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06:10 am: 2014 Kickstarter Game Update: Week 5
Games I Viewed:
Lagoon: Land of Druids
Status: Funded

In this tile-laying game, players are druids calling upon the nature powers of the land where their druid tokens are sent. The artwork in this game is spectacular. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed by the gameplay.

Oddball Aeronauts
Status: 58% funded

This is a 2-player card game similar to a strategic version of the classic game War that has the unique advantage that it requires no playing surface. I thought this might be good for, say, waiting in line at Comiket/Disney or playing while on a two-hour train ride to Mt. Fuji. Sadly, it would require the purchase of two decks to play more than two people, and I couldn't justify the expense for a game I probably wouldn't even play for two years. I hope the campaign succeeds, though, because it looks adorable.

The Convicted
Status: Funded

This is a cooperative game in which players are convicted criminals (possibly political criminals?--it says something about proving devotion to the king) who have been exiled and are trying to build a town for themselves in their harsh new land. While the game pieces look incredible, I just couldn't get behind the theme. For one thing, the players are criminals, which is rather off-putting. For another, they are colonizing an already inhabited land and killing off any natives ("hordes of barbarians" according to the project text) who attempt to get rid of the invaders, which--while certainly a believable scenario, based on history--isn't really the kind of goal that I can get behind. Maybe it's a less offensive topic in Poland, where the game was created?

Honorable mention:
Fief - France 1429
Status: Funded

In this game, players are nobles in 15th century France and are trying to establish the most powerful family. Ordinarily I wouldn't be interested at all in an area-control combat game, but this is being produced by the same person who put out Freedom: The Underground Railroad, so I took a look at it. The game itself is stunning, and it has reached so many stretch goals that a ton of extra stuff will come with the pledge. I'm kind of tempted by it, even though I doubt anyone would ever play it with me. I will probably end up resisting, but I thought I'd mention it in case it appeals to someone else out there.

Note: If anyone looked at Scoville but wasn't sure about backing, the base game was upgraded to include support for up to 6 players (so it's a better deal than it was two weeks ago), and a new stretch goal for pepper meeples was added.



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Date:February 10th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
I've also been looking at Oddball Aeronauts and Fief and trying to talk myself out of them. If I got Fief, I would want to get the buildings added on, which would make it like $90 for a game I probably wouldn't play that often, so that's a pass for financial reasons, even though all the stretch goals make it tempting. My problems with Oddball Aeronauts are like yours: I don't play two player games that often (but the four player variant would be kinda expensive), and the big attraction for this is its ability to be played anywhere...which is also something I don't need very often. I would be more tempted if I thought it would be ready before GenCon.
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Date:February 11th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
I would be more tempted if I thought it would be ready before GenCon.

Agreed. If I thought we could play it while waiting in lines or something at the convention, it would probably be worth ordering. But with delivery set for August, odds are not good that it would arrive in time.

If it helps with financial planning, I know of a TON of games that are planned for launch in March. Examples: New Dawn, Arctic Scavengers expansion, Assault on Doomrock (will be Indiegogo rather than KS), and the Allegiance reboot. I know I'll be spending gobs of money then, so I'm holding back right now.
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Date:February 11th, 2014 03:47 pm (UTC)
I know I'll be spending gobs of money then, so I'm holding back right now.

That seems wise. I'm definitely trying to cut back on spending money on too many games anyway, because I feel like I'm not getting enough time to spend with favorites.

(Says the girl going to GenCon, haha.)
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