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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 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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