This is going to be a very spoilery episode, not just for the first two episodes of WandaVision, but for so much more as well.
So, Phase 4 kicks off with WandaVision, which wasn’t originally supposed to be the start of the phase. I talk about the first two episodes, with some possible spoilers in there, and what I liked about it and what it worked for me. But don’t worry, it isn’t all spoilers.
Welcome back to another episode of 10 Minute Marvel, the Marvel podcast that gets you news and a topic fast. In today’s 10 Minute Marvel we look at a She-Hulk rumor and a “spoiler” for WandaVision. I put spoiler in quotes because it seems to be more of an Easter egg than a spoiler. Then, we had our first Disney+ Marvel content with the Marvel Legends show and two episodes one for Wanda and one for Vision. I give my thoughts on those two episodes and an early opinion of the show.
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So last night, GloryHoundd and DrGloryHogg did stream for their Top 10 Kickstarters of 2020. Turns out, unknown to me, that they were doing their Top 10 that they played in 2020, either from being fulfilled. So they asked for people to chime in, so I did my Top 10 that I backed in 2020. Technically I backed 12 Kickstarters in 2020, but one was supporting the Dice Tower and the other was a $1 pledge that I did nothing with. I did also late back two that will show up as honorable mentions. If you want to see the video that inspired this list, checkout below.
So let’s start with the two late backed honorable mentions:
Roll Player Adventures and Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor
Now, these two are only on the list because they were ones that I backed later. Roll Player Adventure because I picked up everything for Roll Player on Black Friday deals. Roll Player is a dice drafting game that has you building up a RPG character, basically. It’s like you’re making a D&D character, you just have specific stats that you are going for. Roll Player Adventures takes those characters and runs them through a story. It’s basically a dungeon crawl for the characters you roll up.
Uprising: Curse of the Last Emperor, is also a cooperative game, but a very different type of one. It is a 4X cooperative game, in a fantasy setting. 4X cooperative games really aren’t something that’s heard of that much. What also drew me to the game is that this could have been a $150-200 game with minis, but instead they went with standees which look amazing. Finally, it has two bad guys that everyone in this cooperative experience is trying to beat. You don’t win unless everyone has beat both of them, that gives it a really interesting cooperative experience. And the two bad guy AI’s will fight each other as well as the players.
Alright, let’s get onto the list.
10 – The Night Cage
This one has me excited because I mainly back campaign games, but this one gives me a tense game in a small package. Big campaign games are the ones that I’m not sure will show up at retail. This one I know will, but I wanted to support it because of the tension that it has. You, and your fellow players, are lost in an underground labyrinth that is always changing around you. You are looking for keys and a portal out but trying to avoid monsters who will snuff out your candle and make it even harder to move around. It’s a cooperative game and everyone needs a key and to get to the portal before the tiles run out.
9 – The Reckoners: Steelslayer
Another cooperative game and one of two expansions on the list. This is an expansion for the Reckoners board game based off of one of my favorite series by Brandon Sanderson. In this game you are rolling dice to determine your actions and then researching and battling Epics, think evil superheroes, as the team of The Reckoners, not superheroes just regular people. This brings in the last two books of the trilogy and makes the game play a little less brutal in some ways and possibly more brutal in others.
8 – Project L: Finesse
Project L was a game that I had glanced at but wasn’t that interested in until I saw the Dice Tower play through. First, let me say that the game has some amazing pieces in it. The dual layered cards where you are filling in shapes with basically what amounts to Tetris pieces is great. But what really drew me in is the light engine building nature of the game. You fill in a dual layer card you keep the pieces you used to fill it in and get more pieces, or you can trade up and get better pieces using an old piece. The game is fast but has interesting choices but doesn’t look hard to play.
7 – Crash Octopus
Now for something completely different we are going treasure hunting while trying to avoid an octopus. To add in even more fun to that, we are getting the treasure by flicking it so it hits our boats. This game comes from the same company that made Tokyo Highway so the game looks amazing, and I do really enjoy flicking games or dexterity games quite a lot, though I’m not always the best at them. This just looks like a fun time and a silly time, and people are generally up for a light silly game.
