In this set collection game, players are competing to create the most impressive aquarium. Each turn players will move their token around the time track with the player furthest back moving first. They will then resolve the action of the space they land on. Spaces can give you fish to place in the tanks of your aquarium, but you have to be careful when you pick up a fish as some cannot cohabitate with others and each fish takes a certain amount of oxygen. Whoever earns the most points from their fish at the end of the game, wins.
Aqua Garden looks deep and puzzely. Not only will you be considering optimizing each tank’s sealife balance, but you can also earn special rewards for fulfilling milestone cards by having specific types of fish together. Aqua Garden looks perfect for anyone who loves the peacefulness of an aquarium mixed with a strategic game full of adorable fish meeples. Check it out here on Kickstarter.
Ah Macarons. Delicious, fussy little cookies that are delight to the senses. In the trick-taking game, Macaron, players are preparing boxes of cookies to be presented to King Louis’ family for his birthday. Over thirteen rounds, players will try to build boxes of cookies by winning tricks. The player with the most boxes at the end of the game wins, but there’s a twist. If anyone plays an allergen card during a trick, the box of cookies is ruined scoring you no points (unless someone plays a card to negate it).
Macaron sounds like a delicious and devious trick-taking game. Knowing when to sabotage a trick will be key to nabbing yourself a win. Order up a box of Macaron by heading over to the Kickstarter campaign here.
The Calliope Game Night Extravaganza!
Calliope Games is Kickstarting a new line of games including Allegory, Mass Transit, and Enchanted Plumes. Allegory is a bidding/set-collection game where the players are trying to craft wondrous tales. Enchanted Plumes is a set collection game where players place feather cards into sets to create beautiful peacocks. In Mass Transit players must cooperate to build routes and ferry commuters home before the game ends.
Calliope makes great family weight games and these three look like nice additions to their catalog. You can learn more about these exciting new games on the Kickstarter campaign here.
In Creature Comforts the players are adorable woodland creatures who are preparing for the coming winter. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall you’ll collect goods and spend them on making their winter dens cozy and inviting. Each turn you will roll your dice and then send your workers to different locations. Once all workers are assigned player will then be able to take actions using their personal dice and dice from the pool. If you don’t get the dice you need to take an action you’ll get tokens which will let you change your dice on future turns. The player who earns the most points from their preparations wins.
Creature Comforts looks like a Little Golden Book come to life. The art is delightful, the components look great, and I like the push-your-luck- style gameplay that gives you something even when things don’t go your way. Visit the Creature Comforts Kickstarter to learn more.
Hibachi is a deliciously fun-looking dexterity game . As Japanese teppanyaki chefs, the players must grill up delicious dishes for their guests by throwing poker chips onto the board. You gain the ingredients the chip lands on and can use the products to cook with or sell. Some locations offer special actions such as gaining a bonus throw, getting extra ingredients, or reserving a recipe. If you manage to get the correct ingredients you can cook a recipe and the first player to cook 3 recipes wins.
I’m a sucker for a good dexterity game and Hibachi has that added element of resource management that take it up a notch. Serve yourself up a copy by heading over the the Hibachi Kickstarter here.
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