Tabletop games and Kickstarter go hand in hand. Many smaller, independent publishers use the platform to secure the funds needed to bring their creations to life, offering different tiers of pledges each with their own rewards. With so many to choose from, how do know who to give your money to? Well, that’s where we come in. Here are our 8 favourite game campaigns on Kickstarter, live as of May 2020. But hurry – they won’t be around forever.
- Ulaya Chronicles
From the creator of The Drowned Earth comes this co-operative wargame set on a dinosaur-infested island. Oh yeah, and there’s pirates too. Try and survive on your own, or with up to 3 other players. With an overarching plot, each choice you make will affect the outcome of the game – so think carefully. With pledges ranging from £2 to £750 (for which you get to design your own character or dinosaur!), anyone can back this project.
Ends: Tue, June 2 2020 4:00 PM BST
Delivirus is a great example of how good things can come out of a bad situation. In this card-based game, you play as a delivery driver in the midst of a pandemic (no prizes for guessing what inspired this one) trying to make as many deliveries as possible before resources run out. The core game supports 2-4 players, but the $60 (£49) tier contains extra materials to support 5-8.
Ends: Sun, May 31 2020 3:00 PM BST
3. Ambal Tournament
Ambal Tournament is an expandable battle card game, in which you duel your friends (or enemies, I suppose) and see who will emerge victorious. Rounds occur simultaneously, so the gameplay is fast and exciting. Though the creators are based in Japan, the game ships worldwide – though not until next year. So, hopefully, this won’t be one for playing during lockdown. It can be backed for as little as ¥100. Don’t worry – that’s only about 75p.
Ends: Sat, May 30 2020 10:00 PM BST
4. Battle of the Boybands
Yes, you read that right. Battle of the Boy Bands. It’s pretty self-explanatory – you and your friends are producers, each trying to create the best boy band around. But only one can top the charts. The $30 (£25) tier comes with a VIP lanyard and backstage pass, though the small print says it won’t get you into any real event. Damn. Right now, the game isn’t shipping to the UK, but that will be changing soon.
Ends: Thu, June 4 2020 5:00 PM BST
5. Zombie Circus Goats
I don’t really know what’s going on in this game. There are zombie goats, two-headed boys, goblin prophets, a man with a… beard. You get paid in body parts. One of the pledge tiers comes with, uh, not safe for work cards. This card game is wild. And the publisher is teaming up with Ad Magic, the printing team behind Cards Against Humanity, so it’s going to be high quality too.
Ends: Thu, June 4 2020 12:58 PM BST
This more topical than we’d like game is all about who you want to spend doomsday with in your bunker. Pair up ‘People’ and ‘Trait’ cards to create questionable characters and pitch them to a judge. Not only will they release the PDFs so you can print the cards off and play at home while you wait for the game to ship, but they’ll be donating a portion of the revenue to charities supporting those affected most by the COVID-19 crisis. So, why not?
Ends: Sun, May 31 2020 3:59 PM BST.
A jigsaw puzzle… but… competitive? Unlike a standard jigsaw, this game allows different combinations of pieces, meaning each playthrough is different, and players are still involved even when it isn’t their turn. Maztec is something unlike any other game out there.
Ends: Wed, May 20 2020 5:14 PM BST
8. HOARDING TIME
Like Delivirus, Hoarding Time is another game to come out of this pandemic. The aim of the game is to collect all the shopping on your list and exit the game as quickly as possible. And how do you do that? By sabotaging everyone else, of course. The rules are easy to pick up, which makes it a good game for playing with the whole family. Plus, the tiny shopping trolleys are adorable.
Ends: Tue, May 26 2020 3:25 PM BST