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Watch your Back: Week October 22 to 28

Another week where the crowdfunding announcements will be brought to you by the team member least capable of doing them. So many campaigns this week and I haven't got a clue about most. It's like a jungle sometimes. It makes me wonder how I keep from going under. But hey, let's explore together.


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Ah! This first one is easy. I already wrote about Secrets of the Lost Tomb: Epic Edition last week, as I wasn't aware it had gotten postponed. So you can travel back in time to read my comments, or just head over to Gamefound and splurge on October 24. It's Epic.

Secrets of the Lost Tomb
Image source: Gamefound page

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Moving on. Boundless Stride: Into the Denlands is a legacy game of exploration, investigation and narration. It will use stickers to alter the maps permanently and a reset pack is not feasable, but they promise the game will be replayable anyway. You can check it out on Kickstarter on October 23.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I like seeing (former) Fantasy Flight Games designers pop up at other companies, and I always have high hopes they'll keep the flame burning now that the one at FFG has petered out. Unfortunately I know nothing about their previous game Kinfire Chronicles: Night's Fall. I will have a look at the campaign, though narrative books are not for me, so chances of backing are low.


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Taking inspiration from the classic Magic Realm, but promising to be playable by mere mortals, Dragons Down is - of course - a fantasy adventure game. Go questing, slay monsters, loot eveything in sight and become a legend by beating your own score. Some solo scenarios or another win condition may be available as well, we'll see. Live on Kickstarter on October 24.

Dargons Down: Elf Warlock character
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Heartily recommended by both the designer himself (on BGG) and our own Zerbique (over here), so who am I to argue.


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In card-driven conquest game The Old King's Crown you can battle an AI opponent for control of a kingdom. The included factions are quite asymmetric, which may add to the learning curve in general - but for solo will probably add to replayability. Cards can be used in many ways, so expect some head-scratching before you are worthy of wearing the crown. Live on Kickstarter October 24.

prototype components
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: It's always tricky to have an AI in games that depend so much on player interaction. First impressions in (p)reviews are positive, but when are they not?


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More (AI?) dueling fun in Mons and Mages, with mons being monsters, in case you wondered like I did. And it's bring your own mages. Anyway, you've joined a mages tournament where you tame monsters, adding their cards to your tableau. Then you'll trigger their abilities to beat your opponents, or get stunned if you're clumsy. On Kickstarter October 24.

Mons and Mages
Image source: Kickstarter page

Personal opinion: No idea how it plays solo, so let's wait and see.


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Not mons but wons in the next one: Wondrous Creatures. This is worker placement game, where you activate icons on hex tiles to gather resources, gain cards or collect eggs. Workers have abilities that evolve over time. Cards can be activated once or more times, have permanent effects or provide end-game points. Eggs may give you bonuses. And so forth. The rulebook is over 30 pages long, I cannot do it justice in one paragraph. The solo mode is a work in progress. We'll find out more on Kickstarter, when it goes live on October 25.

Personal opinion: Like I said, 30+ pages. Over 100 different creature cards. So many effects. There can be too much of a good thing.


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Nocturne is the newest offer by Flatout Games, a publisher that has its fair share of fans after Calico, Cascadia and the like. Illustrated once more by Beth Sobel. In this set collection game you use tokens to cast spells and bid on items and actions. But then your opponents can cast a more powerfull spell on an adjacent space to mess with your plans. Coming to Kickstarter on October 24.

Nocturne cards
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I have no idea about solo play but I am not much into bidding games and I've got so many set collection games, that I don't feel the need to add this to my collection to complete another set.


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And while we're at it, here's another one where I have no idea how it plays solo. Or coop. Or at all, really. So let me copy-paste the info on BGG for you:


"Spirit Fire is a non-linear, open-world board game system in which you explore compelling fantasy realms on an introspective journey of discovery, wonder, and mystery. Your choices matter, because instead of following a story, you ARE the story.


Spirit Fire seeks to provide the greatest single player experience available, inspired by a love of TCGs, MMOs, rogue-lite-like loops, metroidvania map development and discovery, fantasy fiction, and—more than anything—a desire for something truly new and fresh."


This game by the designers of Unsettled will launch on Kickstarter on October 24.

Spirit Fire: My Identity box
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: If it makes me go on journey of self-discovery it's guaranteed to be the worst game ever. Trust me. I know me.


