Not much crowdfunding going on in December. Or if it is, nobody tells us about it. Or if they do, they don't tell anything about their games. But two can play that game. Here's a post telling you absolutely nothing right back.* Two games are scheduled to launch this coming week: Call of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game, and Ancient Blood: The Order of Vampire Hunters.
First up is Call of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game. It's Gloom of Kilforth and Shadows of Kilforth all over again, but this time with pirates and sea monsters. The standalone game serves as a finale to the trilogy, and even though it introduces new elements it will be backwards compatible with the first two games. So, more adventuring, more questing, more Ancients, more dice rolling, more cards with pretty people and picturesque locations - more of what you've come to expect.
Rumour (or basically, this video) has it there will be eight new races to play and also eight classes, outposts to build, ships to sail and custom dice to roll. Plus a whole new exploration mode where you start out with just one location card in play. Then of course we'll have the unavoidable minis add-on. This is Kickstarter we're talking about. Anything Isaac Childres can do, Tristan Hall can do faster.
The games in this series have great quality artwork. For me personally, it lost some of its charm when the original illustrator left, but it's still in the same ballpark when you squint. By candlelight. The Kickstarter campaign will launch on December 14.
Personal opinion: I'm not particularly fond of the pirate theme usually. Though I'm sure there will be some sexy ones in this game. And I really don't think it makes much sense for me to own all three boxes. On the other hand, the exploration mode sounds fun, so I'll certainly check it out. And if it comes with custom dice, ugh, the siren's call may be hard to resist.
Next: Ancient Blood: The Order of Vampire Hunters. A confusing one, as the game's page on Board Game Geek calls it a reimpletation, but also a prequel that is not compatible with the previous one. Ah well, if you don't own the original The Order of the Vampire Hunters I guess it doesn't matter either way.
This time we're talking about a cooperative story-driven minis game for 1 to 4 players. It features exploration, crafting, resource management and leveling up, while your decisions will impact the game world. I'd better repeat: crafting. As otherwise the blurb could describe any other modern crowdfunding game. Something that may be a plus - with the caveat that we really know diddly-squat about gameplay: you don't necessarily have to play a campaign, one-off sessions are possible as well.
The Gamefound campaign will launch on December 14. It will have a pledge level for the core game (plus applicable stretch levels) and one for all-in.
Personal opinion: Yeah, sorry. A narrative driven minis game is not for me. The comments about the previous game on Board Game Geek say the minis weren't bad. So if you're attracted to the vampire setting, or enjoy painting miniatures, why not take a look. Shrug.
*) FAIL! Told you all you need to know. We're taking these games way more serious than their publishers, folks. Pity us fools.