Best Treehouse Ever

Things got super busy in my neck of the woods and so last week got lost in the shuffle, but luckily for us most KS campaigns last a month, so I can pick up right where I left off and show you all some quality Kickstarters to check out.  First up is is a new game in a previously established universe, and that is Chronicles of Frost from NSKN Games, a deck building game set in the Mistfall universe.  In this adventure each hero player will have an exploration quest and a search quest that they will have to accomplish in order to win the game.  Playing the game is similar to other deck builders with some differences, mainly the exertion system that NSKN has come up with.  What this does is that every card available has a normal ability and an exertion add on, meaning that if you perform the action and then spend the skills or health to exert yourself, you increase the effectiveness of that card quite a bit.  But there is a limit to how much you can exert yourself, so you have to use it carefully as you go along.  When you use cards they will give you better equipment, movement/exploration points to explore the board, attack power, and resolve, the currency in the game.  Build up your hero and take on the monsters roaming the land to complete your quests and win.  For more info you can check out the Kickstarter campaign to be able to back for your own copy.

Up next is a campaign aimed mostly at the ladies in the gaming world, and that is board game jewelry called Tabletop Talismans.  This campaign is offering people the opportunity to get necklaces, bracelets, key chains, and even earrings featuring the quintessential board game piece, the meeple.  This meeple is a shiny aluminum version so that it is durable, light weight, and shines nicely in the light, and is being offered in several different colors.  So if you want to get some meeple themed jewelry, check out their Kickstarter page.

Next on the list is a sequel/expansion to the game Best Treehouse Ever, and that is Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun.  This expansion takes the original games and brings it into the forest, and with it some new mechanisms to help spice up the gameplay.  At it’s heart this is a drafting game where you are drafting different rooms to place in your treehouse to score the most points each round.  With the game being moved to the forest you now have additional bits like unique player powers based on where you are in the forest, animal cards that score based on room placement, and brand new room cards for a fresh game.  Of course this can be mixed with the original game, and there are even included rules to play the game with 8 people, so if you enjoyed the first game, this will just give you more of what you love.  To get this game you will have to hurry, the campaign ends on the 9th so check it out!

 

After that we have the digital game of the article, and that is One Deck Dungeon Digital from Handelabra Games.  This campaign was originally a stretch goal from the One Deck Dungeon Forest of Shadows Kickstarter, but they didn’t make it during that campaign so the digital adaptation was put on hold.  However, with Asmadi partnering with Handelabra Games, the possibility of a digital version of the game has been revived and launched on Kickstarter.  So in this campaign you will be getting the game One Deck Dungeon in digital format through steam.  This means that now where ever you have a computer with steam on it, you can pull out this highly rated solo game and delve through the dungeon.  The game includes everything from the base game, an excellent layout with all needed information easily accessible, a campaign mode, and animations and graphics to elevate the game from it’s physical counterpart.  So if you are looking for a nice digital version of the game, check out this Kickstarter today.

Next up is a game from Ankama Games, makers of the highly regarded Krosmaster Arena, where you are trying to scare students out of their wits.  Monster Slaughter is a game where you take command of different groups of monsters like vampires, werewolves, zombies,  or golem to scare some students.  On your turn you will take actions by rolling dice, and based on the number of successes you get will determine if the action succeeds, how much damage you do, or how many cards you can draw.  This is a competitive game where each player has a specific order in which they want to eliminate the students in, and so you will be playing cards to help yourself, but also help the students if they are getting picked on too soon for you.  Everything about the game is quick and light and in the end, whoever matched the elimination order the best will be the winner.  So if this monster movie type game is your speed, check out the Kickstarter page.

And finally we have the reprint of the list, and that’s the Folklore: The Affliction second printing.  Folklore: The Affliction is the horror themed RPG board game which aimed to turn a typical pencil and paper RPG into a self contained game.  In this game you are fighting the evil that has come upon the land, wolves, ghosts, vampires, and the undead.  Like an RPG you will be traveling around the world using a map of the land, and as you reach places in the world you will be able to zoom down onto adventure maps which are a couple tiles in size to explore that area.  You will play over a series of chapters to make up an entire campaign, and each of those chapters are playable within about an hour, allowing you to still play and progress the story even if you don’t have a lot of time.  So if you missed out on the first campaign, or if you heard great things and want to get into it now, check out the Kickstarter page today.

Green Couch Games has announced a stand alone expansion for the treehouse building game Best Treehouse Ever. Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun can be mixed with the original game, giving more variety as well as increasing the possible player count up to 8.  But this can also be played on it’s own with 2 to 4 players and features some new mechanics not present in the first game.  First is the addition of player powers, giving each person something they can do that others can’t.  Another addition is that scoring happens in rounds instead of just at the end, and each round a different player will determine what scores that round.  This brings some tension to the game as now you have to build into the different colors to be able to score ever round.  Will these changes elevate this game?  I think they could.

