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Watch your Back: Week February 5 to 11

As we progress into February, crowdfunding is picking up speed. There are several releases planned for next week, so let's see what they are.


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Stonesaga is a 1-4 player cooperative survival game in which you are hunting, foraging, crafting items, and building structures in a glacial valley.


You will spend action points to explore the map tiles, and, depending on the type of terrain you move onto, you may decide to go fishing, or mining, or building. The resources you gather can often be combined to make tools and weapons. Encounters are resolved by rolling dice and doing skill checks. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 7.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I'm very intrigued by this game. I really like the visuals and the survival aspect but detected some fiddliness in the way you perform the actions (lots of little bits and cards your have to put together). It has piqued my interest though, so I'll take a look when it goes live.


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Moving on to Statera: a 1-4 player wargame in which you play as either a faction leader of Statera or as their god. All leaders and gods play differently, and you can choose to play the game competitively or against an in-built enemy.


In the middle of the board you will place a set of scales which is used to count and weigh meeples. Not much is known about the gameplay except that it is scenario-based. It is launching on February 7, and you may check the Gamefound preview.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: When asked if the game is better as a PvP or as a PvE, one of the designers said that it is mainly intended as player versus player.


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Blueprints of Mad King Ludwig is a 1-5 player flip and write game in which you draw architectural designs for the King's castle.


On your turn, you reveal a card that shows the blueprint of a room or feature, and you place it underneath your transparent player sheet to decide where you can sketch it. Depending on the rooms you add and their placement, you will be scoring points and bonuses. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 7.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Not my style.


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If you long for more roll-and-write, Mind Space is a 1-5 player game in which you add polyomino-shaped emotions to your brain board with the aim of achieving serenity.


In each round, five emotions will be available, and you will be rolling dice to see which colours can be used in order to add shapes to your board. Your goal is to fill your brain sections as much as possible. The game is launching on Kickstarter on February 7 along with the non-solo games Sail, Chomp, and Couture.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Nice theme but I'm not really into roll 'n' writes.


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Pulp Invasion returns to Kickstarter on February 7 with a third expansion called Space Ship.


In the 1-2 player bag building base game, you play as a space trader and secret agent, visiting planets to stop hostile aliens from invading the Intergalactic Alliance. The expansion adds new space ship cards, crew cards, a dice board and captain tokens. You may check the Kickstarter preview.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I appreciate the retro art but don't like bag building.


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And, finally, we have the Forsaken Isles standalone expansion for Set a Watch. In this 1-4 player cooperative card- and- dice game, a band of adventurers on a tropical island defend their campfire from monsters and foes.


As in the base game, one character stays behind to watch the fire and purchase items, while the rest of the team fight the enemies with cards and dice. It is launching on Kickstarter on February 7 along with the Doomed Run campaign expansion. You may check the preview page.

Image source: Kickstarter preview

Personal opinion: I never paid this game much attention, to be honest. It's probably good but it doesn't excite me enough to give it a second thought.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 07, 2023

Homeworld: Fleet Command launches this Tuesday as well apparently.



I don't know how these big tactical games can ever be solo-compatible, but apparently, this one is.

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SnowDragonka
SnowDragonka
Feb 05, 2023

And I might be the only one who doesn't see anything of interest. I used to be interested in Stonesaga, but while I appreciate the crafting, the minigames of getting resources didn't really grab me and the campaign style isn't my jive either. So I know that will be a pass. I also looked a bit into Statera, but the solo is not for me. Cool concept though. Free from the burden of backing :D

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Feb 05, 2023

Stonesaga looks pretty awesome obviously, but I know these big games, requiring involvement over a whole campaign, are just not for me. I have backed one already in the past (still waiting for delivery), and if one day, one day, I realize I can really go through all of it and be happy with the whole experience, then maybe I will consider getting another one. Until then, I rule out these giant games on an automatic basis.


The only one I am remotely likely to back is Set A Watch 3. But I have three negatives.


  1. The game started out as something which absolutely fits what I enjoy: a small box, Fantasy game, with clever rules, a reasonable playtime, a…


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Wouter Cordewiner
Wouter Cordewiner
Feb 14, 2023
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Hey @Zerbique I agree with the "snowball effect" but I never found it to be that annoying or frustrating. My main criticism with the game is that those 9 rounds take me around 2 hours. I'm always surprised about that. But I am fully invested in the puzzle for those 2 hours which is a good thing. I played it this weekend to check if I should back it and I'm inclined to back it although my rational brain part tells me I have enough content already with the two base sets and the Riders expansion 🙄

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The Master Of Sinanju
The Master Of Sinanju
Feb 05, 2023

And me.....


Whilst I'll be looking at Stonesaga, Pulp Invasion is one I have tried before and being kind I liked the art, that's it! I couldn't wait to sell it! Set A Watch is also one I have had and sold, it was just too samey for me, nothing different happened, even when playing with a different character the game essentially stayed the same and so I moved it on.....😁

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Derek
Derek
Feb 05, 2023

Stonesaga has my attention 😄

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