Tag: Back or Brick

Back or Brick: Token Sesame

Back or Brick: Token Sesame

We’re not looking at a board game today, instead we’re looking at a board game accessory, something for holding the tokens and other pieces that you use in your games. Pros Amazing Look Functional design Cons Some options seem less functional Price The Page This 

Back or Brick: Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

Back or Brick: Massive Darkness 2: Hellscape

Return to the world of Massive Darkness for another epic campaign as you delve through dungeons and story. Pros Based off of existing game CMON has a good track record Dungeon Crawl/Campaign Style Game Cons Price Point Shipping Costs CMON all in will be more 

Back or Brick: The Umbrella Academy Game

Back or Brick: The Umbrella Academy Game

Take the fight to the villains as a member of the Umbrella Academy, take down your greatest threats and deal with your family in this card game.

Pros

  • Theme
  • Solo Play
  • Art and Aesthetic

Cons

  • Simple Game Play
  • First time creator

The Page

While I don’t have a ton in pros and cons, I do have more to say about the page. I don’t love this page. The art is great on it because it’s the comic art, but the issue I have with the page, it doesn’t show me what I want to see in a good order. We get the pledge breakdowns at the top of the page and a link to the rules. I can read the pledge breakdown in the side of the page, I don’t need that laid out to me as the first thing. I want a bit of a description of what the theme of the game is and what you’re doing in the game. And some glamour shots of the game, things like that.

Also, a link to the rules doesn’t cut it for me. I want more rules explanation. And we get some of that with a game play explanation, which is what I want and what I really look for, and ideally you’d have that and then at the end of that you’d have a link to your rules for people who want to go more in depth. But a random link higher on the page is not going to be something I’d look at twice, except for the fact that I’m writing up about it.

All of that said, they nail the comic aesthetic throughout the page. So it looks like they’ve tried to get the theme into the game which I like to see, i think that they just miss some of on the overall layout of the page and providing information in a good way. And their add-ons don’t make much sense either, it’s just additional pledges, not really an add-on. If it was a version of the comics or something like that, that’d be an add-on.

Back or Brick

When I heard about this game, I was interested, not excited, but interested. I enjoyed the Netflix show, and the comics have been interesting to read. I feel like both of them have their flaws though. And when looking at this game, I see stuff on the page that I don’t love. Overall this game seems too simple for me, and I’m not sure how you’d make it that much more complex or what you’d do differently, but this looks like something for big fans of the comics, but not really big board gamers. And I’m worried about the shipping as well, it’s vaguely written and I suspect they are going to run into money issues with shipping. Also, this game isn’t up on BGG yet, now that isn’t the most important thing in the world, but for something I’ve seen advertised, it doesn’t seem like it’s being created by a game company or at least one highly in touch with the modern hobby. For me, while I like the aesthetic of the game, there are too many red flags and doesn’t feel like my type of game, so it’s a Brick for me.

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Brick or Back – The Night Cage

Brick or Back – The Night Cage

You and four others wake up in the dark, only able to crawl and separated in a labyrinth with nothing but a candle to light your way. Can you avoid the monsters and ever changing labyrinth and find the key to escape? Pros Cooperative Horror 

Back or Brick: Ascension Tactics

Back or Brick: Ascension Tactics

The heroes of Ascension come to the board as miniatures in this new tactical fighting game. Pros Based off of a proven system Company has Kickstarter track record Deck building Cool looking minis Demo on Tabletop Simulator Cons Complexity versus simplicity of Deck Building game 

Back or Brick – Yura Yura Penguin

Back or Brick – Yura Yura Penguin

In this dexterity and speed game you are building your iceberg as fast as you can for your penguin, but don’t let it fall.

Pros

  • Penguins
  • Dexterity
  • Aesthetic
  • Price and shipping

Cons

  • No Kickstarter History
  • Kickstarter Exclusives
  • “Uno” rule

Thoughts On The Page

I really like how this page is laid out. There’s a kickstarter standard of where you put things, what sections are expected, and for a first time kickstarter company/individual, they have done a good job. I’m also impressed when I see multiple languages done well on a page.

The game play itself seems fine. I think that they do a good job of laying out how the game works on the page. The game looks hopefully simple, which dexterity should generally be. I’m hoping that the amount of symbology is easily clear in the game. It does have Uno rules of having to say something or draw more, and to me that is not a good thing.

Back or Brick

For me this is a brick. In terms of penguin games, I already have Icecool, in terms of dexterity games, I have Icecool. What makes it tempting though is that the game seems quite simple, which I want dexterity games to be. So a cute little game. But the fact you call out “Penguin” when you’re down to a card and if you don’t you have to draw a new card, that is not a good rule. I think that the game probably would just end up being a kids game when all is said and done because of how it works whereas something like Icecool works well with kids and adults.

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Back or Brick – Roll Player Adventure

Back or Brick – Roll Player Adventure

Take your heroes on an adventure in this story driven follow-up to the popular game Roll Player. Pros Successful Kickstarter Company Based off of a good game Great demo at GenCon 2019 Campaign/Story driven game Solo play Cons Dice Luckiness Thoughts On The Page Great 

Back or Brick: Overlord: A Boss Monster Adventure

Back or Brick: Overlord: A Boss Monster Adventure

Overlord is a game based off of Boss Monster where you play as an eight bit monster at the end of a dungeon who is trying to build up the best dungeon that you can so that when heroes come adventuring to fight and defeat 

Back or Brick: Nemesis Lockdown

Back or Brick: Nemesis Lockdown

This standalone expansion for the game Nemesis takes you back as you face off against more aliens and fight for your survival. This time, instead of a spaceship, you’re fight for survival will take place on a secret Mars base.

Pros

  • Based on existing game
  • Awaken Realms has a great track record
  • Cooperative/Semi-cooperative/Solo play
  • Theme, described as playing Alien movies without the IP (Intellectual Property)

Cons

  • Spendy
  • Even spendier if you go all in base game and standalone expansion
  • Game Length

Page Thoughts

Awaken Realms is the current “King of Kickstarter” having taken that crown, in my opinion, from CMON. And even though they don’t hold the top spot for a board game, that’d be Frosthaven, they just do consistently good work throughout and the quality of their games is very high.

I don’t actually love that you get so much in terms of components and minis to start, I want some game play information higher up, and in particular, how does this different from something like Nemesis, the base game. However, even with that, I’m glad to see that the core concept of the game seems to have said the same.

Back or Brick

For me, this was one that I had missed before I was really checking out kickstarter, that is the base game for Nemesis. So when I heard a standalone expansion was coming for it, I thought that might be a good jumping off point, and then it came out that you can actually get the base game as part of it as well. So for me, this was an easy Back but not for the standalone expansion. If that hits retail I’ll get it later, but more because I wanted to get the base game. So I am backing for that, to get the original game and it’s expansions, even though that’s a bit more expensive. For me, the theme just sounds great, and while it can be played and is made to be played semi-cooperatively, it seems like one that is going to be tough enough that you can probably just play fully cooperative. But, yeah, I love the alien theme, I like the horror element to the game, this is the type of game for me.

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Back or Brick: Minigolf Designer

Back or Brick: Minigolf Designer

Take to the tiniest of links in this table top game as you build your own mini golf course. Will you get a hole in one with your course or will you end up of course somewhere. Pros Theme Community Involvement Components seem quality Courses