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06:43 am: 2014 Kickstarter Game Update Week 23
Games I Backed:

Progress: Evolution of Technology
Status: Funded

In this card game, players develop civilizations by building upon ancient technologies to create more discoveries and advancements. I like the game mechanic of using cards as currency, so the player has to decide which cards to play for their rewards and which to discard to pay for the others.


Forge War
Status: Funded

Players in this complex game are guild masters who run competing mines to gather resources to forge weapons to outfit adventurers who are then sent out on quests. The game has both basic (1 hour) and epic (3 hour) versions. Talk about Lords of Waterdeep on steroids.


Games I Viewed:

XenoShyft Onslaught
Status: Funded

This is a cooperative deckbuilding game in which the players have to work together to defend against waves of aliens. I like the concept of the game, and I think it's interesting that players can actually trade cards to help modify each other's decks, but the art is a bit dark for my taste. Also, the game is described as "brutal," which doesn't particularly appeal to me. If it were about $15 cheaper, I might risk it, but as it is I don't think I'd get my money's worth of play out of it.


Essen
Status: 60% funded

In this game, players are vendors at the large game convention Internationale Spieltage, also known as Essen after the city in Germany in which it is held. While I like the idea of the game, the art is just terrible.


Essen The Game
Status: 51% funded

Players in this game experience what it is like to attend the Essen game convention with wishlists of games to buy. I think this one does a good job of simulating the Essen shopping experience, such as the process of purchasing more games weighing the player down and making him move more and more slowly until the player makes a trip out to the parking lot to dump the games into a car. The problem I see is that, by using actual Spiel 2013 games, the Essen game itself is quickly going to become dated. I'm also not particularly fond of the way the board looks extremely cluttered.


Honorable Mention:

Reading Rainbow
Status: Funded

In this project, LeVar Burton is attempting to bring Reading Rainbow to electronic devices and give subscriptions to schools that need it.


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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:June 7th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
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So it's like Dragon Hoard?

Progress: Evolution of Technology is kind of like that, except without the attack cards. Progress does have the added mechanic that players can draw from the discard pile, though, so anything you use as currency could then be drawn by your opponent. Something else to think about.

And...was it San Juan or Puerto Rico you played in Japan, where cards bought buildings?

That was San Juan, and yes, that also uses the same mechanic.
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