Tag: Back or Brick

Back or Brick: Primal The Awakening

Back or Brick: Primal The Awakening

It’s an epic monster hunt as you and your fellow hunters work cooperatively to take down massive monsters in this boss battler board game.

Back or Brick: Runelords Board Game

Back or Brick: Runelords Board Game

Based off of the Runelords novels by David Farland, this game allows you to battle and take endowments to be the best lord out there.

Back or Brick: Epic Seven Arise

Back or Brick: Epic Seven Arise

Based off of an app game, Epic Seven Arise is a dungeon crawl, fantasy, adventure where you play as the heir of the covenant trying to stop the cycles of destruction.

Pros

  • Epic fantasy game
  • Theme
  • Artwork
  • Campaign
  • Solo

Cons

  • Artwork
  • Price
  • First time company

The Page

For a first time company, they really nail the look of the page, and for a game with minis, they don’t dwell too much on the minis. Now, over on their Facebook page they’ve been showing off the minis for weeks but that’s a solid spot to do it. I really like that the Kickstarter page is much more about the aesthetic of the game than the minis in the game.

Now, I will knock them a little bit, they don’t do a great job with the rules. I get some of an idea of what the game is about overall and kind of that it’s going to be a skirmish or dungeon crawl type game, but I don’t know the mechanics for that. Now they do have two How to Play videos which I’ll be checking out coming up here, plus more previews, but I’d love to instead see more on the page itself of how to play instead of the videos.

The Game

Now, I don’t have a ton to say on this, normally I like to focus on game play aspects in this section and I just said that I don’t know or get a ton of that from the page. I like the idea of a skirmish style game with a campaign to it, I like the aesthetic of the world and that is what got me to look at the game.

The one bit that I get from their game play highlight section that seems interesting to me is the dual attacks. If you’ve been reading my design diaries at all for the game idea that I’m working on, you’ll know that I want to kind of do some sort of dual or combo attacking, but in a different way, so this is an interesting mechanic in the game that I’m going to be curious to see how big a part of it, it is.

Back or Brick

So this one is interesting for me, right now I am in on the game, and I’m guessing I’ll stay in on it, so it’s a back. But I do want to checkout at least the five minute how to play video on the page to verify the mechanics. I was almost in on Bardsung until I watched some game play and saw that it wasn’t likely for me. This one, though, has a theme that is so much more interesting to me, but I could see dropping my pledge completely or to $1 if the game play looks only like a basic dice chucker. From what they do highlight, I’m hoping that’s not the case.

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Back or Brick – Momiji

Back or Brick – Momiji

The autumn leaves fall, will you collect and place them the best out of any player in this calm game by 3 Emme Games? Pros Price Solo Play Theme TTS and Tabletopia Demo Cons New company Game Play The Page This page I have mixed 

Back or Brick: Creature Comforts

Back or Brick: Creature Comforts

Craft cozy comforts in this animal themed light weight Euro dice placement game from Kids Table Board Gaming. Pros Theme Aesthetic Mechanics Game Difficulty Price and price options Cons Theme The Page I love this page, they do a great job on it and honestly, 

Back or Brick: Elements of the Gods

Back or Brick: Elements of the Gods

Will you be able to outmaneuver your rival gods and get your worshippers in this area influence game?

Pros

  • Looks amazing with the minis and the map
  • Elements make sense in what they do
  • Price
  • Established company
  • Solo Play

Cons

  • Abstract in nature
  • Confrontational

The Page

I’m going to start out by saying my normal thing, this page looks good. An established company like Side Room Games should know how to run a Kickstarter, and they don’t disappoint. And I think they also know what makes a solid looking Kickstarter as well. They have what is generally a pretty abstract game, and they created minis for it, for the elements for the monuments for the gods, and while they didn’t go overboard and make them not functional, they did a good job of giving this game some bling, which Kickstarter games generally need.

I also want to call out that while you don’t know how to play from the first two paragraphs, they do a good job of giving you the tone of the game. You have an idea of what might be happening in the game, and sometimes even after reading through the rules section of the Kickstarter page I won’t understand that. And with that said, I didn’t have have to scroll down 70% of the page to find the rest of the rules, they give them to you early, and you have a how to play video you can checkout as well.

The Game

I think that the game itself looks interesting. They do a good job of highlighting the game play, which I like, and the fact that it can be played solo is always interesting to me. However, I wonder a little bit about the solo play on this, they do have a playthrough I can checkout. This game seems like it’ll be better with a higher player count.

