Spotlight– Feudum by Odd Bird Games

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It’s been quite awhile since I have done a spotlight, and what better way to come back to it than by featuring a game, I have been eyeing for months now. Not too long ago the designer, Mark Swanson, posted on the Kickstarter Spotlight Facebook group asking for advice on his Kickstarter preview page. I remember writing a ridiculously long list of fixes for it, but what stood out more was the game that the page featured. Ever since then, I have been looking forward to this game hitting Kickstarter for real, just so I could back it. In fact, this is the last game I will back this year (gotta save money for the holidays). I’m immensely excited to finish up the year with the backing of this game, and I’m sure that whether you are backing something for the first time, or are a “super backer” like me, that this will be a game to remember.

Guilds & Power

Having been banished to this strange land, I have come to learn that the guilds hold all the power. Have them in your corner, and you will be able to do anything. However, their loyalty is ever wavering and without it, you really don’t stand much of a chance. I’ve been lucky so far, managing to maintain some sway with the merchants guild. I’ve even taken control of my own feudum. My success comes with a steep price, so I must be sure to keep the King’s favor. If I don’t– well, you can only imagine.

Perhaps during this epoch, I’ll be able to control the behemoth to do my bidding. I’ve heard of and seen the destruction that it can cause, and I’d much rather have it on my side. Luckily, I don’t deal with ships too often, so I don’t have to worry about my competitors sending that sea creature after me. 

Feudum is a 2-5 player game where players take on the roles of characters who travel to a strange land to reclaim their honor, after having been banished from their homeland. Players begin the game with little more than some apples and a few shillings. They must work towards turning those into a profitable future.

The game will take place over 5 epochs. During that time players will vie to gain status with the six guilds within the kingdom. These guilds include merchants, knights and monks, just to name a few. Having the loyalty of these guilds helps you to gain special resources that you will use to maintain your feudums. The game includes a cyclical economy with a push/ pull mechanic to keep things moving. The interaction with the different guilds is the main focus of the game, as working with them is integral to getting things done. Since the game is so complex, I figured I would include the rules summary provided by Odd Bird Games. If you are looking for something more in-depth, check out the reviews done by Man vs Meeple or Undead Viking. Also, if you’d like to get an early look at the rule book, you can check that out here.

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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 Previews Nothing to Declare by Apauling Games

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Workin’ Security

AirportSecurity_1.jpgI’ve been working at the airport doing baggage checks for a long time now. Generally, there isn’t a lot of excitement. Most folks just try to get away with bringing their big shampoo bottles– or giant tubs of hair gel, you know the type. After that, it’s mostly nail clippers and tweezers. Sometimes I think to myself, “All these people want to do, is just keep up with their grooming habits.” However, I have had some pretty incredible finds here and there. The type of finds that make you scratch your head and say, “How in the world, did you ever think you were going to get that through security?”

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon a lady who was trying to get a big ol’ bottle of chloroform through the checkpoint without anyone noticing. She tried to play it off like she didn’t know how it got in there. Honestly, even if someone were trying to sabotage you, sticking a giant bottle of chloroform in your bag, would not be how I’d choose to do it. Ya know, we never did get her to admit what it was for. I can only imagine what the marshals were able to get out of her. That was weird for sure, but nothing will beat the guy who thought he could get a suitcase full of live snakes through the x-ray machine. 

*Sigh*

People sure are strange. 

What’s In the Bag?

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  • 2-6 Players
  • 20 Minutes
  • Age 8+

In Nothing to Declare, by Apauling Games, players will try to sneak crazy items through airport security. Each player will start with their own baggage and passenger cards. Passenger cards are used to affect your baggage, or the baggage of your opponents. Your opponents are not the only thing you have to worry about. Be prepared for random inspections! Only concealed baggage will be worth points. At the end of five rounds, the player with the most points in their concealed baggage, will be declared the winner.  Continue reading

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 Takes A Bite- A Mini Review of Unreal Estate by Grand Gamers Guild

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Print & Play Madness

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PnP for Ahead in the Clouds

Recently I have found myself making lots and lots of print-and-plays for all kinds of games. For the past month I have been playtesting a game for Artana, so I’ve had to make several copies for it. A designer friend of mine sent me a PnP copy of one of his games months ago, so I am finally getting around to that. Plus there are two Kickstarter projects that I wanted to try as well. Let me tell you, it’s a lot of cutting and sleeving, but if you have the time, making PnPs can be a relaxing and rewarding thing. For Kickstarter backers, I absolutely suggest it. If you are on the fence about a game to back, give the PnP a try, and it might solidify your decision to back.

I’ve gotten extremely luckily with the the two Kickstarter PnPs that I have made. The first was Ahead in the Clouds, a great little two player by Button Shy Games. The second is the game I wanted to talk about today, Unreal Estate by Grand Gamers Guild.

City Building 101

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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

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