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A Year of Backing - Snow Pledges 2023

I’ve been saying at the beginning of the year that I won’t back much, mostly expansions. I also have a set of eight rules that I tend to stick to. Despite all that, I still find projects that make me excited. I wondered how to format this and came up with a simple solution, hope you like it.


1. Zero to hundred

Hissy Fit

Coincidentally first back this year, Hissy Fit. I heard about it late last year and thought the theme is not something I’d like to play. It’s a painful experience for both me and our cats whenever the carriage is brought up. Lots of painful cries and hurt in the eyes. However when I saw the game, the gameplay looked fun, the theme was done in a more lighthearted yet respectful way and it’s cooperative.


2. The strange

Nevermind the Distraction

Strange as in not a theme I ever looked out for, I’m talking about Nevermind The Distraction. Meditation isn’t something I’m actively interested in or seek out, but I got curious. And after reading a rulebook, the push and pull gameplay as I call it combined with being a small box solo only game got me hooked.


3. Tiny


I wasn’t going to back Crystallo, because the footprint can get quite sprawling. They did offer a pocket version, but only as an add-on. I asked if they thought about making the pocket version available later with the expansions, but no plans yet, so I went for PnP to support them. Come PM, they offered the pocket version even for my PnP pledge. Guess what I did…


4. Solo drafting?


Pacific Ocean does exactly that. I’m not a fan of AI, the game has drafting, mindgames and bluffing in multiplayer. But the solo gameplay surprised me. You always pick a card to “hide” and a card to show for the AI. You know their preferences, so you’re playing the odds on a die roll. It’s fascinating. Also small tin game and multiple AIs to go against.


5. Most unique


Loam is unique in multiple ways. It’s based heavily on the science of microorganisms in soil (so functions as an educative material). The art is entirely made out of clay and shows eighty four unique organisms. It’s competitive, but for the solo player it offers either BYOS with a score table, or four unique scenarios and three campaigns with unique twists to rules and goals that add win/loss conditions. It arrived this week.


6. Expansion


Keep the Heroes Out!: Boss Battles adds a twist to a game I fell in love with after delivery last year. The only issue is footprint. Basically the expansion replaces old difficulty scaling for a better system and adds “bosses”, turning it into boss battler or you can use the bosses as another faction.


7. Mystery


I keep trying to find the “story” adventure fit for me. But nothing fits. Last try ended in a sale. Will Spirit Fire be different? I don’t know, but I got intrigued by the gameplay and I’m willing to try for the last time. It’s also the biggest back in the whole year. I may regret it, I may be surprised. We’ll see.


To make the list complete, I also backed Gloomhaven: Buttons & Bugs, but refunded it for various reasons. Lack of research is probably the most glaring one. Now you know everything.



All images taken from BGG, except for Keep the Heroes out (Kickstarter page).


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Zerbique
Zerbique
25 déc. 2023

I'm a bit surprised you didn't back Acryologic. But maybe it's too simple a puzzle for you?

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
26 déc. 2023
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I thought about it, but I already have quite a few books of sudoku/kakuro/killer sudoku puzzles.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
22 déc. 2023

I love how cohesive a portrait of your board gaming tastes this post pictures!


Although they are very diverse thematically, I feel they echo each other to point at something meaningful.


The only dissonance I feel is Spirit Fire, which to me exudes start-up-inspired marketing too much, choking all sense of wonder and Fantasy, but since you love Unsettled, it made sense to go (all?)-in.


I almost backed Loam myself but it was too much about action management.

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
22 déc. 2023
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I do have a specific taste, yes. Loam is very much action management, very quick one, satisfying choices, but not breaking a brain. Lovely game really. Puzzly.


And you're right, Spirit Fire doesn't belong. It's an outlier. Very much like Earthborne Rangers was an outlier. I have this idea in my mind about a campaign game I'd like and these two both fit what I imagined, but EBR wasn't it. So I took a leap on Spirit Fire to see if that may be what I'm looking for. If it doesn't work, I'm done searching for now. Cause if this fails, then the only one I would be comfortable with would be all iconography (which is like most people's worst…

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This series of backed projects you guys are doing is great! Can't believe I missed so many interesting games...

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