Kick The Box June 23rd Edition 2014

Kick The Box

June 23rd Edition

This week’s Kick The Box is, in part, brought to you by the 4th Annual Wayne Foundation Charity RPG Bundle! Over $240 worth of product for $20 and goes to a great cause!

Skipping down Kickstarter Avenue can be detrimental to one’s health, so I shall say, be safe as we roll into this week’s picks. During the week we have  some breaking newspaper news about a last ditch effort to save mankind. You can also travel back in time and reset civilization or work together to save a kingdom.

Kickstarter News: Shadow Throne is almost fully funded with three days left in their campaign! Hurry before you miss it! Twilight Struggle Digital Edition is still amassing a lot of attention and has raised over $250,000 during their campaign. The Captain is Dead! by The Game Crafter is also still going strong with a little over two weeks left in their Kickstarter campaign.

Penny Press

Project By: Chris Cieslik

Press Passes included in every Kickstarter copy!

Penny Press is set in the late 1800’s. Players will take on the role as one of the newspaper barons. They will be competing for readers as they send out their reporters to cover major stories and events.

The heart of Penny Press is a worker placement/area control game. Players will be moving their reporters to different story lines, trying to get the most reporters on as many story headlines as possible.Once a player feels that they have the maximum points they are going to be able to score, then they can decide to publish their newspaper, scoring points for the stories that they have the most reporters at.

Shipping within US is included. Add $25 or $40 for shipping outside of the US, depending on your pledge level.


Project By: MAGE Company

Historia is a civilization game that will last over three ages, 12 rounds and has some unique mechanics. Each player will have a deck of cards with different action abilities. Players will be choosing a single card from their hand of cards and revealing them simultaneously. Each card allows a player to enhance their  civilization in different ways; increase their technology, increase military strength, build wonders, and others.

Historia will support 1-5 players with a gametime of about 25 minutes per player.

There are no shipping costs to Italy, Svizzera, USA, Canada, Japan, and Israel. For other EU Countries add $25. Rest of the World add $40. For the Platinum pack, shipping costs are: $37 for EU and $60 for rest of the world.

Tiny Epic Defenders

Project By: Gamelyn Games


After the Great War, an alliance has been formed and a new Capitol City built. Just as peace started sweeping the land, a new threat emerges from the shadows.

After the smashing success of Tiny Epic Kingdom, Gamelyn Games has released another micro game called Tiny Epic Defenders. This time, instead of competing for resources and trying to expand your Kingdom, players will be working together trying to stop a new threat.

Another micro game  that combines portability with  both depth and complexity in one little package.

US shipping is included. International shipping varies depending on pledge level;$12 being the lowest.

Last Starfleet

Project By: Sam Oplinger

Check out the bottom of this page for close-up images of some of the components!

In the year 4010, Humans have constructed life sustaining ships, but still haven’t colonized any worlds outside of Mother Earth. After Earth is destroyed, leaving the few humans that happened to be aboard ships, the last of their kind, in a sudden, desperate mission to find a planet to recolonize and save the human race.

The Last Starfleet is a cooperative card game for 2-6 players. Players are captains of starships that have found a planet that will be sustainable for humans. Their goal is to deliver enough people planetside to start a new colony.

Shipping within US is included. Add $50 for shipping outside the US.

Hope everyone has a great start to their summer and thanks for checking out the latest Kick The Box. Feel free to leave any comments or suggestions and hit the subscribe button so you don’t miss any’s goodies. Until next week, ‘Keep playin’, to be playin”

Kick The Box June 16th 2014 Edition

Kick The Box

June 16th Edition

As we creep past the halfway mark of June and into our summer months, the games and gaming accessories on Kickstarter also start to heat up. The amount of newly formed campaigns for tabletop games and accessories have been increasing each week for the last month. There are several new start ups I will be featuring in the coming weeks. This week we have Progress while The Captain is Dead! in a Harbour along the Pop Up Miniature Terrains.


