a hell of a lot easier than the personal resolutions I’ve made. In a perfect world I could stick to it all with no issues, but if 2016 taught us anything, the world is far from perfect. For now, I will just do my best.

On that note, I hope all of you have a wonderful new year, filled with love, laughter, and success!


Do you have any Kickstarter related resolutions for 2017? Feel free to share below, I’d love to hear them!

 

Meg’s Radar #19

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Hey everyone! It’s almost turkey day! In my house this means lots of delicious food and games with my family. I’m looking forward to testing out some of the newer games I have received from KS with them. What are you planning on playing over the holiday weekend?

Anyway, here are a few different projects to check out. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Node by Marius Messerschmied & Co. 

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  • 4-6 Players
  • Age 14+

With the fast paced world we live in today, we don’t always have time to truly get to know the people around us. Node looks to change that by combining gaming and honest conversation. Node is a card-based game where players will build upon a starting node with their cards, all while answering and discussing meaningful questions along the way. However, BSing is highly frowned upon, so if you think someone is laying on the BS, you can play the BS card on them. The first player to be rid of all of their cards is the winner. This is a simple game, and at its core, it aims to bring us closer to the people around us, by connecting in person, rather than over the internet. Get to know new friends and coworkers, break the ice, or use it for team building– the choice is yours. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1448632996/node-ask-meaningful-questions

Days left in the campaign: 20

Pledge to get the game: €12 early bird (38 of 50 left) (about $13 USD)

Robots Love Ice Cream by 25th Century Games

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  • 1-4 Players
  • 20-30 Minutes
  • Age 8+

Robots Love Ice Cream is a semi-cooperative card game based off the hit mobile game that shares the same name. In the game, players will travel to different planets to face Spinston and his robot pals. Essentially, you will take control of an ice cream truck and use weaponized ice cream to take down enemy robots. Defeated robots will drop Sprinkletonium, a powerful element that you can use to upgrade your weapons. Work together to defeat the robots, defend your ice cream, and save the world (s). If you’d like a better idea of the game, check out the preview from Man vs. Meeple.               https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/378405153/robots-love-ice-cream-the-card-game-0

Days left in the campaign: 24

Pledge to get the game: $16

Clash d’Ardèche by Gaudete Games

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  • 1-4 Players
  • 40-75 Minutes
  • Age 12+

You may remember this title from one of my earliest Meg’s Radar posts. After obtaining new art and revising their campaign, Gaudete Games is bringing it back to Kickstarter! Clash d’Ardèche is a strategic, Euro-style game where players take on the role of a campground owner vying for customers in the French highlands. Players use upgrades, advertisements, and bribery to make their campsites the most appealing. Each player also has their own secret win condition. The game combines worker placement, card drafting and set collection to keep strategy high and luck low. Fans of bluffing, secret agendas, and classic style Euros, will want to check this out. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/117402901/clash-dardeche-campground-tycoon

Days left in the campaign: 24

Pledge to get the game: €29 (About $31 USD)

Meg’s Radar #18

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Hey guys! i know it’s been awhile, but between working on other projects and some recent events with family, life has been busy. However, I am coming back with a new Meg’s Radar, YAY! So enjoy and thank you ever so much for reading! 🙂

Man vs Meeple Season One Kickstarter

fe241540e8af5ca4891ea0f172fe9828_original.jpgLike me, many of you probably turn to YouTube now and then to get reviews for games that you are interested in. As useful as a blog post may be, videos give us an essential visual component, which allows us to see the moving parts of the games we want to know about. The guys of Man vs Meeple have done a fantastic job of bringing the video review to life, with a mixture of informative commentary and visual appeal. To continue to do what they do (and to do more) they need our help. This campaign will help them to continue to produce great content for the next year, with more reviews, interviews, previews, etc. Plus backing will help them to cover some of the biggest events in the hobby, such as Origins or Essen. Besides the awesome content, backers have a chance to get some sweet promos from some of their favorite game companies. The higher you back, the more you get. Continue to support the hobby’s content creators, and give their Kickstarter a look. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/679793394/man-vs-meeple

Days left in the campaign: 26

Pledge to get some cool stuff: $10

The Game Anywhere Table by Transforming Designs Inc. 