6 – Hel: The Last Saga
Now we’re getting into more of my “normal” kickstarter game, the big epic campaign games. Hel: The Last Saga from Mythic Games really interested me because of the Vikings theme. Then the game play itself was quite interesting in particular how the story unfolded. I like games where you don’t always know everything about the game and what’s going on in a given chapter until you are part way through the chapter. I also like the religion in this game, I believe it’s Norse, Christian, and Druidic, and the characters can pray to only their deity for a boon, which I find really unique in terms of game play.
5 – The 7th Citadel
The follow-up to The 7th Continent, The 7th Citadel takes what they learned from that game and improves upon it, in my opinion. It is still an exploration and adventure game, but this one has more of a story that seems to be running through it. It also has improved upon the death where yes, going through the cards still matters for how long you can survive, but you have a health pool to go along with those cards that dwindles down over time. I like the idea of this game even more than The 7th Continent, because of the story that it tells and how that seems more straight forward in some ways, versus puzzling out how to solve a curse.
4 – Cartographers Heroes
A small box game, though I did get the big box. Cartographers Heroes is the follow-up to Cartographers a flip and write game that I like a lot. This adds in heroes that can help you defeat monsters. But beyond that it adds in new monsters that do interesting things and with the big box for it, that comes with three new maps that all work in interesting ways. Normally you can put your shapes anywhere, in those they limit you and give you restrictions on how to build. And it comes with colored pencils which is important for making it look pretty.
3 – Nemesis Lockdown
Now, I actually didn’t get Nemesis Lockdown, so why is it on my list? I got Nemesis instead. Lockdown is the planetary base version of Nemesis, which is a game where you are fighting off aliens who are trying to overrun your ship and get your ship back to earth. However, each player has their own secret objective as well. So it’s a semi-cooperative game, but one that works really well from what I’ve heard. Mainly because it isn’t like Dead of Winter where you’ll hold back something that could end up tanking the whole scenario for everyone. You more have a goal that you are trying to do, and it might be that crew member X doesn’t make it, but you can’t push them out the airlock.
2 – Marvel United
This was the first big Kickstarter I backed last year, and I’m really glad that I did, it’s also the only one to have delivered anything this past year. Marvel United is a card playing cooperative game where players battle a villain. I like how simple this game is for a cooperative experience. It’ll be one I can play with my kid when he gets a bit older. But I also like that it gives you a superhero team-up feel. I, on my turn, get to take my action as well as those of the previous card, so if someone plays down two punches, and I put down two punches, I can punch four times. Plus there are cute chibi miniatures in the game for the heroes and the villains. I’ll be backing more of this in 2021 as they come out with the X-Men.
1 – Frosthaven
Finally, no shock, Frosthaven is my #1. I am going to be really curious to see if I like Gloomhaven or Frosthaven better when I’ve played both. I think that it seems like Frosthaven will have improved upon a few things, and it adds in city building. But anything more with that dungeon crawl feeling and that great card play, I’ll be really happy. I also think that the starting characters sound really really interesting, so I’m excited for it when it comes out, most likely this next year.
That’s my Top 10 Kickstarters that I backed. How about you, what are your favorite Kickstarters that you’ve backed this past year? Are there any that you are waiting on from longer ago than that?
So this part of the list is going to be those games that I didn’t Kickstarter and that I’m still interested in. This is where I’m going through the 14 pages of stuff on Board Game Geek and picking out those that sound interesting or have a little interesting blurb (or that I’ve marked “Want to Play”).
Anhk: Gods of Egypt
This is the last of Eric Lang’s “trilogy” of games, Blood Rage, Rising Sun, and now Anhk. This one I thought about on Kickstarter, but I’d just come off of Marvel United so I didn’t feel like I needed to back it. It was an interesting looking game and I like the Egyptian deity theme. I’m curious as to how it plays and if it’s one that should pick up. I didn’t back it on KS as well because I didn’t feel like I’d miss out on the exclusives that it had.
This one might have been on last years list, but it’s one that I’d love to pick up. Just came to KS at the wrong time for me to back it. It’s a legacy style Egyptian themed game, and it looks fun. I like the minis in it, I like how they are leveraging almost an ICECOOL type thing where you have pieces of the box that are the board, so it’s not just flat tile pieces. I wish I’d had more of a chance to check it out at GenCon 2019.
Dawn of Madness
Pretty sure that this is another one that came to Kickstarter first, but it is from the same company that did Deep Madness a deep see themed horror game. This one is also a horror game, so I’m really interested to see what comes out with it, and might pick it up if they have any sort of webstore or way to get it. The aesthetic on it looks amazing.
