Tabletop Crowdfunding Round-Up Dec.20

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The Other Side of the Breach, shady businessmen, and intergalactic traders- Come check out this week’s batch of Kickstarter highlights!

 

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Before I get to the more obscure tabletop campaigns currently on Kickstarter, I want to remind everyone that Wyrd is currently funding Malifaux’s larger-scale cousin, The Other Side. While it won’t be the next Kingdom Death in terms of funding, the campaign is going fairly well so far and has another month left on the clock.

Iberian Rails by Monsoon Publishing

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Iberian Rails is a business management/share-holding board game where up to 5 players compete to build the most profitable railroad network. Players start by choosing from one of six companies with their own unique strengths and weaknesses, then draft characters to manage their companies for them. Throughout the game, players will expand their network, buy and sell shares, hire new managers, and take out bank loans to help maximize their profits. You can get your own copy of Iberian Rails for $44.

Sherman Leader by DVG

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DVG is back on Kickstarter with a new addition to the Leader series of solitaire war games. Sherman Leader places you in command of a US Army armored battalion as you recreate famous WWII battles from North Africa to the heart of Germany. Divided into weeks, each turn consists of you assigning your forces to battles, resolving said battles, and then determining how the Germans respond. Beware though, as your troops accumulate Stress over time that makes them lose combat effectiveness. As with most of the Leader games, Sherman Leader will cost you $70, with a bundle that includes Tiger Leader for $140.

Traveller Card Game by Horizon Games

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Traveller is a new customizable card game set in Marc Miller’s The Third Imperium RPG universe. Players choose decks representing different starships from the setting and ply their trade across a hostile galaxy. Each player races to complete contracts and have the option to disrupt each other’s missions via piracy and combat. The basic 2-player set is $40 and includes the first two ship decks, with more on the way. The game can be expanded to 4 players by purchasing additional decks.

Sector 6 by Draco Ideas

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Sector 6 is a tile placement/manipulation game for up to 4 players. Set in a decrepit deep space prison with dwindling resources, players compete to gather the most oxygen by navigating an ever-changing labyrinth. Each turn, players will be able to advance their character deeper into the labyrinth, or rotate tiles to open new paths or deny options to others. Sector 6 features multiple difficulty settings and even a solo mode. You can get your copy for only $25.

Viral Outbreak by Not-So-Bored Games

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Viral Outbreak is the first line of plastic miniature upgrade kits from Not-So-Bored Games. This set includes 7 outbreak-themed plastic miniatures molded in different colors, and is designed with Pandemic in mind. Models include the Rose Emergency Communications Dispatcher, Dark Green Quarantine Hazmat Suit, Light Blue Planner, White Scientist, Brown Researcher, Light Green Construction Manager, and Orange Medic. Not-So-Bored Games is also looking for feedback on future miniature upgrade sets for other games. All 7 miniatures will set you back $25.

Demon Espionage by JiaJie Tan

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Demon Espionage is a fast, simple, and portable social deduction card game for 3-6 players. The ruler of the Underworld has been assassinated, spreading the souls that granted him his power across the Forgotten Land. Players are secretly divided into two factions, the Rebels and Shadows, and must work together without raising too much suspicion to gather souls for their faction. This is accomplished by raising an army of loyal minions and attacking other players to steal whatever souls they’ve accumulated. You can buy a copy of Demon Espionage for $19.

Undermine by Gizco International

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Finally we come to Undermine, another cheap and portable card game with worker placement and resource management elements. The goal of Undermine is to be the first player to 7 points by purchasing various mining equipment. To buy equipment you’ll need to make investments, gather resources, and recruit workers. Many of the action cards only have a limited number of slots, giving players plenty of chances to actively disrupt their competition’s plans. A single copy of Undermine costs $12 and supports two players. You can add additional players by simply buying multiple copies of the game.

 

~Which of these campaigns caught your attention?

  • ZeeLobby

    Waiting to see some of the extra goodies before I possibly, maybe, kinda think about putting in for The Other Side.

    • Matt Razincka

      All of the good stretch goals have been paid add-ons so far. Plus, the fact they are charging almost as much as GW for slightly better board game plastic is a put off for me.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. There’s a reason I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Not sure it’s really worth it. Not sold on the weird lipped squad bases either. Like pushing around a bunch of dinner plates.

      • Frank

        Yeah, the price really threw me off. I want at least two starters so I can demo it, but $300 is a bit steep so close to the holidays. I just don’t really feel like I’m getting a lot for the price, which is funny because a starter consisting of 28 models for $100, plus rulebook and accessories, actually isn’t that odd for the industry.

        I may jump on it closer to the end of the campaign.

  • euansmith

    Sherman Leader sounds like a rather novel product.

    • Frank

      The same company has a bunch of games in the series covering different wars and subjects, like one where you command an F-4 squad in Vietnam, an Israeli Air Force one, even a Napoleonics one.

      • euansmith

        Neato!