Tabletop Crowdfunding Round-Up 6-5-2016


Come check out these 5 board game Kickstarters before they end!

While this week’s batch of Kickstarter highlights are strictly board and card games again, I do have something for the miniature gamers out there to get excited about. If you haven’t heard yet, Brigade Games is currently running their third Gnickstarter for Frostgrave. This allows you to preorder the upcoming Into the Breeding Pits book, and the miniatures associated with it, at a 10% discount. You’ll also get your new toys nearly a month before the retail release. The discount only lasts on orders made until the 6th, though you can still order anytime before July 3rd to get your purchases early.

Anachrony by Mindclash Games


First up on the list is Anachrony, a Euro-style worker placement game with a time manipulation twist. Lead one of four ideological factions competing to save humanity from an upcoming cataclysmic event. The time manipulation gimmick comes in the form of requesting resources from your future self, but on subsequent turns you’ll need to send resources back into the past to avoid devastating time paradoxes. You’ll also have to send your workers out into the devastated ruins of Old Earth for supplies and materials, with some actions requiring the use of a powered exosuit that is represented by some awesome looking miniatures if you grab the $79 deluxe version of the game. A basic copy of the game costs $59. The miniatures are a limited production run, so this is your best chance to get them.

Arsenal: Arena Combat- Hammerhead Expansion by Shane Butler


Arsenal: Arena Combat has been to Kickstarter a few times before to fund the core game and several expansions. Arsenal is a card game about arena mech battles for up to 6 players. Each player chooses a mech that comes with their own deck of cards representing weapons, gear, and attacks. It isn’t strictly a card game though, as you also have to maneuver your mech around a hex-based game board. This campaign introduces one new mech, the heavily armed Hammerhead, and its accompanying pre-constructed deck. You can buy the new deck for $14. If you don’t care about having fancy cards, you can get a print-and-play version for only $4. Newcomers to Arsenal may want to check out the $29 and up pledges so you can get multiple mechs and the game board and tokens you need to play.

One Deck Dungeon by Chris Cieslik


One Deck Dungeon is a fast and straightforward dungeon crawling card game inspired by the roguelike craze. Pick one of four heroes and fight your way through the dungeon deck, gaining experience and loot along the way, with the ultimate goal of defeating the boss at the end. Like the roguelike PC games that inspired it, death is the end of your run, and can happen quite quickly if you aren’t careful. The game can be played solo or co-operatively with a friend. Buying a second copy of the game allows you to bring the game up to 4 players. You can get a single copy for $20, or $36 for two.

Vikings Gone Wild- The Board Game by Lucky Duck Games


Vikings Gone Wild is a board game adaptation of a popular online strategy game where Viking clans war with one another to prove their worth to the gods. In this board game version, up to four players will take turns drawing cards from their deck and spending resources to construct buildings and hire units to attack enemy bases. Over the course of the game you can gain the favor of the gods, who will grant you powerful cards to give you an edge over your opponents. For $39 you can get a basic copy of the game, with $49 and $89 pledges that include extras like Kickstarter exclusive cards, future expansions, and free content for the online game.

Darkest Night: Second Edition by Victory Point Games


Lastly we have Darkest Night: Second Edition, a fantasy adventure board game where an evil Necromancer is on the verge of conquering the world. Up to five players must work together as a band of heroes acting as the final line of defense against the Necromancer’s forces. The players must scurry around the board completing quests and looking for the three pieces of a magical relic that will allow them to banish the Necromancer and his minions. The game includes 29 heroes altogether, each of which can be represented by 33mm miniatures that come in an optional boxed set. The game, with all 30 miniatures included, will set you back $149. If you only want the basic version of the game, or just the miniatures, you can get them for $109 and $59 respectively.

Will anyone here be participating in any of these Kickstarter campaigns?  

  • generalian


    • Moik

      That’s what she said

  • Kim Boisen

    I agree, this is an excellent sort of article, I’m constantly baffled about how the most awesome project manage to run for a full month without me noticing.

  • MarcoT

    If you like miniatures, needs mention. A MOBA inspired game this features a ton of pretty miniatures. Read BBG before pledging though, as this project has some red flags (I would trust it but everyone needs to make their mind up on their own).
    And if you like dungeon crawling, is a nice weird alternative game system. While the theme is pretty classic, the gameplay uses no dice or movement spaces. You do almost everything by flicking wooden disks around. Looks like fun.

    • Frank

      I covered LOAD in a previous article, before the shady aspects of the Kickstarter came to light. That caused a friend of mine to cancel his pledge and jump on Anachrony instead.

      Didn’t see the dungeon crawler yet. It’ll probably find its way into a future article.

  • euansmith

    Massive Darkness starts on 07/06/2016, so I’ll be saving my pennies for that. Hopefully that campaign will include an option to port all the Zombiecide: Black Plague minis in to it.

    • Tim

      darkest night is a really fun game too! If you look at the company, victory point games, their motto is its all about the gameplay (or something to that effect :)) they never had good components. These newer editions they are moving their best sellilng games into more “modern” component quality times. I have the first edition with the paper game board and tokens for all the rest of the pieces and I am thinking of upgrading. I just got their dawn of the zeds in the mail which got similar treatment. turned out very nice

  • Tim

    I am liking these as well. As a boardgamer, who found wargames after, I still very much like playing board games. The guys making Anachrony made a game called trickerion about victorian era magicians great game. I am expecting very good things from anachrony

  • Frank

    Writer of the article here. I have good news for those of you who liked this format: Kickstarter Round-Up is a new weekly column here on BoLS. I’ve done a few in the past and they requested that I make these highlights a regular thing. They should go live every Saturday or Sunday, depending on what the article schedule is like for the week.

    I’d like to keep them down to 5-6 Kickstarters a week and plan to cover a bit of everything. Card, board, and miniature games will all be represented, though this week just happened to not have any miniature game stuff outside of the Frostgrave announcement.