Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 3/22/19

Jess: 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!


Hipster hunters? Punk Vampires? Werewolf park rangers? Yep CRAVE is a modern-day fantasy deck-building game where Vampires and Vampire Hunters battle to survive. The two sides play slightly differently. The Vampires have special spells, can drain energy, trash cards faster, and draw Groupies to them while the Vampire Hunters rely on team based attacks, healing, and marketplace benefits to win. Each turn you’ll be buying cards and attacking your opponent. If you manage to knock your opponent out, you win!

I love the aesthetic of CRAVE an it has a unique mechanic where each player can not only buy from the public market, but also from their own private market; giving you lots of options. You can sink your teeth into Crave’s Kickstarter campaign here.

Tsukuyumi: Full Moon Down

Tsukuyumi is a asymmetrical strategy game where the Moon is slowly crashing into the earth, casing devastation and chaos. As it turns out the moon is an ancient dragon god called Tsukuyumi and it is bent on destroying the world. Gather your forces, fight against the servants of the dragon lord, conquer territories, and fulfill goals to earn victory points and win the game.

This is Tsukuyumi’s 2nd time on Kickstarter, but this time Grey Fox Games is upping the ante by including over 140 miniatures. The game is a fascinating mix of Japanese mythology and cyberpunk and includes 5 different factions to choose from; each with their own special abilities and goals. If you already have the base game and don’t want to re-buy it don’t fret! Grey Fox is offering a backer level that gets you all the upgraded components. Head on over to the
Tsukuyumi Kickstarter page to learn more.


Life Siphon is a beautifully designed fighting game with a unique twist. You can only fight the person to your left. According to the story of the game you and your compatriots opened a forbidden box and gained magic powers, but were cursed. You must best one of your friends in combat in order to escape. The game ends as soon as one player’s health drops to zero.

Since attacks must be directed at the player to your left, the game sounds like it cuts out the ability to gang up on a player and creates a delicate balance between making sure you have enough actions to defend yourself from your neighbor after you attack. Just like Lay Waste’s other titles (Dragoon & Human Era) Life Siphon is visually striking and the upgraded components are solid metal; making for a gorgeous showpiece. You can check out Life Siphon on Kickstarter here.

Ocean Crisis: Unite To Save The Ocean

Ocean Crisis is a family-friendly, cooperative, worker-placement game about saving the worlds oceans from pollution. Players join the Ocean Defense Team and must try to clean up garbage, conducting research, and stop the formation of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

I’ve played a few Shepherd Kit, Inc. games and have been pleasantly surprised at how fun they are for adults. If you like lighter co-op experiences or have kids, the Shepherd Kit line is fantastic and educational. Check out Ocean Crisis on Kickstarter to learn more.

No Pun Included – Season 3

We love supporting our fellow reviewers and Efka and Elaine are some of our faves. The No Pun Included team is insightful and funny. They’re looking to fund their 3rd season and help Elaine work full time on the site. As thanks they are are offering a newsletter, a new custom Gloomhaven adventure by No Pun Included and the game’s creator Isaac Childres, an album of Elaine’s music dedicated to board games, and more. Go check out the No Pun Included – Season 3 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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