Kickstarter has heated up again with multiple, big projects competing for that hard-earned money in your wallet. Here are some of the projects to have a look at.
The Tokyo Series
The Tokyo Series is 12 unique games, from designer Jordan Draper, about life in Tokyo, that can be played stand-alone or mixed together. This Kickstarter project is funding the printing of 3 games out of the 12. Tokyo Coin Laundry is themed after a laundromat and uses miniature, hand sewn fabric clothes, operable washers and dryers, and more. It includes over a dozen, unique games ranging from 5 to 45 minutes in length from guest designers around the world. Tokyo Tsukiji Market is a heavy, economic fishing game. Players are Japanese fisherman who set custom prices for their catch to sell to other players. There’s a randomized mix of 8+ fish markets which drives a completely-open, player-driven economy, with 7+ support stalls which can improve ships and fishing abilities. Tokyo Game Show has players participate in 5 rounds of a Japanese game show. Players put on colorful wrist bands and compete in tricky, mini games. There are over 50 games included in the box with 10 diverse categories. There’s also the option to use any of the other Tokyo Series titles as featured games.
There are multiple pledge levels which includes the options of prior Tokyo Series releases. Praise, Colorful, and Cactus, from other Japanese designers, have also been added as pledge options. The Tokyo Series Kickstarter project has already hit double its funding goal, with pledges ending on February 12th, 2019. Estimated delivery is October 2019.
War of the Worlds: The New Wave
From designer Denis Plastinin and publisher Grey Fox Games, War of the Worlds: The New Wave is a two-player, asymmetric game set in the years after H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds where humans defend against invading aliens. The aliens have returned in a giant spaceship and landed in Scotland. One player controls the UK defence units and the other the aliens. The game utilizes 3D models and cards, and takes place on a large game board. There is also the “Irish Sea” expansion, which includes more maps and tactical options, though this is on a separate pledge level.
The War of the Worlds: The New Wave Kickstarter project is currently at 8x its funding goal, runs until January 31st, 2019, and is expected to deliver in August of 2019.
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – The Board Game
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – The Board Game, is a tactical, stealth game for 2-6 players. Its designed by Gergely Kruppa, published by Antler Games, is based on the video game of the same name, and includes over 40 miniatures. 1-4 players are ninja, trying to outsmart the guards, who is controlled by another player called the Daimyo, an evil mastermind. The ninja players can talk around the table, but the Daimyo can hear them, so they have to be careful when crafting plans. Players can choose from 5 unique ninja who have their own skill sets, while the Daimyo controls soldiers and samurai. The game includes story-driven missions in an ever-changing, non-linear campaign structure. The game includes Winter and Night modes which alter the game play. In Winter mode, snow shows the footprints of the ninja which can be tactically utilized to manipulate guards, while Night mode only shows the ninja and guards when they’re in a lit area.
The Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – The Board Game Kickstarter project is close to its funding goal with over 400 backers. Pledges can be made up until February 14th, 2019, with delivery expected in December of 2019.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: City Fall
IDW Games are crowd funding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: City Fall board game. Its designed by Daniel Lansdown, Pete Walsh, and Kevin Wilson, with art by Jose David Lanza Cebrian, Kevin Eastman, and Tony Vargas. The game is designed for 1-5 players, aged 14+, and plays in 45-150 mins. There are 2 stand-alone boxes to choose from, each with their own missions, enemies and character models. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Change is Constant stand-alone box serves as the first part of the story (based on the 1st two story arcs of the TMNT IDW comics), and is continued in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: City Fall stand-alone box (based on the TMNT IDW comics where 1 of the turtles joins the Foot Clan).
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures: City Fall Kickstarter project is already funded with over 1500 backers, with pledges ending on February 8th, 2019. Expected delivery is October of 2019.
From Nickelodeon, IDW, and Steve Jackson Games, Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is the newest edition of the popular take-that card game that allows players to compete as the heroes in a half shell while kicking down doors. Now on Kickstarter, 3-to-6 players can tread old territory of two fan-favorite franchises for a fresh product that aims to please. Featuring excellent art from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, now the classic Munchkin formula looks and feels better than ever. As described on the campaign page:
“Munchkin: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles puts you right into the roles of the Turtles to team up and fight evil! This game takes the butt-kicking, backflipping ninja stylings of the TMNT and combines it with the dungeon-exploring, loot-hoarding gameplay of Munchkin! Play as Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael along with April O’Neil and Casey Jones to take on Shredder, Krang and even more as you race to level 10.”
