Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 2/28/20

It’s Friday and I’m at PAX East, but that doesn’t stop the Kickstarter list. Let’s see what’s hot this week!

Tumble Town: the Dice Stacking Spatial Puzzle Game


Tumble Town Kickstarter BannerWe’ll have a full preview of Tumble Town soon, but I gotta say this one is a blast. The goal of the game is to build up your town, gaining as many points as you can. The buildings all require different requirements to build using certain values and colors of dice. On your turn you can claim any building plan on the table and then you roll the dice shown on the top of the stack next to the card you claimed. You can manipulate the dice with your buildings or horse and then use those dice to build. Each player has a Main Street where they can construct buildings. They’ll gain extra points based on how well the match up to the spaces on the street.

I really enjoyed Tumble Town. It becomes something of a puzzle game once you realize that no matter what you think your plan for your town might be, you still have to adapt to the dice rolls. Thankfully the cards do help you adjust, so you’re never left feeling like you’ve been screwed over by a roll. Learn more about Tumble Town here on Kickstarter here.

Universal Rule: Singularity and Solo AI (Pocket Sized 4X)


universal rule kickstarter bannerButtonshy Games is back with a new solo expansion and a  new standalone edition to Universal Rule called Singularity. In regular Universal Rule players vie for control over the universe by colonizing planets, reaping their resources, and occasionally destroying some of those planets. With Singularity you get 18 new cards that can be played on their own or mixed in with other Universal Rule games. With the solo game you will face off against an AI that takes 1 of 5 different actions each round. If you can gain more points than it does before the deck runs out, you win!

universal rule solo cards

Universal Rule is a great take on 4X games and this campaign looks like it adds a lot more fun stuff. Check out Universal Rule: Singularity and Solo AI on Kickstarter here for more info.

Reach & Okazaki

Following up Singularity are two more micro games! Reach and Okazaki are 18 card 2 players games in limited edition hand-made packaging. Reach is a cooperative game where your space shuttle has been struck by an asteroid. One player is the field engineer who was outside at the time and was knocked loose from the shuttle. The other player is the commander onboard the shuttle. Together the players must try to find a way to rescue the engineer. Okazaki  is a competitive game where players try to replicate DNA by creating base-pairs and mutating them.

Both games have a cool hand-drawn look and will come in Japanese stationary and closed with silk string and leather buttons that gives each one that personal feel. Take a look at Reach and Okazaki here on Kickstarter.

Public Market

Public Market Kickstarter banner

Public Market puts players into the shoes of fishermen in the Pacific Northwest. You’ll be catching fish and selling them at market to fulfill contracts or to local businesses. During your turn you will take 1 of two actions; either fishing or going to market. During fishing, you’ll be drafting tiles and placing them in your ice chest. At market, players can sell the fish they collected in their ice chest to fulfill contracts or orders gaining you bonuses. Any fish not used on contracts or orders can be sold for market value.

I like that Public Market has a lot of moving parts You’ve got the puzzle aspect of filling your chest, a bidding game for player order, set-collection for contracts and orders, and an over-all engine to build in your fishy empire. Check out Public Market on Kickstarter here to learn more.

Endogenesis: Beyond (Reprint + Expansion)

Endogenesis Kickstarter banner

Endogenesis is a gorgeous card game where players are killing monsters and fighting each other in order to attain godhood. You can play the game competitivelycooperatively, or by yourself with the solo rules. Endogenesis was successfully Kickstarted last year. This new campaign is for a reprint plus a new expansion to Endogenesis. The Beyond expansion adds new Skills, mechanics and customization options. alongside the expansion, the core game got some new upgrades as well. Designer, David Goh has updated the rules for smoother gameplay, rebalanced some of the cards, and created new game modes to facilitate different player counts.

The visual design for this game is an attention grabber with its bright colors and holographic foil cover. I like that the game can be played in a variety of ways since not everyone like to go head to head or, on the flip side, play cooperatively. You can check out Endogenesis 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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