Crowdfunding Highlights

BattleCON: Unleashed – The Ultimate BattleCON edition has less than two weeks to go. Just a quick recap, BattleCON is a head to head card game for two players, based loosely around the mechanics and tactics present in 2D fighting games. In BattleCON, players choose characters with unique abilities and powers to test against one another in a battle of tactics, strategy, and intuition. When I think about Kickstarter Level 99 Games is one of the first companies to come to mind. Since 2011 BattleCON and all subsequent expansions (and other L99 games) have been successfully funded, and now comes the big kahuna. Maybe you want to see what all the hype is about and want to start with a couple of characters in the online game? Or you want to grab the newest physical version wanderers? Or perhaps your an experienced BattleCON player looking to obtain some promos and the enormous storage box. This campaign has a little something for everyone.

And now let’s switch gears, from a KS veteran to a newcomer. Wardens is a 1 to 4 player, post-apocalyptic adventure set in a Lovecraftian steampunk universe. Play as Cthulhu and his legion of Starspawn and spread madness over what is left of humanity, or play as the Wardens team as they face an epic, final journey across a ravished world. Wardens can be played 1 VS all, Solo and Co-Op. A bunch of games let you summon Cthulhu, but this game enables you to be Cthulhu (An 81mm Cthulhu no less).  Minis and, Metal coins, awesome art (including a creepy looking Mjolnir card). This, not just another churned out Lovecraft game, playtested at length for your madness… err pleasure, you can find the campaign here.

 

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesThinkFun will give away a package of 42 games to 50 different PTA organizations.

In recognition of World Teachers’ Day, Goliath is giving away prize packages of seven different games to five winners, and to a teacher designated by each of those winners. The games are Let’s Go Fishin’, Lucky Ducks, Mastermind, Pop the Pig, Sequence, Googly Eyes, and Wordsearch.

Ebooks of Pelgrane Press’ Gumshoe games are discounted in a Birthday Sale, up to 75% off.

The Open Gaming Store is holding a Warehouse Clearance Sale with 30% discounts for the duration of October.

Matt is giving away a Dungeons & Dragons adventure book, either Dragon Heist or Dungeon of the Mad Mage.

This West Coast Mommy is giving away two sets of four games each from Pressman: Charades for Kids, Rummikub, Tri-Ominos, and Mastermind.

CoolStuffInc is holding a Columbus Day Sale through the upcoming weekend.

Tilted Table is giving away two tickets to PAX Unplugged (two separate winners of one ticket each).

John Adams is giving away a copy of the Strictly Come Dancing board game, along with two tickets to the Strictly Come Dancing live tour (UK residents only).

Another Path is giving away three sets of dice and dice trays.

Heck of a Bunch is giving away Horror Trivia from Endless Games.

For the upcoming Halloween holiday, Chronicles of Darkness and World of Darkness storyteller screens and deluxe editions are 50% off at Indie Press Revolution.

Four deals are currently running at Bundle of Holding.

  • Tunnels & Trolls—At $7.95, the Solitaire Collection includes solo adventures and quickstart rules. At $19, the Gamemaster Collection includes more adventures and the rulebook.
  • Weird War I and Weird War II—Covering Pinnacle Entertainment’s Weird War line. The former supernatural horror during the Great War for Savage Worlds. The latter titles using the d20 system, as well as Savage Worlds World War II. Get everything, both bundles, all four collections, for $38.
  • Palladium Horror—Including Beyond the Supernatural, Nightbane, and Dead Reign games.

Chatty Patty’s Place is giving away Happy Salmon from North Star Games.

Calliope Games is giving away Dicey Peaks.

Worlds Apart and Tabletop Loot are giving away a set of dice.

Brawlin’ Brothers is giving away Stonebound Saga and its expansion from Sky Kingdom Games.

Emily Reviews is giving away Act Your Wage, a financial education game from Dave Ramsey.

Get a free activity book with orders over £25 from Orchard Toys.

Bakugan is Back

Spin Master today announced the relaunch of Bakugan in time for the property’s 10th anniversary. A new animated show, Bakugan Battle Planet, will be broadcast by Cartoon Network in the United States, Europe, and most of the globe, and by Teletoon in Canada.

The animated series follows the adventures of Dan and his best friends, the first kids on Earth to bond with the mysterious alien creatures known as the Bakugan.

