Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kickstart the Week: Epic Boardgame Edition!

Some people will argue that there are too many games on Kickstarter. They predict a bubble that will burst at some point, ending the new school method of production funding… leaving us where we were a few years ago, or opening up a door for a brand new process.

While there are a lot of games on Kickstarter (a few hundred at any given point, it seems), right now it's easy to argue that there are too many good games on Kickstarter.

Which to pledge to? Well, here are three that you can't miss out on. All three launched within a few days of each other, and all three soared to hit 50% of their funding goal in very little time. And these are games that have been in the works for a while now. We've spoken about two of them at least a few times before.

First up is Salmon Run, a game that I've been looking forward to since I played a prototype at Unpub 2 in January.


Short description: A highly customizable modular board game race to the finish using deckbuilding as a base. And you play as SALMON!

Pledge Level Sweet Spot: $40 gets you a full copy of the game, free US shipping, and 3 of each of the Kickstarter Exclusive Bald Eagle and Grizzly Bear cards.

Funding Goal: Salmon Run has a low initial goal of just $6,000 and it's currently 79% funded. There is a long time to go, and they've hinted at some stretch rewards. 

Click through the jump for Mars Needs Mechanics and Story Realms!

Next up is Mars Needs Mechanics, which we've mentioned as well, even as recently as our Gen Con Recap (part 2)


Short description: A wonderful and quick commerce game with a high concept steampunk theme. From the publisher of Chicken Caesar.

Pledge Level Sweet Spot: $45 gets you a full copy of the game, free US shipping, a sweet box wrap, and a Kickstarter exclusive mechanism card.

Funding Goal: This game is a hefty $15,000, but in just one holiday weekend it's managed to reach 49% of its goal. The first stretch reward has been announced too. If they hit $35,000 all of the components will be upgraded to a high-quality linen-covered material.


And finally... Story Realms! A game I've never talked about before, but one that has absolutely caught my eye. I met the co-designer at Gen Con, and heard very good things from those who were able to play.

Short description: A storytelling RPG / board game set in the meta-fictional universe of Storm Hollow. Suitable for all ages too.

Pledge Level Sweet Spot: It's $75, but you'll get a lot for your money. The full Story Realms Box Set including one copy of Story Realms: Preludes and one copy of Story Realms: Pieces of A Broken World, plus access to stretch rewards and free shipping. You can get into the game for cheaper, but this reward level is very hard to resist.

Funding Goal: The goal is $20,000, but it's already 62% there. I have a feeling this one will do very well, and the creators must as well. Their is a massive stretch goal chart going all the way up to $250,000. I would love to see it go that high.


And that concludes the epic boardgame edition of Kickstart the Week. Does your wallet feel as empty as mine?

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