Reaping the Rewards: A Year of Kickstarter Tabletop Games

Here are, as far as I can recall, all of the tabletop games I acquired in 2014 that were funded on Kickstarter. Photo: Jonathan H. Liu

Here’s a quick run-down of the Kickstarter-funded board games that I actually received in 2014. Some of them I’ve opened and played; some I’ve opened and looked at all the shiny bits; and some, sadly, are still in shrink wrap, waiting for the day when I don’t have a long queue of new prototypes to review. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: The Kingswood

The Kingswood

“A fantastic treasure has been found at the heart of The Kingswood.” Which, of course, means that you’re all competing for it. The Kingswood is a tile-laying game about building new roads (and paving over old ones) to connect your forts to the most valuable gates. Continue reading

11 New Gadget Kickstarters You Want to See (and Back)

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Here are 11 cool new tech projects that have launched on Kickstarter. Check them out! Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Tiny Epic Galaxies

Tiny Epic Galaxies

Last year Gamelyn Games took Kickstarter by storm with its first “Tiny Epic” game, Tiny Epic Kingdoms. This pocket-sized, fantasy-themed 4X game raised $286k on a $15k goal—fans loved all the stretch goals, and by the end of the campaign the $16 was an incredible value. Lightning struck again in July with Tiny Epic Defenders, a cooperative game (also set in the fantasy universe). Today, Gamelyn Games shoots for the stars with Tiny Epic Galaxies, a space-based empire-building game just launched on Kickstarter. Continue reading

The Original Metamorphosis Alpha Is Back and Ready for Play!

Collector's Edition Box

Over thirty years ago, I was dropped off at the Sears in Pensacola along with a friend — we’d been invited by some older kids we knew who were playing some unique games we’d not seen before. Tucked into a back room on the second floor of the department store, there were (if memory serves) maybe 20-30 people divided up over three or four tables. We were spotted, invited to a few open chairs, and handed some paper. One of the people at that table told us we’d had good timing and proceeded to help us create what he called a character. I rolled some dice (all six-sided) and came up with a name, but had no real idea what was going on. The referee provided my character with some mutant abilities and some defects. The game was Metamorphosis Alpha. Continue reading

New Kickstarter Alert — Bitsbox Teaches Kids Programming

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A few weeks ago my oldest son (age 7) came up to me and asked one of those questions that many parents dread — “Dad, can you teach me to program?” While I’m half-kidding, I’m also half-serous. I’m not a programmer! I have some training (mainly in college, but some self-taught) and I’m comfortable hunting down a book when I need it, but, when it comes to teaching my son, I’m really at a loss. What I’d like to do is find a way to make programming fun and interesting, but also something he can do on his own or at least with me watching over his shoulder but providing minimum assistance. Continue reading