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“The Space Race was a lie. From Pandasaurus Games (Dinosaur Island) comes a strategy game set in an alternate 1960s space race.”

Pandasaurus Games has just started a Kickstarter Campaign for Godspeed, a medium weight worker placement game designed by Clayton Hargrave and Adam Hill. In an alternate 1960s history, the Space Race has been a lie. It is not that we faked the moon landing, it is that we had already traveled to the farthest reaches of space, and just needed something to show the people back home…

Godspeed is a unique worker placement game in which each worker has its own specialty and an influence value. The game takes place over 10 rounds, comprising 3 “seasons”, each with its own objective. At the start of each round, a High Council is held, and players are confronted with an Event. Each player decides whether to commit a worker to the greater good, gaining benefits, or to suffer penalty from abstaining and keeping their worker. Next, players secretly bid for the first player marker and supply cards. Players bid with workers, using their influence value plus money and/or supplies. The top bidding player gets first choice of rewards, as well as a second claim from the pile at the end. Finally, players can place any remaining workers on action spaces to upgrade their nation board, build production buildings, gain materials, or collect development cards. Throughout the game, players are advancing on 4 prestige tracks, and at the end, these tracks, completed milestones, and completed objectives translate into victory points.

The Kickstarter for Godspeed continues through October 18, and the game is expected to deliver in April 2020. The game includes tokens for 200 resources, 25 team members, 25 Production Building cards, 144 development cards, 62 supply cards, 25 High Council cards, and more. Several add-on purchases are available in the project, including plastic token upgrades, custom bags, and a Dinosaur Island Add-On goodie.

Half Truth is a trivia game that is live on Kickstarter! This game was created by Richard Garfield who is known for some famous card games and Ken Jennings who is a historical Jeopardy player.

It is a game for 2-6 players that comes with 500 trivia question cards. Each card contains a category with 6 possible answers. The trick is, 3 of them are right and 3 of them are wrong! Players will bet on which answers they think are right. The game is designed to make people feel smarter than they think they are.

“A question card is drawn and read aloud, then placed so everyone can see it on the Half Truth square in the center of the board. Questions are all multiple choice, with 3 correct and 3 incorrect answers. The die is thrown to see how many spaces will be moved if a player answers the questions correctly. Each player simultaneously chooses an answer that they think is correct, by secretly selecting one of their answer tokens. All tokens are revealed, and stacked in the corresponding circles by the card. The card is then flipped over, revealing the 3 correct answers. “

For more information, check out their Kickstarter campaign here.

“Bossin‘ Space is a cooperative game of spaceship command, unidentified terror and chaos in the comm room. 1-4 players will try to pilot ONE SHIP together. You will travel across the universe as explorers into the unknown and fight “unwelcoming” aliens along the way. How to survive in space and finish the objective becomes a challenging puzzle.”

Time Slug Studio out of the Czech Republic has a new Kickstarter project, Bossin’ Space by designers Jindřich Pavlásek and Petr Vojtěch (Whales Destroying the World). Bossin’ Space is a chaotic, cooperative card game in which 1-4 players try to jointly captain a space ship in the midst of a game of Space Invaders. Aliens continue to multiply and descent, filling the 4×4 grid board, and must all be defeated to gain access to the boss.

On a round, 4 alien cards are drawn out, and will execute in order from left to right, placing new aliens on the grid, moving aliens, and shooting the players. Each player has a special ability, a hand of 4 cards, and must play a single one face down without communicating to the other players. The current active player then looks at the 4 cards, and plays them in any order, under the 4 alien cards. The cards then execute left to right, player then alien then player, etc. Player cards move the ship, fire the lasers, launch missiles and generally reign down terror on the extraterrestrials. Be careful, more advanced weapons can build up heat, and too much heat can blow our valiant heroes away. As aliens are destroyed, the players gain experience to upgrade their ship capabilities. The goal of the game is to destroy the entire pile of alien cards, leading to a final boss battle.

The Kickstarter for Bossin’ Space continues through September 24, and the game is expected to deliver in April 2020. For more information, check out the webpage for Bossin’ Space here.

Catacombs Cubes is on Kickstarter now and is being brought to you by Elzra Games with illustrations by Denis Martynets. Rather than flicking as in previous Catacombs games, players will be building 3D structures with wooden resource cubes.

Catacombs Cubes takes 30-60 minutes to play and accommodates 1-5 players. Yes there is a solo mode. And the game is fully kid friendly as well.

