The purpose of Kickstart This! is to alert our readers to Kickstarter campaigns entering their final week. These are the pick of the Kickstarter litter in our opinion, and if we could, we’d be personally backing every last one of these.

So take a look at these campaigns if they haven’t yet crossed your radar!

Kickstart This! #169: D.E.I. – Divide et Impera

“A competitive game of exploration and survival, based on conquests of resources, and set in a world devastated by a New Ice Age. Control one of the four bands of Survivors, competing with each other for the wealthiest loot to trade with the Pure Caste. Explore London on two levels, between the streets and on the roofs of the old buildings, and find the precious resources of the past era coveted by the Pure Ones: Technologies and Energy cells.”

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Kickstart This! #166: Rocketmen

“A deck-building confrontation of swift decision-making and tactical choices, Rocketmen gives you the feel of taking a front seat in a technologically wonderful spectacle of space exploration. It’s up to your predictive abilities and resource management skills to determine what kind of endeavor would be most suitable for paving the way to Earth’s celestial neighbors. It doesn’t matter whether it would be a low Earth orbit satellite or a manned base destined for the Red Planet; plan your mission carefully, equip your shuttles and rockets craftily, yet do not hesitate when your gut instinct tells you when it’s time to launch!”

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Kickstart This! #164: Return to Dark Tower

“Return to Dark Tower is a cooperative game for 1 to 4 heroes who undertake epic quests, fight fearsome foes, and test their mettle against the looming darkness of the titular tower. Each player controls a unique hero with their own starting inventory and special abilities. Along the way you gain helpful items, powerful virtues, and trusty companions to help you achieve your goal: Find a way into the Tower and defeat a powerful adversary.”

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Kickstart This! #163: Oath: Chronicles of Empire and Exile

“In Oath, one to six players guide the course of history in an ancient land. Players might take the role of agents bolstering the old order or scheme to bring the kingdom to ruin. The consequences of one game will ripple through those that follow, changing what resources and actions future players may have at their disposal and even altering the game’s core victory condition.”

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Kickstart This! #162: Star Realms Deluxe Nova Collection

“Star Realms is a fast-paced game of space battles that combines the fun of a deckbuilding game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game-style combat. The Nova Collection features foil versions of every card from Promo Pack 1, the Gambit Set, Crisis: Bases and Battleships, Crisis: Events, Crisis: Heroes, Crisis: Fleets and Fortresses, the Cosmic Gambit Set and the Star Realms Base set with 6 starting decks and extra Explorers. The set also includes 6 big scoredials, a game board, and a box that holds this collection with or without sleeves.”

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Kickstart This! #160: Unsettled

“A 2-4 player cooperative survival adventure set in the wondrous and unnerving fringes of uncharted space” without enemies or combat, where every game features a different set of survival tasks to complete; players can choose to play from among 6 different planet boxes, each functioning as a different standalone base game with different environments, roles, stories, survival tasks, and types of game-play.

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