Meg’s Radar #22

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Hello everyone! I’ve been a total slacker as of late, but I’m back with a new Meg’s Radar. There are some pretty neat comics and games on here that I think you all should check out. So give them a look and as always, thank you for reading and enjoy!

The A, B, Zeees by Ricardo Sanchez

a58741c2967c8fa38828d174f9988860_originalThe A, B, Zeees is a zombie themed alphabet book filled with poetry by Ricardo Sanchez and the artistic works of New York based artist, Kidbrainer. The idea came when Sanchez was dealing with a bout of insomnia. Unable to sleep, he found himself watching a zombie movie marathon and playing word games. From his insomnia came several short poems featuring the zombie alphabet. The book will feature twenty-six illustrated pages and will be printed in the USA. Besides the book, you can snag some sweet pins and bookmarks featuring art from the book. There is also a pledge tier to get other works written by Ricardo Sanchez. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/57970062/the-a-b-zeees-a-zombie-alphabet-book

Days left in the campaign: 19

Pledge to get the book: $12

City Hood by Terrell Culbert

7a8e1cf98930b6148b4a5cdcbae297ac_originalThis is a story about two kids who were never special. However, their fate would change, when their adopted, genius brother creates a machine to make them something more. City Hood follows the story of Jessica, her younger brother Qyia, and their adopted brother, Ethan. Jessica suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome and is more often than not the victim of bullying from the neighborhood kids. Even though he tries hard to protect her, Qyia is unable to keep her safe. Ethan, the mysterious “child genius”, creates a machine that gifts his adopted siblings with amazing powers. Things quickly go awry when their abilities are caught on camera and the two are labeled as terrorists. City Hood is written and illustrated by Terrell Culbert. He is an illustrator, photographer, and director and works on the comic book centered magazine, Breathe Again Magazine (BAM). This will be his first installation of the City Hood story and he hopes that the success of this Kickstarter will help him to continue the project in the future. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/366150059/city-hood

Days left in the campaign: 28

Pledge to get the book: $10

Card Castle by SHEL Games 

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  • 2-8 Players
  • 15-20 Minutes
  • Age 7+

Card Castle is a slap card game that has a nostalgic feel. Players each control an army of cards and are vying for control of the castle. Players will reveal cards from their army deck onto the battlefield and they will have to be the first to slap the pile correctly to win the battle. Players can be eliminated, but the game features a mechanism that allows eliminated players to join back in on “Team Dragon”, allowing them to burn cards by winning card-slaps. The goal of the game is to add all playable cards to your army deck to become the ruler of the castle. The game features, twists, tricky look-a-likes, powerful wizards, and–of course–dragons. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1066809583/card-castle-the-fun-and-fast-paced-slap-card-game

Days left in the campaign: 15

Pledge to get the game: $15

Sailing Toward Osiris by Daily Magic Games

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  • 2-5 Players
  • 90 Minutes
  • Age 14+

Sailing Toward Osiris is a worker placement/ resource management game where players create monuments to help the recently deceased Pharaoh gain favor in the afterlife. The game takes place over four rounds and the winner of the game is determined by the most victory points. Players will use different types of workers to gain resources, which will be used to build different types of monuments along the river; players can build sphinxes, obelisks, and  pylons. The game also features a bartering aspect, allowing players to make trades for resources and cards. There is a standard and deluxe version of the game available for backing, and if you are really wanting to start playing the game now you can pledge to get one of the ten reviewer copies available, so that you can start playing the game just after the end of the campaign (you will also receive a final deluxe production copy when they are completed).                                           https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dailymagicgames/sailing-toward-osiris

Days left in the campaign: 16

Pledge to get the game: $49

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Meg, Where Have You Been?

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Where’s Meg Been?

Okay, so I know I haven’t really been around much lately. The holidays were a real kick in the ass and I just have not recovered. Between hosting Thanksgiving, traveling for Christmas, and a few family losses, it’s been hard to dive back into blogging.

Back in October, my good friend Heather–who you may know as CONnecting With Heather, or as the Assistant Director of the Dice Tower Con–and I, decided to start our own convention. Last year she had worked with the Dice Tower Con team to bring Prototype Con to life. This year we decided to team up and put it on ourselves under a brand new name–Expedition Prototype Con. Tickets went on sale at the end of November, since then my time has been dedicated to that. This new venture has been super exciting, but also stressful (mostly because of the personal life stuff going on simultaneously). It is a learning process though, and we are certainly learning a lot.

Our convention is setup so that designers can come and have their games playtested and receive feedback directly from the mouths of the testers. There are both scheduled and open playtesting sessions, as well as round tables with industry leaders about topics that can help designers get into the industry and be successful. It’s a low-key con with a laid back vibe.

I had started writing this post at the end of January, and here it is in early March, and still haven’t finished it. Our con actually took place during the last weekend in February. See how far behind I am!?

How Did It Go?

The con turned out to be a great success! For almost a week after that final day, people were posting these amazing, heartfelt statuses about attending our con. The entire weekend felt like just a happy gathering of friends and family. People received great feedback about their games, and participated in helping others get feedback. It was a shining example of the gaming community that I have come to know and love. I’m hoping next year will be just as successful and wonderful!

What’s Next?

Okay, so I have to get back to blogging. I’m looking forward to spotlighting and previewing some amazing games this year. I have two previews coming out towards the end of this month, and I’m hoping to get another out in early April. I’m going to get back to doing a weekly Spotlight and weekly Meg’s Radar ASAP, so keep an eye out for those. Since I have been receiving a lot of the games that I backed last year, I will hopefully work in some Throwback Thursday Reviews and mini reviews as I get the time.

One Quick Thing

I want to thank you all for reading my blog. You don’t have to, but you do anyway, and I think that’s amazing. I’m honestly surprised, that even with all that has been going on and my lack of posting, that I am still seeing people visit my blog and reading my posts. It’s a super cool feeling. No lie, I love you guys.

Meg Previews 5ive: King’s Court by GameStax

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…All the King’s Men?

“Where are all of my men?” The King’s voice boomed like thunder, rolling across the great hall. The emptiness of the room became overwhelmingly apparent. Just then a small, anxious man approached the throne and knelt. He bowed his head, averting his gaze from the King’s disapproving eyes.

“We are all here your Majesty,” he squeaked. 

“That’s impossible! There only be but four of you in this room, and one of them is the Queen!” The King’s displeasure hung thick in the air. “Where in God’s name is everyone?” He began to pace back and forth in front of his throne. 

The man who still knelt, head bowed before the King, spoke once more. “Your Majesty, we are your court. Our knights are off training. You were only meant to meet with us today. Everyone is here as promised. I’m the Bishop, and with me I have your highest commanding knight, and the Rookie… *Hrumph*… I mean Rook.” 

The King let out a long sigh and pinched the bridge of his nose. “I suppose this will have to do… Now, should we have camel or pony rides for my birthday–I can’t decide.”

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The King’s Court

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 15 Minutes
  • Age 6+

In 5ive: King’s Court by GameStax, players will try to assemble the members of the King’s court. The members of the court are: The King, the Queen, the Knight, the Bishop, and the Rook. Each member of the court, including the King, has a special ability that will either help the active player or hurt opposing players. However, players always have the opportunity to block cards, but that can get expensive.  Continue reading

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!