Tag: Frosthaven

Top 10 – Kickstarters I backed in 2020

Top 10 – Kickstarters I backed in 2020

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 

2021 Board Games – What I’m Waiting For from Kickstarter

2021 Board Games – What I’m Waiting For from Kickstarter

So I started this last year, and you can see what I wrote here. It was kind of a mish-mash of everything thrown together, I’m doing that again this time but I’m going to split it out into three areas. First are games that I 

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 pages, they are a very established company and one that I have one of their products, Reich Busters, and kickstarted another with Hel. You clearly get the pledge levels explained, though there is one odd thing about the pledge levels, and that’s that you are “saving” money on a KS exclusive game. If this is Kickstarter exclusive, and I realize it could be that you can get it in the pledge manager and you’d have to add-on the one character, you really aren’t saving anything, because where else are you going to get the game. Now, like I said, it probably means to get everything you’d have to pay $10 or $15 more in the pledge manager, but still, not great advertising and just odd. Also, while they do have a solid amount of information on the page, you have to get through so many pictures of minis, stretch goals and what not before you get to game play. Highlight the minis and the game play at top, that’s my preference.

The Game

This is a grim dark game with perma-death in it, so that is interesting, we’ve seen some games like that, Tainted Grail is kind of like that, though not really, but you an play it that way. And while normally I’m down for fantasy, the grim dark style is something that I feel like is played out for me at this point. I have Tainted Grail, I’m getting Oathsworn and Hel, so though it should be a theme that I like, right now I’m less here for it.

That said, I like that we’re starting to see Dungeon Crawls incorporate in some elements like town building and making the downtime between quests, between dungeon crawls more interesting. That’s something you can see that I’m baking into my game idea, but also that you have in this game, Frosthaven, and more. It makes it feel like a more complete world.

Back or Brick

This, for me, is a brick. I have no connection to the video game, if I did, it might be different. For me this game just doesn’t add much that I’m looking for. I already have games like Frosthaven coming that does the town thing, and grim dark worlds as well. So while I don’t think that this game isn’t interesting looking, I look at where I’d put it on my shelf, and I’m just not sure that there is a home for it. I also don’t love the FOMO of Kickstarter Exclusive, but then also advertising how much you’ll save on the Kickstarter (versus what), that bit just turns me off to it slightly as well. And knowing Mythic Games, I might have a chance to get this from their online store, but right now, not for me.

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

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Waiting on Kickstarter Vol 4: Marvel United and Frosthaven

Waiting on Kickstarter Vol 4: Marvel United and Frosthaven

Now we’re getting to some games that were pretty recently Kickstarted for me, though one of them I’ll be getting the first stuff probably in the next month, which is exciting. Both of these were really big Kickstarters so lets dive into them. Marvel United 

Waiting on Kickstarter Vol 1: Middara and Etherfields

Waiting on Kickstarter Vol 1: Middara and Etherfields

New series of posts, when I get stuck on what to write about, I’m going to go through and see what Kickstarters I’m waiting on, talk about why I backed them, and if I’m still excited for them, or what makes me excited about them. 

Point of Order: Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

Point of Order: Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion

It’s Gloomhaven, the end.

No, to go into more than that, why do I need Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion when I have Gloomhaven and Frosthaven?

First part of it is being a completionist for that game. I have everything else, or it’ll be coming, so I want that, but there’s more to it. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion is like Gloomhaven lite. Or maybe Gloomhaven introduction. What is cool about the game is that it’s all new content, but it’s not as big a thing on the table. You have new playable classes, that you can bring into the main game of Gloomhaven. But you can also use them in the introductory scenarios for Jaws of the Lions.

That’s another really cool thing, there are twenty five different scenarios in Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. Three of those are an introduction to the game, where you start with really basic things and then you eventually build into playing Gloomhaven as I’ve been playing it. So for a new player you can get into it gradually. Which is one of the barriers of entry for Gloomhaven.

