Kickstarter Spotlight | Sept. 19th

September 22, 2014


This week, lets drink some Hooch and watch Carnevale and Prohibition Vye against one another in Feng Shui 2, the latest summer kung-fu action blockbuster!

Vye: The Card Game

by Sand Hat Games

Vye is a tile-laying game for two to four players who must strategically manage the placement of new lands in the expanding map, while carefully husbanding the use of their royal family in order to control the largest portion of the kingdom. Make haste, though, for the Inevitable Empress will arrive all-too-soon and put a stop to this squabbling.

With a bright and stylized graphic design, the artwork on these cards is wonderful, and very much give it a storybook feel. If you’re interested in taking a closer look, there is a print and play version available on the project page.

Will you see your kingdom fractured or will you remain united and claim the kingdom of Vye before time runs out?

1919 – The Noble Experiment

by Black Monk Games

1919 is a card game for two to four players, each representing a moonshiner intent on providing whisky to those clients that have refused to accept prohibition. Hire workers to gather ingredients from the Market (Black, or otherwise), then distill, bottle, and deliver your product to a selection of available locales. Time is of the essence, as your clients are not patient people, and your reputation might take a hit if they’re kept waiting too long.

While I’m always a fan of prohibition-era games, I do have to say that the number of straight-up spelling mistakes on the KS project page is a bit worrying, even for a translated title.

On 16th January, 1919 the government passed a bill whose noble goal was to improve the quality of life and the health of the citizens of the United States. The Noble Experiment, as it is called today (or Prohibition in the USA back in the day), has turned out to be a fiasco and had a number of side effects.

One of those side effects was the creation of a moonshine black market and the blooming of organized crime. While playing ‘1919: The Noble Experiment’ you shall assume the leadership of such a ragtag band of mobsters.

Carnevale – The Narrative Miniatures Game

by Vesper-on Games

Carnevale is back, and better than ever! This project is to publish an all-in-one rulebook, integrating the first printed expansion, some revised rules, and even more background material for the setting. Introducing two new factions, the Vatican and the Strigoi (vampires), the city of Venice becomes an even more dangerous place to tread.

Carnevale is a narrative miniatures game that allows you to play the part of an adventurers party in a dark and supernatural version of XVIII century Venice. You can be swashbucklers fighting evil scientists while jumping from rooftop to rooftop. Or submarine monsters that feed on the flesh of the common folk of this city. Maybe bloodthirsty vampires or agents of the Vatican forces. You will explore its canals and its bridges, you will command your squad and will have superpowered individuals fighting alongside you.

Feng Shui 2: Action Roleplaying Game

by Atlas Games

Robin D. Laws, the creator of the original Feng Shui roleplaying system has returned with a revised edition of the action-packed cinematic game. Already funded at $85k (of the original $8k goal), they’ve spruced the rulebook up to a full 288+ pages of colour, and have been adding in additional material at a pretty rapid pace.

Eunuch sorcerers. Slick conspirators. Cyborg apes. Control freak monks. Armed with the secrets of Feng Shui, all aim to conquer the past, present, and future. Only you have the guts, guns, and flying feet to stop them!


by Talon Strikes Studios

Hooch is a strategic card game for 3 to 6 players with an impressive 120-180 minute playtime. Players take on the role of a criminal syndicate in the prohibition era, fighting over turf and the control of illegal stills while maintaining legitimate storefronts to hide these activities.

Recruit high-ranking figures in your syndicate to oversee various missions, while nameless mooks and thugs provide the muscle you need to maintain control over your corner of the city. Keep in mind that there’s a public side to your little crime ring, too, and it never hurts to have a politician or a detective on your payroll.

Keep your eyes open for an in-depth preview from us, coming soon!

Build a Criminal Syndicate, produce illegal alcohol, take on your Rivals and earn the most Respect to Dominate and take over the town.

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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.