Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: The Return of Spell Saga

Spell Saga

A year ago, I wrote about a fascinating single-player “tabletop novel” called Spell Saga. It’s a card game that tells a story as you play it, and I found it very intriguing, unlike any other game I’ve played. Unfortunately, though, the Kickstarter campaign failed to meet its funding—but designer Todd Michael Rogers continued plugging away at the game anyway, promising that somehow the game would exist eventually. Well, here’s your chance. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Lanterns: The Harvest Festival

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It’s time for the Harvest Festival, and artisans are setting out beautiful floating lanterns in the palace lake, each trying to earn the most honor before the festival begins. Lanterns: The Harvest Festival is a tile-laying game set in imperial China, now on Kickstarter. Continue reading

Table for Two: Eminent Domain: Microcosm

Eminent Domain Microcosm

Table for Two is a series about board games designed for 2 players. Today’s game is Eminent Domain: Microcosm, which boils down the essence of the deck-building game Eminent Domain into a 2-player game that plays in 10 minutes. Note: Tasty Minstrel Games decided to use one of their short Kickstarter campaigns for this one, so it’s down to the last couple days to back the project if you’re interested. Continue reading

Makerspaces Are On My Mind

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Fresh from a great experience at the Atlanta Maker Faire a few weekends ago and a recent meeting with a few representatives from my small town’s government and public library, I’m feeling very optimistic about the opportunities the Maker Movement is generating for Atlanta-area kids. It seems that a critical mass is being reached in Atlanta with a number of new makerspaces popping up in the last few years… one very new one just a ten minute drive from my home (but in another suburb/town surrounding Atlanta). This idea of people coming together to share tools and knowledge, demonstrate techniques and skills, and create an environment that welcomes others to join the fun… that’s a place I want to be. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Meteor!

Meteor

What do you do when a meteor swarm threatens Earth with destruction? You launch a bunch of rockets, of course! But you better be quick, because you’ve only got about five minutes before impact. Meteor is a real-time cooperative game from Mayday Games that’s very challenging and very quick to play. Continue reading

Table for Two: Strife: Legacy of the Eternals

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Table for Two is a series focusing on two-player games. Today’s game is Strife: Legacy of the Eternals, a compact card game about battling for control of locations using your team of Champions. It has great artwork, surprising strategic depth, and perfect information. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Chroma Cubes Is a Competitive Coloring Game

Chroma Cubes

Yep, you read that right. Competitive coloring. With dice, even. Chroma Cubes is a cute-looking game by Charles Beauvais that’s been making a splash at conventions. Beauvais was selling sets on his own, but got picked up by 5th Street Games and is now on Kickstarter for a professionally-produced version. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Aerial Assault, a FIRST-Inspired Robot Game

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FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization for youth with a focus on engineering and technology. It runs, among other things, the FIRST Robotics Competition, in which teams of high school students build robots to play a game of some sort. The teams have six weeks after the game details are released to build a robot for the competition. Aerial Assault is a card game inspired by 2014’s competition, Aerial Assist. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Bomb Squad

Bomb Squad

The clock is ticking—time is short, and lives are at stake. Your team must navigate the robot to defuse the bombs and free the hostages—but everyone is working with limited intel. Welcome to Bomb Squad, a new board game currently on Kickstarter. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: King Down Sets the Stage for Chess

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Last weekend I talked about a few variants on chess that play around with the basic rules of chess. King Down is a new game, just launched on Kickstarter, which takes a slightly different approach: it’s billing itself as a prequel to chess. Although there are some familiar pieces with familiar moves, King Down is really its own game with new objectives and a very different feel. And it doesn’t hurt that it looks spectacular. Continue reading