Aug 122013
 

Kick The Box

August 12th Edition

Welcome to another glorious edition of ‘Kick The Box’! We have some exciting and newly launched games hand picked by me for you this week. So, grab a cup of  your favorite liquid beverage, sit back, drool over these projects, and help drive these lads/lasses campaigns down the road of success.

Updates: Firefly:Out to the Black has not only been canceled but totally pulled from the Kickstarter website even though it was fully funded. 811 backers of the project are calling foul as Toy Vault’s and Game Salute’s (the two companies involved with the crowdfunding) press releases were extremely vague and rather fishy. Privateer has also been canceled, but with a solid explanation from the creators. They realized the mistakes they made during the campaign and want a fresh start. More details to come.

Incredible Expeditions: Quest For Atlantis

Set in a Steampunk era, Incredible Expeditions: Quest For Atlantis can be played competitively or cooperatively. The goal, as one of the unique airship captains, is to lead the greatest expedition to uncharted, mysterious  lands and find the ancient lost city of Atlantis.

But, before you set off on your adventure, while you are in Port City, you have to hire the most heroic crew and gather resources for your airship before you set sail upon your expedition. After doing so, the adventure begins. You move from one mysterious location to the next, overcoming obstacles, monsters, and curses to be the first to discover the lost city of Atlantis, reaping fame and fortune, your name becoming permanently penned into the history books.

The Cards of Cthulhu

In less than 24 hours, this game has been funded and has already doubled it’s pledge level, unlocking several stretch goals, while still having 20+ days left in it’s campaign.

You can choose to fight the horrors alone or for a multiplayer experience, bring some friends along to help you save the world from the Elder Ones trying to burst through the gates and destroy our world.  As an investigator, you and your comrades must close the gates, battle cultists and other horrors not only to defeat one, but four Elder Gods, all trying to enter our dimension and create havoc. With deck building mechanics, you gain followers, other less experienced investigators, and magical items to help defeat the Elder Ones and save the world.

Alchemist Academy

Spell Card & Component Cards

With an anime flavor artwork and style, Alchemist Academy is a hand management/card drafting game pitting you against other students to be the first to score thirty points and pass the class first. The way to score points is by balancing your hand with spells and much needed spell-casting components such as pixie dust, eye of newts, dragon scales, and troll’s teeth. But watch out, if a spell that you  cast onto a rival student is blocked and/or countered, it could potentially net you nothing more than wasted resources and no points to show for it.

Alchemist Academy is a fast, light hearted 2-6 player game, that can be played in 30-60 minutes, and looks to be fun for the whole family.

Planet Defiant: Onslaught of Vanas

Project by: Pangalactic Entertainment

If you’re looking for something a little meatier than the games presented above, than Planet Defiant will fit the bill nicely. In Planet Defiant,  you find yourself and your crew crash landed on a planet inhabited with not-so-friendly aliens. For the rest of the game, you and your crew mates are fighting to stay alive and escape the planet.

This game shows some interesting mechanics, such as a night and day cycle that changes what you encounter and how you play, cooperative fighting, trading, leveling, and synergy, and customizable weapons and skill system that offers vast replayability using the same characters. The artwork and the universe this game resides in, offers a deep and engrossing experience with possible expansions and continued stories farther down the road.

There you have it! This week’s picks of some of the most intriguing games campaigning for your hard earned dollar. Come back next week as we discover the next set of gems seeded in the Kickstarter underbelly. Reshare and leave any comments of what you like/don’t like and as always. .  .

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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.

Kick The Box Aug. 5th 2013 Edition

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Aug 052013
 

Kick The Box

August 5th 2013 Edition

Welcome to another weekly edition of  ‘Kick The Box’ where I have scoured the back alleys of  the Kickstarter servers in order to bring you the most exciting and must have games to help fuel your funding addiction.

Update: None. Zero. Zilch.

 ZooFu: Path of the Samurai Zookeeper

Project by: Game Salute

Attack sets with ferocious finishers!

Game Salute has several games being crowdfunded on Kickstarter right now, including one I mentioned last week, Chaos & Alchemy. Another fundraising campaign they have running is for a game called Zoo Fu.  A fun filled, tongue in cheek, martial arts card game.