 

download-6If you have ever run into a space issue when trying to play a board game, this might be the solution you’ve been looking for. The Game Anywhere Table allows for you to have a table that will not only support games that take up a lot of space, but a table that can be taken anywhere. It is the size of a standard gaming table with extra width to allow for players to have enough space for all of their player components. The table also features a magnetic system, that includes player pockets, card trays, card shoots, treasure troughs, and player shields. These features can be moved around and placed anywhere within the personal playing areas, providing a custom experience for everyone involved. There is also an available section for cup holders. The table is mobile, so it can all be folded up and carried away or stored at the end of the night. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/975756734/the-game-anywhere-table

Days left in the campaign: 19

Pledge to get the basic table: $259

Package!? by Chris “Shep” Shepperson

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 5-10 Minutes
  • Age 8+

Package!? is an abstract, strategy game where players try to get their packages to the different houses, in arrangements that will provide them with the most points. Players will roll a die every turn, to determine what action they will take. The rolls represent a range of possible actions, rather than a single action. The location of your packages and your pawn at the end of the game will affect the amount of points you are able to earn. There will be 5 possible locations, numbered 1-5. Packages in location one will be worth a single point each, while packages in location five will be worth 5 points each. The location of your pawn will also add points to your score as well. The game will be light weight and made from high quality wooden components. It’s compact size and quick play style will make it an easy game to play anywhere or any time. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/334979400/package-an-abstract-tabletop-game

Days left in the campaign: 26

Pledge to get the game: £10 (about $12 USD)

Dwar7s Fall by Vesuvius Media Ltd

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 30-45 Minutes
  • Age 13+

Dwar7s Fall is a worker placement style game, where players are getting their dwarves ready for winter, by using the time left in fall for survival prep. The game revolves around three things: Kingdom card placement, worker placement, and take that. Players will be taking actions to secure gems, build castles and stock up on food. However, you will have to watch out for other players sending ogres to destroy your hard work. This will be the 2nd edition printing of the game, as the 1st edition completely sold out at GenCon, HalCon, and Spiel earlier this year. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vesuviusmedia/dwar7s-fall

Days left in the campaign: 20

Pledge to get the game: $30

Meg’s Radar #17

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Hey everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend! Got a few projects to share with you this weekend, so enjoy and thanks for reading!

The Game Room by Black Toad Games

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  • 2-4 Players Tabletop
  • 2-16 Players Live Action

Do you like solving puzzles and mysteries? Do you want a challenge for you and your friends and family? The Game Room just might be what you have been waiting for. The Game Room is a puzzle adventure that you can host at home and it can be played two ways: Tabletop or Live Action. You and your friends will step into the shoes of a hot-shot news reporter working to make sense of a series of puzzles and clues, all to get an exclusive interview with a murderous mad man. Black Toad will provide prop tutorials, print packs, a Tear-and-Play package, and there will also be access to a Game Master Portal (all based on your pledge level), to help you host the perfect evening of mystery. Also, if playing in person isn’t your thing, you can even play online. The game creators have also hidden a web of puzzles within the content of their Kickstarter page. Scroll to the bottom of the page, read the instructions, then work through the clues to solve a special message. Email them your answer and if you get it right, you could be featured on their Facebook leader board. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1869540351/the-game-room-a-puzzle-adventure-you-host-at-home

Days left in the campaign: 11

Pledge to get the basics: $28

Gnomes and Associates by Happy Games Factory

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 60 Minutes
  • Age 10+

Gnomes and Associates is a gateway, fantasy, miniatures game. Players will control one of four different guilds and will be working towards completing specific guild missions to win the game. Use tactics and dirty tricks to hinder the other guilds and help your guild succeed. Turn by turn, players will activate their miniatures and perform two actions: Move, attack, robbery, or transfer. Players may also use special action cards to enhance their miniatures for the turn. The stretch goals for the game offer an array of unique miniatures, new maps, and even an expansion. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1778045168/gnomes-and-associates

Days left in the campaign: 16

Pledge to get the game: €39 Early Bird (About $43 USD) (55 of 200 left)

Starcade by Never Peak Games

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  • 1-3 Players
  • 15-30 Minutes
  • Age 8+

