Kick The Box
April 13th Edition
A quick stroll down Kickstarter Avenue proves to be a worthwhile venture these days. Lots of window shopping to be done as new and experienced project creators pedal their wares up and down the pipes of the Interwebz, The Greatest Mall on the Planet. You will find that some of this week’s highlights might be a little different than your usual tabletop hobby stuff I tend to focus on, but never the less, projects that I think all my readers will have an interest in.
Kickstarter News: Tao of Peg is fully funded and will be produced! There is only a few hours left if you want your very own copy of this wooden masterpiece! Eduarod Baraf’s second tabletop game, The Siblings Trouble, will be launching this week. Be sure to check back here next week with more info about it after it goes live. Also, our next podcast recording will be with Edo himself to talk about games and his latest story telling creation. A second printing of the popular The Evolution Game System by North Star Games is now live on Kickstarter.
Project By: Brotherwise Games
The Retro Artwork Phase of tabletop games just keeps going and going and going, and you know what? I’m ok with that.
The 16 bit artwork of Boss Monster 2 take me back to a time when my best friend’s were Link, Samus, and Terra and Locke. Even though the art of BM and BM2 represent a time where players always played the hero, the gameplay of BM and BM2 offers an unique twist. Instead of playing as the hero, you are actually playing as the Dungeon Boss Character. You build your dungeon in hopes of baiting only the weaker heroes to come to your dungeon so you can kill them and collect their souls, while letting the other Dungeon Boss’s bait the stronger, harder to kill heroes.
I have seen some complaints that BM “plays itself”. I don’t totally disagree with that statement, but I do find that the game does offer some interesting decisions; what rooms to build, the timing of when to build them, and the timing of when to use those hard to come by spells. A fun, lightweight game for beginning or ending your game nights.
If you like BM, than I would highly recommend checking out BM2. It’s 160 cards that can be used as an expansion to BM or as a stand alone game.
Project By: Anna Dadones
The old cliche saying: A picture is worth a thousand words. I think in this case, the picture of these Tron inspired D6s are worth WAY MORE than 1,000 words.
What I can say is that these beauties are available in cast molded metal and three different types of high quality wood: oak, maple, and ash. You can also pledge for a beautiful wooden box to hold your new dice. If the campaign is able to generate more than $10,000, than some different colors for the metal dice will also become available.
The project, at the time of writing this, has already reached their pledge level of $3,000 and are now working towards their stretch goals.
Project By: Matthew O’Malley
Here is something you don’t see every day; Celtic knots used as a dice game. Matthew O’Malley (co-designer of Between Two Cities and designer of Diner) has been carrying around these dice for several years now. He finally has found a company that can manufacture them and, with your help, is ready to release them upon the world.
Knot Dice isn’t just one game. In the rulebook, there will be six different dice games that can be played. Also, there will be six different dice puzzles.
The dice themselves will be manufactured at 20mm as opposed to the standard 16mm seen in most games.
Also, fellow game designers are coming up with their own ways to play Knot Dice! Depending on what stretch goals are reached, they may be printed in the rulebook. But, have no fear, even if these stretch goals aren’t met, you will be able to find them on the interwebz.
Project By: Scott King
No, this isn’t the latest handbook for the RPG, The Call of Cthulhu, nor is it an expansion to Elder Sign, Eldritch Horror, or Arkham Horror. What it is though, is a new book edited by professional author and photographer, Scott King.
What does this have to do with the tabletop games? I guess I could lie and say it is a must have tabletop gaming accessory. I mean, Cthulhu always makes everything better right? Or, I could use the loose thread that Scott King is an avid board gamer and has put together two years in a row, two very successful tabletop themed calender Kickstarter campaigns that show of his prowess as a photographer. Or, I could say, my blog, my rules, and I can break them whenever I feel the whimsy of the wind to do so.
No matter the reason or logic you want to put behind me doing so, the matter is I think you should check out this new book about the obscure holiday National Cthulhu Eats Spaghetti Day. This 157 page book includes a short story about the origin of the holiday. It will also include several newspaper clippings, providing the reader with an even more robust understanding of the insanity of it all. Also, to be included, are several recipes to help you celebrate your new found favorite holiday, and lots of other more. Oh, and there is a section with a Gaming Guide with tips for hosting your own game night. (There! We will use that as the official tie in to my blog!)
Also, available is a magnificent 20 x 30 piece of art that captures the essence of Call of Cthulhu, a short story by H.P. Lovecraft.
That’s it for this week! Hit me up on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media outlets for any comments or suggestions. Until next week, Keep playin’ to be playin’!