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Watch your Back: Week October 15 to 21

Athena's swamped with work, so I crawled out of my cave for you to check the crowdfunding crackers that are thrown at us this week. There's something for all tastes, I'd say. Eat to your hearts content.


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Beware of pretty flowers! In the coop survival game Malum Hortus you play as nymphs lured into an enchanted garden - and when night falls things go really, really bad. You need to get everybody out alive to win. It will be on Kickstarter October 17.


Personal opinion: could be fun, could be too light, I have no idea. Let's check gameplay when the campaign is live.

Image source: Aitkin Games website

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The game that will draw most attention this week is Garphill Games' Ezra and Nehemiah, in which you'll be rebuilding the temple and city walls of Jerusalem for victory points. It combines worker placement with hand management of cards to make the most of your actions. On Kickstarter, 18 October.

Designers S J Macdonald & Shem Phillips at their stand @ Spiel '23
Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I've played a few games by these designers and didn't really enjoy them. But it looks like a solid addition for the fans. Crunchy.


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Celebrating 10 years of action-adventure madness, Secrets of the Lost Tomb: Epic Edition will come to Gamefound in a week or so - I'm not sure of the exact date. So this announcement may be too early. It features new artwork and 6 new scenarios (on top of the original 7). You can buy the base game or an all-in pledge with 13 boxes to keep you busy for the next 10 years.


Secrets of the Lost Tomb: 10 Year Anniversary
Image source: Gamefound

Personal opinion: my favourite game Eldritch Horror served as one of the inspirations so I'd really like to try this game. The previous time I didn't buy it because I was a completionist and it was too expensive. To be honest, I haven't changed that much in 10 years and I don't think Secrets of the Lost Tomb has either...


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There's something strange going on in The Morrison Game Factory and you can try to find out what exactly in the homonymous narrative puzzle adventure. It will launch on Kickstarter on October 17.


Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: I don't care to much for mystery puzzles or escape rooms and the like. The fact that you need an electronic device to play it this, makes it even less interesting for me. That said, the illustrations are nice and first reviewers say the unfolding story is interesting. So if you're a fan of puzzles, do take a look.


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Fall of Lumen has your heroes gathering resources, converting them to get presence in regions, while doing some light deck-building Arnak-style. It's a stand-alone sequel to Legends of Void that I know nothing about. Sorry.

Image source: BGG

Personal opinion: Though it will have a solo mode and a 2-player coop variant, it looks more fun to me with 3 or 4. I'm curious, but not yet convinced.


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The Witcher: Path of Destiny is the second game by designer Łukasz Woźniak set in the popular Witcher setting, after The Witcher: Old World. This time you'll play through some stories, by playing cards from your hand that will make a timeline that in turn has several effects like branching the story, unlocking abilities and scoring victory points. The game will launch on Gamefound on October 19 and features famous characters like Geralt, Yennefer and Ciri.


Personal opinion: I own The Witcher: Old World, and would gladly back this as well, but it looks more like a multiplayer game to me. Most scenarios will not be solo compatible and you'll miss out on the player interaction. A pity, as this one does have female characters, and I prefer to have that choice.

Image source: Gamefound

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And last, the Obsession: Characters Expansion delivers what it promises: new characters that will enhance your favourite Victorian passtime (while expanding your options the times you pass in this game). It also adds new guests and objective cards. Available on Kickstarter on October 17.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Nov 06, 2023

I didn't keep my pledge for The Witcher: Path of Destiny. I just can't comprehend how the apparently dull game core could justify spanning that much content. And I wouldn't go all-in no matter what (the max I could go would be Deluxe + Legendary Hunt expansion). I kept a $1 pledge just in case.

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 19, 2023

Apparently all of the contents for The Wicher: Path of Destiny have now become soloable (it was hidden in the stretch goals!).


I have no clue what this game is about and how it plays.


But I backed it for fun and... I got the most coveted backer #1 rank. I didn't even intended that and I have absolutely no certainty I will keep my pledge 😯

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Wouter Cordewiner
Wouter Cordewiner
Oct 18, 2023

The Obsession expansions is a no brainer for me.


Secrets of the Lost Tomb is very tempting. I hope there will be standees as boxes full of mini's don't work for me. When I'll see the price I fear my now enthusiasm will be replaced with some realism 🤣

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 17, 2023

JW, tell me the truth: you already backed the X-Men and Deadpool Dice Throne boxes, right?

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 18, 2023
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By the way, I like how $169 for a game suddenly sounds pretty cheap...

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Zerbique
Zerbique
Oct 17, 2023

Malum Hortus is postponed as well. The news just popped up.


Fall of Lumen, on the other hand, is already live!


Just like the first one, Legends of Void, I think it looks pretty neat and I am tempted... but it's just far too complicated for me to enjoy.


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