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Re: Kickstarter (Merged)

Post by YellowKing » Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:57 pm

Thought I'd give a little shout out to Mech Force: International Defense League which just hit Kickstarter.

This is a game that I was able to test at GenCon as part of the "test a new game" event. The designer Bobby Hill (dammit, Bobby!) was a really nice guy and I'm thrilled that he's on the verge of making this a reality.

The game is obviously inspired by kaiju films and comics, and has you semi-cooperatively taking down monsters with your armored mech. As the game progresses your mech gets more powerful as you swap out parts.

There were two aspects of the game that I thought were pretty unique and fun (at least in my experience). First of all, it's almost impossible to go it alone in this game and survive, so you will be forced to team up with fellow mechs even though you're competing against them score-wise. It's up to you to negotiate the terms of getting another player to help you, and I found the bargaining aspect quite intriguing. During our play testing this led to some really comedic moments as each player tried to negotiate the best deal, or suddenly went rogue and shut the other players out entirely.

The other aspect I liked is that it was the first semi-cooperative game I've played that felt TRULY competitive. I've played a lot of semi-co-op games where you're teaming up the whole game and then the "semi" part comes when you total scores at the end. However, that can sometimes feel like your score is just arbitrary luck. In this game, competition comes first, and the teamwork is only a means to your own selfish ends.

Obviously I don't know how well the game plays over repeated play sessions, and our experience with it was limited by the designer's setup, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Re: Kickstarter (Merged)

Post by AWS260 » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:04 pm

Oh hey, an unlicensed Star Wars Kickstarter. It's sure to succeed!
Star Wars Intrepid is a sandbox MMO where players carve out their own stories in the Star Wars universe. We have gone far too long without a galactic civil war era Star Wars MMORPG and the time is now to create something new.
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Star Wars Intrepid will be a free to play game based on the same legal structure as the current SWG emulators. Free to play means FREE. No cashshop, no micro-transactions. Initial funding will be used for initial development and the remainder will be invested through an investment firm with paying dividends used to maintain servers and fund continued development.
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Disney sues, we fight them in court with the possibility of a settlement where funds are handed over in exchange for the development of a subscription based galactic civil war era star wars sandbox mmorpg.
Currently at $272.

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Post by Isgrimnur » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:08 pm

I've heard of worse business plans. Not many, mind you.
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Post by hentzau » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:09 pm

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Speaking of exploding Kickstarters...

Critical Role's Kickstarter to create a Vox Machina animated special.
Currently sitting at 4.5 million dollars in a little more than 24 hours. Now that's a fan base.
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Post by AWS260 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:48 pm

The Dragon's Tomb, YouTube's best board game reviewer, has designed a game. It's on Kickstarter now.


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Re: Kickstarter (Merged)

Post by hentzau » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:21 pm

hentzau wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:09 pm
hentzau wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Speaking of exploding Kickstarters...

Critical Role's Kickstarter to create a Vox Machina animated special.
Currently sitting at 4.5 million dollars in a little more than 24 hours. Now that's a fan base.
Now over 7 Million dollars pledged in just over a week.
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Post by AWS260 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:25 pm

Age of Civilization, which I tried at PAX Unplugged, is on Kickstarter. Re-posting my impressions from then:
Age of Civilization - We played a pre-production copy in the "First Look" section of the conference hall. The rulebook was pretty terrible -- poorly translated (I think the designer is Chinese or Taiwanese, based on his name) and unclear in multiple areas. I suspect the rulebook is still a work in progress, since it was printed on two double-sided sheets of printer paper. But once we figured things out, the actual gameplay was clean and tight. This is a short, small-box version of your typical worker-placement civilization-builder. There are wonders, research, and war, but everything is streamlined into a brisk 20 minutes.
If the rulebook issues have been sorted out, this should be a fun little game.

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Post by Holman » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:20 pm

hentzau wrote:
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:21 pm
hentzau wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:09 pm
hentzau wrote:
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:49 pm
Speaking of exploding Kickstarters...

Critical Role's Kickstarter to create a Vox Machina animated special.
Currently sitting at 4.5 million dollars in a little more than 24 hours. Now that's a fan base.
Now over 7 Million dollars pledged in just over a week.
They should go full Star Citizen with this just for the hell of it.
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Post by Holman » Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:32 pm

AWS260 wrote:
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:04 pm
Risks and challenges
Disney sues, we fight them in court with the possibility of a settlement where funds are handed over in exchange for the development of a subscription based galactic civil war era star wars sandbox mmorpg.
THAT'S the game I want to play!
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Re: Kickstarter (Merged)

Post by Smoove_B » Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:34 am

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It's before my time, but maybe some of you old folks can appreciate the just launched Steve Jackson KS for his recently re-acquired RPG system, The Fantasy Trip. Funded in under an hour, so I'm guessing nostalgia factor is high.
My copy just arrived and the size of the box is absurd - and I only backed the Legacy Edition. From the photos I've seen online of the "I Want it All" pledge, it's even crazier.