Of course, integrated with the show will be a new toy line featuring the head-to-head battling game with collectible marble-like balls that pop open and transform in to various creatures when rolled over a magnetic card. Spin Master promises “exciting new features that bring revolutionary card and app play,” including graduated play levels, multiplayer games, and alternative strategy options.

Bakugan was a huge hit for Spin Master in the 2008-2011 time frame and drove major growth for the company, whose brands now also include Gund, Meccano/Erector, PAW Patrol, Etch A Sketch, Hatchimals, and Air Hogs.

Bakugan Battle Planet, the animated series, premiers in North America this December. Bakugan toys will be available in the first quarter of 2019.

Partnering with Spin Master on the return of Bakugan are animation companies TMS Entertainment and Nelvana. TakaraTomy will handle Bakugan toys in Japan.

Crowdfunding Highlights

It is my belief that the cube tower is an underused mechanic in gaming.  Ape games must share this belief with me as it is the main piece of there new game The Styhian Society. The Stygian Society is a cooperative dungeon crawl designed by Kevin Wilson (A Game Of Thrones, Elder Sign and numerous other games).

In a very interesting twist, The Stygian Society often requires heroes to sacrifice themselves and their own actions for the good of the party. Battle monsters and fight the forces of evil in this dungeon crawl…errr.. ascent. As of this posting is has three weeks left and has well past it’s funding goal. You can find it here.

 

Next up is the card caddy triple decker. The triple decker Holds 100+ sleeved cards OR 4+ playing card decks. The thing I really like about this Kickstarter is the modular add-ons as stretch goals (although I wish it was a regular purchase option) that you can use it for mini-cards and/or to store dice, tokens, chips coins. The potential to use this storage system for multiple types of games makes it something a little different from your normal deck storage system. The kickstarter can be check out here.

 

The Potion

New from FoxMind is a small bluffing game of alchemy called The Potion. Players start with a number of ingredient tokens, mushrooms, vials, and beetles. Every round, a set of dice are rolled to define which ingredients are required for the potion. They secretly select one token each from their stash and if all-together their ingredients exactly match a die, then those who contributed give up their tokens. The first to narrow their stash to a single ingredient type is the winner.

The Potion comes in a small medicinal style bottle and retails for $12.

Founders Paul and Eden Dedrick have sold Buffalo Games to a group of current management led by CEO Nagendra Raina and backed by private equity firm Mason Wells. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Buffalo Games makes Watch Ya’ Mouth, Brain Games, and a variety of party games. The company is also a major producer of jigsaw puzzles.

Hasbro is partnering with Epic Games to produce Fortnite-based toys and games. Of course, there’s to be a Fortnite Monopoly (due this fall) but also other unspecified games.

Shinobi 7 announced acquisition of the Conan license for tabletop games. Two products are planned. The first, a miniatures game via Kickstarter project. The second, a direct-to-retail card game.

With a license from Sony Interactive, Steamforged Games is pursuing plans for a miniatures-heavy Horizon Zero Dawn board game via Kickstarter. Pledges already total more than $1 million, though Steamforged estimates delivery not until March 2020.

Things from the Flood is a just-launched Kickstarter RPG project that’s a sequel to Tales from the Loop and based on another of Simon Stålenhag’s art books. The new one from Free League Publishing is more grim and bleak than its predecessor.

Coming to Kickstarter on the 1st of October is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay from River Horse.

Then scheduled for November 13th is Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice from Triton Noir. The company promises a cooperative miniatures game focused on stealth mechanisms.

WizKids recently announced a licensing arrangement with WWE. The company will add WWE wrestling personalities to HeroClix and Dice Masters and create WWE board games.

Available now from WizKids is Star Trek Galactic Enterprises, a game in which you play as Ferengi.

Also available now at retail is Munchkin Starfinder. It’s the Munchkin grab-the-loot card game from Steve Jackson Games, based on the Starfinder sci-fi RPG from Paizo Publishing.

Next up for Munchkin is Munchkin Warhammer 40,000 based on the property from Games Workshop. I love the meta of this previewed card, Unpainted.

But Steve Jackson isn’t the only company with a new Warhammer 40,000 license. Devir has made a racing game, Gretchinz, out of the property. WizKids has adapted Warhammer 40K to Dice Masters in Battle for Ultramar. Ulisses did Wrath & Glory, a Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game. And USAopoly has made Warhammer 40,000 Monopoly.

Based on Warhammer Age of Sigmar, PlayFusion recently launched Champions, a collectible card game with an online play option. A non-collectible card game, Warhammer Doomseeker is available from Ninja Division.

