So, this will be the last Strange Assembly update from sunny Atlanta, Georgia, before I decamp to
better bigger slightly different things. The moving truck pulls up tomorrow, and I’ve got to get this computer boxed up (plus, you know, whatever else in the house is still out). Normally, I would not be taking the time to write any sort of post, much less a Kickstarter-link post. BUT every year we auction an episode of Strange Assembly for charity (specifically as part of the Jack Vasel Memorial Fund auction), and last year that charity auction was won by Gut Shot Games. As a result, we did an interview episode with Ben Cichoski & Danny Mandel, the designers of the upcoming H.E.A.D Hunters. Well, H.E.A.D. Hunters is now on Kickstarter, and because giving to charity is awesome, I wanted to make sure to make sure that you all made sure to check it out.
H.E.A.D. Hunters – First, when looking at H.E.A.D. Hunters, I can’t help but think of this:
“What does H.E.A.D. stand for, Gamer Stevenson?”
“Hero of Every Age and Dimension.”
“And what does that mean to you?”
“It means someone really wanted the initials to spell out ‘head.'”
H.E.A.D. Hunters is essentially a card-driven miniatures game, where your miniature has a big toy factor and you’re “deck” (and everything else you need to play) fits in the miniature’s head. Movement uses the string (with beads on it to mark distance) and the two clear hex platforms. Combat depends on the cards played, and the dice rolled. Each H.E.A.D. Hunter figure has its own distinctive hex-cards (including the health cards that trigger powers as the character takes damage), with at least two figures needed to play. Players can also mix cards from different figures to make a custom Hero Of This Time And Dimension (that’s H.O.T.T.A.D. to you). You can hear more from our live GenCon episode last year, where I got the chance to play (yeah, they’ve been perfecting these for a good bit now).
H.E.A.D. Hunters launched yesterday, so you’ve got until 12:00 am on Friday, June 23, 2017 to back. Rewards start at $22, and work out to $20-$22 per figure, depending on what level/combination you’re going for. At launch, there are four options – the viking (Erik Thanessen), the robot (Xeno X9), an Egyptian themed fellow (Badru), and a Mexican urban legend (the Lechuza). Stretch goals will add additional characters, starting with Valasca (who has a bit of a Wonder Woman look to her, which makes sense because Valasca is a figure from actual mythology, an evil Amazon queen). This is important because I got my kids a giant Valasca pillow at GenCon 2016, and it would be sad if she didn’t make it into the game.
Honorable Mentions: Everything else is an honorable mention today. There’s The Flow of History, a card based civilization game (which I tend to like) getting the TMG “deluxified” treatment (along the lines of Orleans or Yokohama). Diceborn Heroes is a fantasy adventure game involving both dice and cards, where the heroes’ attack deck is replenished by defeating monsters, thus evolving it over the course of a quest. Oh, and if Kickstarter (and IndieGoGo) aren’t enough, you will soon have a tabletop game specific crowdfunding platform – Game On Tabletop.