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What KICKSTARTER(S) are you BACKING and WHY?
Legomancer wrote: Finally, a DARK MINIATURES game about DARK HEROES who NEED TO PEE
FYI, not that anyone really cares, that miniature is a sculptor's take on what he thinks is a Wudang or Tai Chi sword cross-stance which is common in these types of Chinese martial arts. The feet, body mechanics, position of the arms, the type of swords used, and the hand positions of this miniature are all wrong though. The swords used in this style of fighting requires a cross-stance in order to generate and absorb enough circular energy to deflect an opponent's coming weapon strike in order to setup a counter-strike. The swords are spring steel, flexible, and can't withstand a direct strike from a heavier sword so they deflect strikes along the flat of the blade and absorb and redirect the energy.
Here's what the fighting style looks like.
stoic wrote: FYI, not that anyone really cares, ... The swords are spring steel, flexible, and can't withstand a direct strike from a heavier sword so they deflect strikes along the flat of the blade and absorb and redirect the energy.
I really care, because you're right. Having practiced iaido for a number of years, in addition to weapons practice in aikido, it makes me cringe every time I see two people fighting with katana and getting into the typical European edge-to-edge block because both of those idiots have either just broken their blades or locked them together such that neither of them are usable. You block with the flat to redirect and to not break your sword. That means you have to turn your wrists. It's far closer to a proper golf swing, but everyone in Western movies is shown wielding one like a baseball bat.
Sandy Petersen launched his sorta 4x asymmetric space game Hyperspace . Why I think it's notable from a KS point of view is this is their first project where they ditched the "Stretch Goal" nonsense, even noting on the page that it's a "bit of a sham." I also appreciate their approach to shipping, passing on most of the cost transparently. They do have some "exclusives" in 8 alien sculpts (to replace 8 tokens), but those are in the $70 pledge. You also need to spend close to $350 (with shipping) to get the best deal, so not saying everyone should be jumping on in. But I appreciate more transparency in campaigns, and they nailed it for me with this one.
The one I hadn't expected and kind of blind-sided me was 1001 Odysseys . It's basically a Narrative/Choose-Your-Own Adventure game with space travel with a cool watercolor aesthetic. But really why I am, at least for the moment, backing it is that the creative team for it is made up of 7 women. It's also being published by Asmadi Games, who already did a very good thing with One Deck Dungeon having a full female cast with realistic proportions. Need to spend some more time researching it, but I'm happy to see some more diversity in projects and their creators out there...
I'd rather see it be a smaller launch, with other races coming out after the game was well established. But I know that is not the Kickstarter way.
I'll be keeping my money.
I like Jump Drive, which this is a differently themed version of (with other differences).
And then, after saying that's probably enough KSers arriving at the end of the year, I spotted something that looked like a pretty good post-apocalytic adventure game using the 'story book' mechanic that has become pretty popular in the last few years and that hooks me in (plus it's based on our 'cuzzies across the pond's island). Anyway if it sounds interesting to anyone it's called Waste Knights (oh, and I managed to have my FB entry for a card picked for the game - using my antipodean insider knowledge - so have to buy it now)
This is...different. I think it still looks solid and I'm interested in the inclusion of more narrative elements. I'm backing as well.