Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 7/26/19

It’s Kickstarter time! Let’s get to it!

26Meow! – a party game for 3-12 players

Do you want to join the cutest cult ever? In Meow! everyone is a kitty cultist trying to complete a ritual. If you manage to finish, first you win! Of course doing the ritual isn’t as easy as it sounds. The rules to the ritual are a secret. When the game begins, you only know the rule that you are holding and the rule of the person sitting to your left. To learn the rest of the ritual you’ll need to make mistakes.

Each turn you will play a card and take the actions on that card. Afterward you will ask each player if you have broken a rule. If you have then player must read aloud the rule you have broken and your turn ends. If you have not broken any rules, you win! The Kickstarter offers 2 versions of the game: Kitten Cabal (simpler rule cards) and The Cult of Cat (more advanced rule cards, allowing for more double-bluffing and deduction). Both are ridiculously adorable. Purrruse the Meow! Kickstarter here to learn more.

IMPORT/EXPORT Definitive Edition!

IMPORT/EXPORT is role selection game with an economic twist. Players will be competing to earn as many credits as they can before someone has 50 active credits; triggering the end of the game. You Active gain credits by completing shipments, selling cards, and using powers. Passive credits are earned by importing goods and using special powers.

The game uses card that have multiple uses, which is something we love around here, and Jordan Draper’s designs have always been well polished. This new definitive edition has updated artwork, new components like metal ships, shipping containers, and buoy, and unique boxes for your game. This is a fantastic chance to grab the game so head on over to the IMPORT/EXPORT Definitive Edition Kickstarter to learn more.

Chiseled: A Deck-Sculpting Game

Chiseled takes the idea of deck-building and turns it on its head. In the game you play as a sculptor working in a shared studio with other artists. You need to complete your sculptures before the critics arrive, but besides sharing a studio, you also have to share your tools, which makes sculpting kinda tough.

You’ll begin the game with a block of marble represented by your hand of 45 cards of which many are scrap. There is a pool of tool cards which can help you pare down your deck, but when you use a tool card you must flip it over and it cannot be used again until all of the tool cards have been used. Chiseled‘s deck deconstruction mechanic is fascinating and with they way the game plays it easily accommodates a solitaire mode. If you like deck-builders then go check out Chiseled on Kickstarter here.

Smartphone Inc.

Have you ever wanted to run your own smartphone business? Well, in Smartphone Inc. you play the CEO of just such a company. You’ll need to research tech, build up your factory, expand your network, and beat out your competition to become the most profitable smartphone manufacturer of them all.

This economic simulation Euro-style game plays out over 5 rounds where you will strive to earn the most money by the end of the game. The game was a smash hit when it first debuted last year and now Cosmodrome Games is raising funds to bring it back to the market. The game looks deeply strategic and a bit cut throat. If that’s your jam call up the Smartphone Inc. Kickstarter page and learn more. 

On The Rocks

I’ve done a little bit of bartending in my time and there is something really fun about mixing up colorful drinks for happy patrons. PenTree Games capitalizes on this feeling with their drafting, set collection game, On The Rocks. In the game you play a mixologist trying to complete orders. You’ll have to manage patrons complaints, draft ingredients for your drinks, mix up cocktails, and collect your tips.

The game has a mancala-like gameplay where the ingredients you draft will be placed 1 by 1 into cups until everything is allocated. Then you select 1 cup to use for filling your recipe card. I love that they are using marbles. It gives the game a bright palette and that satisfying tactile element that comes with playing with marbles. On the Rocks looks like it will be a blast. You can find out more about the game here on Kickstarter.

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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