board game accessories
Zen Bins is trying to make a name for itself in molded plastic insert market and so they continue to work and expand their line, and now they have launched their Kickstarter for card holders. These card holders are specially designed to hold your cards, make it easy to draw them, and even to pick up the entire deck out of the holder. They have two sizes currently, one for standard card/american board game card size, and one for mini american card size. The standard card size holder can hold 80 unsleeved cards, or half that number sleeved, and the mini holder can do 50 unsleeved or 25 sleeved. Each holder also comes with a lid for easy storage and transport, and the lid is designed so that is can be flipped over and used as a discard pile holder. The holders themselves are also stackable so you can save space stacking up several of them and use only one lid.
Pledge levels for this come in bundles, so you can get a bundle of 8 standard or 16 mini for $15 plus shipping. There are also master pledges that get you more than double (18 and 36) for only double the price, $30. To find out more information and to pledge for your own sets, check out the Kickstarter today.
Geek Chic closing down last year was a big surprise that infuriated some customers who lost money, and saddened the staff that was being laid off. But they didn’t sulk for long, they got together, figured out how not to repeat the same mistakes, and launched a new board game table company, Bandpass Designs. Right now they only have one table design, but that is by choice so that they are able to produce the tables in a timely manner, and not build up a huge backlog that could bite them later. But that doesn’t mean the design and quality aren’t top notch, as the table includes all the features you could want, like dice trays, components trays, cards slots, recessed play surface, and of course, cup holders. You can find out more about the table, called the Dresden, on their website as well as purchase one if you are so inclined.
Several months ago NSKN Games launched a project for card sleeves specially made for board games, and needless to say it was a success, so here we are yet again. Paladin Card Protectors are premium card sleeves made with board games in mind with both sizing, and number of sleeves you get per pack. For the paladin sleeves you get packs of 55 sleeves because with how cards are manufactured, often you get card counts in multiples of 55 in your board games. Also they have a wide range of sizes from 41 x 63 mm up to 80 x 120 mm, and even square card sleeve sizes. They are also very durable, as can be seen by the videos on the campaign showing the sleeves being tortured in various ways. Even the price per pack is very good too for a premium sleeve, averaging just under $2 a pack at the smallest bundle to just over $1 per pack for the largest bundle.
So if you are looking for a strong, good looking, well fitting, and not too pricey sleeve solution, check out this Kickstarter today. It even has a handy chart showing you what games require what sleeve sizes, or you can check out the Sleeve Size Geeklist on BoardGameGeek.
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.
Arcane Tinmen, the company behind the high quality Dragon Shield line of card sleeves, has decided to take that expertise and apply it to board games. They have now launched this new line along with a website dedicated to just these sleeves. The sleeve sizes cover a wide range of board games from 7 Wonders, to Heroquest, to Descent 2.0, and more. They even come in a non-glare format so you don’t have to worry anymore about glare making cards hard to read, and you can even use the sleeve box as a card box for storage. Overall if they maintain the quality of the Dragon Shield sleeves in these, they will be some very nice quality. You can find out more on the Board Games Sleeves website, and you can check the list here for a large sampling of games the sleeves work for.
Fear not gentle readers, after taking a week off for GenCant I am back to give you another full blast of Kickstarter goodness, so lets see what’s been happening.
First up is a board game accessory in the form of the Omnitray. This aims to bring the organization prowess of trays like seen in Zombicide Black Plague, and adapt them to fit multiple different games. This is achieved by having a base layout with openings to add in modules for circular tokens, cards, or 2mm or 3mm thick tokens. These different modules make the tray compatible with over a dozen games including Descent, Doom, and Elder Sign. So if you need help keeping yourself organized, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next is the latest campaign from Mayday Games to get you a nice Crokinole board for a decent price. While there are some additions that you can add such as a carrying bag or a clock face, for the most part this campaign is all about getting you the board, discs, and disc container. Having backed the 2017 version of this I can say the board is excellent and plays great, even if there were some hiccups during production and some slight damage on the outside. But for a large solid wood game like this, $99 plus shipping is a hard price to beat for a fun game that most any age can play. Crokinole for those who don’t know is a dexterity game where you are attempting you flick your discs into the center hole, or at least get close. There are rules for where you disc has to stop or if it has to hit another player’s disc, but that is the gist of the rules, flick a disc and score as high as you can. Check out the Kickstarter page for more information on the game and the board.