EN Publishing, under license from Rebellion, is launching a Judge Dredd and the Worlds of 2000AD roleplaying game on Kickstarter.

IDW will ship to retail this coming February Nickelodeon Splat Attack!, as well as an expansion, Reptar Rampage. The game represents a food fight between teams of characters from various Nickelodeon shows, including Spongebob Squarepants, Hey Arnold!, Rugrats, and Invader Zim.

IDW also signed on with Toei Animation for a series of Dragon Ball games. The first two are due in stores this holiday season. Dragon Ball Super: Heroic Battle has players flicking tokens at each other, while Dragon Ball Z: Over 9000 is supposed to provide a more strategic gameplay experience. In 2019 (after a planned Kickstarter campaign), IDW will release a Dragon Ball Z miniatures game.

Coming this fall from USAopoly is the Dragon Ball Z Power Up Board Game in 3D. Also scheduled to deliver soon is a new Disney Chess Set celebrating 90 years of Mickey Mouse. Available now is one celebrating 25 years of Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas. The company’s latest Monopoly games include Five Nights at Freddy’s Monopoly, Ren & Stimpy Monopoly, and BoJack Horseman Monopoly.

Looney Labs recently released Mary Engelbreit Loonacy, a matching card game with the artwork of Mary Engelbreit.

Dog Might Games is now making officially licensed Vampire: The Masquerade dice trays, storyteller screens, and storage boxes, each with a choice of clan symbol. Orders ship with exclusive V5 loresheets tied to the new Geek & Sundry show, LA by Night.

Elderwood Academy is taking preorders for a Vampire: The Masquerade Spellbook gaming box made from walnut and leather. It also ships with LA by Night loresheets.

Game Bandit

Game Bandit - Scouring the net to find the cheapest discount boardgames and best free boardgame prizesSave 20% on select games in Victory Point Games’ Back to Cool Sale, now through the 17th.

100 Amazon board game deals:

World of Darkness products (all editions) are on sale at DriveThruRPG. Official products are 75% off. Community products are 25% off.

Brawlin’ Brothers is giving away Bunny Kingdom from Iello.

Hubby Helps (UK) is giving away Lowlands from Asmodee.

Board Game Revolution is giving away 40 games, 25 in one grand prize. All entries require membership in a Facebook group.

Miniature Market asks what game you’d like to give to someone else. Answer and maybe they’ll give it for you.

Two bundles covering the King Arthur Pendragon RPG are available now at Bundle of Holding. One includes the core rulebook and essential supplements. The other adds location sourcebooks and scenarios.

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On Wednesday, The Strong in Rochester, New York announced its list of finalists for this year’s induction in to the National Toy Hall of Fame. The group includes four games, as well as a variety of toys, branded and generic:

  • American Girl dolls
  • chalk
  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Magic 8 Ball
  • Fisher-Price Corn Popper
  • Masters of the Universe
  • pinball
  • sled
  • Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Tickle Me Elmo
  • Tudor Electric Football
  • Uno

Final inductees will be announced November 8th but through the 19th of this month, the public can contribute to the selection by voting online collectively one of the 23 member committee.

Among the previous 65 inductees are playing cards, jump rope, Dungeons & Dragons, Monopoly, Mr. Potato Head, roller skates, Barbie, and Scrabble.

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Crowdfunding Highlights

 

A Thief’s Fortune is a card game for 1-4 players and in my opinion, has a unique theme. Each player represents a different possible future of the same character. By visiting various locations, interacting with locals and making sure that certain events you have seen happen, you try to lead the thief away from danger. The concept that you are all playing as the thief but on alternate timelines feels very fresh and original to me. The game has eight days remaining on Kickstarter and can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discworld: Ankh-Morpork has been out of print for a while now, and seems never to be in print again due to the I.P. rights. The game is still highly ranged on BGG (401 Overall) and with that in mind PHALANX has stepped up and taken the Martin Wallace’s design and has been rethemed into the realities of the myths and legends of the Victorian London in a game called Nanty Narking. Set in the world of classic English literature the game is tied to real and fictional characters and places in London. Sweeny Todd? Check. Dr. Jekeyll & Mr. Hyde? Check! Irene Adler? Of Course! (I know that I did not name any real characters, but trust me they are in there). Over 50 mini figures, 24 mini buildings, this box is packed with gaming goodness. So what happened to Nanty Narking? find out…. (Que dramatic music)

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