Starcade is a small game with a lot to offer. There are three game modes: Solo, Player vs. Player, and Co-op. The game is different for each mode of play– different rules, different goals. In the Solo mode, you fight waves of alien drones, in PvP you face your fellow pilots, and in Co-op, you work together to take down the Mega-Mothership. The game is super small and compact, making it easy to travel with. The game includes 5 double-sided cards, 26 double-sided tokens, 6 dice, and a rule book. There is also a “bring your own dice” option as well. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/neverpeakgames/starcade-an-arcade-style-micro-game-for-1-3-player

Days left in the campaign: 19

Pledge to get the game: $5 Bring your own Dice/ $10 Full Game

Meg’s Radar #16– Election Edition

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It’s getting close to election time, so I thought it would be kind of fun to highlight some of the games that are themed around the current political situation here in the U.S.. There were quite a few on Kickstarter, so I picked my two favorites out of the bunch. Enjoy and thanks for reading!

The Elect by Cultúrlán Enterprisesthe-elect

The Elect is a card game about politics, elections, and the monsters that are apart of that. It is a fast paced card game, where players use resources and skills to adjust their candidates priorities to fit the needs of the people. Players must keep track of their influence and avoid political disaster, or even bankruptcy. The first player to match their priorities to the Political Climate, without succumbing to the challenges of the election, will be the winner. The game will include 200 cards with over 100 pieces of original artwork. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2067672215/the-elect

Days left in the campaign: 23

Pledge to get the game: $25

The Campaign by Greg Lathrop

the-campaignThe Campaign is a party card game, where players are political candidates competing to be elected. Players will use shameless self-promotion and ruthless backstabbing to gain votes. Build your candidate up, while tearing the other candidates down. Players will have hands of Strength Cards and Skull Cards. Strength Cards will be played on your candidate to make them look good, while Skull Cards are used to harm your opponent’s reputation. However, The People are the ultimate decision makers in the game, so you better hope that your fellow candidates haven’t made you look too bad. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1026555519/the-campaign-a-card-game-where-nobody-pulls-a-punc

Days left in the campaign: 23

Pledge to get the game: $25

Meg’s Radar #15

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So many great projects are out on Kickstarter right now, and I honestly don’t know what to do with myself. I am probably backing too many, but I just can’t pass them up. Anyway, I’ve got a pretty big list this week, as there are lots of things to check out. As always, thank you for reading and enjoy! 🙂

Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust! by Dan Parent

03d45a65a42e6271f734b2caa4f130f1_originalDie Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust! is the return project for Dan Parent and the rest of the Die Kitty Die crew. Kitty is a witch straddling the line of the supernatural world and the comic book world. This time Kitty returns alive, with her comic book being a huge success. To capitalize on her success her publisher sends her to Hollywood to make a big blockbuster movie… But, things won’t go smoothly, as someone is out to kill Kitty and not even the readers will know who or why. Readers can expect the return of characters like Little Satan and Dippy the Dead Kid. Will Kitty be able to survive the adventure this time? https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/14732987/die-kitty-die-hollywood-or-bust

Days left in the campaign: 27

Pledge to get the comic: $25

Science Wide Open by Genius Games

download-5Science Wide Open is a three book series that will highlight great women in science, all while teaching the basics of chemistry, biology, and physics. These will be beautifully illustrated children’s books, with 32 full-colour pages. Genius games has produced several science-themed games, such as Ion and Linkage, but this will be their second dive into the book publishing world. They had a very successful Kickstarter to bring their My First Science Textbooks to life. Backers will have the option of getting the books in electronic format or in physical format. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/geniusgames/science-wide-open-childrens-books-about-women-in-s

Days left in the campaign: 26

Pledge to get all three books (physical & E-book): $35

Ahead in the Clouds by Button Shy Games

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  • 2 Players
  • 20 Minutes

In Ahead in the Clouds players are industrialists in the city of Empacta. Only the wealthy can remove their breathing masks and experience the fresh air. It is your job to pull dust from the air to create stone and condense water vapor to make hydrogen and oxygen. These resources are what makes breathable air possible. You must fulfill as many contracts as you can to ensure your business stays afloat, but there is another competing company. Collect water and dust to create resources, complete your contracts, but don’t forget that you must also have enough to pay the blimp. This is a great little resource conversion/management game. Backers can also check out the rules and Print-n-Play (in black & white) directly from the Kickstarter page. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/239309591/ahead-in-the-clouds-a-sky-high-struggle-for-two-pl

Days left in the campaign: 7

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