Kick The Box September 9th 2013 Edition

Kick The Box

September 9th Edition

I dug up some gems this week for you guys to check out! Some Sci-Fi action, a little tile moving game, and a little card game that has you evading obstacles as you create the perfect heist and some updates on games featured before. Let’s throw some dice and jump into it.

Updates:  With a little over two weeks left, Raiders of R’lyeh has reached a little over half of what they need to fund their RPG.  If an open world Lovecraftian Indiana Jones pulp adventure RPG is what your looking for than be sure to check out their Kickstarter. I’m ecstatic for I have the privilege of receiving a copy of Warlords & Sellswords prototype in the next day or two to test play and preview for you guys. Patrick is getting ready to reboot that campaign in the next week or two.

Deep Space 

Project by: Zak Labs

Zak Labs first Kickstarter attempt is a Sci-Fi themed star ship game for two to four players. Each player takes turns trying to control the most planets on the board.  Choose to attack other players’ battleships or try to capture as many planets as quickly as possible. The choice is yours. You can even self-destruct yourself if it proves useful in foiling an enemies plans! If the artwork that is on the website is any indication of the quality and beauty that that is to be found in the game, than it will be one gorgeous, ruthless space battle in your living room.

Burning Suns

Project by: Sun TzuGames

In the galaxy of The Burning Suns, during thousands of years of peace, over three hundred empires have had room to flourish and grow. Then these empires started to grow hungry for new territories and deceit and war was inevitable.

In Burning Suns, players become the leaders of their empire, volleying for complete domination through any means necessary. Use technology, volatile diplomacy, exploitation and destruction, if necessary, to put the other emperors in their place and stake your dominance over the entire galaxy.

There is a combination of a possible 343 playable empires in the base set and up to 512 playable empires with the included promos! You could possibly play hundreds of games without you or your friends using the same empire twice! The average game time is 40 minutes per player.


Project by: Waning Gibbous Games

This looks to be an interesting filler game with tons of options for game play. The object of the game is to pick your bounty with the “Score cards”, determine what obstacles, anything from drone surveillance, laser grids, alligators to armed guards, that are in your way with ‘The Catch” deck, and then draw from “The Fix” deck to see what tools you have at your disposal to overcome the obstacles that you encountered from “The Catch” deck.

With different game modes, this could be a complete cooperative heist, a one vs. many heist, or a completely competitive heist. There are several game modes already listed on Kickstarter, and the basic game allows for you to be creative and create your own ways to play. Small enough to pack into your pocket, but big enough for some great story telling and laughs.


Project by: Game Salute

Finish this weeks selections with something a little different: Codinca

Codinca is a two to four player tile moving game, wherein each player controls  four wooden tiles bearing their perspective element (Earth, Fire, Wind, and Water).  Everyone secretly draws a card with a pattern on it.Then, during each turn, each person moves and/or flips their double sided wooden tiles trying to navigate their elements tiles to match the secret pattern.  Everyone’s patterns is hidden from each other, so no one knows what the other’s ultimate winning pattern is. A simple game to learn, but one that can never be truly mastered. I can only imagine the chaos that ensues with four players trying to move their tiles into beneficial spots and than having someone the next turn to move it again!

Another week down, and another edition of  ‘Kick The Box’ in the books, (or the netz pages.) This is an exciting time to be in the tabletop hobby. Game designers, first timers and veterans, have found a new way to not only get their ideas off the ground, but to also show other companies that their is an audience consuming every morsel of tabletop delicacy. It excites me to see an increasing amount of fresh new games and ideas take flight and the games I choose every week are games I find to be either different, exciting, gorgeous, or all of above. So, come back next week as I choose another group of games that I can’t wait to get my hands on. And as always . . .

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Kick The Box Sept. 3rd 2013 Edition

Kick The Box

Sept. 3rd Edition

Hope everyone’s Labor Day Weekend was full of games, drinks, and friends, and you were able to get away, at least mentally for a few hours. I know I had a good weekend and now playing catch up, of course, for the next couple of days. But, you’re not here to listen to my excuses, so let’s get on with the show.

Update: Battle Merchants campaign has been relaunched and is already a third of the way of being funded in the first day!


Conquest of Orion

Project by: Escape Velocity Games

The constellation Orion, once a system only thought of as deep space,  is finally being explored and colonized. As the alliances start to populate the solar system, you find yourself battling for control to become the dominant alliance. The goal is to collect as many cards, as a team, as possible and then combine them at the end of  the conflicts. From the cards won, you put together as many systems as possible and then tally those system’s value.  A system consists of a planet card, an industry card, and a colony card. Each card is worth a certain amount of stars, and you add the stars up on each of the cards in a system and you get the value of the system. And of course, the alliance with the most points wins. This game looks like it would be a fun 4 player trick taking card game with two player teams and a strong sci-fi theme to boot.

Legends of the American Frontier

Project by: Game Salute

Legends of American Frontier is a card game that lets you live a life out on the plains as you stake your claim as either a Patriot, Frontiersman, Soldier, Trapper, Settler, Indian, Scout, Statesman, or Explorer. It’s a 3-5 player game which takes place in the 1780’s, shortly after the Revolutionary War, and continues into the early 1800’s. During this time period, the characters gain status, fame, wealth, and happiness tokens that are then spent on rewards that will help define the legend of their characters. The objective of the game is to score the most points through completing the adventures and purchasing said rewards.  At the end of the game each player tells his character’s life story and the points are tallied to see who is the greatest legend as you all ride off into the sunset.


Project by: Robert Westrick

Ever wondered what it would be like to be the vigilante hero in a race to rid the land of evil do-gooders before your friends do? If so, then Slaughterama is what you’ve been looking for! All the players are clerks of their very own medieval stores called bazaars, while at the same time,  you race to see who can kill all ten monsters in their decks first. With basic RPG fighting elements, lots of pop culture references, traps, portals, sniper perches, and the risk of becoming of a zombie makes this for an interesting, easy to learn, fun game. Besides, Robert uses Gwar’s song Slaughterama at the end of his video! That alone is worth two pledges per person in my opinion!

Raiders of R’lyeh

Project by: Quentin Bauer

It is 1910. You and your adventuring friends have wandered into a smoke filled tavern. The taste of nicotine drips off the walls, as you and your comrades quietly make your way to the bar. The bartender looks you over, sneers, and asks, “What do you want?”

Your friend, the archaeologist, answers, ” We are looking for a fellow.”

“A fellow that has asked us to meet him here,” you finish quickly, not wanting to irate the bald, brawly bartender anymore than he already seemed.

“Hmph. Can’t help you.” And walks away.

What will you and your friends do next? Look around the bar? Try to talk to the bartender again? Or have a drink and hope this mysterious person will find you? Or, just leave?

In Raiders of R’lyeh, a scene, just like the one described above, could be your first step into a world of many mysteries and adventures. A sandbox tabletop RPG is waiting for you and your friends to dive into a cross over world of Raiders of the Lost Ark style pulp adventure and Lovecraft mysteries and horror.  What are you waiting for?

There you have it. A day late, but hey it was worth the wait, right?! Be sure to check out each of these astounding Kickstarters and also Ben’s Extra Life Fundraising Event! Leave any comments on likes/dislikes or whatever is on your mind and until next week, Keep On Playing!

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