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Watch your Back: Week January 22 - 28

From Cthulhu to aquarium maintainance, it's a diverse week again in crowdfunding land. It's still January, so you'll have to put up with me taking care of the "Watch your Back" post again, but then, I might be getting the hang of reading rulebooks and preview pages. Let's try.


 

In the coop Doom Guard (1-5 players) heroes and villains must to work together in order to protect Earth from total annihilation by the minions of Cthulhu. City spaces can become corrupted, Guardians can become crazed and the infamous octopusface might pop up near the end as well.


Doom Guard: Character card
Image source: Gamefound page

Scenarios can be played in an hour, individually or as part of a campaign. For solo you'll control (at least) two characters. Doom Guard will launch on Gamefound on 23 January.


Personal opinion: The characters seem heavily inspired by Sentinels of the Multiverse, and the game breaks no new grounds with its Ctulhu theme (or with its gameplay, really). And yet, I find myself weirdly attracted to this. I'm going to watch videos once it's live. If it looks decent, I'll drop some other pledge to free money. I sure love me some pulp.


 

Storm Raiders (1-4 players) is the second game by Shem Phillips (after Shelfie Stacker) that will be published by Arkus Games. I guess that's where he publishes the games that are a bit outside of his normal genre.


Storm Raiders: components
Image source: BGG

In this post-apocalyptic game you'll be drafting dice to salvage wreck sites, fulfill contracts, acquire crew, upgrade vehicles, and earn medals. The player with the most prestige points wins - for solo you'll compete with an opponent that you'll have to play as yourself, following an 8-step list during each turn. You'll find Storm Raiders on Kickstarter on 24 January.


Personal opinion: I like the setting, I don't like the solo mode (you can find it in the rulebook on BoardGameGeek to see if it's something you'd enjoy). Perhaps I'll be able to play it multiplayer one day. His games are popular enough to surface around me.


 

Roll and write game Aquaris (1-10 players) you try to make a beautiful aquarium. Filling it with fish and plants and stuff, then keeping the filters clean. Character cards will give you special abilities, goal cards provide the ways to score points. Launching on Kickstarter on 25 January.


Aquaris: Characters
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I am not really gripped by the theme. It's just a few euro, but I'm not sure I'm going to spend them on this. I've got enough roll and writes for now I think.


 

In push-your-luck game Focus!: Last Roll for the Hangul (1-5 players) you are a wildlife photographer, visiting the Kashmir Valley. You use your actions for moving, taking pictures and fulfilling contracts. Succesful actions may be repeated, but failed actions can make noise and scare the animals away.


Focus
Image source: Kickstarter page

For solo you'll use an event deck and at the end check your score to find out how well you performed.


Personal opinion: I had a difficult time reading the rulebook, and even though I enjoy playing push-your-luck games, I'll skip.


 

Then it's time for the second printing of the coop adventure card game Earthborne Rangers (1-4 players). Everything from the first crowdfunding campaign will be available again, including the not-yet-printed expansion Legacy of the Ancestors, the lore book and deluxe components etc.


Earthborne Rangers: Stewards of the Valley
Image source: Gamefound page

There will also be a new expansion, Stewards of the Valley, which adds a Ranger background and a specialty set, and other cards like Roles and Objectives providing more options for character creation. For owners of the first edition a small errata pack containing 10 cards will be available. All this on Gamefound on 23 January.


Personal opinion: I like the game and I like trying different characters, so I am looking forward to the Stewards of the Valley expansion.


 

Speaking of expansions, High Frontier 4 All: Module 5 – Economy is launching on Gamefound on 23 January. It will add the buying and selling of shares in aerospace companies to High Frontier 4 All. The solo mode is still in the experimental stages.


Personal opinion: Really sounds more like something to add to your multiplayer sessions.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Jan 23

So, how is Doom Guard in the end?


It's interesting how close in the design of their heroes they got to Batman and Green Lantern.


I didn't get anything of the gameplay. Tokens, tokens, actions, minis, tokens.


I "backed" both Tamashii and Heroes III last week so I feel full KS-wise for months. At least I should.

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JW
JW
Jan 24
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I first saw Tachyon and Bunker, but you're right - they've been "inspired" by the best. 😁 Which is rather uninspired I guess.


No chance I'll back it for this price (plus unknown shipping costs plus VAT) though, and the first video I checked didn't make my mouth water. I'm not sure if I'm disappointed or glad.

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I can't believe they're launching another campaign for High Frontier 4 All when the two modules that I pre-ordered (not backed in a campaign, pre-ordered from their website because they'd be there soon) back in October 2021 still haven't arrived yet. They're supposed to be on their way, but this is pretty rich. Fortunately I have no interest in this module, just like I skipped the combat one, because it doesn't seem relevant to solo. "Experimental" solo just makes me roll my eyes.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Jan 23
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Over 2 years 'behind' and they're launching another campaign? Sounds as if someone in management may have cheated in business school. Although it's a bit more widely used now, in the computer industry there's a term called vaporware (usually referring to software) which is essentially a product that is announced but never gets developed to the point of release.

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Jan 23

I thought Storm Raiders looked pretty cool, JW, but from your brief description of the Solo play, it did sound kinda sucky - 8 steps for the opponent? Seems like a lot.


I did look at the Solo Rules and Step 5 alone is a little scary:


"Move your opponent’s Standee. Your opponent will only move between Wreck Sites along the blue Storm Paths (much like the Storm Marker). Your opponent is unaffected by the Storm, but may never stop their movement on the same space as the Storm Marker. They will also never stop their movement back at the same site where they started their turn. Whether they move clockwise or anticlockwise is determined by the direction of the…

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Jan 23
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Ditto!

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JW
JW
Jan 23

So, there are a few of these I'll look into further - like I said in the post.


I've cancelled my pledge for the D-Day Dice book and expansions. It's just too expensive for me. 😥 Too bad as I've got everything they've published so far.


I will probably get Votes for Women instead (a few days left to decide).

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Jan 23

I'm not the target audience of any of the campaign launching this week, so I'll have to quench my acquisition craving on second-hand websites!


If I had to pick one it would be Doomguard. But I am neither in the superhero theme nor in the Cthulhu one. I guess if you paste two clichés themes onto each other, it's original?


I'm glad to read that you enjoy Earthborne Rangers. It looks like a pretty game, even though their raccoon looks like a red panda to me.

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