Yo Ho, Yo Ho and a Pile of Games – Friday Tabletop Kickstarter Update

Hello! Welcome to Friday Tabletop Kickstarter Update! For info on what is going on here, check out this introduction. As we enter the summer, and the convention season, look out for a pile of new games to hit Kickstarter. This is only the beginning.

Remember that I am in no way endorsing these games, I have not played them, I have not talked to the publishers. Back at your own risk.

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Apparent Weight: Medium
Genre: Hand management, Set collection, Drafting

If you have been following the world of Tabletop on Kickstarter, you have surely heard of Asmadi Games, and more importantly Glory to Rome. Asmadi and Carl Chudyk are back again with Glory to Rome’s spiritual successor: Mottainai. In this new incarnation of similar mechanics, players are working in a Buddhist temple trying build up a collection of items to sell to visitors. If you are looking for a deep game with a small footprint, look no farther, Mottainai is your game.


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Apparent Weight: Medium-Light
Genre: Factory building, Worker placement

Another veteran of Kickstarter, Kristian Amundsen Østby (who is known for the fantastic Escape!), is back on Kickstarter looking to fund a new design. Automania looks fairly different from Escape; however, it still appears just as polished and streamlined. Players are managing their own car factories trying to get the most sought after cars to the right markets. If lighter Eurogames are your thing, go check out this campaign.


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Skull Tales
Apparent Weight: Medium
Genre: Pirates!, Adventure game, Miniatures

If you have read some of my reviews, you may know I am a huge Pirate fan, thus Skull Tales speaks directly to the privateer in my heart. Taking the scope of an epic sea adventure, players scuttle around a looking for various challenges and missions in the adventure phase and then navigate their way back to port during the voyage phase. The campaign page is worth looking at with lots of images of the game and plenty of rules and reviews.


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Apparent Weight: Medium
Genre: Dice placement, Area majority

Back for more after their two successful campaigns for The Lord of the Ice Garden, Polish publisher Red Imp is looking to fund their latest game Achaia. Further developing on the dice placement mechanic seen in Alien Frontiers, Euphoria and others, Achaia challenges players to strategically use their influence to control the kingdom of Troy. With some great artwork, and awesome table presence, Achaia is not one to be passed over.


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Tides of Infamy
Apparent Weight: Medium
Genre: Horror, Pirates, Exploration, Card based combat

It must be a good week! Two Pirate games! Adding a dash of horror, Tides of Infamy sets players out to conquer the seas directly fighting their swashbuckling opponents. One of the innovations of this game is how combat is resolved using a modified poker mechanic to handle who wins. Very interesting. Be sure to take a look at Tides of Infamy.


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From Trading in the Mediterranean to FPS, I love games. While I grew up in a house without consoles, PC gaming and board gaming were a large part of my formative years, and continue to influence my life. In this golden age of board gaming, I have jumped in headfirst in to anything table top. As a ludilogical student, I love thinking about how games work, their mechanics, their elegance and most importantly, enjoying how fun they are.

Favorite Board Game (at the moment): Twilight Struggle
Favorite PC Game (base solely on play time): Tie between WoW and DII

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