You may not have been able to tell, but I have kind of been trying to keep myself off of Kickstarter for the last couple of months, after going on a bit of a pledging binge. It’s just too hard to resist temptation sometimes. It really shouldn’t, what with how many polished and already available board games there are on the market, but it is. With that in mind, here are three entries to test your willpower:
Savage Thunderscape: You remember Thunderscape, right? Shawn Carman’s restoration of the World of Aden? Well, you should. Anyhow … Thunderscape was originally designed for use with the Pathfinder system, but it turns out that Savage Worlds is pretty popular too, so Kyoudai Games is trying its hand at a Savage Worlds version of their steam-but-not-punk setting. This is a PDF/Print-on-demand release, so the price points are a relatively low $10 for the ‘bare bones’ PDF, $15 for the fancy trade dress version, and $20+ for printed material (meaning your pledge gets you the ability to buy print-on-demand copies at a cost). There are also relatively affordable (aka, $500 not $5000) fancy pledge levels for things like “design an island,” if you’re into that sort of thing. Savage Thunderscape is about 2/3 of the way to being funded, with a little over three weeks to go.
The Titan Series: The Titan Series seems to be bucking recent board game Kickstarter trends. Despite frequent complaints that Kickstarter is moving towards just being a pre-order system, board game Kickstarters have trended in that direction, with more games not hitting Kickstarter until they’re almost ready to come out anyway. The Titan Series, on the other hand, is something of a Kickstarter throwback, promising a series of games over a more extended time frame. In particular, the Titan Series will consist of 9 gateway games, each by a different established game designer (headliner: Richard Garfield), released three per year from 2016 through 2018. Although backers can also enter pledges for the games from individual designers, the default pledge level is $145, or about $16 per game. The Titan Series is fully funded, but there has slightly less than three days left, so check it out now if you’re interested.
No Thank You, Evil!: A roleplaying game aimed at families, and using a modified version of the Cypher system (seen in Numenera and The Strange), No Thank You Evil presents multiple levels of play that can be intermingled so that players of different ages/skill levels can all sit down at the table together as they help save Storia and its fanciful inhabitants from Evil. The picture above is what you get for the standard, $40 pledge level, and there is a $70 deluxe version available. No Thank You Evil is already tens of thousands of dollars over its target, with about three weeks to go.