Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 5/17/19

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!

Big Easy Busking

Weird Giraffe Games has re-launched their musically-inclined area control game, Big Easy Busking. In the game players perform music for crowds and compete to see who can earn the most tips by the end of the third night.

Big Easy Busking’s vivacious design speaks to the lively nature of the New Orleans Jazz scene that it is based on. Combine that with Weird Giraffe’s propensity for accessible, easy-to-learn games and you have what should be a fun time. Learn more about Big Easy Busking on Kickstarter here.

Bites looks like a delightfully puzzley game about ants. Players need to gather bits of food by moving ants along a path. When an ant stops on a piece of food, the player can take the food that is immediately in front of and behind the ant.

The two things that make the game a bit of a puzzle is that each ant has a preferred food type and will only stop on those tiles and the amount of points each food type is worth, depends on when the matching ant makes it to the end of the path. The first to arrive will make their food worth 4 points while the last’s food is worth 0. The game is a balance of knowing which ants to move and how far along the track to move them. March on over to the Bites Kickstarter campaign to learn more.

Botanists is a set collection game where players collect seeds, cultivate them, and fulfill orders to gain points. Each turn players will move their token through the field of flowers and play a card from their hand that will determine which flowers they can gather from the area they land on. The flowers collected can then be used as seeds to plant, in order, into matching flowerbeds in their garden. Any flowers that don’t match can used to fulfill orders.

Botanists looks like the kind of picturesque, easy to pick up kind of game that I can share with my mom. If you like nature-themed games or gardening in general, check out Botanists on Kickstarter here.

A game I will not be bringing over to my mom’s, but am intrigued by for other reasons, Halls of Horror is a survival horror game by iFunaAll, a video game development studio.  The premise is simple: 4 people are trapped in a house with a killer who has laid deadly traps all over the place. The goal is to escape. The first person to make it out of the house alive wins.

During the game, players choose their actions in secret and reveal them simultaneously; exploring the house, searching for weapons, and fighting each other for survival. They will also have a chance to take control of the killer; guiding him away from themselves to stay safe or confronting him to try to try to gain one of the keys needed to escape. If your character dies you’ll still be able to play as the killer; thankfully avoiding the dreaded player-elimination mechanic that often leaves people sitting around while everyone else finishes the game. If you like Battle Royale style play then this game might be for you. Check out Halls of Horror on Kickstarter here.

Andrew and I bring games pretty much everywhere we go. Most of the time I stick to packing travel-friendly games as they are convenient, but sometimes it would be nice to bring along something heavier. Trying to figure out which bag will accommodate the games is more trouble than picking which ones to play so I’m always on the lookout for nice board game friendly totes.

Level 3B creates bags specifically designed for games and now they are Kickstarting their biggest bag yet. At 20x15x13, the Deep Space bag can store some of the biggest games on the market. It comes with foam padded walls and a water resistant exterior that helps protect your games during travel and includes pockets on both the outside and inside for easier organization. The Kickstarter also includes other Level 3B bags so you can pick out a size that works for your needs. Take a look a Deep Space and its’ baggy compatriots 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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