Tag: Kickstarter

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 

Would Be GenCon – Con Games

Would Be GenCon – Con Games

So, we’re almost at GenCon, tonight is Fantasy Flights In-Flight report for their new stuff. Then GenCon online kicks off on Thursday. While I decided not to take any time off for it, I have decided to play a few con games on Saturday and Sunday, so let’s take a look at what I’m going to be trying.

Fruit Picking

So, this is a game that I mentioned on my game list yesterday (found here) of things that I’d have wanted to see. It looks like a pretty simple game with a mechanic I really like, Mancala style movement of pieces. The aesthetic is cute and it looks like a good game to play digitally and one that if it’s fun would fit into the collection that I have and would get played. I like that you can play it solo as well. Definitely one that I was curious about and wanted to see, so when it was available to play, I thought it would be easy to checkout.

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The Librarians Adventure Card Game

Now, I love this show, so when I saw it as something I could demo, I was really excited. I think that you could have all sorts of crazy and wacky adventures in a game with this theme. I don’t know much about it, but there’s deck construction and it’s an adventure scenario driven game, so I think it could be right up my alley. I like that it is show focused as well, more so than movie focused, because while I like the movies, you get more characters to really play around with as the show, and I want to play as basically all the main characters. I’m hoping that this game has a good balance of fun mechanics and that you really get a lot of the story so the mechanics don’t get in the way. Really excited to try this one though.

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The Night Cage

I’m backing this one on Kickstarter, and with that I’ll get access to a Tabletop Simulator version, but I still want to learn how to play it and play it in that con setting. I think that this is going to be a blast, I really like the idea of the game and the horror and push your luck element to it. Out of all the games, I’m the most confident that I’m going to like this one. I like board games that provide tension, I like spooky themes. And I like cooperative games. So I think that this one, while a bit abstracted, will still have some of the theme just based off of the tension that is in the game. Really excited to try this one and excited to be taught the rules so that I can teach it easily to people via Tabletop Simulator when I get access to that while waiting on the physical game to come in.

Those are the three that I’m doing, I definitely considered more. Roy Cannaday from the Dice Tower just announced and has games for his new 4X space game which I thought about trying out. There were also demos of Hel, the Viking Saga game that I backed on Kickstarter. So, if you are signed up for GenCon online, what events are you planning to checkout?

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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 

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 – The Shivers

Back or Brick – The Shivers

Is this pop-up style board game takes you on an RPG like mystery as you try and investigate, interact with objects and solve what is happening.

Pros

  • Mystery adventure game
  • Pop-up book style rooms
  • Artwork
  • Developers project management experience
  • Price
  • RPG Lite

Cons

  • Replayability
  • New Kickstarter company
  • RPG Lite

The Page

So I point out in the cons that this is a new kickstarter company, but looking at the layout of everything, this isn’t someone who isn’t familiar with Kickstarter, they clearly know what they are doing with the layout, the graphics, the shipping, and everything, so while it’s always a con, I think it’s more of a con because it might be delayed more than some other Kickstarters, not because I worry about them not fulfilling.

I like the diversity in the cast of characters in the game as well. It’s better than a lot of games where it’s your standard fantasy cast. They seem like fun characters and a good group to play with. While I’d definitely say they fall into tropes for RPG’s, I think that works well.

But let’s chat about this RPG element a little bit. This is something that always concerns me in these type of games. I know that T.I.M.E. Stories has this as well as a kind of selling point. I think games like those can have it, but it’s generally brought by the players, it isn’t something that is inherently part of the game. Unless you’re talking about dice rolling for checks, which really isn’t an RPG element to me, I get that’s where it comes from, but not enough to be called that.

Back or Brick

This one is a tough one for me. The game looks beautiful, but I need to sit down and watch videos as to how this plays and see people’s thoughts on it, because I worry about the game element itself. With that said, I think that the price point is amazing and the game, even without it ever being played, is such a beautiful piece of artwork that it probably could be bought and displayed just for that. I think I’d more likely be in on this game with less hesitation if my kid wasn’t a toddler right now and was 7 or 8 years old. I worry that it might just be one that sits on the shelf for a while until that point in time, which is 5-6 years down the line. I have it notifying me for the final 48 hours, and I’m going to be keeping an eye on it, plus, GloryHoundd and DrGloryHogg are going to be discussing this one Friday as part of their weekly Kickstarter video, linked here, and I’ll be in the chat, hopefully, discussing it with them and hearing other peoples thoughts to help me figure out my own. Right now it’s a brick, but that’s mainly because I want to look into it more, but I could easily see this switching to a back.

How about for you, is this a game that looks interesting to you? Are you going to back it?

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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 

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.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1152516291/roll-player-adventures?ref=discovery_category_newest

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 looking page that really lays things out nicely. Polished and professional Kickstarter company that lays things out in a way that I’d expect. A lot of previews of the game on the page which is great, and good levels of pledges.

I really like how they lay out the game play. I think that other Kickstarters could learn from that as game play is huge in a game that isn’t just a mini’s fest. Those often succeed on minis alone, but personally, even with those, I want to see a lot with strong rules, because I’m not buying the minis just to paint. I also like that they didn’t feel the need to make this a minis game. Not every game needs to have minis.

Back or Brick

Now, technically, this is a back for me. However, with that said, I’m not actually backing it. If you like story driven games, I can’t highly recommend this enough, even in a game where we found situations and combinations that potentially got us stuck in the playtesting and play through at GenCon that we did, the game is amazing. There is only one reason that I’m not getting it, that’s because a good friend who I have played through all of Gloomhaven with is getting it, and I know that I can get in on playing his game, or at least I’m assuming I’ll be able to. If you want a lighter story driven game, this game is amazing and very much worth checking out in Kickstarter. If I had the money for it, I’d be getting the $400 bundle because that would get me caught up on everything for the game. But you don’t need to do that, the $400 all in gives you everything and lets you make your own characters for it more easily, but you could do that just getting the base game, which you can find at retail sometimes, and adventures, and you can play just with adventures. If you are on the fence of Roll Player Adventures and no one from your gaming group is getting it, or you game solo, I highly recommend this game.

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Finding a New Board Game (Part 2) – Online Resources

Finding a New Board Game (Part 2) – Online Resources

As board games have grown as a hobby, it’s tricky at times to find a good board game that fits you. There are so many of them out there that it can be overwhelming and when you find some more “hobby” games and get introduced