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Ancient god bless the public domain. In Dreamescape players are sleepers, trapped by Cthulhu in a nightmarish world of narrative exploration. Will you recover your mind or be driven to insanity? Draw a card, make a choice, do a test by throwing runes and find out. Dreamescape will be available on Gamefound on October 24.

Dreamescape character dashboard
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: This campaign will have at least four scenario boxes and it's only part one of the planned DreamQuest series. I'll wait for experiences with this one then, looks like I can always join in later if it turns out to be a masterpiece in modern board game design. Or good fun, I'm a sucker for Cthulhu.

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FormulaGP is a racing game where clever card play will let you beat the bots. Push your inner Max to the max!

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I am terribly sorry, but this looks way too fiddly for my tastes. Also, I know nothing of the sport. Please watch a video to see if it's something you like - while I will make some nice noises. Vroom vroom!


Or you can find out more on Gamefound, October 25.


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Short FYIs:


U-BOOT will return to Kickstarter on October 24. The campaign will also offer an updated companion app with a mission builder module an a 90 cm plastic miniature U-boot. Eat your heart out, CMON. An update pack will be available for returning backers. On Kickstarter October 24.


Also, cooperative dungeon defense game Keep the Heroes Out! will get a new expansion called Boss Battles. On Kickstarter October 24.


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At last! We've come full circle. The cover of Mayan Curse looks like a follow up to the one of Secrets of the Lost Tomb, with the adventurers now running away as fast as they can. The game is a race to the top of an old temple, discovering monuments for victory points and avoiding rolling boulders for excitement. For solo it will have scoring goals in several difficulty levels but also special scenarios. On Kickstarter on, you guessed it, October 24.

Mayan Curse: Box cover and components
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I am not into puzzly games like this, but it looks fun for people that enjoy Relics of Rajavihara (the previous game by one of the co-designers). Also, I appreciate that the temple isn't being looted as such but rather being explored for knowledge. Oh, the curse of knowledge.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Nov 21, 2023

Boundless Stride: Into the Den will launch on November 28.

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Wouter Cordewiner
Wouter Cordewiner
Oct 24, 2023

Secrets of the Lost Tomb launched and the all gameplay pledge is $399 😱 Maybe I'm naive (looking at the number of backers I for sure am 🤣 ) but is any game worth that much?

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JW
JW
Oct 24, 2023
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But I felt the need to ask permission when I started buying all expansions for that game. And it's my all-time favourite. So, yes, I am afraid this one will be a pass.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 23, 2023

By the way, where did you find that Spirit Fire will launch on October 24th? The only info I have found was that this would launch SOON and that there will be a live stream event on October 24th (with big reveals), but since they already made a pre-trailer to tease the actual trailer that comes with a date teasing an event, I guess the event in question will just be the reveal of the actual launch date.

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
Oct 30, 2023
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There was something different "behind the scenes", they promised to get all the other KS out of their hands and fully into the different fulfilment centre's hands before they launch Spirit Fire. And since that happened Monday, they decided to do a launch party for Wormhole event apparently. They mentioned the decision was made 12h before the Wormhole event, cause that's when they got all the confirmations.


I mean I'm sure they planned this way ahead of time, just weren't sure precisely about when it will happen.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 23, 2023

Two things about Old King's Crown:


- Leder Games has lent a hand in developping the game.


- Paul Grogan did a playthrough if you have three hours to waste.

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JW
JW
Oct 23, 2023
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Sorry, Ricky Royal is a very nice person but I always fall asleep when listening to his voice.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 23, 2023

So many releases!


At first sight I should have been a fan of Boundless Stride. But I swore off Legacy games. I just hate this concept and it's far too frustrating for me to enjoy. I much prefer so-called 'green' legacy games.


Dragons Down looks certainly interesting, but from a look at the rules, will be too complex for my tastes. Which was to be expected, since it claims to be the spiritual successor of Magic Realm. Although I am easily annoyed by Scott DeMers frequent self-promotions, I believe the campaigns he runs are very nice, with a decent price tag, no exclusive contents, reasonable stretch goals, etc. So I sincerely wish them success on that one.


I will probably…


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Wouter Cordewiner
Wouter Cordewiner
Oct 24, 2023
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Hmmm, I see envelopes/packs being opened. Given I backed the second wave of Unsettled, I'll oass on this one and let the "ratings dust" settle down first.

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