Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 4/23/21

Jess
Jess
It’s Kickstarter time! As always, I’ve selected a few games to highlight that look fun and exciting. Let’s see what’s cooking this week!

Based on the core mechanics of It’s a Wonderful World, It’s a Wonderful Kingdom is a standalone card drafting game where players are trying to seize control of the Kingdom by developing cities, conquering new lands, and producing resources. Each round players will need to draft cards and then choose which of those cards they will build or recycle. Once building is complete, players will produce resources in sequence. At the end of four rounds, the player who earned the most victory points wins and is crowned the new leader.

What’s fascinating about It’s a Wonderful Kingdom is that it comes with multiple modules and scenarios giving you a ton of variability. We greatly enjoyed It’s a Wonderful World (you can check out our full review here) and I’m really looking forward to seeing how It’s a Wonderful Kingdom plays in comparison. You can check it out yourself here on Kickstarter.


One Card Wonder

One Card Wonder is a hand management/ set collection game where players compete to see who can build their wonder first. Each player will have a goal card that shows a wonder and a set of support buildings. Each turn you can take one of four actions: Blind draw resource cubes from the bag, take resources from the general supply, build a level of your wonder, or sell pairs goods to the supply for coins. The first player to complete their wonder wins!

One Card Wonder looks like a fun, streamlined building game. I like that you can add in variable player powers through the leader tiles, giving the game a little added complexity and strategy. Learn more about One Card Wonder here on Kickstarter.


Monster Hunter World: The Board Game

Ok, so I’ve never gotten into the Monster Hunter franchise (mostly due to the fact that I can’t fight monsters that are whimpering and trying to limp away), but the new board game on Kickstarter has my attention. Inspired by the video game, Monster Hunter World: The Board Game is a cooperative strategy game that pits 1-4 players against fearsome foes. During the game you’ll gather resources, hunt down monsters, and craft weapons and armor for your battles.

This game looks like a deep hole to get happily lost in. It’s got a choose your own adventure style quest book, a lot of really cool minis, each monster has 3 different levels of difficulty and unique physiology and behaviors, there’s multiple expansions and add-ons that give you more locations, monsters, heroes, and more, the list goes on and on. It really looks like it will give an immersive Monster Hunter experience.  If you are a Monster Hunter fan or someone like me who is interested in the world but not necessarily the video game then make sure to check out Monster Hunter World: The Board Game on Kickstarter here.


SAVE PATIENT ZERO

SAVE PATIENT ZERO is a deduction game where players team up as rival labs competing to see who can find the antidote to a new disease first. In the main variant of the game one player will act as the game master and will secretly draw 3 molecule cards that will be the solution to the game. Each team will have a deck of tool cards that will give them different clues about the molecules. The game master will give clues based on which tools the teams use. Using deductive logic the teams will cross out molecules on their worksheet until they feel ready to guess which ones they think are the solution.

I really like deduction games where information is set and you have to rely on your own puzzle solving prowess vs games that are more based on acting and player elimination. SAVE PATIENT ZERO looks really challenging in a fun way and I like that can be played in big groups as well as by just 2 players. Investigate SAVE PATIENT ZERO on Kickstarter here to learn if its the game for you.


Hidden Leaders

Hidden Leaders is a hidden role game where players are one of the six secret leaders looking to become the next emperor. To earn the trust of the different factions and find your way to the throne you’ll need to play hero cards. These heroes will swing the balance on the power track. Once a certain number of heroes have been played the game ends and the player who is aligned with the dominant faction on the power track and has the most influence over them, wins.

Hidden Leaders looks light, quick and quick, yet strategically exciting. You’ll need to put your deductive powers to the test as you try to discern what outcome your opponents are pushing for while still forwarding your own goals. Learn more about Hidden Leaders 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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