River and Stone Playing Cards
Beth Sobel is a beloved artist in the gaming community. Her stunning work can be found in games like Wingspan, Calico, Viticulture, The Whatnot Cabinet, and a ton more. I adore her ability to capture stunning moments in nature so having a playing card set that features her art is perfection.
The deck features different animals from the Pacific Northwest so you have Ravens for Spades, Foxes for Diamonds, Pika for Clubs, and Jellyfish for Hearts. The Court cards are really neat as they show 1 person throughout different parts of their life instead of the usual Jack, Queen, King. This looks like an absolutely gorgeous playing card set. You can check out the River and Stone Playing Cards here on Kickstarter
The Light in the Mist
Mystery and magic packed into one package here – The Light in the Mist is a tarot deck with a puzzle adventure baked in. The game is about investigating your friend’s disappearance. The cards in the deck include puzzles to solve to create a non-linear story. As you figure out each puzzle you’ll be given story passages to read and can record your progress and items collected to help with other parts of the story. An interesting aspect to the game is that some puzzles have multiple answers that will unlock different parts of the story so you really need to dig deep into each one. Once you’ve solved the puzzle, the cards can be used just like regular tarot cards to do readings if you like.
The Light in the Mist sounds like a fun escape room-style game that can be enjoyed solo or with a group. I like that the game has multiple functions (puzzle and Tarot cards) so you can continue using it long after finishing the puzzle, but even if you are not into Tarot, you can also pass it along to a friend so they can experience the mystery for themselves. You can investigate more by visiting The Light in the Mist on Kickstarter here.
The Stuff of Legend
Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, The Stuff of Legend tells the story of toys trying to save their owner from the boogeyman through a semi-cooperative adventure game. The goal of the game is to find the correct exit space on the board. There are 4 possible exits each game, so you’ll need to explore to find the correct one. Each player will have a secret loyalty card which tells them if they are aligned with the group or with the boogeyman. The traitor will try to lure the group away from the correct path without alerting them to their alignment. On your turn you’ll have the ability to move and take actions. All players move as a group so when you choose to move the entire group will vote and if the consensus is No then you lose that action, so it’s important to make sure you can convince everyone that your decisions will benefit the group. If you can manage to find the exit before the Boogeyman escapes with the Boy, you win!
I’m not familiar with the comic series, but The Stuff of Legend game has a really neat theme and I like the aesthetic of toys turned warriors. If you’re looking for a dark romp through childhood terrors then make sure to check out The Stuff of Legend on Kickstarter here.
Sushi Boat is a set collection game where pieces of sushi will travel along a conveyor belt and players must try to collect pieces of sushi to earn points. Each turn you must add a piece of sushi to the conveyor belt, use your pawn to claim an empty seat, and then take 2 actions which can be to collect a plate of sushi in front of your seat, tip the staff to use a special action, or take a Yen from the bank. There are also hidden Wasabi Challenges which will appear during the game. When a Wasabi Challenge pops up players will use their colored wasabi cubes to secretly guess which color plates are being hidden by the end of the boat. If you guess correctly you get to keep your wasabi cubes for end game scoring. You earn points for consecutive colors of plates, the variety of sushi eaten, and the number of Side Dishes played and Wasabi cubes won. The player who has the most points at the end of the game wins.
I like that the Sushi Boat is built so that the sushi plates actually move along the track as you add pieces, giving the game a real conveyor belt feel. The wasabi challenges are a neat twist that ensure that you’ll be keeping a close eye on what is on offer so that you can win as many cubes as you can. You can take a bite out of the Sushi Boat campaign here on Kickstarter.
Yura Yura Penguin Mini
Yura Yura Penguin Mini is the tinier version of Yura Yura Penguin , a dexterity card game where you are building up an iceberg. Everyone will start with a hand of cards and the first player to empty their hand wins. The cards have symbols on them and when placing a card you must follow the symbol of the previously played card and add and iceberg piece and an ice crystal.
This tiny version of Yura Yura Penguin makes the game more portable and easier to break out whenever you want. I love the simplicity of the rules and the tiny penguin pieces are absolutely adorable. I find dexterity games are a big hit with our group so I’m very excited for this one. Learn more on the Yura Yura Penguin Mini on Kickstarter here.
What Kickstarters are you backing this week? Let me know in the comments below and check back next week for more fun projects!