Players gather resources in the form of wooden cubes of various shapes and sizes. These are then used to build actual 3D structures each specific to a different building to be added to the village grid. Completing a building rewards players with victory points and other rewards. Additionally players can spend coins to perform special actions and unleash combos. When the town is complete, the player who contributed the most to the town is declared the victor.

Play options include either rolling dice or using tiles to draft resources and including or removing take that mechanics.

Visit the Kickstarter page for a look at the completed manual, how to play animations, and previews/reviews. Both English and German editions are part of this Kickstarter project. Backer level options include the base game, an expansion, an additional player character, plus backer exclusive tiles! A playmat of the town of Stormtryne is even available as an add-on.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through Friday 9/6 12am CDT. So check it now.

There’s definitely been an onslaught of gaming accessories on the scene within the past couple of years and board game bags are among some of the best getting attention!

Game nights are an important part of every board gamer’s routine and there’s definitely a need to come up with a way of transporting them to the fun. Games, as you know, come in all shapes and sizes from the traditional sized box of something like Arkham Horror to that of the large-sized Gloomhaven. But don’t forget your board game fillers such as your typical Roll-and-write or something simple like Jaipur or Tea Dragon Society.

Enter – GeekOn!

“GeekOn! was created in 2018 when a group of like-minded people came up with a better way to transport a hoard of games to game night. Along with the highest quality boardgame bag on the market we pride ourselves in creating the most innovative and useful gaming accessories matched only by our first rate customer service! “

GeekOn makes a variety of game bags and game bag accessories in not only a variety of colors, but with unique features you won’t find anywhere else right now! Pictured on the left you can see the size of the bag without being expanded – large enough to fit several games back-to-back. However, with their unique zippering system, you can expand the pack to hold much more if you have the need (pictured on right and below).

Additionally, there are quite a few pockets to fit smaller games on either side as well as a really nifty compartment on the top of the bag.

The bag system comes with quite a few extras as well, including game mat cases, wrist straps, and dice trays (check them out here).

GeekOn has a Kickstarter campaign planned for 4th quarter of 2019 with some new carrying solutions as well as several really cool accessories that complement their current line of accessories! They probably have the most innovative bag on the market right now!

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Following on the heels of Monsters & Minions comes Fiends & Familiars, a second expansion to the wildly successful Roll Player base game.

The Kickstarter campaign is active now and runs through July 16 with an estimated delivery of April 2020.

While the Fiend cards bring new obstacles, the Familiar boards are added to players’ character sheets and each bring their own unique goals and special abilities. In addition to these brand new game elements comes a variety of additions to the market, monsters, alignments, backstories, and character classes. On top of that…more custom dice.

For those backers that want to be able to fit the base game and both expansions in one box, the campaign offers Big Box backer levels. The rules are available as well for those that want to see how these new elements change the game.

Endeavor: Age of Expansion by Burnt Island Games and Grand Gamers Guild expands upon the base game, Endeavor: Age of Sail. This expansion comes with a replacement set of 35 buildings and 7 new decks of cards creating new pathways to victory!

New and expanded concepts of actions on the buildings include Trading, Fortifying, and Conscription and Mobilization. This expansion also introduces a new Prominence system where players will utilize one Prominence tile per game that will provide a a pathway to gaining presence in Europe, a scoring opportunity, and unique useful benefits.

Components for this expansion include 37 new Asset cards, 45 new Building tiles, 3 Prominence tiles, and 30 Fortification tokens, as well as a storage solution.

For more information, you can visit the Kickstarter campaign here.

KOSMOS is coming out with a new board game, Cities Skylines- The Board Game, designed by Rustan Håkansson. This 1-4 player cooperative game is based on the video game Cities: Skylines where you and your team will plan and develop your own metropolis!

To create this thriving city, you will need to expand while keeping in mind pollution, traffic, crime, and other problems that arise throughout the course of the game. Replayability will be high as there are multiple starting scenarios where you will build different cities with unique buildings as you attempt to keep the population in a good mood.

Cities Skylines- The Board Game is set to come out October, 2019. You can preorder the game here.

Bad Crow Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign bringing the video game series to the table! Company of Heroes Board Game is a 2-4 player game (there is a solo and co-op campaign as an add on option) that utilizes strategy to outmaneuver your opponents just like what the video game series offers.

Company of Heroes Board Game is advertised as a real-time-strategy game but has the option of playing as a turn-based game as you attempt to build your economy to grow your army, participate in a mostly diceless combat system, upgrade your troops by investing in them, and choose your commander to compliment your play-style.

Components in the core set include 32 vehicles, 150 infantry figures, 55 custom dice, 44 figure trays, 120 acrylic markers, and 12 production tiles.

For more information, visit the Kickstarter campaign page here