April is indeed moving so fast this year, with a good number of the table top games coming out in a couple of days on Kickstarter.
And since there is too much going on to highlight Kickstarter in their own posts, it can be hard to keep track of what’s real and want isn’t, so I decided to round up some of the best table-top games for you.
These are a few of the campaigns that have caught my eye: a restored classic, fancy dice, and lots of cards.
1. Dead Man’s Doubloons
It is simply a real-time action selection game of high piracy: pillage, attack, and board rivals, fighting for endless riches on the mysterious island.
This new project by Gonzalo Aguirre Bisi is one of the latest on kickstarter with 25 days to go.
The good news is that it’s one of the few campaigns that has passed its funding goals, and the remaining days are just stretch goals.
According to the boardgamegeek:
“Welcome to Dead Man’s Doubloons, where players take on the role of a legendary pirate ship captain, hell-bent on winning the race to endless riches of buried treasure. Fragments of treasure maps, gold doubloons, and precious jewels can all be stolen, as can the reputation of rival ships! Once the buried treasure has been dug up, ship Captains return to their vessels to engage in a final epic battle on the high seas!
Dead Man’s Doubloons is an action-packed board game for 2 to 5 players, playable in 30 to 45 minutes.”
2. Capere Strategy
If you do love strategy games, Capere is a simple strategy game that will be reaching your game store shelves so soon.
It’s a simple card driven strategy game that anyone can learn.
According to the developers, Playford Games, the game is set up during the Rome’s civil wars. Therefore, players are needed to take charge of their armies, terrorize the battle fields to outsmart one-another in order and gain an advantage.
“During the period of Rome’s bloody civil wars, a divided army fought for control of one of the mightiest empires on earth. Take sides in a game that balances skill and chance. Anticipate and plot your next moves, as you scheme to infiltrate and plunder enemy territory. Ambush and capture your opponents, but beware! Roman gods may take sides and intercede to seal your fate.”
This is a game of skill and strategy but is balanced by the addition of Ancient Roman God cards that may help or hinder your efforts.
The Kickstarter promotion is up and running now, and set to run for another 24 days.
3. Combat Infinity: World War 2 tactical block game
Combat Infinity by Columbia Games is a fast-paced World War 2 tactical game with blocks. Players command American or German infantry squads, tanks and heavy weapons.
According to boardgamegeek :
“In the game, you command a German or American infantry battalion, composed of three infantry companies and a heavy weapons company. Future expansion sets will include British, Soviet, Italian, and Japanese battalions. Unit types include: Leaders, Rifle Squads, Machine Guns, Mortars, Anti-Tank and Tank.”
The game system also features inventive and interactive rules for Close Combat, Fire Combat, Morale, and Leaders.
It delivers a great level of tactical realism, yet is very playable.
The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now, with still 21 days left to go.
4. Dungeon Digger
Dungeon Digger is a dungeon building game that is not card driven and makes players Dungeon Lords looking to enlarge their territories and defeating their neighbors.
To expand and conquer, players are needed to appoint and order around their Stooges to make intricate tunnels.
According to the developers:
“Dungeon Digger is a dungeon building game where players take on the role of horrible Dungeon Lords ready to sacrifice their servants, the Stooges, to dig the most intricate underground dungeon and annihilate their opponents.
Dungeon Digger is a competitive comic-fantasy boardgame with a duration of 40-60 minutes, for 2 to 6 players of age 12 or more.”
Its Kickstarter campaign’s funding goal has actually been met, but its currently on to stretch goals for the next 23 days.
5. Rise to Nobility
Rise to Nobility is a dice and worker-placement game from Final Frontier Games. It can be played by 2 to 5 players aged 14 and above, and takes approximately 25 minutes per player.
You own a small piece of land in the recently built city, and you’re tasked to rise from anonymity, work hard to earn the title of lord, and win the head seat at the Stone Council.
There are several privileges and challenges that you can use to achieve this by upgrading your land and increasing its value, and developing other resources.
According to the developers:
“Rise to Nobility is a worker (dice) placement game set in The Five Realms, the same fantasy world as Cavern Tavern. At the beginning of each round, every player rolls 5 dice that represent their available actions in the game. The locations in the city have requirements for certain dice values.
The challenging thing is that the total value of dice each player can use during the round is determined by their reputation in the city.
Each player takes on the role of a landowner with a unique ability. Your goal is to rise from anonymity to the rank of lord. At the end of 10 rounds, the player with the most victory points takes over the head seat at the Stone Council and wins the game”
The Kickstarter campaign has by this time passed its funding goal, hence it’s on to stretch goals for the next 17 days.
6. Maximum Apocalypse
This is a cooperative rogue like board game where a group of survivors struggle to survive one of many apocalyptic scenarios.
You choose a survivor class and work together to complete their mission and survice the monsters roaming the post-apocalyptic world.
Fight zombies along with the Firemen and his mighty axe, shoot mutants with the Gunslinger and his revolvers, use the Surgeon to heal your colleagues, recon the randomized map with the stealthy hunter and contrast helpful machinery with the mechanic.
According to boardgamegeeek:
“Maximum Apocalypse is a cooperative rogue like adventure game for 1-6 players. In Maximum Apocalypse, civilization has already fallen. The players are survivors of the apocalypse whose mission is to survive the hostile landscape.
The game map is randomly generated and different every time that you play. On each turn, a player can use up to four actions to explore the map, play cards, equip weapons, scavenge for resources, draw cards or battle off monsters.”
The Kickstarter campaign is doing well, with only still 18 days left to go.
Crowd-funding has really help in developing the gaming industry for many years now.
And as Kickstarter continues to remain one of the top crowd-funding platforms for indie devs and small studios, we in the gaming industry do appreciate how they offer solutions to all our woes.
Remember to visit us often, as I’ll be giving you more round-ups on the latest games by different studios, and possibly on other crowd-funding platforms.
Tantrum’s list of top tabletop games coming to kickstarter this month (April, 2017).