Jess’s Fav Five Kickstarters of the Week 4/6/18

It’s Friday and I’ve been up all night travelling to PAX East. While I spend my afternoon in a sleep-deprived haze, enjoy this list of Kickstarters that caught my eye this week.

Fireball Island

Ok I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. I loved Fireball Island as a kid and Restoration games has been knocking it out of the park on their classic game revamps.

The board looks freaking cool! I can’t wait to check it out this weekend at PAX East. If you have any nostalgia at all for this game, go check it out on Kickstarter here!

Sweet Mess

Ok I love baking and by golly I always make a mess when concocting delicious delights, so this theme speaks to my soul.

The basic idea is you’ll grab ingredients from bowls (making a bit of a mess in the process as bits from one bowl will spread to others) to then mix and bake them into desserts. The more recipes your complete, the more points you earn. I love that the game uses custom GameTrayz to help you keep everything in order; they look fantastic and functional. Big Kid games is also going to work on either a solo mode or a team co-op variant if they reach $75,000 by April 8 at 11:59pm. Get a taste of Sweet Mess on Kickstarter here! 

Gruff: Stuff of Nightmares

Studio Woe’s Gruff is a delightfully disturbing card game of mutant goat battling. Now they are introducing a stand-alone version of the game that is cute, cuddly, and just as vicious!

Stuff of Nightmares uses the Gruff system, but now the goats are adorable stuffed animals and, when their opponent attacks, they can dodge and counterattack before the hits land. The Stuff of Nightmares box comes with enough materials for a four person game, but is also compatible with other Gruff games, so if you want to pit your snuggly stuffie against a horrifying goat from beyond the pale…, you can! Take a look at Gruff: Stuff of Nightmares on Kickstarter here!

Rescue Polar Bears

Rescue polar bears in games and real life! This cooperative game is all about saving polar bears from the melting icecaps.

You spend your turns moving your ship around gathering data about climate change and picking up stranded polar bears. If you manage to gather enough data before too many bears sink into the ocean everyone wins! As a bonus, Mayday Games has donated $1,000 at the start of the campaign to the World Wildlife Foundation and intends to do more in the future. This is a great way to get a fun game and contribute to efforts to help save our world. Check out Rescue Polar Bears on Kickstarter here.



Vinyl is a mix of set collection, card drafting, worker placement and hand management to create a game about collecting records.

By collecting magazine cards, you’ll gain the “information” attributes you need to get records. Once you have a record you can play it in the listening booth to boost its value. The player with the most valuable collection at the end of the game wins. The tiny guitar minis are freaking cool and I like the “disco” mini with its upraised appendage. Learn more about Vinyl on Kickstarter here.

Which Kickstarters are you backing this week? Let us know in the comments below!

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