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Post by hentzau » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:59 pm

Smoove_B wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:34 am
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It's before my time, but maybe some of you old folks can appreciate the just launched Steve Jackson KS for his recently re-acquired RPG system, The Fantasy Trip. Funded in under an hour, so I'm guessing nostalgia factor is high.
My copy just arrived and the size of the box is absurd - and I only backed the Legacy Edition. From the photos I've seen online of the "I Want it All" pledge, it's even crazier.
My wife forgot to tell me this arrived yesterday. Hope to unbox it tonight, and maybe get a game or two in next weekend at Octocon.
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Post by Smoove_B » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:09 pm

I know your wife clearly loves you very much and supports your hobbies as she didn't' demand to know what was in the giant shipping box. :D

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Post by hentzau » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:16 pm

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I know your wife clearly loves you very much and supports your hobbies as she didn't' demand to know what was in the giant shipping box. :D
Yeah, she really doesn't even bat an eye.
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Post by coopasonic » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:32 pm

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I know your wife clearly loves you very much and supports your hobbies as she didn't' demand to know what was in the giant shipping box. :D
Yeah, she really doesn't even bat an eye.
I'll let you know what mine says when my all-in Gotham City Chronicles pledge shows up. I am assuming a very different reaction. On the plus side I back very few kickstarters now and she knows my love of Batman, so I have hope of still being able to sleep in the house... and possibly in the box.
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Post by Zarathud » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:42 pm

My wife still gives me crap about the OGRE Deluxe box.
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Post by hepcat » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:44 pm

Oh, you have Ogre?
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Post by Zarathud » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:47 pm

Maybe I'll even set it up on my new board game table.



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Post by Archinerd » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:50 pm

Any chance you will be live streaming the rules explanation? That could be fun to watch.

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Post by hepcat » Thu Mar 21, 2019 1:58 pm

You should live stream it and before every rules explanation, use my name to rub it in.

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Post by Archinerd » Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:59 pm

Sounds hot.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:15 pm

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Oh, you have Ogre?
If you buy it a bus ticket, I'll send you mine.
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Post by Zarathud » Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:37 pm

hepcat wrote:You should live stream it and before every rules explanation, use my name to rub it in.

"Hep, if you were finally being allowed to play this copy, you'd roll these dice to make your hit...but since you're not..."
It's not only funny, but part of the reason why I don't usually teach game rules. It's simple-ish enough that I know I'm going to fuck up the rules.

I play games to relax and STOP being a lawyer...to the extent I can emotionally unwind. ;)
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Post by hepcat » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:25 am

Ah, you ain't so bad. We just like bustin' your chops.
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Post by RMC » Fri Mar 22, 2019 9:46 am

Zarathud wrote:
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hepcat wrote:You should live stream it and before every rules explanation, use my name to rub it in.

"Hep, if you were finally being allowed to play this copy, you'd roll these dice to make your hit...but since you're not..."
It's not only funny, but part of the reason why I don't usually teach game rules. It's simple-ish enough that I know I'm going to fuck up the rules.

I play games to relax and STOP being a lawyer...to the extent I can emotionally unwind. ;)
heh. I love playing games with you. And I think I have learned a few rules from you as well. We can both make fun of Hep together ast Origins this year. :)
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Post by hepcat » Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:07 am

Don't make me punish you both by not allowing you to experience the overwhelming majesty and pleasure of my presence.
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hepcat wrote:
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Don't make me punish you both by not allowing you to experience the overwhelming majesty and pleasure of my presence.
Like we give you any choice in the matter. :)
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Post by Blackhawk » Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:21 pm

April is set to be a good month for me.

Reaper Bones 4 is set to ship any day. They've already sent off all of the sets for the UK and China hubs, and they'll finish shipping to the AU hub today or tomorrow. After that they start shipping US orders. I'm in wave 2, so I should have my goodies by the beginning of the month. I wasn't able to get as much as I did on Bones 1 and 3 (and I couldn't afford any for 2), but I did get a number. I do regret not springing for the underdark (whatever it was called) expansion, though. Word is that all of the expansion boxes are being molded in Bones Black, a new version of the material that is more rigid and holds far more detail than regular Bones PVC. Those being my only complaints about Bones in general, I can't wait to get my hands on The Lost World and Dreadmere (which I did back.)

Batman: Gotham City Chronicles is also due to ship in the next few weeks. I didn't back it myself (well, $1 to get the updates), but a friend made an all-in pledge for me for my birthday in April. I'm really excited for this one, being something of a DC fan. Betcha didn't know that. I even picked up alternative Arrowverse Green Arrow and Deathstroke miniatures for it at GenCon. Therein lies one of the side bonuses for GCC: the Batman Miniatures Game uses the same scale. That means you can use BMG minis in Gotham City Chronicles, and - even better - you can use Gotham City Chronicles miniatures for the Batman Miniatures Game. Since the rules for the BMG are free to download, that means that you effectively get a free game!
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