We will find out more when the Kickstarter launches in the Fall, and when the game hits store shelves in the second quarter of 2018.  Read the press release below for more information.

(Grand Rapids, Michigan) – Green Couch Games grows a sequel with Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun!

It’s time to build another treehouse!

In the new stand alone sequel to the Golden Geek Nominated Best Treehouse Ever (Best Card Game, Best Family Game, 2015), Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun, players compete to build their best treehouse, outfitting their treehouse with cool rooms, and creating fun habitats for their favorite furry and feathered friends, while also making sure that their tree doesn’t tip over and that their rooms are more impressive than all of their friends’ rooms at the end of the game.

In addition, our treehouse builders have leveled up their experience by visiting new locations in the forest that provide special abilities to help them in their new build.

Building takes place over three weeks/rounds, and in each round, players use card drafting and spatial reasoning to add five new rooms to their treehouse. Players must pay attention to the other treehouses being built since they take turns determining which types of rooms score for everyone at the end of each round.

At the end of the third week, the winner is the player with the best treehouse ever!

But the best part? Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun can be combined with Best Treehouse Ever to play up to 8 players!

Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun will be the first “Big Box” game from Green Couch Games allowing owners of the original Best Treehouse Ever to store it all in one convenient box. The game includes 60 Room Cards with all art, 12 Animal Cards, 4 Starting Tree Cards, 6 Scoring Cards, 10 Location Cards, 4 Scoring Tokens, a folding Score Board, and 4 Balance Markers. The game will feature more great art from Claire Donaldson and Andy Jewett building on the foundation created by Adam McIver with Best Treehouse Ever.

Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun is a game for 2 to 4 players (or up to 8 when combined with Best Treehouse Ever), ages 10 and up and is designed by Scott Almes. The game is set for a Kickstarter campaign in Fall of 2017 with a Q2 2018 release.

Green Couch Games was founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Best Treehouse Ever: Forest of Fun will be their 10th release following Fidelitas, Best Treehouse Ever, JurassAttack!, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain, Wok on Fire, Rocky Road a la Mode, OutLawed!, Ladder 29, and Before The Earth Explodes. Jason is also a game designer and co-host of the  20 Minutes of Filler Podcast.

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Green Couch Games has just announced their next Kickstarter game, Rocky Road a la Mode, a game all about operating your very own ice cream truck.  In the game you will be collecting treats, playing music to attract customers, selling your treats, or improving you ability to provide what your customers demand.  Turn order will follow a time track and it’s always the turn of the person farthest back on the time track, so if you rush ahead to get something good, you may be waiting a while before you turn comes up again.  You will also be fighting over different territories like the beach, the pool, the park, and the ball field to earn even more points.  The game itself will be quick, clocking in a time of 20-30 minutes for 2 to 4 players, and is the first time design of Joshua J. Mills of the Board Game Designers of North Carolina.  Art for the game is also excellent and is being provided by Adam P. McIver from THE CRE8TIVE DEPT., a design studio that has provided excellent art for other games like Flip City, Best Treehouse Ever, and Dead Drop.  Look for the Kickstarter to launch on June 20th with an expected delivery of quarter 4 of 2016, also you can read the full press release below.

(Flint, Michigan) – Green Couch Games kicks-off Summer with a sweet new treat; Rocky Road a la Mode!

Get in the driver seat and feel what it’s like to live the life of a sweet treat trucker! Stock up your truck, attract customers, and serve a hefty scoop of tasty frozen delight! The best truckers get to know their customers’ favorite selections so they can always meet demand and gain an edge over the competition in the battle to claim the hottest locations. You’ll see the business of icy entrepreneurship is no day at the beach. Buckle up, turn on the loudspeaker, and take to the rocky road…with ice cream!

Rocky Road a la Mode is a game of managing time and resources to meet the demands of sweet-treat-seekers! The game features multi-use cards and a time track that determines the players’ turn order. The player whose ice cream truck is furthest back on the road goes next and may choose from several actions on their turn; stocking up on new treats, playing music over the loudspeaker to attract business, or passing out treats to fulfill customer desires. Every choice costs time and will force players to move ahead on the road track. Once a player is no longer in the rear of the pack, their turn ends until they find themselves lagging behind again. In addition to gaining loyalty points from happy customers, players can gain bonus treats in their permanent supply so they can meet demand a little easier. Throughout the game, players will also be fighting to earn the right to take over several of the different territories that make Summer great; the beach, the pool, the park, and the ball field. Rocky Road a la Mode is a full-fat filler with meaningful decisions and an approachable theme that will grab casual players and gamers alike.

