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Hockey fans rejoice!  Trick Shot offers a fast-paced board game of Ice Hockey with streamlined rules, a balance of luck and strategy, and free form movement over the ice with cool plastic miniatures.  Each team is comprised of a goalie, a center, two wingmen and two defensemen, each position having different size and speed characteristics.  Each team also has four strategy cards for their line that changes the rules for the line.  Players maneuver their team across a huge gridded gameboard rink, rolling dice to pass, shoot, score, steal, and check.  As long as player actions are successful, additional actions can be taken.  A player may spend a stamina token to reroll the dice if an action is unsuccessful.  Once all the stamina tokens are spent, however, the player will need to spend a turn to refresh the line to regain stamina, giving the opposing team an opportunity to take advantage of the transitioning team or to refresh their own line.

This game will not be available in retail stores.  After the Kickstarter campaign ends, it will only be available from the manufacturer and only the core box.  The Kickstarter campaign, like many Kickstarter campaigns, offers many stretch goals, options, and add-ons that will not be available later.  The miniatures come unpainted, but backers may pledge for the pre-painted miniatures available only during the campaign. Backers may also add an extra set of unpainted miniature to paint themselves in their favorite team colors.

Trick Shot plays 2-4 players, ages 12+, in 30-90 minutes.  Contents include huge gameboard, 12 miniatures, 6 double-sided stamina tokens, 8 quick reference cards, 20 line cards, 6 custom dice, 12 colored bases, 2 pucks, 1 turn marker, 7 goal counters, 1 double-sided 6th players token, and rulebook.  The Kickstarter Campaign runs through 30 May with an expected delivery in March 2020. Check out the Kickstarter Campaign to try out the game on Tabletopia, print and play your own copy, and learn more about the game.

Mike Fitzgerald follows up his successful Baseball Highlights: 2045 game with Football Highlights 2052.  Like Baseball Highlights: 2045, each player will play cards from their hand to make plays.  In Football Highlights 2052, the game of football did not see the infusion of robots to the extent that happened in baseball.  However, the game did become fast pace with a continuously running clock which required football players to play both offense and defense.  Football Highlights 2052 easily captures the theme and strategy of managing football players who perform both offense and defense duties.  Each player will have a deck of cards representing his or her team.  Players will draw only 10 cards from the deck of available plays each half.  From their selection of cards in their hands, players will play cards to defend against their opponent’s offensive play, then turn the card around to execute that cards offensive capability to the opponent to defense against.  Players repeat this process, attempting to drive the ball to the goal line in four plays or be forced to reset back at the 45 yard line to begin the drive anew.  Halftime offers each player a chance to make adjustments to their team by drafting 5 new players and discarding down to the team size of 15 cards. After playing the second half, the team with the highest score wins.  Of course, if there is a tie, the game goes into sudden death overtime.

Each card features a team athlete who leads the offensive and defensive play.  Each team deck of play features not only a mix of run and pass plays, but also a new play style called a “Maul” consisting of aggressive person-on-person defensive coverage countered with offensive stunt, gadget, and trick plays.  Four teams are included in the game as well as a special 25 card solitaire play deck.  While the game is designed for head to head play, four player boards and two scoreboards are included so that two games can be played at the same time.

Football Highlights 2052 is on Kickstarter now and has already reached its funding goal.  If you missed Baseball Highlights: 2045 or any of its numerous expansions, you can pick those up in the Kickstarter also.

Football Highlights 2052 plays 1,2 or 4 players, ages 9+, in 45-60 minutes.  Contents include 4 15-card team decks (which includes a 5-card star player deck for each team), a 35-card play deck, 30-card action deck, 25-card solitaire deck, 4 play mats, 2 scoreboards (plus 32 team pennants), and 4 wooden markers.

The Kickstarter campaign runs through 21 September with an expected delivery in July 2019.  Go to Kickstarter campaign learn more about Football Highlights 2052.

Baseball board games are surging in popularity lately: Baseball Highlights 2045 and Bottom of the 9th being the two most recent additions to the market.  Now is the opportunity to jump into a Kickstarter for the next baseball-centric boardgame: Fantasy Fantasy Baseball.  This game combines the worlds of fantasy baseball and fantasy characters featuring orcs, zombies, elves, and more.  From the Kickstarter page:

Fantasy Fantasy Baseball is an inventive new card game in which you are the Wizard manager of a baseball team of powerful and gruesome fantasy creatures battling through a season of fantasy baseball. Go head-to-head against other Wizard managers for Victory cards while building up your team’s statistics for even more Victory cards. But beware, your players may have spells cast on them.

Instead of the typical fantasy baseball experience taking months to play, the entire Fantasy Fantasy Baseball experience is boiled down to 10 minutes per player. The amazing fantasy creatures provide something for the baseball fan and the gamer in all of us.

Fantasy Fantasy Baseball breaks down to: one part fantasy, one part fantasy baseball, one part baseball cards, with a pinch of satire.

Baseball fans will enjoy all the subtle and not-so-subtle baseball references, but you don’t have to be a sports fan in order to have a lot of fun with this game.

Players attempt to guide their team through an entire season of fantasy baseball, with games being decided by the skills of their players and the tactical use of magical abilities.  The project is also offering pre-orders for the next two games in the Fantasy Fantasy Series: Fantasy Fantasy Football and Fantasy Fantasy Hockey.  Designers Daryl Andrews (The Walled City, Caffeine Rush) and JR Honeycutt (Doug, Doug, Goose, Caboose and Twirk) collaborated on this project from publisher CSE Games.  You can find links to rules and a print and play version on the Kickstarter page.