Kickstarter News: For those who missed Dog Might Games Kickstarter campaign for their Customizable Deck Boxes, you can now visit their newly redesigned website to create and order your very own. You can find my review of the Deck Box they sent me here. Twilight Struggle Digital Edition has surpassed the $215,000 pledge mark with over two weeks left in their campaign. Shadow Throne is closing in on their funding goal with a little over a week and a half  left. You can find our own Ben Gerber’s podcast with Shadow Throne’s game designer, Teal Fristoe, right here.

Progress: Evolution of Technology

Project By: NSKN Games-Ludibooster

Progress: Evolution of Technology is a 2-5 player,with a solo variant, tech tree building game. You will be leading your nation’s research team from the earliest inventions of man, through Medieval and Renaissance Times and into the beginning of the Industrial Age. It is a victory point based game.

Your victory points will be determined by what positions you hold on all three of the Power Tracks. The most advanced player, for each track, will be awarded ten points, second player receives six points, the third player receives three victory points and the last player will receive one victory point. Plus, you also add any victory points from your player board and the technologies you have discovered. After all the tallying is done, he/she with the most victory points is proclaimed the leader of the most advanced civilization and wins the game!

Shipping within US is included. Add $5 for shipping to Canada and EU. Add $10 for shipping everywhere else in the world.

The Captain Is Dead!

Project By: The Game Crafter

A new 2-7 player, frantic, cooperative board game, The Captain Is Dead!,  is available now on Kickstarter from the same company that successfully funded Village In a Box, The Game Crafter. The goal of the game sounds easy enough; get the engines back online and you win! But hold up! Just like any other interesting cooperative board game, the goal is always easier said than done. Your captain is dead, you have an alien ship bombarding your ship with torpedoes and lasers, and hostile aliens are constantly boarding your ship and wreaking havoc.

Just like most of the cooperative board game genre, you will find the phase mechanics familiar. You start the game by drawing the number of cards equal to the number of players to see what immediate crisis has arisen. The first player will take their actions, trying to alleviate the most immediate danger threatening to destroy the ship. After his turn, you draw another card to see the next form of crisis that has befallen upon your crew or ship. Then the second player takes their turn. This will continue unto either you’re crew and ship have been blown to pieces or you are able to successfully fire up the engines and hyperspace away from the hostile alien ship.

Since there are two other games that you can add, the shipping will vary depending on your location and pledge level.

Pop-Up Miniature Terrain

Project By: Stonehaven Miniatures

The transportation and storing of different types of terrain for miniature gaming can be a hassle. Stonehaven Miniatures, with three successful Kickstarter campaigns under their belts already, are ready to help you alleviate that problem with their new Kickstarter campaign, Pop-Up Miniature Terrain Kit.

There are five different settings without the stretch goals added in. You can choose between a graveyard, ruins, gazebo, engine works, and an outpost. Now that the campaign is fully funded, stretch goals are starting to be kicked down. There is already an extra 30 square inches of bushes, debris, and cargo added to the Full & Assembled Kits. Also, the stretch goal for the Viking Village has been surpassed and is now available also.

You can pledge as little as $15 for the pdf. files to print your own terrain and instructions, and access to the tutorial videos, or you can skip all that hub bub and  pledge $160 for a completely assembled set of scenarios mailed directly to you.

Faq at the bottom of the page for shipping information for the non-digital items.


Project By: Michael Mindes

Almost everything Michael Mindes and Tasty Minstrel Games touches and creates turns to gold. With several successful, fun, light  games like Scoville, Coin Age, Templar Intrigue, and Dungeon Roll successfully funded through Kickstarter, they don’t seem to be slowing down.

Their latest game, Harbour, is another light, 2-4 player, easy to learn, hard to master game. It has a simple worker placement mechanic and innovative market for buying and selling.

Players are entrepreneurs in a fantasy harbor, containing your normal fantasy tropes; Elves, Dwarves, Trolls, and others. During the game, players will have one, and yes only ONE, worker to place on an unoccupied building. Your goal is to gather, buy, and sell enough resources to build buildings for their special abilities and prestige points. It’s the prestige points that matter at the end of the game. They are what are needed to win!

Shipping within the US is included. Add $6 for shipping everywhere else in the world.