It cannot be understated that this game is using excellent art. For a series as weathered as Munchkin, this is absolutely the best these cards have ever looked and I’m sure fans of the turtles will agree. There’s also alternate art for player boards and the box itself available, all of which takes advantage of the classic comic-style that launched the TMNT franchise into what we know and love today. If you are interested in Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, be sure to check out it’s Kickstarter campaign page to learn more!
IDW Games, Steve Jackson Games, and Nickelodeon Consumer Products announce a new addition to the long running Munchkin series of card games: Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, players will play the roles of the Turtles and their friends. The card game features all-new art from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator, Kevin Eastman, along with artist Tadd Galusha, and gameplay developed by designer Jon Cohn.
Munchkin TMNT will come in three versions: standard, deluxe, and deluxe ultimate. All three will be supported by a Kickstarter campaign set to start on March 7th. The deluxe and deluxe ultimate will be Kickstarter exclusives available only during the Kickstarter campaign. The deluxe version will feature character standees and a fully illustrated mounted Level tracker. The deluxe ultimate version will feature variant, retro-style coloring reminiscent of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. The standard version will be available in retail stores.
All versions of Munchkin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are expected to be available in June 2018.
QST Tabetop Subscription Box is a really interesting new project just launched on Kickstarter. QST aims to deliver a brand new board game each month, created as a collaboration between a famous concept creator, board game designer, and artist. What makes this project special is the amazing caliber of the personalities already lined up. Get ready for a long impressive list.
The Concept people include Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Nolan Bushnell (Remember Atari and Chuck E. Cheese), R. A. Salvatore (Sci Fi Author), Kevin Eastman (Heroes in a half shell), and many others.
Board Game Designers include Richard Borg (Liar’s Dice, Memoir ’44), Bruno Faidutti (Citadels, Mission Red Planet), Bruno Cathala (Shadows Over Camelot, Cyclades), James Ernest (Kill Dr Lucky), Seiji Kanai (Love Letter), just to name a few.
The artist list is no slouch either, with huge names from various field, such as Vincent Dutrait, Mihajlo Dimitrovski, and Marvel artist Walt Simonson.
The first game from QST will be Foreclosure: Dungeon Masters Tavern, by Cory Jones (Co-Founder of Cryptozooic), Matt Hyra (Adventure Time Card Wars) and Robb Mommaerts (Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis). In Foreclosure, the boss monsters have sought legal counsel and sued the dungeon masters over loss of treasure. Having won, they are now collecting on the loot from the Dungeon Masters Tavern, driven into foreclosure. 2-4 players take on the roles of varied monsters in a blind bidding game in an attempt to gather the most loot.
The Kickstarter Campaign will run through September 29, and is expected to start shipping in March 2018. Check out the complete list of people involved here.
Having been teased in 2015, IDW Games is now Kickstarting their TMNT adventure game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past. The game will be designed by well known designer Kevin Wilson, who is know for his designing Arkham Horror, Fury of Dracule 3rd edtion and Descent to just name a few. Shadows of the Past aims to be an adventure type game similar to Descent in that one person will play Shredder and everyone else will play the turtles or their comrades like April O’Neil or Casey Jones (if unlocked). It will be scenario based with an adventure comic setting the stage for the turtles to fight against Shredder and his minions like Alopex and Karai. Each character has their own unique cards and dice to use during the game, and battle brings a whole new level of cooperation as the dice you roll can chain off of the dice of other players, making teamwork of paramount importance. Add in designs and artwork done by the very talented Kevin Eastman and you have one good looking and playing game.
The campaign is already fully funded after just one day and with lots of extra content planned it will be one heck of a campaign. If this sounds like something you would be interested in then head on over to the campaign page and pledge.
IDW Games, publishers behind games like Dragon’s Gold and Kill Shakespeare, announced that they will be releasing a big box adaptation of the popular Teenage Mutant Turtles. It will be designed by Kevin Wilson, with input from creators Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, and Tom Waltz.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past will be a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the hit ongoing IDW comic. Two to five players will battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions where players develop their characters strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex will appear throughout the missions, as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.
To read the official announcement you can head on over to IDW Games here.