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What KICKSTARTER(S) are you BACKING and WHY?
southernman wrote: So Awaken Realms put out the Etherfields kickstarter back in July 2019 and I didn't back it, can't remember if it was it sounded not my thing or it was too expensive or not friendly shipping for post-Brexit UK. Recently Shellie mentioned it as it was delayed as long as my Tainted Grail was (and coincidentally I just received an email from Gamefound today asking me to confirm my address for delivery of it - finally ) and then I saw a link on the ISS: Vanguard FB page showing it being unboxed, so I had another read through the completed KS project page and updates .... and I like the sound of it now (plus a few play-through videos assisted), and the PM is open again for late pledges .
Oh dear, may be more money going out ... well I have bailed on a few other KSers in the past few months being picky (sensible) so it may be time for some careless lunacy.
It does sound (to me, now) a brilliantly original idea for a game.
I got it this week and it looks very interesting, although I probably won't be able to play it a for a few weeks due to other games farther ahead in line.
I'm becoming an Awaken Realms junkie ... I thought I was doing well with Nemesis Lockdown in only getting the original and not adding in Lockdown (thus keeping it just under £200 instead of heading towards £350) but now my restraint has just been shattered with the Etherfields PM re-opening (helped by Tainted Grail finally arriving soon) ... and the ISS: Vanguard kickstarter looming waiting to mug me.
I'm in for that as well. Safranito was such a unique game experience that I was happy to pick up the reprint.
Ah_Pook wrote: I backed Hibachi , the new Grail Games reprint/retheme of Safranito. It's a dexterity game but also has commodity speculation and bluffing and set collection? It looks really neat I think.
hotseatgames wrote: last 24 hours for Core Space if people have been on the fence. Expensive, but lots of stretch goals.
Does this require the base game? Can you buy into the original on this KS ala NEMESIS/LOCKDOWN.?
dysjunct wrote: I ended up backing the (recently ended) POCKET PARAGONS, after Vysetron sang its praises on his BGG blog. Broke two of my game acquisition rules, “no 2p-only games,” and “no games with asymmetric roles,” but given that this plays in 3 minutes and is cheap, it shouldn’t be too much of a drag.
I keep trying to find the holy grail of board game replicas of fighting games, so far to no avail.
Pocket Paragons is the only preview I've ever done that I actually went in on a pledge for afterwards because I like the game that much. I think you'll enjoy it. It's better than it has any right to be.
So this binder will contain pages that represent the four sections of the ship, each section being run by a different player (dependent on player numbers), and will have pocket pages for keeping cards for crew, ship components, events, planet discoveries and a lot more, It will also contain the actual rules of the game so you will only need to read the rules of the section you are doing at the time rather than referencing a full rulebook. Every section will even have its own 'memorial wall' page where the cards of crew members from your section who died are placed.
You will build up a number of crew for your section who will have different skills, and then select one of them to join crew from the other sections for the planetary mission where you will place them on your section's player board along with a selection of dice in a pool that they will use for their actions on the planet. The selected crew member will change between missions as injuries or specific skills dictate, and they will have opportunities to gain promotion during the game based around a mechanic of a secret 'task' card they will have for the mission.
Awaken Realms is really pushing the ideas of what you can do with a boardgame recently, Lords of Hellas, Nemesis and Tainted Grail were a start and then Etherfields pushed out even further and now ISS: Vanguard. All of these will probably not appeal to every gamer and, as they are all based on the game experience, maybe for not too many eurogamer-types who prefer elegant mechanics either but I am pretty excited in what they are doing.
PS - Yes, I know, rpgs have been doing similar for decades
Anyway, here are the videos:
Part 1: Landing on the Planet
Part 2: Ship Book
Awaken Realms is really starting a new, or massively enlarging an existing, branch off our boardgame hobby with this game and they are starting to take over my game shelves. Anyway, here is an unboxing video ... and I recommend those that are on poor terms with their bank manager to look away.
Gary Sax wrote: My very brief scrub through the ISS Vanguard prelaunch site is that it's trying to do a sort of Star Trek season thing. Is that about right? It's a great idea, even if I'm not in a financial position to do it having just done the big Core Space box.
Not sure what you meant about the season thing (me showing lack of nerdiness on a nerd site), basically it seems it will be a scifi exploration with co-op ship/crew management, research and planet activities, with dice assignment and use plus hidden information and narrative. I haven't been reading all the updates for months like many have as I don't want to know everything before I see the game.