If you’ve got an eye for photography, a love of board games, and a clever idea in mind, there’s an opportunity that may be open for you. It’s an official photo contest to fill in IELLO’s 2018-2019 calendar, and the theme is “A IELLO inspired world”. They want to see you out in the wild, camera in hand, posing their characters amid the real-world in fun ways. One grand prize winner and 11 runners-up will receive gift cards, promos, and exclusive new releases! As described on the contest’s page:
“From Kong taking over the Empire State building, bunnies (from Bunny Kingdom) at the petting zoo, or a majestic landscape with Unicorn ready to run through it, the world is your playground and we want to see our characters in it! Take a photo of our character(s) in your surrounding world to make the world a little more IELLO. Remember, the more creative the scenario the better!”
IELLO has many incredible and anthropomorphic characters to choose from, so there’s a great deal of play in what can be done here. Personally, I hope we get to see the honorable mentions for this contest along with the winners, because there’s bound to be a lot of delightful and deserving pieces. If you’re interested in entering the contest, be sure to read the rules on this page and then go to this link for the submission process. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2018, and the winners will be announced on May 14, 2018. For those of you planning and preparing to enter, or have already entered – good luck and have fun!!
After an excellent Dice Tower Con, it’s time to get back into the swing of things with another Wallet Kickers post.
First is a nice addition to any gamer’s wall, and that is Scott King’s Gaming Calendar for 2018. On this calendar you will be able to choose a standard calendar with pre-selected pictures, or a custom calendar where you get to pick your own pictures and add your own holidays. In the standard calendar you will get twelve stunning pictures taken by the talented Scott King to look at throughout the year of games like Sagrada, Tiny Epic Quest, and Junk Art. Selecting the custom calendar allows you to pick from nearly 200 photos he has taken over the years of many poular games and gaming components. Personally I already have the 2017 edition hanging on my wall and I am looking forward to one being there in 2018 as well. Check out the Kickstarter today.
Next is a game ending in the next week and that is Wendake. In Wendake you are the chief of a native american tribe, trying to build up your tribe to be the best in all aspects. Actions are taken by a unique 3×3 grid of tiles where you activate a row, column, or diagonal, taking all the actions in that line. After you take actions you will flip the tiles over, giving a different action as well as showing what tiles have been used. This grid will be constantly cycling, and over the course of the game you will get new actions to slot into the grid allowing you to do more. Some of the actions include movement, harvesting, fishing, hunting, placing out new workers and canoes, and even mask ceremony cards which act as a set collecting aspect to the game. At the end you score for the lowest position on the two pairs of “wampum” tracks, and whoever has the highest combined score wins. To check out this great looking game, head on over to the Kickstarter page.
After that is Legendary Creatures, a deck building type game, with no relation to the Legendary system, where you are competing for renown in four different realms. In this game you will be drawing and playing creature cards to perform different actions. The order you play cards and which cards you play and which you send out on expeditions makes a difference and makes for lots of great choices. You will also get the chance to add new cards into your deck, in typical deck building style, giving you more options and combinations to toy with. Then there are spells, amulets, gifts, and landmarks which give you extra bonuses and you have too many combinations to count. At the end your score will be your position on the four realm tracks as well as any points you earned throughout the game, most points is the winner. You can head over to the Kickstarter page to find out more and pledge for a copy.
Following that we have TMG’s latest deluxified game, Crusaders, Thy Will be Done, a roundel action type game about crusaders in the middle ages trying to get the most influence. In the game you have a roundel of 6 actions and actions tokens on each one. When you pick an action, you get as many action points of that action based on the number of tokens on that wedge. Once you finish the action you will distribute the tokens in a mancala like fashion around the circle. Different actions let you building buildings, muster troops, fight the enemies on the board, travel around the board, or just gain influence. Plus, as you build more buildings you uncover spots on your player board, you will gain the bonuses depicted on the board, giving you some extra motivation to build them. There are also individual player powers and ways to upgrade you roundel to make things more interesting. So if this crusade themed game sounds interesting to you, check out the Kickstarter today.
Next is the latest in the tactical card combat category of games, similar to Summoner Wars, called Stonebound Saga. This game features absolutely stunning artwork, and the player cards seem to be designed to show off as much of it as possible while giving you needed info. In the game you will be controlling different characters, each with their own specific set of moves and abilities powered by speaking stones. You will be moving your character around on the board, and launching attacks in the hope of eliminating the other team. There are also 7 different classes you can chose from which have different ways of playing, from healers, to bards, to powerful warriors and even rangers. Needless to say, if you enjoy games like Summoner Wars, this game deserves a second look for sure, check out their Kickstarter page.
Next to last we have the latest game from Isaac Childres on Kickstarter, and that is Founders of Gloomhaven. Isaac’s previous game, Gloomhaven, has positively exploded and is an adventure game that has legacy elements as well as being just a great game. So you might be surprised to find that he has gone a different direction with this game and has created a tile laying euro game about building the city of Gloomhaven. In this game you will be working to build up your prestige so that when the city is finished, you are the most prestigious race of them all. But, lest you think this is a purely competitive game, there are actually elements of the game that require cooperation to achieve. Each race has a certain element they produce, but in order to create the more advanced resources, you have to combine with other races, meaning you won’t be able to go it alone. Add in a myriad of different action cards to choose from and a voting system to determine which point scoring buildings get added, and you have a euro style game with a Gloomhaven theme and feel. Check out the Kickstarter today to pledge for you copy.
Lastly we have a lightning quick campaign, and that is Steve Jackson Games’ Munchkin Special Delivery. This box is another in the ever growing line of curated boxes that you blindly buy, and find out the contents on arrival. One difference from the others is that this is just for one box, not a subscription, and you at least know it will contain the Munchkin base game. Other things contained in the box include several different expansions and/or boosters, Munchkin accessories, a special rule printed in the box, and even Steve Jackson’s signature (while supplies last). So if you want to gift Munchkin, or want to jump into the game with some hand picked extras, give this Kickstarter a look before it ends on the 16th of July.
Since 2014, Scott King has been utilizing his photography skills to create board gaming calendars featuring pictures of games like King of Tokyo, Carcassonne, Forbidden Island, and more. Now he has put up the Kickstarter for his 2017 calendar, and as always the pictures you have to choose from are truly amazing with vibrant colors and high resolution. There are two options to choose from between a base calendar, which has a preset 12 pictures that will be used, or you can pay a little more to get a custom calendar and pick your photos from over 216 photos from this year and previous years. As typical for calendars these will contain all the US holidays that are nationally celebrated, but they will also contain uniquely geek holidays like GenCon, Comic Con, and National Cthulhu Eats Spaghetti Day. Plus if you get the custom calendar you get to add 4 custom holidays to your calendar with the option to add more to personalize your calendar.
Needless to say, as I look at my 2016 gaming calendar on the wall and having backed the 2017 campaign, I may be a little biased in my recommendation for you to check out the Kickstarter, but I imagine after seeing the photos you will forgive me.
The good folks over at the Czech Games Edition website posted a free PDF wall calendar adorned with beautiful art featuring CGE’s most popular titles.
January – Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar
February – Space Alert
March – Goblins Inc.
April – Bunny Bunny Moose Moose
May – Dungeon Lords
June – Dungeon Petz
July – Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
August – Shipyard
September – Last Will
October – Alchemists
November – Galaxy Trucker
December – Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends – Everfrost Expansion
Any board game fan will be thrilled to have this on their wall. Download the calendar today.