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06:43 am: 2014 Kickstarter Game Update Week 23
Games I Backed:

Progress: Evolution of Technology
Status: Funded

In this card game, players develop civilizations by building upon ancient technologies to create more discoveries and advancements. I like the game mechanic of using cards as currency, so the player has to decide which cards to play for their rewards and which to discard to pay for the others.


Forge War
Status: Funded

Players in this complex game are guild masters who run competing mines to gather resources to forge weapons to outfit adventurers who are then sent out on quests. The game has both basic (1 hour) and epic (3 hour) versions. Talk about Lords of Waterdeep on steroids.


Games I Viewed:

XenoShyft Onslaught
Status: Funded

This is a cooperative deckbuilding game in which the players have to work together to defend against waves of aliens. I like the concept of the game, and I think it's interesting that players can actually trade cards to help modify each other's decks, but the art is a bit dark for my taste. Also, the game is described as "brutal," which doesn't particularly appeal to me. If it were about $15 cheaper, I might risk it, but as it is I don't think I'd get my money's worth of play out of it.


Essen
Status: 60% funded

In this game, players are vendors at the large game convention Internationale Spieltage, also known as Essen after the city in Germany in which it is held. While I like the idea of the game, the art is just terrible.


Essen The Game
Status: 51% funded

Players in this game experience what it is like to attend the Essen game convention with wishlists of games to buy. I think this one does a good job of simulating the Essen shopping experience, such as the process of purchasing more games weighing the player down and making him move more and more slowly until the player makes a trip out to the parking lot to dump the games into a car. The problem I see is that, by using actual Spiel 2013 games, the Essen game itself is quickly going to become dated. I'm also not particularly fond of the way the board looks extremely cluttered.


Honorable Mention:

Reading Rainbow
Status: Funded

In this project, LeVar Burton is attempting to bring Reading Rainbow to electronic devices and give subscriptions to schools that need it.


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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:June 7th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
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I got suckered into pledging for Beowulf because Julie linked me to it. I haven't researched the gameplay deeply, but the theme/art sucked me in - plus, the basic early bird (which I managed to grab a slot of) wasn't too expensive.

I got to play a lot of games with my family at the beach! Well, "a lot" for me. Some Pandemic, some Lords of Waterdeep, Forbidden Desert (I think I might like the sequel even better than the original), and Hanabi.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2014 05:06 pm (UTC)
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Yay for lots of gaming!

I didn't bother to look at Beowulf because the "raid your neighbors" aspect in the description was a pretty big turn off for me. I hope you enjoy it, though.
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From:mangaroo
Date:June 7th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Forbidden Desert is awesome!! (Um...you needed the confirmation?) It's just too fussy for me to play solo. Not that I play the physical game of Forbidden Island since I got the ipad version. Now I want ipad Forbidden Desert.
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From:mangaroo
Date:June 7th, 2014 05:08 pm (UTC)
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So glad to see the Reading Rainbow project is funded!

TWO Essen-themed games?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2014 10:05 pm (UTC)
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TWO Essen-themed games?

I know, right? And their campaigns started only one day apart.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:June 7th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
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As long as we're bringing up non-game crowdfunding projects, I'll link solar roadways for anyone who hasn't seen that. (I'm glad the pendant was sold out by the time I saw it so I wouldn't be tempted to spend $150.)

I like the game mechanic of using cards as currency, so the player has to decide which cards to play for their rewards and which to discard to pay for the others.

I think you're really going to like Fleet.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
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I'll link solar roadways for anyone who hasn't seen that.

I think I've seen it mentioned on the news, but I didn't look at the project itself at the time. It definitely seems like a good idea with lots of flexibility.

I think you're really going to like Fleet.

I'm looking forward to trying it.
From:mangaroo
Date:June 7th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
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I like the game mechanic of using cards as currency, so the player has to decide which cards to play for their rewards and which to discard to pay for the others.

So it's like Dragon Hoard? And...was it San Juan or Puerto Rico you played in Japan, where cards bought buildings?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
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So it's like Dragon Hoard?

Progress: Evolution of Technology is kind of like that, except without the attack cards. Progress does have the added mechanic that players can draw from the discard pile, though, so anything you use as currency could then be drawn by your opponent. Something else to think about.

And...was it San Juan or Puerto Rico you played in Japan, where cards bought buildings?

That was San Juan, and yes, that also uses the same mechanic.
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