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07:42 am: 2015 Kickstarter Game Update Week 24
Games I Viewed:
Trove: The Crystal Caverns
Status: Funded

This is an asymmetrical game for 2-4 players in which each player has a completely different style of play and ultimate goal for victory. I think it's a really interesting idea, I just have doubts that it would get any table time among all my other game choices.


Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game
Status: 21% funded

This is a high fantasy RPG-style game that can be played either competitive, cooperative, or solo. The art is gorgeous (though I see they were careful to remove the image of the scantily clad woman that was prominent on the pre-KS test page). I've been following the development of this game on BGG for over a year, so I know a lot of work has gone into it. Right now, however, I don't know that I'd be willing to fork out $75 for it.


Honorable mention:
Tabletopia
Status: Funded

This is a digital platform that allows board game designers and publishers to upload their games for people to play electronically. It will be run as a tiered subscription service, such that someone with a premium account can invite basic members into a private room to play premium games. They compare it to a Netflix subscription; I would probably compare it to a WoW subscription, since that's what I play. I am tempted by this one, since it would allow gaming with friends and family living far away, but with my crazy work schedule I know that timing a game would take a lot of planning and therefore the amount of use might not be worth the subscription cost.


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From:mangaroo
Date:August 29th, 2015 10:10 pm (UTC)
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Trove sounds fascinating. I like that the knight is female, and that you can play as the cave (the cave!). But reading the KS overview, I worry that some of the 2-3 player scenarios may not be well-balanced. I would love to see a playthrough video. Though of course I wouldn't pledge because it requires other people to play. Maybe we could do the print-and-play version sometime?

Re: Tabletopia. Of course we've played Dominion online and I've played Waterdeep via the iPad app, but I think a huge part of the appeal of tabletop games is their physicality (tactility?) and the companionship of being in the same room.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:August 30th, 2015 02:04 am (UTC)
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Trove sounds fascinating. I like that the knight is female, and that you can play as the cave (the cave!).

That is definitely an original twist.

I think a huge part of the appeal of tabletop games is their physicality (tactility?) and the companionship of being in the same room.

True, but if one can only see friends face-to-face 3-4 times a year, then an online version that could be played every week (based on how often we used to meet up for Dominion) has a considerable advantage. It's more interactive than simply doing nothing, and it wouldn't have the infinite time-sink elements of a MMORPG like WoW, because each game is a distinct event. (Players wouldn't have to commit to days and days of play time to level a character, for example.)

That's not to say I particularly want to spend $10/month for a subscription, just that I can see the appeal.
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