When the lights go out at the zoo, the animals gather around the Samurai Zookeeper to battle and become the next Zoo Fu Champion.

Each player chooses his/her player card that represents their animal. In order to win, you may train with the Samurai Zookeeper, change stances, or attack with a combination of type, style, and animal cards creating some great attacks, such as Diving Tiger Grab or Spinning Monkey Punch,  with the objective to gain more chi than anyone else and become the next Zoofu Champion.

Zero Hour: Survival Horror Card Game

Project by: Richard T. Broadwater

Mr. Broadwater, JUST TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY!

Need I say more?

Didn’t think so, but will anyways:

I love the theme of this card based game. This game has such a Lovecraftian feel to it and is laced with tension and horrors of the unknown stalking your characters.  The use of  black and white photos of children and locations with flavor text, really sets the tone and allows your imagination to run wild.

The goal of the game is to last from midnight to sunrise and keep your children alive and one step ahead of  ‘The Pale One’ and/or other creatures that go bump in the night.

I can’t wait to see the gameplay video when it gets released. Heck, I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

Pack of Heroes

Project by: Adventureland Games

Marvel and DC have both rebooted and done alternate universes for each of their corresponding universes, why not a game that creates a comic book alternative world all together? Pack of Heroes is here to do just that!

Set in an alternative comic book world, two players choose their team of thirty colorful superheroes such as The Original Herr Pretzel, Zombie Lad, or The Serpent Sisters, and fight each other on a 3×3 grid in a Last Man Standing duel match up.

A great looking, quick, two player game that can be played in 30 minutes or less.

Firefly: Out to the Black

Project by: Game Salute

Browncoats Unite!

I was surprised to see this on Kickstarter. I know there is a competitive  board game based on the Firefly universe being developed by Gale Force Nine, but now there is a cooperative card game too developed by Toy Vault!

Each players picks a crew member of Serenity and have to work  together to complete the jobs that are drawn from the deck and survive the blackness of space to win. I mentioned before that there are several crowdfunding games getting a kick on Kickstarter by Game Salute and Firefly: Out to the Black is another one that launched this last week. It is already funded and only available on Kickstarter for two weeks. (One week left by the time this article posts.)

To win Firefly: Out To The Black, the players have to complete all the jobs in the Job Deck without losing all of their Credits or all of their Honor or drawing all of the Alliance Cards. As usual with cooperative games, one way to win, several ways to lose! This game looks like a keeper!

Another week down, and another week to go. Look towards next week as I dive into the Kickstarter underbelly and dig up more gems and treasures! Feel free to leave any comments and as always

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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.

Nov 292012
 

You probably have a geek in your life and maybe you can use some ideas for what to buy them this holiday season.  This episode covers 15 gifts perfect for any geek.

The idea of the holiday gift guide started in 2006 with Jonathan’s other show Wargaming Recon.  You can see what past Holiday Gift Guides were for that show.

The Geeks Explicitly list covers a variety of fandoms, products, uses, and even locations.  It has something for your kitchen, your home, the office, to wear, and to play with.

We hope you will find this list to be useful.  Don’t hesitate to tell us what geeky gifts you’re wishing for, by leaving a comment.

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About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

Aug 112012
 
serenity forever

Heads up to all readers on the British side of the pond.

Starfury Events have announced “Serenity Forever” convention September 13 – 15th 2013 in London. Allegedly first confirmed guest is Jewel Staite. I now have to save up as I am determined to attend this one – it’ll be my first convention.

There’s nothing on the Starfury website as yet but there is a Facebook event. I tweeted about it and got confirmation that it is definitely on. I’ll update as I find out more.

About Histrel

Born and bred in the UK, created two life forms. I'm a bit of a rock hen (not young enough to be a chick) who enjoys slaying dragons when not working as a freelance web designer or writing. I have a long-time passion for sci-fi/fantasy books, tv and films. 42 is my favourite number. I know where my towel is. I remember life before the internet, I don't know how I survived.

Why did Firefly rock? This is why – the Pilot. No pun intended.

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Oct 142008
 

I love this show.  Too bad it was cancelled waaaaay before its time.

Ah well, we can still enjoy what we have, right?

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.