Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 2/15/19

Each week I scour Kickstarter for the most exciting, entertaining, or oddball Kickstarters I can find and list them off here for your convenience!

What caught my eye this week? Let’s find out!

1001 Odysseys

1001 Odysseys is a sci-fi story book game full of adventure. You and the other players take on the roles of the bridge crew of
the first manned faster than light spaceship. This cooperative game is played out over chapters, but the narrative isn’t linear and you choices will determine how the story plays out.

The mission control board is where you’ll coordinate your missions by combining letter and number cards that will determine what part of the book you’ll read. You can record your actions in the Passport so that the next time you play, you know exactly where you left off. I love games with fun stories and exciting places to explore so 1001 Odysseys is right up my alley. Add in the gorgeous artwork and the adorable stuffed alien (add-on item) and I’m all in. Journey over to 1001 Odysseys on Kickstarter to learn more.

Fry Thief

Fries. Just thinking about them makes me hungry and Patrick Rauland’s game Fry Thief capitalizes on their irresistibility by challenging you to eat as many fries as possible.

The game is relatively simple. The first player starts with a plate of 12 fries. Players can only eat fries that are on their own plate, so they are going to have to steal them. You can do this by using cards from your hand. The cards can also allow you to “eat” a fry token, by placing it to the side of your plate. Each turn you’ll draw one card and play one card until one player manages to eat 8 fries. Fry Thief  looks light and delicious. You can learn more about this bite-sized game here on Kickstarter.

Dino Melee Upgrade

Meeple Source is releasing an upgrade kit for one of my favorite games: Dinosaur Island. Their upgrade kits come in a few different tiers. The full base-game kit includes 84 large, fully-painted wooden Dino Meeples that will take your game to the next level of awesomeness.

You can also get upgrades for the Totally Liquid expansion which add aquatic dinos, babies, a megarex, eggs, and goat meeples. Meeple Source makes really high quality meeples so this is a perfect way to make your copy of Dinosaur Island even more epic. Collect all the meeples by visiting the Dino Meeple Upgrade Kickstarter here.

Yokohama Duel – Deluxified™ Edition

Yokohama Duel is a two player version of Tasty Minstrel’s expansive worker plcement/set collection game Yokohama. In it you’ll build up your trade business by collecting goods from around the city and fulfilling orders for copper, silk, tea and seafood while upgrading your technology and hiring foreign agents to help you out.

This version of Yokohama Duel is delixified, meaning its getting the full Tasty Minstrel treatment with dry erase boards, wooden tokens, metal coins, a quad-fold board, upgraded box with sleeve, and a fancy embroidered bag. The components for every deluxified game I’ve purchased from Tasty Minstrel have been high quality and added that layer of luxury that made the game or tactilely satisfying, so if you are interested in the game, I highly recommend this edition. You can grab a copy of Yokohama Duel – Deluxified Edition on Kickstarter here.

What would life be like if Aquaman hung up his superhero onesie and took up coaching animals in Olympic style games? The Champion of the Wild explores this idea by giving the players the ability to speak with animals who have a hunger for gold medals.

In the basic version of the game you must select animals to compete in 3 different sporting events and then state you case as to why your animal would win. Players vote on who has the most sound strategies and whoever gets the most votes wins.This second edition of the game goes farther by including new variants on the game including a new  ‘junior pentathlon’ for younger players. You can learn more about this beastly fun party game on the The Champion of the Wild (Second Edition) Kickstarter here.

What Kickstarters are you backing this week? Let me know in the comments below and check back next week for more fun projects!

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