Tag: Kickstarter

Back or Brick: Railroad Ink Challenge

Back or Brick: Railroad Ink Challenge

Roll and Writes are some of the hottest games out there right now and the number of roll and write games is huge. Some of the big ones are games like Quixx, Welcome To…, or Ganz Schon Clever, but one that’s done quite well for…

Back or Brick: Hel: The Last Saga

Back or Brick: Hel: The Last Saga

The north is a cold and dangerous place where monsters roam the lands, but the Vikings are hearty folk but even this might be too much for them, will they be able to survive the horrors that await? Pros Established Company on Kickstarter Pedigree of…

Back or Brick – Sea of Legends

Back or Brick – Sea of Legends

We’re taking to the high seas for an exploration and story driven game. This game is for 1-4 Scalawags who dare brave the high seas in hopes of becoming a true legend.

Pros

  • Pirate Theme
  • Previous Game
  • App integration for story
  • Solo playable

Cons

  • First Big Game
  • Proceduraly Generated Text
  • Kickstarter Exclusive

Thoughts on the Campaign
This is a well laid out and thought out campaign. They do a good job of highlighting the adventure nature of the game, and even though there are minis in the game, they aren’t putting that front and center as to what the game is. You can clearly see the pricing and shipping. And aesthetically, everything works very well.

I do have a couple of things that I’m concerned about, and really one of them is par for the course on a lot of these campaigns. That’s the rules section, it’s pretty light on rules and while there are rules videos I haven’t had time to sit down and watch them, and that’s going to be an issue for some potential backers. Plus the procedural text and story isn’t fully explained.

Back or Brick
I really want to say that this is a back for me because I love the idea of fun adventure pirate games. However, I have reservations. And while we do have a bunch of preview videos for it that I can sit through and get an idea of how it plays, do I have time to do that? Especially since Forgotten Waters is on it’s way from Plaid Hat Games, and they’re a company with more pedigree in terms of production, so how will Sea of Legends differentiate itself from that?

Plus, the procedural generation of the story is worrisome to me. It feels a bit like Seafall in that you can get bits of story in any order, so will it make a good story, as that was one of the downfalls of Seafall. While it might be possible and I think with simple stories you’ll be able to generate and spin stuff together in such a way that it works, is it going to be what I’m fully looking for, I have questions about it. And the fact that it’s Kickstarter exclusive means that I have to decide now.

So this is a Brick for me, how about for you? Does it look like Sea of Legends will scratch that swashbuckling itch for you?

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Back or Brick: Tales From the Loop

Back or Brick: Tales From the Loop

This game made it on my radar because of the fact it’s based off of a pencil and paper RPG, let’s checkout Tales From the Loop. Let’s get into the pros and cons. Pros Cooperative Based off of a successful RPG Previous fulfilled kickstarters from…

Back or Brick – They Live: Assault on Cable 54

Back or Brick – They Live: Assault on Cable 54

I’m ashamed, I forgot to do this yesterday, but Back or Brick is back today as we look at the board game based off of the 1980’s film They Live from John Carpenter and starring Roddy Piper (professional wrestler) and Keith David (The Thing, Armageddon,…

Back of Brick: Veilwraith

Back of Brick: Veilwraith

It’s Wednesday, that means we’re heading back to Kickstarter for another Back or Brick. This weeks game Veilwraith by Hall or Nothing.

Pros and cons time as we checkout this solo gaming experience.

Pros

  • Plays solo
  • Established company for Kickstarter projects
  • Interesting art/black and white aesthetic
  • Interesting idea with it being after the end of the world

Cons

  • Only plays solo (base box)
  • Plays multiplayer if you have multiple copies of the game
  • Doesn’t pop on the table
  • Fantasy theme/monsters looks a bit basic

The Page
I think that, because they’re an established company for using Kickstarter, they’ve done a decent job with it. The black and white aesthetic feels like it should be more striking than it is, though. I think the look, unfortunately, causes it to look a bit muddied and washed out versus having a stronger and cleaner look to the page, and that doesn’t help sell it or the aesthetic of the page.

