Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 2/22/19

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!

Tiny Epic Tactics

Gamelyn Games is constantly pushing the limits of what tiny boxes can contain. Now they’ve come up with a brand new Tiny Epic tactical battle game which includes 3D terrain and plays up to 4 players.

There are three different modes including competitive, cooperative, and solo. In competitive mode, players earn points from area control, capturing enemy heroes, and staying alive. For solo and co-op play, you’ll explore the map, fighting enemies and exploring caves trying to find valuable treasures. As with all Tiny Epic games, the Tiny Epic Tactics box will be filled to bursting, but if you need more, you can also pick up the expansions for the game: Winter Highlands and the Savage Wastelands. You can learn more about Tiny Epic Tactics on the Kickstarter campaign here.


Winterborne combines  Euro-style play with light deckbuilding and tableau building. In an effort to expand your kingdom and bring prosperity to your clan, you’ll command the 3 heroes of your people: the Viking, the Shaman, and the Explorer.

Played over the course of 1 year, you must not only conquer nearby lands, but also prepare for the coming winter. Each of your heroes with contribute in different ways. The viking will claim territories, the shaman can trade with allies and collect taxes, and the explorer will gather resources and add cards to your deck. There are plenty of different paths to victory in Winterborne  so you can decide how you prefer to play. Check out the Winterborne Kickstarter to discover more.

What do you get when you mix up a big bowl of worker placement, resource management, and delicious food? A game called Consumption: Food and Choices. Designed by dietitian Karen N. Knoblaugh, Consumption challenges you to feed your character who has a specific diet they must stick to. You’ll have six rounds to shop for ingredients, dine out, cook recipes, and do activities.

Games can often be educational, teaching us about history, math, science, and more, but I haven’t seen too many games that give you insight on dietary health. With it’s beautiful  (delicious-looking) illustrations and unique, theme, Consumption has piqued my interest. You can peruse the Consumption Kickstarter here.

Chocolate Factory

If you’re not into sticking to your diet, then perhaps you’d like a trip to the Chocolate Factory. In Chocolate Factory your goal is to create the best …um… chocolate factory. Build up your engine, produce chocolate, and hire a stellar staff to win the game.

The game has a unique element: As you play, you’ll be pushing items along your conveyor belt, which slides through the middle of your player board like a real factory. Chocolate Factory looks clever and I love the theme. You can find out more on Kickstarter here!

Board Game Design Advice (2nd Edition)

have you ever wanted to design a game? Are you a designer that wants to up your game? Well in Board Game Design Advice you can find stories and lessons learned from some of the industry’s greats. Over 100 designers contributed to these wisdom-filled pages, including Reiner Knizia, Nikki Valens, Alan Moon, Isaac Vega, Ignacy Trzewiczek, and more.


You can get the book as a PDF, paperback, or hardcover and as a bonus the hardback comes with  a digital copy of the book, a bookmark, some stickers, and a 6 month subscription to BGDL+ (a spinoff of the Board Game Design Lab podcast). Check out Board Game Design Advice on Kickstarter to find out more.

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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