Kickstarter Spotlight | Feb. 12

February 11, 2014
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Drake II: Horizons

Expanding upon their initial offering of Drake, a game they funded with a $130k project in April of last year, Action Games Miniatures offers us Drake II: Horizons with a series of new miniatures and factions for the base game. Already funded at 50k CAD of a 15k goal, this project has rewards that will allow anyone who missed the first offering to bring themselves up to speed while funding the production and casting of the new line of miniatures. Featuring some unique pieces, along with a number of seemingly Egyptian-themed characters, the available sculpts are interesting enough to warrant a look.

Slaughterball

Frog The What Games brings us the latest in a series of Blood-Bowl-esque ‘ball’ games, featuring Dreadball, Khaosball, and now ‘Slaughterball’, which is a “competitive board game simulating a ferocious future sport where 2-4 teams of genetically-engineered super-athletes clash in a remorseless steel pit.”

Tying with ‘Multiwolves’ for the award of “Least Inventive Name”, this project has not yet funded, but still has a month left to go on the charts.

Heroes Wanted

Are you a fan of the Superhero League of Hoboken? If you are, then this is the game for you – Action Phase Games offers us Heroes Wanted, a tactical board game for 1-5 players. The Champions of Zeta City are recruiting, and they want *you* to join them! Well, if not you, then one of the other hopefuls also gunning for that single coveted spot!

What adds a curious twist to this particular game, is the way in which both the heroes and villains are constructed, and I mean ‘constructed’ quite literally. Hero and Villain cards come in two halves, each with their own unique power and name; putting two of them together grants you your character for the game. This makes match ups such as American Beard vs the Pink Poodle, or Mama Lightning entirely possible. In addition, each Hero may have one or more… quirks that they must follow. Maybe you were the Former Sidekick of another Hero, and have to congratulate them after a successful mission, or have an Awkward Catchphrase that you love but everyone else cringes at.

Already funded at twice the original requirements, they’re offering a number of additional cards and upgrades through the stretch goals.

Smart Nixie Tubes

Unrelated, but still eminently awesome, I’ve always had a soft spot for Nixie tubes and this project for a programmable set of them just seems pretty keen.

Smee

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.