FORK is a family-friendly trick-taking game about the food chain. Each turn 1 player will choose a terrain/color and then play a card from a matching terrain. All card will be played face down except for kale cards. Once all players have added one cad to the play area, the cards are flipped. Each player will claim a card from the middle in food chain order from highest to lowest (Fox (#9) > owl (#8) > rabbit (#7 to #2) > kale (#1)). So if you played a fox card, you can claim a rabbit or an owl whereas an owl can claim a rabbit and the rabbit can claim the kale card. If multiple foxes get played they cancel each other out and are discarded. Once the deck runs out everyone adds up the cards they scored and the player with the most points wins!
FORK looks like a light yet strategic game that sneaks in a little bit of learning for younger players. To add a little more complexity you can pick up the expansion set which adds 5 (or more) card types to the mix and introduce some new rules. It’s relatively small box and ease of entry make this game perfect for travel and game nights. You can back FORK here on Kickstarter.
Andromeda’s Edge is a 4x (Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate) game where players must lead their faction to explore space, gather resources, expand their space stations, colonize planets, and battle your opponents. As you progress, you will advance on four different tracks – Science, Industry, Commerce, Civilization and Supremacy. Each turn you will choose to either launch a starship or return your ships to your station. If you launch, you will send your ships out to collect resources or take actions at bases. If your opponent controls a region you visit you will battle using cards and dice to determine the winner. Once you return your ships to your space station, you can activate your engine to generate energy, gain resources and carry out actions. Once any player reaches the designated space on the VP track the end of the game is triggered. Everyone will have 1 last turn and the player with the most points at the end wins!
If you love big games that you can dive deep into, Andromeda’s Edge sounds like it might be right up your alley. The game has a ton of unique ship and development minis and features Gametrayz inserts and player boards to make set up easier. You can learn more about it on Gamefound here!
StageTop: The 3D Printed Gaming Table
So I’ve always wanted a big, fancy gaming table, but, due to space and money issues, we’ve never been able to get one. StageTop has created a system that makes game tables affordable and easy to pack away when you don’t need them. They have created a modular gaming platform that you print yourself and then assemble whenever you need it. Since the system is modular, you can make your table as large or as small as you like and you can customize the table with add-ons and accessories.
The one big shortcoming of this campaign is that it requires you to have access to a 3D printer. I don’t so this project isn’t going to be for me, but for anyone who can print, this could be a solution to those hefty price tags on custom built tables. You can check out the StageTop: The 3D Printed Gaming Table on Kickstarter here!
Now if you are looking to splurge on a gaming table, Dragons & Geeks has a gaming table with all the wooden bells and whistles. The table is made of ash wood and comes in 3 sizes. The topper is leak resistant so you can use the table as a dining table and it also uses a push lift system to make removing the topper easy. The gaming surface is covered in a microfiber velveteen that comes in a variety of colors and you can get accessories such as cup holders, component and card organizers, and storage boxes to really deck out the table.
They are still a new company so some options are limited such as only having 1 wood type and 2 stain options, but since they are trying to keep the price down, this is understandable. Otherwise the table looks well designed and easy to assemble. You can get your own Monarch gaming table by backing on Kickstarter here!
D&Tea: A Great Infusion of RPGs and Tea
Ok if you are a long time fan, you might know that I am a tea aficionado. D&Tea makes some great blends based on roleplaying tropes. I really enjoy their Tavern Brawl which mixes coconut and chocolate with black tea. Right now they are Kickstarting a whole new batch of flavors! These include
- Arborean Thicket: A foresty green tea mix with cedar tips, ginger, almonds, chocolate
- Mountain Squall: A relaxing mix with chamomile, rose hips, lemongrass, and more
- Genasian Seas: A green and black tea blend with sweet notes from papaya, strawberry, mango, marigold and other flavors.
- Volcanic Inferno: A lapsang souchong, mango, pineapple, assorted flower blossoms blend.
- Pumpkin Harvest: Sounds perfect for fall with its Rooibos, raisins, carrots, cinnamon, white chocolate, candied ginger, safflowers, contains milk & soy, pumpkin spice, & caramel pieces.
- Cozy Cottage: A little pick me up for druids that includes spearmint, chamomile, rosemary, rose petals, lavender, clove, apples, almonds, cinnamon sticks, star anise.
These tea are great anytime, but can help set the flavor of a roleplaying session. I want to drink them all, but that’s just me. Go check out the D&Tea campaign and see if any of the teas tickle your fancy.
What projects are you backing this week? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter with #GameCrowdfundSpotlight and check back next week for more fun projects!