Previously, On Kickstarter… #680

(or here’s a list of what launched yesterday that might deserve a closer look)

Project: Mine Your Business

Designer: Art Casey

Artist: Gabi Naftaly

Publisher: Envy Born Games

Genre/Mechanisms: chaining, cooperative game, fantasy, highest-lowest scoring, modular board, moving multiple units, once-per-game abilities, pattern building, puzzle, solo / solitaire game

Player Count: 1-4

Solo Mode: yes

Complexity: light

Risk: HIGH

Summary: “A quick and tricky spatial puzzle that encourages clever planning and pattern recognition, all while being sparkly. The game features many modes of play, including solo, cooperative, and competitive rule sets. In each mode, you will take actions on your turn to manipulate the game board and attempt to align chains of resources, so that they may be collected once your mine cart is aligned with them. You will do this by swapping, rotating, and revealing the different resource cards that make up the game board. There is also a hungry goblin within the mine which will do its best to destroy your recently created resource paths, as well as try and eat you. Make sure you do everything in your power to avoid the goblin, and wisely utilize the tools available to you. The cleverest gnomes may even catch the goblin, eliminating it from the game. Take care to avoid the dangers of the quarry, and steer clear of your pesky adversary. Sneak around dangerous creatures, enchant the land, and Mine Your Business. The game will end when the mine carts belonging to each player have reached the end of the board, or if a goblin eats even a single gnome. The player with the most resources at the end of the game will stake the claim as Major Miner.”

Base Pledge (w/shipping): $32

All-In (w/shipping): $51

Campaign Ends: 10/26

Game Ships: June 2023

Funding Status: Currently at 52% with 28 days to go.

Project: The Royal Re-Launch of Kingmaker

Designer: Andrew McNeil (Battlegame Book 2: Knights at War, Battlegame Book 4: World War II, Kingmaker)

Artist: Mat Edwards (Titanic)

Publisher: Gibsons

Genre/Mechanisms: area movement, civil war, dice rolling, events, medieval, movement points, political, simulation, wargame

Player Count: 2-7

Solo Mode: no

Complexity: medium-heavy

Risk: HIGH

Summary: “Kingmaker simulates the Wars of the Roses, the period of sporadic Civil War in England between 1450 and 1490. Ruled by a weak and mentally unstable king, Henry VI, demoralized by the defeat in France at the end of the Hundred Years War, and encouraged by the ambitions of Richard, Duke of York, and his sons; the country’s Noble families used their large private armies in attempts to gain control of the government. The game is based on the premise that the powerful Noble families used the Lancastrian and Yorkist princes as pawns in a greater game of gaining control of England. Players control factions using their military and political power to control and influence the royal heirs, supporting the heir in their control as king while trying to take down all of the other heirs.”

Base Pledge (w/shipping): $81

All-In (w/shipping): $110

Campaign Ends: 10/14

Game Ships: Mar. 2023

Funding Status: Funded; currently at 117% with 16 days to go.

Project: Terraforming Mars: The Dice Game

Designer: Jacob Fryxelius (After the Virus, Terraforming Mars, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition)

Artist: Isaac Fryxelius (Angel Fury, Brawling Barons, Terraforming Mars)

Publisher: Stronghold Games (Great Western Trail, Terraforming Mars, Terraforming Mars: Ares Expedition, That’s Pretty Clever!, Village)

Genre/Mechanisms: dice, economic, science fiction

Player Count: 1-4

Solo Mode: yes

Complexity: medium-light

Risk: medium-low

Summary: “In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.”

Base Pledge (w/shipping): $45

All-In (w/shipping): $45, same as above

Campaign Ends: 10/13

Game Ships: July 2023

Funding Status: Funded; currently at 885% with 15 days to go.

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