August’s Kickstarter Board Game Roundup

Dispatches from the Tabletop Trenches

Batten down the hatches and prepare for the onslaught of tabletop gaming, because the month of August only means one thing; there are only four months left until Christmas. Oh, some little game con is going on too, which is nice. Yes, GenCon is in the air, and the influx of games funding on Kickstarter is just around the corner. There’s already been an uptick, so between now and the end of the year there’s going to be a lot of gaming ground to cover.

 

The Warriors: Turf War

That moment you realize you’re a target demographic, and you’re ok with it because you get to play as the Lizzies.   

The Warriors stands as one of my favorite movies of all time. It’s iconic, quotable, and batshit crazy. Going in, I know my love for this film could sway my opinion for this game. I’ve been down this road before, and sometimes it isn’t pretty. Relying on nostalgia to sell a game is a fickle pull. You’re trying to convince a vocal fandom that your game isn’t solely a money grab, all while building a game that can stand on its own merits as fun and original.

So here is the question; nostalgia and fandom aside, would I still consider this game? Yes, I would. At its core, The Warriors: Turf Wars looks to be a solid, tactical skirmish game. You have your troops, you’re battling over territory, and you’re rolling dice to simulate combat. Yea, it’s a war game, with just enough flavor and random events to keep each skirmish interesting. While a lot of the art is in the process of being revealed, based off what I’ve seen, I’m confident this will be a slick looking game. The Warriors: Turf Wars is officially licensed, so expect to see some familiar faces battling it out on the streets of New York.  

The Warrior: Turf Wars is looking to unlock a few extras, including extra gangs, and they have a copy of their rules available online. One important thing to keep in mind is this is totally a miniatures game, so you’re going to be paying a miniature game price. The base pledge of $110 is steep, but not totally outside the ballpark when compared to other mini heavy tactical combat games. Do you have to be a fan of the movie to like this game? No, but it does help soften the blow of the investment.

The Warriors: Turf Wars by Silly Kids Games

Players: 2 – 4

Skill Level: Advanced

Base Pledge: $110

Project Ends: August 28, 2016

Ship Date Estimate: August 2017

 

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Henchmania

When the going gets tough, the tough call upon the stupid to do their bidding.

Henchmania is a game about points. It’s also a game about the utter stupidity of your henchmen. Unfortunately, they’re the only resource you have in your quest for prestige accumulation. By now, we’ve established I’m a fan of quirky games with fantastic art and a wicked sense of humor, so it shouldn’t be that big of a surprise that this campaign caught my interest.

On the surface, Henchmania looks simple. Send henchmen to location, grab card, and use card to generate prestige points while fighting the occasional duel. Chuckling to myself with content amusement, I admired each card’s unique artistic style. Then I read the cards, and remembered that this is a game of strategy. See, henchmen are a limited resource, and the locations for them grab cards will fill up quick. Points are lost almost as quickly as they are gained, and duels are vicious contests of dice rolling.

Henchmania looks to be a fun game, with just the right blend of humor and hidden strategy. The art looks fantastic, especially the cards and the wooden meeples representing your devoted henchmen. At around $32, this game should provide ample entertainment, with an estimated play time of an hour. If you’re not sold yet, you can take a look at their rules, but do yourself a favor and definitely check this one out.

Henchman by Jocus

Players: 2 – 4

Skill Level: Beginner

Base Pledge: About $32

Project Ends: August 18, 2016

Ship Date Estimate: March 2017

 

With GenCon coming, I am keeping this month’s edition short, but I wanted to draw your attention to an amazing Humble Bundle going on. Right now for their RPG Book Bundle, they are offering a massive amount of White Wolf books, specifically Vampyre: The Masquerade. I’ve talked about my love of this system before, so if it struck your interest, now is definitely the time to pick them up.