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04:49 am: 2014 Kickstarter Game Update: Week 6
Game I Backed:
Shipwrights of the North Sea
Status: Funded

In this resource-management game, players are Vikings who are racing to build ships, using a card draft to acquire tools and villagers and other things to assist in the construction. I think the art is quirky and attention-grabbing, and I like the resource management aspect. The one "flaw" is that there are some pretty mean attack cards to sabotage opponents' shipbuilding efforts, but those can be taken out before playing. I debated adding on the game Tanzania, but I'm trying to show restraint...


Games I Viewed:
Province
Status: Funded

This is a worker placement microgame for two players. Its main advantage is that the cost is only $5. It's very small and portable, and it plays quickly. My biggest reservation is that I rarely have opportunities for two-player-only games.


The Piratical Collection of Leather Pouch Games
Status: Funded

This is more of a storefront than a true funding project, if that bothers anyone. It is offering a number of pirate-themed games where the pieces are contained in sea-blue leather pouches that double as the game board. It's certainly quite clever and visually striking. There are also some gorgeous treasure chests.


Dungeon Scroll
Status: Funded

This card game is essentially Scrabble with an atmospheric dungeon crawl theme. Players spell out words using letter cards to get through dungeon challenges and earn gold. It does look interesting, I'm just not much of a Scrabble person.


Honorable Mention:
The Adults of Carcassonne
Status: 79% funded

This campaign offers coaster-sized Carcassonne tiles with meeple shot glasses to turn the classic game into a drinking game.


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From:mangaroo
Date:February 15th, 2014 02:49 pm (UTC)
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The art for Shipwrights is really appealing! It makes me regret that I'm not crazy about competitive resource-management games. Darnit, I'm going to have to set a reminder. It's a New Zealand game, so it looks like it might be challenging to acquire it here.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 15th, 2014 04:42 pm (UTC)
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It makes me regret that I'm not crazy about competitive resource-management games.

If it makes you feel any better, there is no worker placement element, so there is no way to block other players from obtaining resources. Without the attack cards, it's purely a race.

It's a New Zealand game, so it looks like it might be challenging to acquire it here.

The creator is expecting that it will be available to the US retail market, but he's not sure when or at exactly what price. (Quote: "Honestly, it will probably be around the same price in US stores. But I'm not sure just how available it will be at this stage. Sorry if that doesn't help much.")
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From:mangaroo
Date:February 15th, 2014 11:54 pm (UTC)
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Without the attack cards, it's purely a race.

Isn't that an argument for keeping the attack cards in the game? You always sound as if you find "race" games tedious.

And speaking of attacks ... Kickstarter has posted a notice that their accounts registry was hacked and advises members to change their passwords.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 16th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
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You always sound as if you find "race" games tedious.

Dice games, yes. Race games, no.

Race for the Galaxy is one of my favorites, and it's essentially a race game. (It's in the name, even.) What's important to me is that the players' decisions affect the outcome of the race. Games where advancement depends mostly on luck alone are what I find boring.

Kickstarter has posted a notice that their accounts registry was hacked and advises members to change their passwords.

Yeah, that's getting to be a real problem lately. First Target in December, now this. Yeesh.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 17th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
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The art is the main reason I'm starring Shipwrights, too. I'm really trying to control myself with Kickstarter, but it's hard.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 17th, 2014 02:25 pm (UTC)
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I'm really trying to control myself with Kickstarter, but it's hard

No kidding. I backed 15 projects all of last year...I'm already up to 4 campaigns this year, which is more than 25% as much, and it's only February. At least the ones this year are less expensive...so far.
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From:melf42
Date:February 16th, 2014 01:26 am (UTC)
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The Adults of Carcassonne lol
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 16th, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
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Amazing what people will come up with, isn't it?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 17th, 2014 02:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't really drink enough to buy a drinking game (certainly not to spend that much on a drinking game), but I admit I'm sorta tempted about the idea of getting a set of coasters and shot glasses, just for fun. Really like the stones and stuff in the Piratical Collection are really tempting, too, though I'm not really excited about any of the games.

(Must be strong!)
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:February 19th, 2014 03:01 am (UTC)
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I am not allowed to buy meeple shot glasses. I am not allowed to buy meeple shot glasses.

I'm afraid to even LOOK at the pirate-themed sea-blue leather pouches, oh god.

The only way for me to resist Kickstarter is never to look at it at all. I can't resist a sales pitch.

(Have I ever mentioned that I went through a phase of being addicted to QVC? It was around the time I first bought my house. That was bad news. Fortunately it didn't last. But it is just amazing how good those shamwows started to look if I let myself watch for more than five minutes.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 20th, 2014 12:41 am (UTC)
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I am not allowed to buy meeple shot glasses. I am not allowed to buy meeple shot glasses.

I'm afraid to even LOOK at the pirate-themed sea-blue leather pouches, oh god.


Nothing to see here. Move along. (Definitely don't stop to look at the pirate chests.)

Perhaps fortunately, there hasn't been too much of interest so far this week. Then again, I'm expecting the Tokaido project to launch any time now...
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