This week was full of really cool riffs on the idea of board games! We’ve got food, plants, cute animals with sound business plans, historical gardens, and a bit of soul searching! Dive on in to the list below to see what has me all twitterpated this week!
Ok so you’re telling me I can play games where I am required to eat delicious cookies? Where do I sign up?!? Ah yes, Kickstarter of course. Jenn Sandercock is a game designer with a passion for food and she is looking to make a cookbook of her designs.
The games look really inventive and delicious so far. I got a chance to check out a chapter featuring the game: The Order of the Oven Mitt and I love that it not only shows you how to bake and play the game, but it also give options for dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten free, nut free and sugar free). This book is shaping up to be a fascinating combination of baking and playing and I can see giving games you’ve prepared yourself as gifts to be enjoyed together or baked as both the snacks and the fun at your next game night. Check out the Edible Games Cookbook on Kickstarter here!
Here we have another twist on the idea of what a game is and this time we’ve got a legacy element! oh/crop is a trick-taking game where all of the cards are made of biodegradable paper and include seeds which grow a variety of herbs such as parsley, chives, and sweet basil.
Each time you play, everyone except the winner is required to plant their card. This means that your deck of cards will get smaller with every game, but oh/crop is designed to function with an ever decreasing deck. The illustrations are beautiful, the plants edible, and the game simple to learn. oh/crop could make for a great gift to your favorite gardener or chef who enjoys using home-grown herbs. Learn more about oh/crop on Kickstarter here.
Raccoon Tycoon doesn’t have any fancy edible or plantable bits (no matter what my cat Meeple has to say on the matter), but it does have some amazing artwork and a commodity-speculation that I actually think I would enjoy. I’m not usually a fan of economic games because they often feel more complex than I usually like, but in Raccoon Tycoon managing the market seems pretty easy and the resources and money you make from it can be spent of the set collection element of the game where you purchase production cards, railroads, and even entire towns!
While I’m not too thrilled that the game will use paper money (it just never quite feels right to me), there is a pledge level where you can get mental coins instead. Other than that tiny fussiness on my part, the game looks pretty neat and I love the theme. You can investigate and invest in Raccoon Tycoon on Kickstarter here.
I love games where I can build something and in Tang Garden, everyone is creating a communal garden. You’ll gain coins for the garden improvements you implement and the player who earns the most coins during the game wins.
You can also gain coins by impressing characters you collect. Each character has their own preferences for what they want to see in the garden and they can only see in a straight line. When you place a character on the board you want to keep this in mind and make sure to put the objects of their fancy in their sight line, such as the Artist, who gives you two coins for every waterfall he can see.
I really like how the garden builds up over time and the components look really nice. If you want to test your hand at gardening in the Tang Dynasty, check out Tang Garden on Kickstarter here.
I am really intrigued by this one. So Long, My World is a dark simultaneous action selection and card drafting game for 1-5 players where humanity is about to be destroyed. Instead of trying to save the world, the game focuses on what you do in your final moments.
During the game events will occur which players must then decide how they will react to. Their reactions help influence what their nature will be at the end of the game. You might try to be a virtuous person or delve deep into the darkness of your soul, but either way whoever ends the game with the most insight into their soul (points) wins.
So Long, My World has a really unique theme that makes me want to explore the game more. If you are as curious as I am, go learn more about So Long, My World on Kickstarter here.
Which Kickstarters are you backing this week? Let us know in the comments below!