Wallet Kickers of the Week

Here we go, the ramp up to GenCon is beginning and we are seeing some bigger Kickstarters start to launch, here are some of the notable ones.

First is the 10th anniversary edition of the game Container, now in jumbo size.  Container is an interesting game in that you are playing all aspects of the production, delivery, and acquisition of products on a small island.  Each round you will decide which goods to produce, then which goods of your opponents you will ship.  When you pick goods you will have to pay for them, and the price will be set by that opponent.  After the goods make it out to the island you then bid for ships to be able to collect the goods, and then turn those goods into points at the end of the game.  This new edition will feature the same gameplay, with the addition of the Investment Bank, but with upsized, deluxe components.  The most notable being the large 7″ long plastic ships with containers that fit onto them like actual container ships.  So if you enjoy the game, but want something bigger and nicer, check out the Kickstarter page today.

Next up we have a meta game, something you play while playing other games, simply called Gameception.  What this card game does is add another layer to your game night with an additional game you play across the entire night.  Everyone starts with two cards and each card has some action you might find happening at a game night; like a pet interferes with the game, someone tells another player what to do, or someone is on their device.  If the action on your card happens, reveal it, score that card, and then draw a new one.  At the end of the night, the winner is the one who scored the most cards.  If this games sounds familiar then you are right, a similar type of game can be found called Pretense, but the larger variety of cards and fun stick figure artwork makes this game worthy of a look.  Check out the Kickstarter page for more info.

After that is the final expansion to the Heroes Wanted game called Elements of Danger.  As you think from the name of the expansion, this one adds Heroes with element based powers to the game.  This expansion also adds just lots of new content to the game in new action cards, epic actions, new heroes, and new villains.  Overall it adds just more of what you want in this game giving it more variety and increases the amazing number of hero combinations even higher.  So if you want to get this last expansion, or to jump in and get the complete game and all expansion, check out the Kickstarter page.

Next, from A-Games is Sakura, a beautiful looking trick taking card game with some twists.  On a turn you will be playing two cards, one to each pile in the middle of the table.  You will either play a card of a different value but same color, direction the values must go is determined by the yin-yang symbol, or the same value of a different color.  This sounds simple but sometimes not always possible, that is where you will use the coins you have to hire workers to manipulate the cards values or position to allow for you to play your cards.  If you can’t play on a stack you take those cards and get coins equal to the number of coin cards, but gain points equal to the number of shuriken.  Least number of points will be the winner.  Check out the Kickstarter page to pledge for your copy.

Last we have another expansion for the Flash Point Fire Rescue game and that is Tragic Events.  This is a simple expansion that adds three new characters, Strategist, Suppression Specialist, and Fire Prevention Specialist, and two deck of cards.  These decks, Fire and Event, are the crux of the expansion as they take the place of the hot spot aspect in the advanced game, giving you a more unique experience when playing that way.  The Fire deck creates more chaos as the fire spreads in random ways, and the Event deck ramps of the difficulty by changing the state of the board, forcing you to adapt.  There are also stretch goals being achieved that add in the hard to come by additional POI tokens, as well as event cards to utilize them in new ways.  So if you want to expand your Flash Point collection even more, head on over to the Kickstarter page today.