Jess’s Fave Five Kickstarters of the Week 8/27/21

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Jess
Better late than never! Here’s this week’s Kickstarter projects that caught my eye!

Dr Finn’s 2022 Games

Dr. Finn has a big lineup of new games coming next year! This Kickstarter is geared towards making them a reality. By backing you can get your hands on Alpujarras, Fisheries of Gloucester, The Feds, and The Little Flower Shop Dice Game. Alpujarras is a set collection game where players try to grow fruit and sell it in the neighboring towns. Fisheries of Gloucester tasks players with racing each other to good fishing spots to catch different varieties of fish. The Feds is an area influence game where players take on the roles of FBI agents leading their teams to snuff out crime. Lastly, The Little Flower Shop Dice Game is a reimplementation of Dr. Finns The Little Flower Shop that uses dice to collect flowers and build beautiful bouquets.

I am always thrilled to see new games come out of Dr. Finn’s workshop. His designs are tight, the themes engaging, and the gameplay chill and fun. Check out all of Dr Finn’s 2022 Games here on Kickstarter!


Reapers

Reaper is a trick-taking game for 3-5 necromancers. In the game you’ll wager the souls of the damned based on how well you think you’ll do during each hand. The neat twist about Reapers is that hands are drafted from face up piles, when you win a trick you score the lowest value card in the trick, and, besides the four suits in the game, there are special Reaper and Demon cards. Demons are the highest value cards in each suit and if you win by using a demon card it goes into your score pile instead of the lowest card. Demons in your score pile will double the highest value card in the pile. Reapers have no value, but, anyone who plays the first Reaper card to a trick must take the lowest value card from the Graveyard and add it to their scoring pile. At the end of the trick the player evaluate how they did and score bonuses from their wagers. Whoever earns the most points by the end of the game wins.

I like that the drafting mechanic for building your hands means that you can pay attention to what your opponents are taking and try to strategize for your wagers. This means you’re not betting blind on how you will do. The gameplay itself looks simple enough to pick up quickly, but probably will take some time to master. If you like classic-feeling card games and trick-taking then make sure to check out Reapers on Kickstarter here!


Backyard Chickens

Backyard Chickens is a deck-building game where the players are trying to raise the best chickens in their neighborhood. On you turn you can collect eggs, buy supplies, take care of your chickens, and sell your eggs at the market for new supplies and chickens. You need a mange your chickens well for if you fail to feed and water them they’ll produce fewer eggs, drop in value, and may even run away! One a player’s flock reaches 10 points everyone checks their scores and the player with the most points wins!

Backyard Chickens looks like a fun deck-builder with a cute theme. You can learn more about it on Kickstarter here!


Super Truffle Pigs

As the super-powered truffle-hunting pigs of Super Truffle Pigs, the players must hunt for truffles, complete missions, and avoid wolves to collect as many victory points as they can. Each turn players will roll the wolf die to determine how many cards they can play and how many wolves appear. Then players will spend actions to move, dig, or use their powers. You can also use the wolves against your opponents by programming their movement. As you play, you’ll be able to complete missions which will score you victory points. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

I like that Super Truffle Pigs looks light enough for younger players to enjoy, but still has enough there to entertain the adults as well. I also love the pig minis! You can back a copy of Super Truffle Pigs on Kickstarter here!


Verdant Isles: Teatime Adventures RPG

Ok an RPG with Tea? How could I pass this up? Verdant Isles is a LGTBQ and Disability friendly tabletop rpg that is compatible with Dungeons and Dragons 5e. It focuses on empathy over combat and each adventure has a tea pairing and vegetarian recipe to enjoy. This rpg is fantasy based and includes a new system for magic where players can use cards to recreate patterns. If all players create the pattern in time the spell is cast.

Talk about wholesome and delightful. Verdant Isles looks like the perfect kind of game if you are looking for something more relaxing or even a good tool for helping others explore new ways to resolve conflicts. I am in love with the idea of the tea pairings as well. Check out Verdant Isles: Teatime Adventures RPG on Kickstarter here to learn more!


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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