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’s Radar #21

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So apparently, it has already been a year since starting my blog. It has gone by so fast, but it has been a fun ride with lots of great games, comics, and books being shared with all of you. For now, I’ll just continue to do my thing and bring to you some more awesome projects to check out on KS. As always, thank you for reading and enjoy!

Launch Ladies by Jamey Erickson 

2e40a3bc039195b9ed1b741014e1caa4_originalLaunch Ladies is an illustrated book for children that will highlight the amazing women that have helped to launch us into space. The book will feature women who were involved in the birth of NASA all the way up to those leading programs that will someday get us to Mars. The final printing will be done in board book format, with full-colour pages. The book is aimed towards children eight months to 3 years old but would still make an excellent edition to a young child’s book collection. The campaign also offers a few other goodies for backers, including enamel pins, patches, and limited edition personalized books.         https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jameyerickson/launch-ladies-a-childrens-book-about-the-women-of

Days left in the campaign: 16

Pledge to get the book: $20

f7c3b651c09e8d86d11077eedeae8127_originalThis will be the third installation of Arcane Sally & Mr. Steam. In an effort to bring down an elusive mastermind, Lord Percival Cawthorne–a rogue agent of the crown–and his manservant Runnymede, team up with the mysterious and obstinate agent, Miss Sally. The man the seek must be brought to justice before he unleashes Lewis Carroll’s dangerous mathematical theories, thus changing reality as we know it. The story is filled with fisticuffs, reanimated enemies, and strong-willed women. The comic features Jefferson Costa’s unique art style and David Alton Hedges’s great story. If you haven’t read the series yet, you can pledge to get the digital copies for all of the issues thus far, including issue three. If you are into hard copies, pledge to get the special KS edition variant cover of #3, plus the standard covers for the first two issues. You can also snag yourself a sweet enamel pin and sticker to match. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dragabok/arcane-sally-and-mr-steam-3

Days left in the campaign: 12

Pledge to get a copy of issue #3: $15

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

In CrossTalk, two teams go head-to-head, racing to guess secret keyword(s), but there’s a catch: both teams will be trying to guess the same secret keyword(s) and you won’t be giving clues to your own team! During each round, the clue-givers will choose the secret keyword(s), then they will each give their team a clue that only their team will know. Clue-givers will then take turns providing one-word clues to the opposite team, allowing them to make guesses about the secret keyword(s). The round ends when a team has made a correct guess, earning them one point. The game ends when a team has earned five points. This will be a great party game, especially for those who are fans of the Codenames and Times Up! franchises. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nauvoogames/crosstalk-the-party-game-of-subtle-conversation

Days left in the campaign: 23

Pledge to get the game: $29 ($27 if the Early Bird option is still available)

Mutant Crops by Aetheris Games

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  • 2-4 Players
  • 15-30 Minutes
  • Age 14+

In the future, agrotoxins have contaminated crops, causing something strange–and a little scary– to happen: the crops mutated into steak-eating monster fruits and veggies! No need to fret, though, over time we’ve learned to farm these mutations and still earn a decent profit. Mutant Crops is a light, worker placement game where players take on the role of a farmer tasked with growing and selling mutated crops. Players will use the twelve spots on the board to take actions, like buying plants, gathering resources, or watering their crops. The farmer with the most money at the end of the game will be declared the winner, and most skilled mutant plant farmer in the land. This can be a good intro to Euro games and will be a great option for those looking to get in a quick game that will still provide a challenge.                                                   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/holeshotheroes/mutant-crops-quick-worker-placement-tabletop-game

Days left in the campaign: 16

Pledge to get the game: $19

 

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

  • 17190602_693411467450795_5765416671331770518_n2-4 Players
  • 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