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04:58 am: Kickstarter Game Update: Week 2
Not much new this week...probably because anyone who intends to launch a project is at GenCon running game demos to drum up interest.

Looking back: Week 1.

Game I Backed:
Havok and Hijinks
Status: Funded


Game I Viewed:
Legends of the American Frontier
Status: 33% funded

In this game, players are characters from the time just after the Revolutionary War, and they must complete adventures that earn points, eventually stringing together the tales of the characters' lives. While I find the theme mildly interesting, the gameplay didn't grab me. Also, the project seems to have stalled at a relatively low amount, so I have doubts about it being funded.

Other game-related news:
I've been trying to keep up with reports of games being released at GenCon, and so far two seem to be worth buying.

Lost Legends
This is a drafting game (each player draws cards, chooses one, then hands the rest to the next player) with a monster-fighting fantasy theme. It is currently voted the #3 best game at the convention. It's not a cooperative game, but at least the players are all fighting their own monsters, not battling each other.

This game is an American reprint of a Japanese deck building game about constructing trains. The game is modeled after Dominion, but it adds extra ways to obtain points via laying rails and building stations on a map. It also adds a mechanic whereby performing actions causes the player to draw "waste" cards that clog the deck and must be managed if the player wants to accomplish anything. I'm sad that the original game appears to be out of print (despite just coming out last year), because I would have liked to get a copy with the kanji for all the cards and locations. (The Japanese version was both Japanese and English. The American version is 100% English. ;_;) If any future expansions are released, though, they will be for the American version (which has different art on the card backs), so maybe it's for the best?



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Date:August 18th, 2013 02:30 am (UTC)
Haha, I knew you wouldn't be able to resist the baby dragons!

I'm looking forward to checking out the GenCon stuff once I'm back with my computer.

PS - hurray for Incredible Edpeditions being funded! On to stretch goals! (Come on, fancy dice!)
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Date:August 18th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
I knew you wouldn't be able to resist the baby dragons!

Predictable? ...Who...me?

hurray for Incredible Edpeditions being funded!

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Date:August 19th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
once I'm back with my computer

Are you Up North right now, or waiting on the delivery of the new laptop?

FYI re: Incredible Expeditions: I met the developer during playtesting, and she mentioned that they are working on releasing pricing for the ??? goals very soon, as soon as they can nail down more of the underlying math, but she was thinking the top goal (the minis for everyone, I think) would be in the 50K range. Hopefully there will be more concrete updates soon.
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Date:August 19th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
I was Up North, but home now. (Though I am actually expecting my laptop today.)

I think the last IE update said she was going to try to post more details on the stretch goals today?
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