Tis is a fun looking game from AEG that I heard about on Tantrum House’s YouTube channel as one of them had it as one of their top games in 2020, which is when they got to play it but for the rest of us it comes out in 2021. I like the idea of a racing game, and while I have a few, this one looks like it has a pretty fun look to it, and I’m just curious as to what it’ll be like.
Descent: Legends of the Dark
This new massive Descent game looks amazing. I love that it’s fully cooperative, I love that it has app integration, and while it is a spendy game for sure, I am really interested in how it will play. When Fantasy Flight talked about it, it looked really good, and I like the concepts behind it. I also like the artwork a lot, though I know some people don’t. And I like the app a lot, I am curious to see how much more it can bring to the game than the Journeys in Middle-Earth and Mansions of Madness app brings to that game.
Smash Up: Marvel
Now, I have previous owned Smash Up and I got rid of it. I love Marvel, so which will win out. I don’t have Marvel Splendor yet, even though that has a Marvel theme. I want to give this one a try though, because it’s not that I didn’t like Smash Up, it was just that Smash Up wasn’t that great a two player game which is what I was playing it at most. Maybe the Marvel theme will get me in.
This is one that I had backed and then didn’t back on Kickstarter from Greenbrier Games. I think that this game looks really good, and I want to try it out, but the KS version that I would have gotten would basically have been the same as the retail version, or so it seemed, so it was one that I recommended but passed on. I do have a little concern about replayability, but the concept and world is so cool.
X-Men: Mutant Insurrection
Now, another Marvel themed game, and a game that I’ve kind of played before as it seems to have similarities to Elder Signs. I thought that the base Elder Signs was just fine, but I ended up selling it. This is one that again I’m curious about, but I’m a bit worried that if I get it, it might be lackluster. I’m hoping that this is something I can try before I’d buy it. And again, this isn’t because Elder Signs was bad, it was just that we’d played the base game a handful of times and seen what it had to offer.
Adventure Ink: Five Factions of Filigree
This was one that I heard about last year and it sounded cool. This game is a legacy game and it just seems cool. I like legacy games a lot, and I think that the mechanics all sound really interesting to me. It is a cooperative game as well, so you don’t need someone running the monsters or story, which is basically expected at this point. And it can be played as one off sessions as well, which is fun.
Another game that I backed and then did on Kickstarter, this one again added some but I don’t know that I needed more for this dexterity game. I love the theme of Hibachi with dexterity and the animal chefs are cute. I could see picking this one up and it being a hit for game nights for sure, but not one that I needed to grab off of Kickstarter.
The Libarians: Adventure Card Game
Another tough one for me, I played it at GenCon and I liked the game quite well. I thought it was a fun deck building, action point management game. I love the theme, but then on Kickstarter, I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I’m still not sure that it did enough that felt that cool to me, or that it looked good enough to really sell itself on the table, it’s a weird thing. But I kind of want to give it another go, because I did enjoy my playthrough.
Hanamikoji: Geisha’s Road
I don’t know much about it, other than it keeps the same theme and similar style of artwork to Hanamikoji which I love. So I am hoping that this one is equally as brain burning, fast, and enjoyable. And it’s against about winning favor and influencing where the Geisha go by giving them gifts, to which restaurant, so I’m excited for it.
So a game that I haven’t owned before is getting a Marvel theme. I was interested in Unmatched before, mainly as a two player game of some head to head tactical combat, but while the boxes they’d put out sounded fun, they weren’t up my alley, Marvel, of course is, and I like that it’s not hte standard heroes, there are two of them announced and one is Hell’s Kitchen, which is a great theme and fun characters.
And that’s a lot of games that I’m interested in, a lot of them I really want to check out and I’m hoping if GenCon happens in 2021 in person that I’d have a chance to wander around, try out a bunch and see what they are like. There are definitely a lot of cool games, a lot from Kickstarter, that are coming out, and this is nothing compared to what will actually come out in 2021.
There’s even more Spider-Man news so I dive into who might be showing up in Spider-Man 3 and how long Spider-Man might stay around the MCU. Plus I talk about some new thoughts I have for Phase 4 now that we know Spider-Man 3 comes …