For me I get a little bit of a Fae vibe, though this does seem quite different, but just with manipulating things and the idea of worshippers, like I said, I don’t think this is super accurate comparison. But the aesthetic gives me a similar vibe.

Back or Brick

For me, I want to say that this one is a back, but just with Kickstarters and holidays, I don’t think that I will actually back it for financial reasons. I hope that I can pick it up later, because I think this is the type of game that I’d really like a lot. It seems like it’d have both strategy and tactics, which I find to be a good combination in a game. And the look of it is very nice. The one thing that worries about this plan is that it is a KS exclusive, which I believe that there other games might have been as well, so there only might be limited stock later. I do see that they have a retailer pledge, so fingers crossed my FLGS will be getting some copies.

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Back or Brick: Bardsung

Back or Brick: Bardsung

Become those who songs are sung about in the epic dungeon crawler from Steamforged Games. Pros Quick to set-up Non-standard fantasy races/classes Dungeon crawl Session Length Campaign Game Price Cons Dungeon Crawl D20 based Very much D&D inspired Price The Page I think that they 

Back or Brick – Burncycle

Back or Brick – Burncycle

Can you lead the robots in this cooperative game as they try and take back control of their programming from their human overlords? Pros Established game company Cooperative play Theme Component Quality Cons Price Game Play The Page Chip Theory Games are definitely a well 

Back or Brick: Atlantis Rising: Monstrosities (2nd Edition Reprint)

Back or Brick: Atlantis Rising: Monstrosities (2nd Edition Reprint)

Can you escape from the lands of Atlantis as the waters rise in this cooperative board game from Elf Creek Games.

Pros

  • Known game
  • Great production quality
  • Existing KS Board Game Company
  • Cooperative
  • Price/Shipping

Cons

  • Base game has been available not via Kickstarter

The Page

This is a company, Elf Creek Games, working with the likes of Lucky Duck Games and others, that knows how to do a KS page. However, they do get knocked for my normal thing. While I understand how to play Atlantis Rising, I’m curious about the game play of that and how the expansion content will work. That information isn’t easy to find on the page. Add in the fact that the base game has some hype, but limited availability, there should have been more easier ways to find information on game play, higher up on the page. Once you get to it, after you get past the pledge levels and components, it’s laid out well for the expansion stuff.

They also have done an amazing job of making this game look outstanding. Vincent Dutrait’s artwork is amazing. And the pieces, even in the base game are really nice. The upgrade pieces look even better, which they should, but no matter what you pick the game would stand out on your table.

The Game (and Expansion)

This is a game that has been on my radar for a while, so I know a fair amount about it, and The Dice Tower did a nice playthrough for the original Kickstarter for the game. I like that you can push out further onto the prongs of Atlantis, closer to where the waters are rising and get better actions, but if you do that, there is a chance that you won’t get any action because that land will disappear beneath the waves and that the board actually shrinks as you play.

I love the fact that it’s cooperative. I’m obviously a fan of cooperative games. This one ticks that box and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to end up being too easy as of how it is going to play out over multiple plays, which is what I’m generally looking for in a cooperative game. I want to win a cooperative game, for it to stay very interesting to me, 50% of the time or less, with the exception of narrative based games, your Gloomhavens and the likes that have campaigns, this game isn’t that type, so it looks challenging.

As for the expansions, because really that’s what this Kickstarter is about, I think that they all look like they add in some interesting things. The one part that does concern me is what it adds for 1-3 players. I could see playing this solo or at a player count of two, because my wife enjoys cooperative games generally. So I worry that I might “need” the expansion for that 1-3 player count in order to get the full enjoyment out of the game. On BGG it is recommended at all player counts, though it says that 4 is best.

Back or Brick

I’m torn on this one. The price is very fair for the expansion and the base game, in the US it is $79 plus $7 for shipping for a game that by itself looks like it should retail in that $70-75 dollar range or more. Right now the secondary market, because it is sold out is selling it for $120 or so on Board Game Geek for the standard edition, which is a ton. So is this a back or a brick for me? I think that this is a Back, if you like the idea of this game, this is a great chance to get it and the expansion without having to try and hunt it down. And the upgraded pieces look extremely nice, so if you want a shot at that. Atlantis Rising is a game that I could definitely see adding to my collection.

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Back or Brick: Darkest Dungeon

Back or Brick: Darkest Dungeon

Can you survive the darkest dungeon in this Rogue-Like RPG Dungeon Crawler from Mythic Games based off of a video game? Pros Very established company Dungeon Crawl Cons Dungeon Crawl Theme IP Based FOMO The Page Mythic Games knows how to lay out their game