Another barrier for entry that Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion improves upon greatly is set-up and teardown. Because it’s a smaller game, there’s just way less stuff. But, one way there’s less stuff is that you’re playing on smaller maps in the scenario book itself. You aren’t finding tiles, putting them together and doing all of that before the scenario, you can flip it down, put some items and monsters on the map and be ready to go.

So besides being a completionist, that’s why I’m getting Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. And if Gloomhaven seem like it’s too big for you, this might be a good starting point.

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Top 10 Adventure Games

Top 10 Adventure Games

So I’m picking this one again because it’s one of my favorite themes and feelings in games. Also, the Dice Tower did a Top 10 list recently as well, so you can see how mine compares to theirs. But I am taking a slightly different 

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 

Frosthaven – Rolling Solo Preview

Frosthaven – Rolling Solo Preview

One of the YouTube Channels that I follow, Rolling Solo, is doing a Kickstarter preview for Frosthaven. He’s doing a bigger preview but starting with the component overview. I’m not going to share all of his videos, but definitely worth checking out.

I’m glad I had something to talk about because we have to wait an extra week for it to come out to Kickstarter

I’ll do highlights, but it’s very visual so it’s worth checking out.

  • The map looks amazing. The artwork is beautiful for it.
  • We have Radiant Forest, Frozen Pass, Imperial Mountains, Frosthaven, Coppernet Mountains, Whitefire Woode, Crystal Fields are areas
  • A-R and 1-12 Grid (216 squares)
  • He talks about 1 per square in terms of adventures, but Gloomhaven didn’t do that, so I don’t think it’ll have that many more scenarios
  • So many buildings in the outpost
  • 10 buildings already built, probably another 30 or so that aren’t built
  • The outpost artwork is amazing as well, feels like it’s somewhat a Norse and Celtic feel to it
  • Characters look great, smallest handsize is 7, which is the Geminite, but it’s two hands of 7, otherwise 10.
  • Lowest health is 14 for Deathwalker and Necromancer
  • Minis are definitely prototype level, but the sculpts are pretty well polished in terms of general sculpt
  • Monsters look the same in terms of the monster card
  • Ruined Machine stands out as an interesting character and different
  • Punch boards for lands, overlays, and monsters look similar to Gloomhaven
  • Looks like a ship location
  • Detail is definitely higher than the previous punch boards
  • Fairly limited in terms of tiles, but enough to get a good idea
  • Have character cards, monster cards, but most interestingly a few loot cards to look at
  • In the demo stuff that was sent out, a lot of the monsters are using elemental
  • Monster cards are fairly limited, I expect more diversity possibly later
  • Loot cards can give you single, two, three, or five coins
  • Loot cards will be in a created 20 card deck per scenario
  • Loot cards can be herbs and other building supplies
  • Art on the loot cards is solid, but not as good as the updated art on the tiles
  • Shows Level 1 and Level X cards for each character
  • Necromancer can get a lot of shambling skeletons out there
  • Focused on getting your summons to attack for the Necromancer
  • Geminate has a new symbol on it
  • Geminate uses a lot of elements
  • Geminate has a state, so ranged or close combat and the new symbol lets you know when you can switch
  • Banner Spear is a little more straight forward from the look
  • Blink Blade has interesting combo of faster speeds and slower speeds
  • Really interesting how the slow and fast works ,including details for it
  • Deathwalker has a Shadow keyword
  • Shadows seem like they can move
  • Deathwalker can teleport
  • Shadow seems like it might work somewhat similar to the voids from the Forgotten Circles expansion

There’s a bunch to pull out of here but not a ton that is massively new, but we will get to see a bit of a playthrough of how it works coming up. There are more previews as well from the likes of Quackalope Games, and I believe that Tantrum House is going to have a preview as well. If you’re on the fence, this will certainly be a spot to check it out.

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Frosthaven – Cephalofair Talks Crafting

Frosthaven – Cephalofair Talks Crafting

So we’ve gotten some new information about Frosthaven out on Cephalofair’s website where Isaac Childress wrote a post about crafting in the game, you can find the whole article here. Now, normally when I do these posts, I’m writing up information from a video so