Aug 112014

Kick The Box

August 11th Edition

As I’m finishing up this week’s Kick The Box today, Twitter and Google+ has exploded with the most tragic of news. One of the most iconic comedians that I grew up listening to, watching, and loving has passed away. I would just like to take a moment of silence in remembrance of the late, great Robin Williams before we jump into the news. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Thank you. On with the show!

Kickstarter News: Musee is over 200% funded with two weeks still left in their campaign. Scott King’s 2015 Gaming Calendar has broke the $3,000 funding level with over two weeks left in their campaign. You can now add last years photos for this year’s calendar. This adds another 36 photos to choose from for the Custom Calendar Backers! Clockwork Wars has doubled it’s funding amount, breaking the $50,000 mark. They still have over three weeks left in their campaign also.


Project By: MAGE Company

During the Renaissance Era, you and your rivals control the most powerful and  influential families in Florenza. Players are taking turns sending their workers into the city to either, operate workshops, build workshops, hire artists, or give charity to the church. You will be collecting resources and money needed to hire artists that will create masterpiece works of art in your family’s name. Florenza will include 40  famous Historical Figures that operated during the Italian Renaissance, 45 distinctive workshops representing the Industrial era of the Renaissance Period, and 36 pieces of artwork that, to this day, still reside in Florence.

This is a second printing of Florenza being crowdfunded by MAGE Company. This worker placement game supports 2-5 players and plays in 90-120 minutes. A medium to heavy Euro that is steeped with history and strategic resource gathering via worker placement mechanic.

Shipping within the US, UK, and EU are free of charge. Add $10 to pledge level for shipping to Canada, and add $30 to the pledge level for the rest of the world.

Tao of Peg

Project By: Kelly Coston and Sifu Sean Kelly

Tao of Peg prototype

Tao of Peg is an abstract strategy game with a pinch of luck thrown in for good measure. Players will be dealt four cards that will determine what color quadrant they will be able to place their peg. There are also wild cards that will allow you to remove an opponents peg or place a peg in any color quadrant.

There are several different peg formations that will allow you to win; pegs in each of the four corners of the board, pegs in four corners of one of the color quadrants,  five pegs in a row, diagonally, vertically, or horizontally, or four pegs in a row in a single color quadrant.

Play a card, place a peg, draw a card is a player’s turn.This simple set of rules on this beautiful hand crafted wooden board offers a whole slew of strategic choices.

Shipping within the US only.

New Salem

Project By: Overworld Games

In an alternate universe, the Puritans of Salem were tired of the alleged Witches running around their beloved city, casting spells, ruining their crops, killing their cattle, and performing other dastardly witch-like actions. So, the Puritans packed up their Quaker-like objects, left Old Salem and set off to form the new town, New Salem. But, not all is at it seems in their new found town. Have some of the witches dared to follow them?

New Salem is a hidden role game with a card drafting mechanic. The Puritan players are trying to choose and build cards that will bring hope to the city, while the witches, with their hidden agenda, are trying to draft and build buildings that will bring despair to the newfound city. If enough despair has been brought to the new town, then the witch with the most victory points wins the game, but if hope is prevalent, than the Puritan with the most Victory Points wins the game. Also, included in the game, are six event cards that, with enough hope, the Puritans can try to salvage their new home by deducing, bringing the witches to trial, and rid some of the despair from New Salem.

Shipping included for US backers. Add $13 or $25 for shipping outside the US, depending on your pledge level.

Nautilus Industries

Project By: Michael Friesen

Game Board Tile (5x8")

Deep below the ocean waves, 20,000 leagues below the sea , a  business opportunity has emerged. Players become CEO’s of their very own mining company set out to strike it rich.

During the course of the game, players will take turns sending out their mining submarines, collecting resources to sell and upgrade their warehouses. or invest in one of the five companies. Yep, not only do you have a worker placement, resource gathering mechanics, but also a stock market mechanic incorporated into it, adding a whole another dimension into the trading aspect of the game.

At the end of the game the player with the most money, including the value of their stock market certificates, wins the game.

Shipping included for North America. Add $15 for shipping to EU. For shipping everywhere else in the world, add $40.

That’s it for this week! Come back next week to see who make the cut in the coveted spots on Kick The Box! Make sure to hit the big, red, juicy Subscribe Button, and leave any comments and suggestions at the bottom.

About Jason Hancock

Ever since my early childhood I've had a love for card and board games.I am now married with two children that have moved out of the house and on to their own lives. This new phase of life has rekindled the old passion of tabletop gaming and lucky enough to have a wife who enjoys it also.

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