Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 3/8/19

This week has been super busy, so I’m going to do a super fast list today. Sorry to be so brief, but all of these projects are worth a look!

High Rise

I got a chance to play High Rise with Gil before it went to Kickstarter and I gotta say it’s a fantastic 3-dimensional city building game. The basic idea is that everyone is trying to construct buildings. The more floors the more points, so build em’ high! The beautifully illustrated building tiles (by Kwanchai Moriya) form a satisfying skyline when the game is done. I had a really great time with it and if you like city building games then this one is well worth a look. Check out High Rise on Kickstarter here!

Valeria: Card Kingdoms – Crimson Seas

Valeria Card Kingdoms is a super fun tableau building game and this campaign is for the newest expansion Crimson Seas which adds new mechanics, new card types, and, anew game board called “The Islands”. In this expansion you’ll use maps to sail across the sea and explore new lands which have a bounty of treasures, exciting people to meet, and of course, some very hungry sea monsters. This looks like a great addition to the series. Go check outValeria: Card Kingdoms – Crimson Seas on Kickstarter here.



Thrive is a beautiful two-player, abstract-strategy game about lotus flowers competing for dominance over the pond. Each turn you’ll move a piece then add pegs to some of your pieces. Pegs give your pieces more movement options, so the game essentially grows as you play. Simple, yet tactical, Thrive appears to echo the spirit of chess. I think Andrew will like this one so I’ll have to point it out to him. You can learn more about the game on the Thrive Kickstarter page here.


In Iwari different tribes search for meaning from the world around them and work to expand their settlements over five territories on the board by placing tents and constructing nature totems to claim majorities. The tribes can also complete missions that will give you bonus points and perks. What first drew me in was the art and the components. I love the look of the totem pieces and the fact that they stack. If you are looking for a new euro-flavored abstract then make sure to take a look at Iwari here.

Paladins of the West Kingdom is a Hand Management/Worker Placement game that tasks players to build outposts and fortifications, commission monks, and defend the land. Each round you’ll gain help from one of the 12 unique Paladins who will give you 2 new workers, temporary attribute boosts, and access to a special ability. You can learn more about Paladins of the West Kingdom on 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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