I’m not sure I’ve got this right, but I’d bet something Kickstarter was more active a month ago. Is it the summer? Are you all at the beach already? I hope some of you are still here, reading this, and looking forward to avoiding the sun from your comfy desk chairs and sofas. (And now you know my plans for the summer.)
Still, creators don’t disappoint us, and there’s enough Board and Video Games, Comics, and Gadgetsto feed Kicktops. And keep it interesting for me and my weekly Top 10, of course.
Have you tried to guess which projects would make it on the ranking this Wednesday? Wanna guess how much our tastes are (or aren’t) alike? Well, without further ado, here’s the list:
TOP 5 PRODUCTS RECENTLY LAUNCHED
5. The Somber Crown: Issue 1 [Comics]
Creator: Lee Milewski
Cause I like supporting small projects, and I like (even more) the dynamic style and vivid colours of this comic. I just love comics that look from this century — it’s the 2010s! stop it already with the action men and pin-up women! Plus, I like that it looks half-Epic half-Dark fantasy. The first five pages are on KS, have you read them?
4. Stan [Gadgets]
Creator: Paul Hanusiak
In a world saturated with docks and support pieces for devices, I like that Stan keeps it retro. It looks fashionable, cool (which are two different things), and it’s compatible with almost everything. I’d love to have one just to have it on my desk and look at it — or on my bed, to keep my Kindle from falling on my face when I’m too sleepy (cause that happens).
3. Pyrella [Video Games]
Prehistoric and metrodivania are both strong words, aren’t they? Well, they both describe this game. Its concept is pretty simple: Get to the bottom of the temple without letting the flame of your torch die. But it looks fun, and it’s filled with monsters, traps, and puzzles. I like particularly the look of the Pyrella, cause I don’t think it’s possible to look more badass.
2. New Dawn [Tabletop Games]
Creator: Artipia Games
Well, this is a serious game, with an interesting and interactive gameplay, and a well-though backstory. (It’s a thematic sequel of Among the Stars, which you don’t need to have played to enjoy this one.) Not a game for beginners, I’d say, but for those of you who are looking for your new favourite pastime: A space exploration half-co-operative half-competitive game.
1. Fragged Empire [Tabletop Games]
Creator: Wade Dyer
And when it comes to choosing a totally-original stand-alone pen-and-paper RPG, Fragged Empire is your best choice. Seriously, the game was funded in half a day, and it’s always beautiful when you see that kind of effort recognised so widely.
The core book has 360 full-coloured pages and includes detailed information of the setting and rules, and even illustrations and short stories. Set in a post-post-apocalyptic universe, with four main genetically engineered races, this game has all the appeal of a classic Ridley Scott film.
TOP 5 PRODUCTS EXPIRING SOON
5. Twilight Struggle Digital Edition [Tabletop Games]
Creator: GMT Games
It would be nice if all of the projects here had at least 1/4 of the success this Kickstarter’s had. It’s mind-blowing! But that’s what happens when you take a classic strategy game like Twilight Struggleand bring it to KS to digitise it. And the gameplay is not so different, it still works like a card-driven board game, but now it’s compatible with almost any platform (from your smartphone to your Mac).
4. The Frontier Deck [Playing Cards]
Creator: Frontier Cards
I’d support any playing deck with illustrations of animals, if I’m honest, but this one is particularly stylish. The beautiful design is inspired by wildlife illustrations of the late 19th century, and it’s a series of two decks: The Frontier Deck, with hooves, birds, critters and bears; and the Predator Deck, with birds of prey, snakes, cats, and dogs. Hm… I think I’d like a mix of the two.
3. Sheltered [Video Games]
Picture this: A post-apocalyptic survival game… set almost entirely inside a shelter. It takes a nice spin on the genre, making you focus on what you’d think is the unimportant stuff: supplies, the state of your shelter, the mental well-being of your characters… And you got the digital game for £4, so you should definitely pledge for this one!
2. Forge War [Tabletop Games]
Creator: Isaac Childres
Another very successful very immersive board game, but this time is High Fantasy. It’s a strategy game with cards, board, and tokens, but like nothing we’ve used to. In this game you don’t have to focus only on killing enemies, or managing resources, or creating items, but in all of this. It takes several aspects of different euro-style games, and mixes it all in a much more complex one. Doesn’t it sound fun?
1. ODIN [Gadget]
Creator: Alex Yoo of Dos Owls
I didn’t know I needed this on my life until I saw it on Kickstarter. But now I won’t rest until I have one. ODIN is a projector that allows you to consume your daily entertainment anywhere as if you were at the cinema. Any wall now can display the films or TV shows you watch, the video games you play, and the websites you navigate.
That’s what they say on their project page: “ODIN is the ideal product for people who consume most of their entertainment using Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, the web and mobile applications”. And I wonder: Did they not just describe the whole world…?