You know what I haven’t done in, oh, at least a year? A round-up of games being crowdfunded. I stopped posting these regularly as the volume of games being released through “regular” channels has grown so much that I can’t even keep up with those, much less everything being put out for funding and release down the road.
Even so, I see in passing lots of interesting games undergoing crowdfunding, including more titles from game designers in Japan — whether due to the lack of Game Market conventions or just a desire to reach out to players around the world — so I thought I’d share some of what I’ve seen recently.
• JINGI, for example, is a project from first-time designer/publisher DegJP, this being a two-player competitive card game in which Chaos battles against Law to claim the sacred treasure named in the game’s title in order to rebuild the world. (KS link) Here’s a summary of the game:
In the game, players place gods (cards) on a 3×3 field to try to complete a row. A battle of the gods is initiated when three cards are placed in a row. The player who initiated that battle moves the JINGI token one space towards their side, and the player who wins that battle also moves the JINGI token in the same way.
If the JINGI token is closer to your side at the end of the game, you win. Alternatively, play three of your gods in a single row to win immediately.
DegJP said they wanted to release one hundred copies, and when that goal was met, they said, okay, one hundred more and that’s it. Maybe this game will appear again, and maybe it won’t. Maybe it’s worth getting, and maybe it’s not. As for me, I backed a copy, so we’ll see.
In this 3-5 player game, you want to collect wakomono (Japanese accessories in the publisher’s words), but you also want to ensure that you don’t collect more than your master or else you’re booted from the game and cannot win.
Four wakomono tiles are in play at a time, and on a turn you place a recommendation card from your hand next to one of these tiles, with your card showing 1-3 symbols of one of the players in the game. When a recommendation row reaches five cards — or when one of the two STOP cards are played on it — you determine who wins the tile Raj-style. (The player with the most symbols wins the tile, but ties eliminate tied players.)
At the start of the game, your dealt a master card in secret, and you must have fewer points than this player in order to win. (If you’re dealt your own master card, then you can’t be booted, but no one will be feeding you points either.)
This Kickstarter project also allows you to pick up nanatsumu’s 2019 release, a 3-6 player game in which you play cards into the 3×3 grid for each player in order to build up the sweet collection of others because at the end of the game, whoever has the fewest points wins.
• Another self-publisher, one who has been doing it far longer than those mentioned above, is Steve Finn of Dr. Finn’s Games, who is Kickstarting four titles at once, essentially saying here’s what I’m doing in 2021, and you can get it all at once if you wish to save shipping, or you can sample what you like. (KS link) Titles being offered are:
—Biblios: Quill and Parchment, this being a roll-and-write version of Finn’s best-known game, Biblios, which he originally self-published in 2007.
—Nanga Parbat, a two-player game in which as a member of the Sherpa community, you establish base camps for foreign explorers
—Mining Colony, a tile-laying game in which 1-4 players compete to excavate resources and use them to claim development tiles and build their personal colony.
—The Butterfly Garden, which is a new edition of the 2016 release of the same name, with players simultaneously laying out cards to collect butterflies — low numbers going first, but collecting fewer — in order to work toward fulfilling delivery cards.