Kickstarter Spotlight | August 8th

August 9, 2014


This week, feel free to put your feet up and relax in the Lounge, or for those with a hardier constitution, delve into a Dungeon Saga to seek the Key to the Kingdom.

The Lounge: A Mafia Game

by Alexander Gregory

Mafia, Werewolf. Werewolf, Mafia. Two sides of the same coin, yet different enough to matter to anyone who might care. I’m not one of them, admittedly, but The Lounge still managed to catch my eye. Witty and stylish, the art that is available so far gives a good vibe that shows promise for the set as a whole. Featuring over 80 different roles to spice up your Mafia games, you’ll be able to keep things lively and unpredictable through many a round.

The air is thick with the sounds of hearty laughter, glasses cheerily clinking, soft music for dancing, intermittent conversation, growing paranoia, and wild accusations. In this lounge, the Mafia and the town’s protectors are squaring off in secret. Nobody knows enough to tell either group apart from the ordinary citizens enjoying a drink and a night out but everybody knows that no one will be safe until one of the sides is through. Suddenly, the officers walk into the center of the room. One of them, with a few donut crumbs on his shirt, speaks up to the crowd: “Alright, lets get this underway. Please step forward if you have evidence that anyone present is involved with the Mafia.”

Key to the Kingdom: Legacy

by Darren Mitchell

POW! Straight in the nostalgia! Key to the Kingdom is one of the first games beyond something like Sorry or Monopoly that I ever played with my friends. Just hearing about this ‘Legacy’ project is enough to inspire me to raid my friend’s closet and drag it out again.

As for the project itself, Key to the Kingdom: Legacy is an admirable attempt to bring this classic boardgame into the 21st century, a mobile app developed with the help of the games’ original designer, featuring everything you loved about the game and brought to the Android and iOS platforms.

Key to the Kingdom was a board game invented by Paul Bennett and produced in 1990 and 1992 by Waddingtons Games. It was released internationally (including the UK & US). Since then the game has gone unpublished, but has a cult following, still buying the game to this day on sites like Amazon & Ebay.

Dungeon Saga: The Dwarf King’s Quest

by Mantic Games

After the mess made by the aborted attempt at Hero Quest’s 25th Anniversary, tidings looked grim for dungeon-delving fans. Fear not, however, for in the distance trumpets blare with the approach of a fresh challenger!

Mantic Games, best known for their Kings of War and Dreadball lines, now offer us The Dwarf King’s Quest, a classic adventure board game where mighty heroes battle evil monsters in a tight and twisting fantasy dungeon! Two to five players take on the roles of the necromancer Mortibris, and the stalwart heroes (an elf, dwarf, barbarian and wizard, natch) in scenario-driven encounters on a modular set of dungeon tiles.

While the initial $100 price tag feels a bit much, Mantic is also well-known for adding a ludicrous number of stretch goals into the mix, so this is a project I’ll eagerly be keeping an eye out on.

The Dungeon Master level gets you the Dungeon Saga game, the Adventurer’s Companion, and an exclusive signed art print. You will get special missions, a Short Story, and all 6 original scenarios from Dwarf King’s Hold: Dead Rising, remastered using the new DKQ mechanics – all contained in your own Kickstarter Exclusive Dungeon Journal. Also included is Keldan Aury’mtor, a finely detailed hero figure exclusive to this Kickstarter, and any applicable stretch goals we unlock!

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SENIOR EDITOR : Refined gamer, collector, consummate geek. Hoarder of miniatures, reluctant painter. My tastes run towards the strategic side of the fence, with city / civilization / empire builders at the focus. I've moved away from direct-conflict games these days, unless they're two-player or one versus many, so one can properly admire the beatdown put upon the opposing side. Yes, I've been known to wear hats with fuzzy ears on them.