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Indie Talks Episode 49 – Teale Fristoe and Shadow Throne


In glorious episode 49 I’m chatting with Teale Fristoe of Nothing Sacred Games about their newest project: Shadow Throne. It looks to be a super-fun card game that employs two of my favorite things! Card drafting and backstabbing. Who wouldn’t like that? You can find Shadow Throne on Kickstarter right now through June 27 (’14) so go out and back it!

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Kick The Box June 9th 2014 Edition

Kick The Box

June 9th Edition

This week’s stroll down Kickstarter Lane finds us peeking into the shop windows and finding the #1 game on Board Game Geek going digital, some counters to keep track the value of your life,  a lot of must have’s for die hard fans of Catan, and a little card game that is set in a turmoiled fantasy world, but you are not there to save it.

Kickstarter News: 12 Realms: Ancestors Legacy is entering it’s final week of ending and quickly closing in on the $100,000 mark. March of the Ants finished it’s funding level at a little over $76,000. AVGhost has relaunched it’s Kickstarter campaign.

Twilight Struggle Digital Edition

Project By: GMT Games

Even though the physical version of Twilight Struggle is #1 on Board Game Geek, it isn’t til this last month that I have played it, loved it,  and immediately ordered my own copy of it. I can not wait to play this in a digital format, instead of begging people to play with me!

The game has been handed to the guys and gals at Playdek to develop a digital version of it. The response to the campaign has been nothing short of amazing. It was completely funded in first two hours of the campaign opening, and was passing stretch goals faster then they could post them for the first 48 hours. The campaign funds have skyrocketed beyond the $175,000 level and with the stretch goals reached so far, we will be seeing the game being released on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Windows Tablet and Phone, PS4, Vita, and Xbox One.

The Official Seafarers of Catan Board

Project By: Bill Trammel

Supports all Seafarers of Catan scenarios

For you Seafarers of Catan fans out there, there is a new modular board that will help keep your game during play more organized and easier to set up. The plastic board pieces are broken into strips that make it easy to adjust the game board size.

Also  through Bill’s Kickstarter campaign, for the die hard OCD Catan players, is the Official Collector’s Edition Box.This box looks absolutely amazing and is packed with items to help with organization, including velvet player part drawstring bags, storage for hexes and game pieces, Bamboo part cups with color-matched felt bottoms, and a dice tower to keep rolling your robbers.

There is also a beautiful official Catan bag to help you haul all your expansions to any gaming place of your choosing.

Add between $75-$100, depending on your pledge level, for shipping outside the US. Shipping within the US is included.

Shadow Throne

Project By: Teale Fristoe

For once, your goal is not to be some goody two-shoes noble hero that is trying to save the kingdom, or some group of noble knights that have everyone’s good interest at heart as you set off on your quest to dispatch evil from the land. No, your goal is much simpler than that; to be on the winning side when the fat lady sings and the fighting is all over.

You are a member of a secret society during an age of turmoil. The King still rules with an iron fist, but the Queen is now leading a rebellion against the King, and the Princess has disavowed both her parents and is leading the Church into battle. You don’t care who wins, you just want to be on the winning side when the dust settles. You will be weaving alliances and help determining victors in critical battles, accruing influence for the different factions along the way.

Shadow Throne is a 3-5 player hand drafting, hand management card game that can be played in 30-45 minutes.

Shipping within US is included. Add $15 for shipping outside the US.

Customized Life and Creature Counters for CGGs/Board Games

Project By: Wesley Erwine

Life Counters

Wesley’s counters are a nice addition to anyone’s tabletop game. The looks of them are fully customizable. You can have them plain jane and use them for any collectible card game, board game, or RPG, or depending on your pledge level, you can choose the font and numerical ratio of the counters or add a vector(single color picture) or word to the face of the counter. All backers will be able to choose from twelve different colors.

You can pledge at a higher level, and add even more customization to the counters, by uploading your own art for the counter face. And, in case you missed Wesley’s  successful Kickstarter campaign, Nutsak,  you can add those to go with your counters also.

Shipping within US included. Add $13 for shipping outside US.

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