The game is made up of 4 wooden discs and 54 cards including locations, a road track, and treat cards. Illustration and graphic design is being provided by the talented Adam P. McIver for his design studio THE CRE8TIVE DEPT. that provides high quality art services specifically for the tabletop game industry.

Rocky Road a la Mode is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up and is designed by first time designer, Joshua J Mills of the Board Game Designers of North Carolina. The game plays in 20-30 minutes.

The game is set for a Kickstarter campaign launching on the first day of Summer, June 20, 2016 with plans for a Q4 2016 release. With the help of Kickstarter stretch goals, plans are in place to make this Green Couch Games’ first ever board game by upgrading to a folding board and custom ice cream truck meeples.

Green Couch Games was founded by Jason Kotarski to release great little games that make great big connections. Rocky Road a la Mode will be their 6th release following Fidelitas, Best Treehouse Ever, JurassAttack!, Avalanche at Yeti Mountain, and Wok on Fire.. Jason is also a game designer and co-host of 20 Minutes of Filler, a Dice Tower Network podcast.

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Jason Kotarski of Green Couch Games has run a couple of successful Kickstarters (including his most recent, Best Treehouse Ever), each having a large number of quality reviews. He writes an article about the importance of getting good reviews:

In both of these campaigns, I’ve taken time to connect with quite a few quality reviewers that have helped me get the word out about my projects by sharing their thoughts, and at times, even offered ideas that have made my games better! I believe that building and maintaining relationships with quality game reviewers has been a key to my success.

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In the article, Jason highlights three tips for connecting with reviewers. Firstly, do your homework: find reviewers who enjoy the type of game that you’re making. Not everyone is going to like your game, so it’s important to get your game to the right audience. Secondly, timing: Jason likes having reviews show up a couple weeks before the Kickstarter launches, as well as some reviews saved for launch day. You need to make sure reviewers have enough time to prepare their reviews, so he suggests giving them a 3 month lead time. Thirdly, relationships: if you build good relationships with the reviewers, they will want to help you with your game. Listen to their suggestions and take them seriously, and you could improve your game.

If you’re a prospective game designer and want some tips on finding game reviewers, read the full article here. Also, check out the Board Game Reviewer Facebook group (posted in a comment) to find reviewers for your game.

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Did you ever want to build a treehouse as a child…or if you’re like me as an adult? Did the treehouse of your dreams have a pizza parlor or hotdog stand, a water slide or surf simulator, a board game room or a rock climbing wall? Did you ever build it? Well now you can with Best Treehouse Ever now on Kickstarter.

Have you ever dreamed of building a super awesome treehouse? Now it’s time to live that dream! In Best Treehouse Ever, players compete to build the best treehouse in the neighborhood. Players will outfit their treehouse with the coolest rooms, all while making sure their tree doesn’t tip over…and that their rooms are the most impressive at the end of the game. Building takes place over three weeks/rounds, and at the end of the third week the winner will be the player with the best treehouse ever!

In Best Treehouse Ever 2-4 players age 10+ will draft cards and use spatial reasoning to expand their treehouse. They will need to keep an eye on other players treehouse’s as well because at the end of each round they take turns deciding which room types will score. Play time is 20-30 minutes and is sure to be a hit with gamers and families.

It is designed by Scott Almes who designed hit games like the Tiny Epic Kingdoms, Tiny Epic Defenders, Tiny Epic Galaxies, Harbour, Martian Dice, and Kings of Air and Steam. It will be published by Green Couch Games whose Fidelitas should be available in stores soon, and beautifully illustrated by Adam McIver.

Best Treehouse Ever has already received lots of praise from reviewers and already reached its funding goal. It has also unlocked two stretch goals so stop dreaming of building a treehouse and head over to Kickstarter to see if Best Treehouse Ever is a game that you’ll want in your collection.

 

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Designer Scott Almes, best known for Tiny Epic Kingdoms and Martian Dice, has a new small box card game coming from Green Couch Games. In Best Treehouse Ever, players compete to build the most impressive treehouses using card drafting and card placement to optimize their five room designs.

“Players will outfit their treehouse with the coolest rooms, all while making sure their tree doesn’t tip over.”

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Best Treehouse Ever is a quick family style game with illustrations by Council of Verona artist Adam P. McIver. It’ll be coming to Kickstarter in March with a scheduled Q4 2015 retail release.

Keep an eye on Green Couch Games’ Facebook page for more on Best Treehouse Ever.