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What KICKSTARTER(S) are you BACKING and WHY?
In the Light of a Faded World
And my buddy John "Hambone" McGuire (co-host of the excellent Vintage RPG Podcast) has this one going. I've playtested it a ton and candy vouch that its very, very good.
3,2,1...Action! Rocket to Russia
dysjunct wrote: I looked at Ares Project too; the graphic design seemed kind of a mess. Also I haven't played TM in years; one of my group thinks all the decisions are obvious and then he twiddles his thumbs while waiting for his turn to come around.
I would tend to agree with your friend more or less. I like the part of TM that is an engine builder card game. It's not the best example of the form, but it's fun. Then it's saddled onto the rest of the game that takes forever and doesn't add anything meaningful to the decent card game part, and also exacerbates the issues of a card game even more by making it take way longer to end. If you don't luck into drawing good synergistic cards early you're screwed, which is fine in a shorter card game. It's less fine in a 3+ hour long board game. Stripping out the chaff and making it a 60ish minute card game seems like a great way to focus on what was good about the original game.
I'm not sure why they also felt they needed to turn it into RFTG, but whatever. RFTG is fun.
If you see someone focused on cards, work the board.
The terraforming is the goal, not the forming of the terra, or something like that.
This game is tough to get to the table, but I think it's great. And I now own way too much of it.
All delayed stuff is starting to arrive at the same time, with Sword & Sorcery: Ancient Chronicles and Nemesis wave 1 expect in the next two months, then Machina Arcana and Time of Legends: Destinies ... so thanks to this Lockdown I will have a pile of new games sitting waiting for players while I would have been doing nothing for six odd months .
But the good news is that I haven't (yet) succumbed to any new kickstarters ... although was peeking at Wolfenstein and investigating Dawn of Madness.