Next is an expansion to a highly popular party game, Vegas Wits and Wagers. This is an expansion to the Wits and Wagers Party game and includes some new features that make the game even more fun. Key to that is a bigger mat for bets to be placed on, with the inclusion of safe bets for guessing if the answer is higher or lower, long shots by betting on people, and a place to store extra chips for each round. Also included are mats that can be used to close off slots of the board for various player counts, and additional question cards with more up to date questions. All of this makes this expansion an essential item for fans of the game. You can pledge for just the expansion, or the expansion and the full game as you will not be able to play the game with just Vegas Wits and Wagers. Head on over to the Kickstarter page to see it in all it’s glory. (including the swaddling of a medium sized dog in the new mat)
After this is the obligatory dice project, and that is HEX, the magically minimal die. What’s interesting about the HEX die is that while it’s sitting on the table, it just looks like a useless cube. Pick up and roll it however and the pips will light up, showing the result of your roll. Special attention was paid to long shelf life, giving the initial batteries a shelf life of several years, and a usage life of up to a year. So if you are looking for your next piece of gaming gadgetry, check out this Kickstarter.
Then we have a game that’s all about a dog’s life, simply called, A Dog’s Life. This is a family weight game where each player plays a different kind of dog, trying to bury three bones at their homestead before anydog else. On your turn you have lots of options from piddling on lamp posts, drinking from the fountain, delivering newspapers, fighting the other dogs, rummaging in the trash and more. The results of each action are going to be determined by the cards you play, with each one having different aspects like higher fighting strength, or giving you a bone for delivering a newspaper, to finding more food in a trashcan. You will have to keep your stomach full, bladder empty, and keep moving to avoid the dog catcher and collect your bones. First dog to bury their third bone will be top dog. You can check out the Kickstarter page for more info on this adorable game, and it even has an option to have the dog minis hand painted.
Up next is a new skirmish game being called Avertigos that features steam punk style Chinese boats as airships, fighting it out in the sky or on land with troops. This game can be played as a skirmish game where each play outfits a couple ships and comes out fighting. Each player can pick a ship type, with different health and action point allowances, and then take turns drafting upgrade cards. These upgrades have miniatures of them that you attach directly to your ship, making it look like it’s ready for battle. Movement is done with cards and combat is resolved through dice rolling, and or course, whoever survives will be the winner. There is also a strategy game mode where you will be fighting over trade routes on the board in an area control style game. But taking over the different islands is not so easy because there are natives populating these places, and they don’t take kindly to your trying to take over. So if this game has peaked your interest, check out their Kickstarter page.
And finally, we have another Kickstarter for gaming tables, this time in the portable variety. Game Anywhere Tables are folding tables with the typical gamer add-ons like card holders, cup holders, trays for tokens, cards, and even player shields and rulebook holders. Also typical of gaming tables, these are not cheap, having a price tag of $299 for early bird on just the basic 4′ x 4′ table with no extra frills. As you add more customized options the price goes up, but with the option for a foldable table that is 6′ x 4′ and includes all these extras, it may just be worth the cost. You can check out the tables and all the different options on their Kickstarter page, and then start saving up to make the payments on them.
Dog Might Games has long produced high quality wooden board game accessories, such as cases, trays and dice towers. The newest announcement in their exceptional line are rainbow colored break apart dice towers. These towers are sculpted and laser engraved, use high quality magnets to hold together, and double as both a dice tower and a storage box when not in use. The towers are made of flame birch, custom stained into a wide variety of rainbow colors. Visit the Dog Might website for more details and to see pictures.
Coming into this week I thought I wouldn’t have much to talk about, thankfully Kickstarter proved me wrong, lets look at this week’s highlights.
First up is a board game accessory, and that is the Hex Chest Remasters from Elder Wood. These are essentially hand crafted dice carrying cases that allow you to carry 7 dice in a beautifully made wooden chest. As per their previous projects, the craftsmanship of these are excellent, and they come in a variety of wood colors and an even larger variety of lid carvings to choose from. Also available in an oblong octogon to hold 9 dice, and you can even opt for inlays over engraving to give it make it really stand out. They are even offering a flat pack option where you build your hex chest yourself, saving some money and allowing you to customize it how you want. So if you are looking for that next great dice accessory, check out this Kickstarter page.
Next is another board game accessory and that is MOJO, the digital score keeper device. This device boats an inexpensive price tag of $10 and while it’s main focus is keeping track of life and other counts in Magic game, it can be used as a score keeper for various other games for up to 4 players. It also has a nifty option to flip the screen on one side so you can be playing across from someone and both have your personally score easily readable. Is this device necessary considering the board game scoring apps out there? The designers think so as this device is the size of a standard card, and is stand alone so you don’t have to mess with your phone or drain it’s battery. Check out the Kickstarter page if you think you might want one, but be quick, the campaign ends on July 30th.
After that is the first offering from Spiel Press in their new premium roll and write series of games. In this campaign you will be able to pledge for the Star Maps book and the Blood Royals book. Star Maps plays like the typical roll and write games you have played, where dice are rolled and you pick a die to fill in on your chart. As you fill things in you will unlock bonus points and try to score the highest. The big change however is that after that game, on the next page you will have more options to do things, and eventually even a tech tree of special abilities. This gives the game a legacy feel as you advance through the game taking differing paths as you go. The same goes for the Blood Royals game where you are battling your opponent for influence on the map, but as time goes on the geography changes, and alliances shift making for a different feel each time you play. Needless to say I backed this immediatly as the concept intrigues me, if it intrigues you are well than head over to the Kickstarter page.
