Crowdfunding Highlights

Quadrupedly-funded only five days into the Kickstarter: It’s the Conan RPG a/k/a Robert E. Howard’s Conan: Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of. Journey to the savage pulp adventure action of the Hyborian Age with this all-new roleplaying game. There’s a bewildering matrix of reward levels and what you can get with the stretch goals, but it looks like at about $58 you can get everything that’s unlocked as PDFs or the same pledge amount gets you only the core book (physical and PDF) plus an art book (as PDF) and map (physical) or maybe $44 plus shipping for just the core book or maybe $87 for both things but not the art book or… Anyway, delve into the madness of Conan’s reward tiers and see for yourself.

Pinnacle Entertainment Group is bringing the Weird War I setting to the Savage Worlds game system. This is a very short funding drive for the game: only ten days left. In this fourth installment of the Weird War series (WW2, Rome, and Vietnam), it’s crazy horror plus war action in the trenches of Europe. Get the player’s guide and the digital stretch goals as low as $15; GMs will want to pony up $35 for the player’s guide, plus GM handbook, GM screen inserts, a full adventure, and all the digital stretch goals.

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Over on Patreon, Guillaume Tavernier is creating amazing location-based map artwork for fantasy roleplaying games. The city of Tahala is inspired by oriental and Indian architecture. Each month, Guillaume will be producing a new building or area, complete with setting and story hooks with the end goal of creating the entire city, building by building. He’s suggesting a $5 patronage pledge per illustration PDF.

Oh, hey, Argo is back! Flatlined Games brings Argo back to Kickstarter with a more-reasonably attained goal (which it already met!). It’s a Bruno Faidutti and Serge Laget-designed game of astronauts waking up from suspended animation to find the ship is overrun with aliens and they’ve got to get to the escape pods. And just like in the movie Alien, there’s simply not enough space in the escape pods for everybody. Ah, cutbacks! 30 Euros for a copy of the game, which is around $33. Canadian, American, and European-friendly shipping options.


Van Ryder Games has Saloon Tycoon, a 3d tile laying game set in the wild west. As you play the game, you’ll be building a saloon by placing cubes and stacking floors, higher and higher, or expanding out along the road. It physically looks a bit like the setup in Rampage (a/k/a Terror in Meeple City), but here the game is all about creating the best saloon, not about knocking down the buildings with armed bands of outlaws (or irradiated giant lizards). It looks pretty darn cool and you can get a copy by pledging $40.

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Crowdfunding Highlights

Holy cow, I’ve got to learn woodworking and leathercrafting or just get at least $70 together and buy one of these awesome spellbook gaming boxes from Elder Wood. Look at that image below! Oh my goodness! Foam inserts for cards, dice, minis, and more? A reflective surface for use as a dry erase board? The project has already been funded, so follow this link to their kickstarter with your disposable income.


Skip Trace, a party game about bounty hunters featured on Tabletop Deathmatch, is in the final days of a Kickstarter campaign. The boss throws down three cards: an Objective (“Quietly take out…”), a Target (“…delusional cosplayer…”), and a Location (“…at the DMV”). Other players, the hunters, play item cards (“Definitely Not Poison”, “Anime Body Pillow”, and “Enough Legos to Build What You Want.”) to explain how they would accomplish the mission. Back at the $25 level and they’ll send you a goofy fun murder laughfest in a few months.

Hey, whoa, Dice of the Dead? Didn’t I pick up a set of these at Gen Con a few years back? Oh, Battle Bunker Games is making a third set of Zombie-themed six-siders! So a short review time: the set I have are really neat with a biohazard symbol or zombie silhouette on the 6 side of the 16mm die. They’re as good as any of the Chessex six-siders. (I have a feeling that they were custom-made Chessex dice.) This version is purple and silver with four designs (zombie hand, tombstone, skull/brains, and blood splatter) on the six. $15 gets you eight zombie-themed dice.

argoAlthough I don’t have a favorite game designer, I seem to own (and regularly play) a lot of Bruno Faidutti-designed games. So when I stumbled across Burno Faidutti and Serge Larget’s Argo on Kickstarter, I was surprised it wasn’t already funded! UPDATE: Apparently, so were Flatlined Games, who have just cancelled the funding campaign to “reboot it with a better suited
pledge and stretch goals.” They’ll keep us in the loop when Argo returns to Kickstarter. Now, back to the game snapshot already in progress. Here’s the deal: you control a bunch of astronauts, awakened from cold storage, and you’ve got to get off the ship. Because of aliens. But just like the movie Alien, where there were a lot of people in the Nostromo’s crew, the escape pod won’t hold them all. The modular board will have thick, debossed tiles (think Space Hulk) and has been upgraded to include miniatures. Pledge 30 Euros to Flatlined Games (with local shipping options in US, Canada, most of Europe), and you can get your own copy.

The Delta Green RPG is being updated as standalone game and the funding campaign has just over a week left. Take your Cthulhu mythos, move it from the 1920s to the War on Terror, and throw it against an off-the-books government operation charged with stopping the apocalypse and you’ve got Delta Green.  $50 gets you the basic game (or the 1960’s Fall of Delta Green game), and look at all those add-ons and extras, but not too long or you’ll go insane. Geez, as I’m writing this, Arc Dream Publishing just went and hit another stretch goal!


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