Crowdfunding Spotlight: From Heroes to Homebrewers

September 19, 2018 - 11:00pm

Kickstarter continues to tempt our wallets with a glut of game releases this week. While we do try to cover every significant project quite a few slip by unnoticed, but hopefully we're able to draw your eyes to those which should not be missed.

Inhuman Conditions: A Game of Cops and Robots

Inhuman Conditions: A Game of Cops and Robots, is designed by Tommy Maranges (known for Secret Hitler) and Cory O'Brien and illustrated by Mackenzie Schubert (also known for Secret Hitler).  This is a Blade Runner inspired, 5-minute party game for 2 players where one player is the Investigator and the other the Suspect. The investigator must discover if the Suspect is a Human or a Robot through conversation around a specific topic. Aggressive robots are also able to kill the Investigator if they're able to fulfill objectives during the conversation. The design is simple and evokes a retro-futuristic design with a strong focus on the players instead of the components. There is a single pledge level for the Inhuman Conditions Kickstarter project and it has already exceeded its goal. The project ends on Thursday, October 11th, 2018 and the estimated delivery date is September of 2019.

World of Mythology: King of the Hill

World of Mythology: King of the Hill is a strategic, role-playing board game, that plays in 30-120 mins, which has both competitive and cooperative modes. It supports solo play or group play for 2-5 players. The base game includes 6 mythological trees including the Greek, Slavic, Egyptian, Norse, Hindu, and Mixed pantheons. These pantheons each have 6 gods and goddesses where each deity holds a rune quest and a unique artifact. Playable heroes are from 5 pantheons and include Heracles (Greek), Baba Yaga (Slavic), Ramesses (Egyptian), Fenrir (Norse), and Karna (Hindu). There are also 5 monsters which can be summoned by the heroes with a 6th, Cthulhu, which appears when an eclipse happens. Should the heroes fail their quest they fight against one of the guardians of the 6 pantheons. Gods have quests in the Arena where they must defeat 3 guardians, get rewards and a powerful artifact, and progress to the Holy Hill. The base pledge for the World of Mythology: King of the Hill Kickstarter project only has cardboard content while the next pledge level up (limited to 300 copies) includes miniatures. The game is 40% funded and has a project goal ending on Thursday, October 18th, 2018. The project's estimated delivery date is October of 2019.


Homebrewers is produced by Dice Hate Me Games and designed by Ben Rosset & Matthew O'Malley (both known for Between Two Cities), with art by SaRae Henderson (known for Sentinels of the Multiverse). Its an engine-building and dice-trading game, which plays in 45-60 mins, where dice represent the actions which can be taken. Players craft unique beer recipes and gain reputation as they improve their recipes and gain the favor of judges at events. There are several characters which provide unique abilities to players. After 8 months, with each month played as a round, the player who gains the most reputation as the club's best brewer wins. The Homebrewers Kickstarter project ends on Friday, October 5th, 2018 and is approaching 50% of its funding goal. The expected delivery date is December of 2019.

Lockup: A Roll Player Tale

Lockup: A Roll Player Tale is a board game for 1-5 players designed by Stanislav Kordonskiy (known for Rurik: Dawn of Kiev) with art by Lucas Ribeiro, and plays in roughly 90 mins. Players take command of squadrons of imprisoned minions who must hire the strongest crew and build the most powerful items without raising suspicion from the guards. Its a worker placement game which has elements of bluffing, set collection, resource management, and variable scoring. In the solo mode the player is isolated in an old wing of the prison and plays against the automated guards that have 3 levels of difficulty. There is also a Roll Player Lockup Pack, a set of 6 cards, which can be added to the "Roll Player: Monsters & Minions" game. The Lockup: A Roll Player Tale Kickstarter project is already over 50% funded and the goal ends on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018. The estimated delivery date is August of 2019.

Welcome To The Jungle

This is a 2-4 player board game which plays in 60-120 minutes where players gather goodies, money, and crew members to become the Kingpin of The Jungle. Welcome To The Jungle is designed by Cory Goonan & Eric Zelanski with artwork by Charlo Nocete, and is an inventory and land management game with some card battling. Players are rival crew leaders fighting over turf and raising street cred of turf they already own. There are also elements of gambling, including a roulette spinner, which happen when a Smash and Grab card is drawn. Turf wars are played by drafting cards which form a crew and weapons. The Welcome To The Jungle Kickstarter project is currently falling under the radar even though it has great artwork and interesting game play elements as its only at 10% of its funding goal. The project funding deadline is Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and its estimated delivery date is June of 2019.

Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails

Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails is a humorous card game with dysfunctional dungeon crawling for 2-4 players which plays in 45-60 mins. The game is designed and illustrated by Jamie Noble which has players squabbling over the right to be the Party Leader, avoiding conflict, and gathering enough gold to leave behind their fellowship which is terrible. Players create a character by combining a deck of race and class card then face a series of encounters which take place in various locations during the heroes' adventure. The artwork on this project is quirky but reminiscent of the Adventure Time cartoon. The Hero Master: An Epic Game of Epic Fails Kickstarter project is already 200% funded with a funding goal deadline of Tuesday, October 16th, 2018. The estimated delivery date of the project is June of 2019.

Set A Watch

Rock Manor Games have released some excellent games this year which have all funded on Kickstarter. Set A Watch is a 1-4 player game designed by Mike Gnade (known for Brass Empire) and Todd Walsh with art by Andreas Rocha and Robert P. Schneider. Players must secure locations to prevent acolytes from breaking seals holding back the evil Unhallowed. Each round the party visits a new location where an adventurer can rest and take strategic camp actions. The rest of the party must take watch and fight a line of creatures attempting to breach the camp. Combat is a puzzle which is solved using dice and unique class abilities. The Set A Watch Kickstarter project has a basic and a deluxe pledge with some really nice components included in the latter (especially if you're a dice fan). The project has already exceeded its funding goal on its first day on Kickstarter and will end on Thursday, October 11th, 2018. The project's estimated delivery date is September of 2019.

The Waylanders

This is a fairly ambitious project because a video game of the same name, upon which it is based, will also be funded on Kickstarter soon. The Waylanders is designed by Jaime González García and published by Eclipse Editorial, supports 2-4 players, and plays in roughly 60-90 mins. Players configure a part of 5 adventurers who complete objectives, knock down opponents, or conquer strongholds in order to obtain victory. This game has a strong Celtic, artistic focus with some beautiful miniatures. The Waylanders Kickstart project is at 75% of its funding goal which will end on Thursday, October 4th, 2018. The project's estimated delivery date is September of 2019.

Periodic: A Game of the Elements

Periodic: A Game of the Elements is a board game themed around the period table of elements and some of the fundamental principles of chemistry which can be derived from the structure and function of the periodic table. Its designed by John Coveyou (known for Cytosis) and published by Genius Games. In Periodic, 2-5 players must activate periodic trends to maneuver across the period table and discover elements to score points. If players end their turns in specific families of elements they move up the Academic Achievement Track in a race against other players for limited spots and additional points. The Periodic: A Game of Elements Kickstarter project has a number of pledge levels and has already hit 300% of its funding goal. The project will end funding on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 and is estimated to deliver on June of 2019.
Antoine Fortuin

Bitten by a common house spider, Antoine emerged with the uncanny ability to buy more games than he had time to play. While living in the hills of Tennessee, USA, he tries to balance software development, family, and his multiple, competing hobbies. He hopes to someday discover a pocket dimension in which to store his games