Following is a new version of Catacombs simply called Catacombs Conquest. Catacombs is a highly rated dexterity, dungeon crawl type game where you are heroes flicking yourselves to victory, while the dungeon master tries to take you out. What Catacombs Conquest aims to do is shrink down and simplify the game so that newer players can jump right into the game without having to learn more complex rules. In this two to four player game and on your turn you simply do three things, draw a card, play a card, and then flick an obstacle. This simple system means you will be up and running quickly, trying to flick your opponent into oblivion on an ever changing landscape. Plus, with a price of $24 Canadian, this game has a low cost of entry as opposed to the larger game. So if you want in on this flicking game, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next we have a trio of games for young children called Numeracy Legends, all aimed at helping them learn different math and game concepts. In the first game, Numeracy Legends and The Rainbow Unicorn, players are route building in order to collect ingredients to help the rainbow unicorn make their famous cupcakes. This is to teach children graph theory by determining the best route to collect all their ingredients. The next game, Numeracy Legends and the Zerda Fox, has kids learning about probabilities as they decide what paths they want to take, when to get more cupcakes or ice cream, and more. And finally there is Numeracy Legends and the Gluttony Dragon, this is the final game and turns into a once versus many game with the adult as the dragon, and the kids as the heroes. The players will be drafting equipment cards and secretly choosing battle types in order to face off against the dragon. This teaches game theory as the kids will be working together to try and defeat a common enemy. So if you want to get your hands on this trio of games, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
Lastly we have the 2nd edition of the game Argent: the Consortium. This is a highly confrontational worker placement game where you are all vying to be the next dean of the pretigous magic school. To do that you need to get the most votes, but the tough part is, out of the 12 that will vote, you know how three are going to vote. This means you will either have to use the shotgun approach and try to be good at everything, or spend time and energy learning their voting styles to tailor your strategy. Either way you are going to be sending out your students to various tasks to get new spells, up various stats like wisdom and IQ, purchase new items, or make some money. The confrontational part comes in with two aspects, first is that you only collect resources and such at the end of the round, not when you place your people. Second, you can knock people out of their spots, meaning getting to a spot last may be better than getting to a spot first, and risking getting knocked out. Either way, if you liked the first edition or are interested in this game now, check out the Kickstarter page.
It’s that time of week again, time to see what projects out there are worth some of your attention.
To start out this week we have some ‘Kickstarter Gold’, a web-comic turned RPG set in Table Titans: Fallen Veil Adventure Set. Table Titans is a weekly webcomic series that focuses on a group of people as they play through various Dungeons and Dragons scenarios that they created. In their first Kickstarter campaign they launched they aimed to print a comic book, and also released some digital copies of the adventures featured in the comic. Now they want to take that a step further, and so in this campaign they are raising funds to get the adventure printed, along with maps, a DM screen, and tons of tokens to use in the adventure. This will all come in one box and will serve as a great starting point for new characters to get them up to level 5. So if you are looking for something new for your DnD group, give this Kickstarter a look.
Next is another in the growing line of board game bags that you can purchase, simply called the Board Game Garage. This bag features everything you could want in a bag to transport your games in: padded insides, extra storage on the top and sides, side zipper for easy access, comfort grip handle, and optional shoulder strap. Of course the big question is, how many games can it carry? For regular Ticket to Ride sized boxes, the garage can hold 6 of the boxes snugly, for over sized boxes like Gloomhaven or Star Wars Rebellion, you can fit two or three in there along with smaller games. Overall the bag looks to be solid and also folds up for easy storage, check out the Kickstarter page for more information and to pledge.
Last we have a bit of a game design kit, and that is the Green Box of Games. This is described as the “deck of cards” of board gaming in that it contains a lot of components needed to play most any game including dice, cubes, tiles, and cards. The game comes boxed with rules for 16 different games, each one utilizing different aspects of the tiles and cards included in the box. The game designer also encourages you to make your own games up with the components similar to the White Box that was Kickstarted earlier this year. So if you have the game design itch, this might be the box that scratches it, check out the Kickstarter today.
What came as a surprise to most people on social media, today Geek Chic changed it’s homepage to a simple announcement that Geek Chic will be shutting down. The full text is as follows:
It is with great sadness that I must announce Geek Chic has ceased operation. Despite heroic efforts by many, this outcome is out of our hands. While I am certain there are many outstanding questions, we are currently limited in our ability to respond. I will update this page with appropriate contact information and procedures as they become available.
I am forever indebted to those who joined us on this adventure, and am absolutely gutted about it’s end.
I personally have not owned a Geek Chic table but it was always my goal to eventually have a high end gaming table, something of a board gamer milestone. It’s sad to see them go and hopefully they will be able to fulfill all their commitments before going dark.
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