Meet Buzz, a “Pixel Pal” You Can Build and Program

Soldering Sunday's Buzz -  A New Pixel Pal

Soldering Sunday’s new Pixel Pal Buzz is a cute robot-shaped circuit board with two LED lights for eyes and a belly button buzzer, available now through Kickstarter. Pixel Pals are fun and educational kits that develop STEAM skills. Buzz starts with a few easy components to solder, but unlike most starter kits, it keeps growing from there. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: Rule the Market in ‘Morocco’


In the marketplace of Jemaa el-Fnaa, five families jostle and haggle to get the best stalls. It’s a crowded bazaar and juice sellers stand at each junction, hawking their wares. Make the most of the overflowing crowds to achieve victory in ‘Morocco.’ Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Little Pig’

Little Pig

You know the story of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, but what you may not know is that they’re competing contractors. Each one is trying to get a few houses built before the others … and of course the Big Bad Wolf is happy to bring his special brand of interference into the mix. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: William the Last

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For the past two years, Brian Shearer has been quietly creating a spectacular webcomic called William the Last. The story follows young William, who is an orphan and – at the beginning of the story – finds his way to a strange world where good people are in hiding, a once peaceful civilization is in decay, and his own name is forbidden to be uttered. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Trove: The Crystal Caverns’

Trove: The Crystal Caverns

Deep below the mysterious cavern, a dragon sleeps—and today a knight ventures into the caves to slay the dragon. But other forces are at work: tribes of goblins sneak around in the shadows, striking at the knight from the darkness. The dragon has been awakened and is shaking off its hundred-year nap. And the cave itself seems to be alive … Continue reading

Kickstarter Gadget Heads-up: PUGZ Wireless Headphones

Today I wanted to give all our Kickstarter fanatics, Lord knows I’m one, a heads up on what looks to be a cool gadget. The PUGZ wireless headphones. They’re small, even for wireless headphones, and packed with all the features expected of headphones in today’s world of smartphones. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Save the World in ‘Eco – Global Survival Game’

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Kickstarting now, ‘Eco’ is a multiplayer global survival game. With the ultimate goal of saving the world from the impending destruction of the Earth by an incoming massive meteor, the game is part ecosystem simulation, part world survival, and much of your progress towards achieving the world-saving goal is dependent on group decisions. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘Avalanche at Yeti Mountain’

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Time to test out your rocket-powered skis, and what better place than Yeti Mountain? Sure, you might think ‘Avalanche at Yeti Mountain’ teaches you about overreaching genius and unintended consequences–but (like ‘Age of Ultron’) it’s actually about outrunning your mistakes. And one cranky yeti. Continue reading

Kickstarter Tabletop Alert: ‘GemPacked Cards’ and App

GemPacked Cards

Digital and tabletop games are blending into each other more and more often, and this Kickstarter project from Eduardo Baraf is a good example of that. ‘GemPacked’ is a single-player puzzle game for iOS, and ‘GemPacked Cards’ is a card game based on the app, though with somewhat different gameplay. Continue reading

Reaping the Rewards: ‘Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age’

Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age

In “Reaping the Rewards,” I take a look at a crowdfunded project in its final form. Today’s title is ‘Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age,’ a new version of Matt Leacock’s dice-rolling, civilization-building game. The game is similar to the original but has been beefed up, with new developments, warfare, and a Fate die. There’s also an included Mediterranean expansion that introduces exploration. Continue reading