With that said, Hall or Nothing is an established company and a company that targets solo gaming experiences. So I think that they’ve done a solid job of that, though in some ways, I wish they had just kept it purely solo. Because you can play multiple players with multiple copies of the base game, it seems like it’s one of those things that could have and probably should have been done in the base box or not at all. Now I have to judge it not only if I think it’s worth getting solo, but is there someone else who would get a copy or do I get two copies so I can play it with others if I want.

Back or Brick
For me, this is a brick. I’ve expressed my concern about it being solo only or multiplayer with multiple copies, and for me that’s what kind of did it in. if it was just a solo game and sitting at $30 USD for what you get, I’d be more interested in it, but for a purely solo game, because I’m not spending $76 to make it 2 player, it’s too steep a price tag for me. Plus, while the theme sounds like it should standout and be interesting, the whole idea of it being after the worlds end and all color being sucked out seems to be more of an aesthetic choice versus leaning heavily into the game play and the actual artwork, it seems more like they had some black and white art around and wanted to use it up. With all of that said, I just don’t think it’s the right one for me, but it might be for you, they are an established company, so I’m not worried about the game delivering or even being a poor game, but the combination of the price and theme is just a miss for me.

How about for you, is this game a back for you or is it a brick?

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Back or Brick – Black Cat RPG – Hard Enamel Pins

Back or Brick – Black Cat RPG – Hard Enamel Pins

Alright, this might be board game adjacent, but they are just so cute. And if you are playing a Tabaxi in D&D 5e, you can most certainly use one of these. It’s a fun RPG accessory item, let’s look at pros and cons. Pros Reasonably…

Top 10 Soloable Games

Top 10 Soloable Games

Now, let me set a few ground rules. The game must have an official solo version, it can’t be something like Pandemic Legacy Season 1, which I played solo, but officially, by the rules, isn’t a solo game. I will say though, I haven’t played…

Back or Brick: Frosthaven

Back or Brick: Frosthaven

I’m not going to even start out pretending, this was an instant back for me, and considering it’s almost 24 hours in and at 5 million, it was a back for a lot of people. Now, it’s a fairly expensive back, so let me go through a few pros and cons.

Pros

  • Massive campaign
  • Pedigree of game, Gloomhaven which it’s based on is #1 on Board Game Geek
  • RPG Lite/Like game
  • Legacy Style game (but can be replayed)

Cons

  • Massive campaign game
  • Cost or game/all in
  • Shipping

Thoughts on the Campaign
So, let me start out by saying that this is a bit different campaign than some others that you’ll see. Yes, a big campaign style game is pretty normal for Kickstarter at this point in time, but Frosthaven is different in that it’s based off of a previous game, so it has some pedigree that a lot of them don’t, but beyond that with how Cephalofair Games runs their campaign is different. It’s not a plethora of minis, it’s not a ton of stretch goals, it’s not extremely vague on it’s shipping, it makes all of that clear. For some people that’s a detriment because you know a whole lot more what the cost is going to be going into it, so you know that you’re going to be putting down an extra $40-50 for shipping for everything and adding that to a $240 price tag is a lot, but it’s also more honest than most. With backing the 2nd printing of Gloomhaven, I can see why it would be a surprise, but shipping was also subsidized by previous sales of the game in that campaign where as this is a first printing of Frosthaven, besides that little thing, this is a very nicely and professionally done page.

Back or Brick
Back. For me it’s as simple as that, even if I wasn’t done with Gloomhaven having beat main quest of the base game and over half way done with Forgotten Circles the expansion, I’d still back this game. I like Gloomhaven that much, it’s #1 on Board Game Geek and my #1 game as well when I did my top 100 last year. I know that even if it’s delayed slightly, it’ll come out and it’s going to be a good project and a good game. I personally think that the insert is going to be worth it so the extra cost to get the extra things like metal coins, the Foreteller app, removeable sticker pack, to get the insert is going to be worth it. But if you’re just jumping in, you can grab Gloomhaven as well in the campaign as just an add-on or you could just just straight into Frosthaven, and you don’t need to get it all, you can just start out with the base game and call it good.

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Back or Brick: Down to Hell

Back or Brick: Down to Hell

According to the Kickstarter page, Down to Hell is a faithful reproduction of hack and slash video games put into board game form. Pros It’s not just standees, so they aren’t trying to make $2 million just on that Skill tree Feels like Diablo the…