Every once in a while, it’s cool to browse the crowdfunding announcements for board games, just to see what may be coming down the pike. Most of them don’t sound that interesting, and I had never backed anything until the recent Pursuit of Happiness expansion.
But then I saw an ad for a game called The Flow of History, designed by Jesse Li with art by Desnet Amane, SY Li and Adam P. McIver, being published by Tasty Minstrel Games. History? I’m a History guy. Card game? Hell yeah, card games are cool. Building rival civilizations? Despite the current political climate, I’m pretty cool with that too.
After a few days of thinking about it (and a switch from IndieGogo to Kickstarter), I decided to pull the trigger and back it.
Last week, I showcased the upcoming Kickstarter for the new version of Brass (rechristened Brass: Lancashire) being published by Roxley Games. Pictures of the new board, new pieces, new art in general, all looked marvelous.
This last Easter Monday, the Kickstarter went live, and it’s already going gangbusters. At the time of this writing, it was already over $670,000 CDN, with a funding goal of $80,000.
I think that’s what they call a success? I don’t know. In this new world of Eric Lang and $4 million Kickstarters, maybe that’s considered a bomb.
One of the best economic games for those players who don’t necessarily want to feel like they’re nothing but an accountant using spreadsheets is a game called Brass (now apparently renamed Brass: Lancashire for reasons I’ll get to in a moment).
The game, designed by esteemed board game designer Martin Wallace, is about the industrial revolution in England in the 19th century. Through the use of cards, you build cotton, oil, or iron industries, ship cotton to market, and basically try to make a lot of money and (of course!) earn victory points in the process.
It’s actually a really fun game for those (like me) who don’t want to sit down for 3 hours and crunch numbers. Don’t let the description or the name fool you, it’s not that dry of a game (ok, maybe a little dry, but really, do you want to be swamped with water all the time? Sometimes a little dryness can help).
This is the story of how I recently backed, and am greatly looking forward to, the new expansion for the game The Pursuit of Happiness. Called Community, it has a pledge level that allows you to get the base game as well.
I’m not normally a backer of Kickstarter board games. Hell, I think I’ve backed two video games and that’s it.
However, I’ve been recently rethinking that stance. I started playing some games that had originally been funded on Kickstarter and found that they were actually pretty cool games.
Then two things happened within hours of each other. First, I kept reading about how good this game was. I then was browsing the board game section of Kickstarter and found the Community expansion’s page there. I started thinking about it.
Then my friend and co-blogger wrote the great post about deciding what to crowdfund. The combination of those two things, plus a bit of heavy thinking, and suddenly I’m backing my first Kickstarter board game.