Dr Finn is Kickstarting 4 games at one time! This a great way to get a lot of cool games with a much lower shipping cost. The games being Kickstarted are Biblios: Quill and Parchment (a roll and write game), Nanga Parbat (a 2 player set collection/ area control game), Mining Colony (a tile-placement/ puzzle game), and Butterfly Garden (a revised version of the original set collection game).
I’ve played 2 out of the four games previously and I enjoyed them both, but I can’t wait to get my hands on all of them. If you like light, fast-playing games then this is the perfect collection to pick up. Learn more on the Biblios Q&P + Dr Finn’s 2021 games Kickstarter here.
Based on the Mexican holiday, Dia de Muertos, Die of the Dead is a dice rolling game where players are trying to guide souls from the world of the dead back to the land of the living. On their turn, players will choose a casket and perform its action. Each casket will be above one of the action spaces, but the caskets will move around. Players need to get the casket with their dice to the last action space in order to ascend their dice up the stairs to the goal. The first player to guide their souls to the top, wins.
Die of the Dead is a mix of racing, memory, and dice rolling in a vibrant and exciting game that celebrates Mexican tradition. I was really happy to see that Radical 8 Games hired a cultural consultant and a Mexican artist to make sure that the game stayed true to its roots. You can check out Die of the Dead here on Kickstarter to learn more.
Plantopia is an adorable tableau building game about growing the cutest plants ever. Each turn players will choose to either add a plant from their hand into their greenhouse by paying its planting cost with other cards in their hand, grow a plant using cards as fertilizer, or draw a card. Afterwards they will secretly play a weather card. Once all players have added a weather card, the cards are revealed and all plants in greenhouses will grow if their requirements match the revealed weather cards. Plants will give you powers and earn points as they grow. There are special “Treevolved” cards which create powerful combos. Once any player has planted their 4th Treevolved plant, they win!
Plantopia is light, fun, and perfect for the whole family. I love it’s semi cooperative weather phase. By watching what other players plants need you can guess at what they might play; giving you a chance to figure out the weather forecast for the round. Plantopia: The Card Game
Galaxy Hunters is a worker placement game where players take on the roles of mercenaries sent to hunt mutant monsters for their valuable dna. Each player is going to draft a mech and pilot. The pilot has 4 different abilities, but can only access two of them. Which two will depend on which mech they pair with. As you explore you’ll visit planets to collect resources and which will allow you to purchase upgrades that help you to customize your pilot and mech and earn you victory points. You’ll also need to kill monsters as not only will they give you DNA, but if left to their own devices, the monsters will cover planets blocking your ability to collect resources from them. After 9 rounds, whoever has earned the most victory points wins.
I like the look of the upgrade system for Galaxy Hunters. It seems like you can really get into developing your mech/pilot. I’m also a fan of a game about giant mechs fighting monsters that isn’t a pvp style game. You can find out more about Galaxy Hunters here on Kickstarter.
Buttonshy games are tiny, portable, and numerous! Collecting these bite sized games means eventually you will run out of pockets and need a better way to transport them. Thankfully Buttonshy has developed a handy dandy carrying case to toe your favorites in.
This is a great way to keep your games safe while showing off your style and I love that the strap is removable so you can store the bag on a shelf with the rest of your collection. This puts to shame the card board box I’ve been using for years to store my Buttonshy games. Grab your own Game Haul 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!