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What KICKSTARTER(S) are you BACKING and WHY?

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28 Aug 2018 17:36 #280543 by DarthJoJo
Backed my first Kickstarter for over $20 last fall: Godtear by Steamforged Games (of Dark Souls infamy but also Guildball famy). It’s another miniatures game looking to recreate a MOBA with teams made of three champions and their followers, but it looked clean in rules and play, and the Team Covenant guys loved it, though they love everything.

Anyway, the interesting thing is that they’ve essentially turned all backers into play testers. Rules and character updates are released most weeks with questions on play and fun. On the one hand it could seem lazy and even mildly exploitive. On the other it’s a way to keep excitement up and get the most perspectives on balance.

A counterbalance to the Evil Dead and Terminator news, mayhaps.
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28 Aug 2018 17:47 #280544 by Ken B.
To add productively to the conversation, I don't have any Kickstarters that I'm backing that are in progress, but I am waiting on:


Lords of Hellas Wave 2
Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3
Batman Gotham City Chronicles
Western Legends
Run Fight or Die v2.0 (just finished up their funding portion)
Court of the Dead: Mourner's Call
Tiny Epic Zombies
Guardian's Call
Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done
Siege of the Citadel v2.0 (This one is a year late now and still waiting.)

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28 Aug 2018 17:50 #280545 by hotseatgames
Kickstarters I'm awaiting...

Lords of Hellas, which is hellas late.
Nemesis - looking great.
Brook City - high hopes for this after Street Masters turned out to be awesome
Glamazons - um....

I'll be jumping in on Street Masters Aftershock on October 23.
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28 Aug 2018 22:22 - 28 Aug 2018 22:22 #280580 by Nagajur

hotseatgames wrote: Kickstarters I'm awaiting...

Glamazons - um....


Ahh, those were the simpler days of years past.
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29 Aug 2018 09:08 #280596 by Legomancer
I have a few I'm waiting on at the moment. Right now I'm agonizing over Pax Pamir 2e.

I have the first edition. I think there's something there, but:

* I found the rules impenetrable and have not felt comfortable trying to teach it, even after being taught by others

* I suspect it will not go over well in my main group, and will be primarily for a subset of it. I already have way too many games to play with those particular players

* Right now I have the setup where the 1e sits in the box with Pax Porfiriana. Of the two, I'd currently much rather just play Porfiriana, which I know fairly well and like (and which still doesn't get a lot of play)

* $60 is pricey with so much hanging over it.

I read the 2e rules and they do seem a lot cleaner. But I'm still pretty sure that it's too conflicty and not wizardy enough for my main group. I don't need a $60 toad.

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29 Aug 2018 09:16 #280599 by charlest
I'll join in with my waiting on list:

Lords of Hellas 2nd Wave
CW Onslaught 3
Batman Gotham City Chronicles (I'm reselling this I think)
Middara
Dungeon Degenerates Expansions
Deep Madness (selling this one)
Mythic Battles: Pantheon 1.5
Skull Tales: Full Sail
Nemesis


I'm likely going to back new Claustrophobia as well.

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29 Aug 2018 09:20 - 29 Aug 2018 09:21 #280600 by Legomancer
oh, here's what I'm waiting on:

Xia plus the thing and the thing
Dual Powers
Fire in the Library
Imperium
Cogs and Commissars
Bloc by Bloc

also my friend and I went in together on the Nigerian Board Games thing on Indiegogo
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29 Aug 2018 11:11 - 29 Aug 2018 11:43 #280616 by Ken B.

charlest wrote: I'll join in with my waiting on list:

Lords of Hellas 2nd Wave
CW Onslaught 3
Batman Gotham City Chronicles (I'm reselling this I think)
Middara
Dungeon Degenerates Expansions
Deep Madness (selling this one)
Mythic Battles: Pantheon 1.5
Skull Tales: Full Sail
Nemesis


I'm likely going to back new Claustrophobia as well.



On Batman, can you elaborate why you're thinking of selling it? The Conan battle system gets me giddy and the Batman theme is 150% more my jam in every way.

(Not an interrogation, just a conversation starter. My game tastes usually hew fairly closely to yours.)



EDIT: I've also been having a difficult time figuring out if there's any reason to back "new" Claustrophobia if you have the old + expansion.
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29 Aug 2018 11:30 #280619 by Gregarius
I've finally weaned myself off of the KS teat, so I don't have many left I'm waiting for:
Deep Space D-6 (solo space-themed dice game)
Tripods & Triplanes (War of the Worlds meets Wings of Glory, literally)
Pulp Detective (solo detective dice game)
Martin Wallace's Lincoln (ACW game that I really waffled on. May sell without playing.)
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29 Aug 2018 11:47 - 29 Aug 2018 11:48 #280620 by charlest

Ken B. wrote: On Batman, can you elaborate why you're thinking of selling it? The Conan battle system gets me giddy and the Batman theme is 150% more my jam in every way.

(Not an interrogation, just a conversation starter. My game tastes usually hew fairly closely to yours.)


I love Conan (although I do hate how it embraces Howard's objectification of women). I was on the fence on Batman and ultimately backed it because it was possibly now or never. I have a lot of Conan - stretch goals stuff, 2 of the big boxed expansions, a scenario book, a hardback campaign book. I'd rather just keep playing Conan.


EDIT: I've also been having a difficult time figuring out if there's any reason to back "new" Claustrophobia if you have the old + expansion.


The rules tweaks/changes from Croc are enough for me (he has my trust as a designer). Is that enough of a reason? Not totally sure. But I sold my copy of the original when this was announced and I'm in for it.
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01 Sep 2018 17:54 - 01 Sep 2018 17:57 #280935 by Ah_Pook
waiting for:

The Estates (about a month out)
Songbirds (delayed, dunno)
Savage Planet: Fate of Fantos (imminent delivery)
Cake Duel (imminent delivery)

just backed:

Pax Pamir 2e


I've tried hard to stop backing kickstarters, but occasionally i end up backing one anyway. typically if my wife expresses interest I'll back something (Cake Duel, Songbirds). The others are just failures of willpower that would almost assuredly be better off bought at retail later. But hey, what can you do.
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01 Sep 2018 18:25 - 01 Sep 2018 18:49 #280940 by Frohike
I'm resisting Pamir (don't have the group) and Ancient World (I'm starting to realize that I enjoy Laukat's small box games more than his larger titles). I think Claustrophobia and whatever campaigns Goblinko has planned will probably be it for me this year.

On the non-KS front, my eyes are turning toward Railways of the World, which seems to be universally loved in my Geekbuddy list.
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11 Sep 2018 13:55 #281441 by NeonPeon
I'm backing the Fantasy Trip, as I've always wanted to play Melee and Wizard but never got around to hunting them down. Good to see new editions!

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11 Sep 2018 14:19 #281443 by Gregarius

Frohike wrote: On the non-KS front, my eyes are turning toward Railways of the World, which seems to be universally loved in my Geekbuddy list.

I'm embarrassingly tempted by the new edition, even though I have no possible way to justify getting another copy of it. But I love the game and it's so pretty...

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12 Sep 2018 10:29 #281481 by BaronDonut

Legomancer wrote: I read the 2e rules and they do seem a lot cleaner. But I'm still pretty sure that it's too conflicty and not wizardy enough for my main group. I don't need a $60 toad.


Hey man, I'm pretty sure we live in the same area (I teach down at HCC), feel free to give me a holler if you wanna play something weird and wonky that yr standard group may not dig.
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