Kick The Box February 16th 2014

Kick The Box

Feb. 16th Edition

Another week down, another podcast and Kick The Box up! This week’s picks has a little bit for everyone. Some Bad Medicine, a little bit of Faith, and a First Play during the Age of Discovery. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter news and this week’s picks down below. When you are done with that, be sure to check out Episode 2 of my Docking Bay 94 The Board Game Reviewers Podcast with Pair of Dice Paradise’s hilarious Chaz Marler! Now on to the regularly scheduled program . . .

Kickstarter NewsTao of Peg has been relaunched and is doing well in it’s first few days! If you are looking for a beautiful, hand made, abstract strategy game, than be sure to check out their campaign! Trickerion has 11 days left in their campaign and has almost reached the $160,000 mark for their Kickstarter campaign! Epic PVP: Fantasy is also doing well (and was fun when I played it at Unpub 5) They have a week left  and has raised over $100,000 in their campaign.

Bad Medicine

Project By: Gil Hova

Working version of the front cover. Subject to change.

Bad Medicine is a new party game by the same designer of Battle Merchants (A game I backed and thoroughly enjoy), that was published by Minion Games via Kickstarter in October of 2013. While Battle Merchants was a strategic economics game that had players competing as merchants trying to manufacture, upgrade, and sell different types of weapons to the warring races of Elves, Hobgoblins, Dwarves, and Orcs, Bad Medicine falls on the opposite spectrum of the board game hobby, party games.

Now before you groan, “Not another party game”, just hear me out. I was fortunate enough to have Gil’s table next to ours during Unpub 5 and got a chance to play it couple of times over the course of the weekend. It was not only a blast to play, but also listening to other’s play it over the course of the weekend was just as hysterical. If you and your group of friends think they are quick with their wits, have a little BSing power in them, and enjoy a party game with lots of laughter, than be sure to check out Bad Medicine on Kickstarter right now.

First Play Series 2

Project By: Gamerati

On Gamerati’s Youtube Channel is a series called First PlayFirst Play is a board game review series. that not only do they review the game itself, but they also review the rules that come in the box, also.

They do this by playing their first game with only the rules and contents that come in the box; no looking up online faqs, no looking up rule interpretations on BoardGameGeek.com, none of that. Than after that, they will play several games for a proper review of the game itself.

The couple of videos I have now watched, I’ve really enjoyed. I appreciate this fresh approach and is one of those ‘Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!?’ moments when you see the format  and how well it works.  It’s nice to know when you are thinking of purchasing a game, not only if the game itself is going to produce an enjoyable experience, but if you are going to need your internet capable electronic device close at hand to learn it.

FAITH: The Sci-fi RPG

 Project By: Burning Games

Burning Games first Kickstarter, called Faith is now live on Kickstarter.

Faith introduces a new Pen & Paper RPG, without the pen and paper. Let me explain.

In Faith, there is no dice rolling or keeping track of stats on paper. All of your stats and equipment are on your player board and cards. You still create your character, customize your stats, your religious upbringing, and your equipment just like you would a regular Pen & Paper RPG.

During the course of the game, most player actions are successful by default. But during a confrontation determined by the GM, dice rolls are not used, the player’s poker deck and their hand of seven cards are. Players are able to play a certain amount of cards from their hand of cards, depending on their attributes. The GM does the same, and the highest totaled amount is successful. This type of gameplay allows more storytelling and less attribute stat checking. Also, the allocation of the cards being used becomes a resource management mechanic.

Age of Empires III is reborn as Empires: Age of Discovery

Project By: Eagle Games

The cover of the new EAOD Rulebook

 

Empires: Age of Discovery was originally released in 2007 as Age of Empires III by Tropical Games. This worker placement game is considered a classic by many and the demand for reprint was high.

In early 2014, when Eagle Gryphon Games acquired the rights to produce the game, they chose not to pay Microsoft’s high licensing costs and renamed it Empires: Age of Discovery. With help from members of the Board Game Geek community, AoE III has received a much needed face lift and reworking; the rules have been rewritten, the board has been redesigned for more functionality, and the original Builders Expansion is being integrated into the base game.

This campaign has already reached almost seven times it’s initial funding goal, with over twenty days still left in their campaign. If all the stretch goals are unlocked, (almost all of them already are), I think the deluxe version of this game will be well worth it’s hefty price tag of $100.

That’s it for me this week! What games are tugging at your wallet? Leave any comments and suggestions below, and don’t forget to head over to The Docking Bay 94 Board Game Reviewers Podcast Page for the latest episode with Chaz Marler of Pair of Dice Paradise to see what games we talk about there! Til next week, Keep playin’ to be playin’!

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