Periodically I’ll be browsing Kickstarter looking for upcoming boardgames (or games in general) that spark interest.
So here are a couple that have caught my eye recently:
Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy
- Game by Little Nuke Games
- $22,597 pledged of $35,000 goal
- 14 Days to go (03/07/2015)
This game seems to be a fast-paced war game, which at face value just seems to be another Risk knock-off. Players take on one of 8 factions and compete in a set number of turns to try and take over the world.
I originally was ready to just skip past this game, as war strategy board games do absolutely nothing for me. I unfortunately lack any kind of nerve whatsoever when it comes to making plays, and the guys I play with are ruthless dicks so I get wiped out pretty early on. I was curious to see what’s made this game so popular though, so I decided to have a read through. It looks as though the key mechanics for this game include a “global turn deck” – making plays and turn order random and fast-paced.
They include a video explanation of the rules, and a bonus video of an actual playthrough. This is a genius idea in my opinion (I’m a sucker for watching playthroughs. I’m definitely not alone though as proven quite nicely by the Wil Wheaton Youtube show TableTop). I think this game shows some interesting ideas, and if it’s as fast and random as they claim, I might actually be tempted to attack some of the dicks I play against. Definitely go check it out people, it’s one to watch out for – especially if you’re a fan of strategy war games.
HOPE: The Board Game
- Game by Morning Players
- $8,764 pledged of $25,000
- 27 Days to go (15/07/2015)
If you skim through the Kickstarter list of board games at the moment, the ones that seem to be gathering any interest tend to fall on the Sci-Fi side of the genre spectrum. This game is no exception. HOPE is set in the year 5341, and players are tasked in this semi-cooperative game with “saving the universe by jumping to the far reaches of space, terraforming hostile planets into habitable worlds, and seeding new civilizations with life.”
Whilst the kickstarter page doesn’t have a video demonstrating a playthrough of the game, the creators have gone one better and provided a free playtest version of the print-and-play files. This is a pretty ballsy move on their part, it shows trust in the backers to play the game and come back for more, and faith in the game mechanics that they are strong enough for an enjoyable playing experience even without the shiny pieces that go with it. Definite brownie points from me for that one.
It looks to be well thought out, and an interesting concept. Go look and maybe download the playthrough. In fact – if you do, make sure to comment below letting me know whether their gamble paid off and made you go post them some money.
If you spot anything you want me to look into, be sure to let us know in the comments!
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