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Kickstarter/Indiegogo of the Week: Ducks in Tow

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of attending SHUX, put on by the fine folks over at Shut Up & Sit Down. Through good luck and good timing, one of the games I was able to play was a delightful prototype for a game about ducks with Stephanie Kwok of First Fish Games. Now, a few short months later here we are talking about the Ducks in Tow Kickstarter campaign.

Let me put this in no uncertain terms: Ducks in Tow was the most enjoyable game I played at SHUX. Period.

The premise is simple, serene even, the players are walking around a park feeding ducks appropriate duckie food, and taking pictures with some and adopting others...

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Bonus Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Queen Bee

Our minds work in funny ways. When I first saw a picture of the miniatures from the deluxe edition of Queen Bee, I was immediately transported back to my youth and a semi-collectible toy line called Army Ants. The premise of Queen Bee, armies of bees battling for territorial supremacy, didn’t help rid me of my nostalgic notions.

Playing the game is surprisingly simple. Draw a card, take an action, discard down to five cards if needed. Battling another player’s bees is equally simple using a combination of playing cards and rolling dice. Worker Bees and Warrior Bees have different, and a stretch goal is a specific Queen Bee die. Although, it’s not clear whether that will just be a larger Warrior die or a more power die altogether.

A player loses when their Queen has been defeated, an...

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Bonus Kickstarter/Indiegogo of the Week: Fidget Factory

What I took away from this Kickstarter Campaign:

Fidget Factory by Antsy Labs, makers of the Fidget Cube, is a game involving wearing hats and drinking coffee. It also involves outwitting trolls and has a Cthulhu hat.

End of Spotlight, take my money.

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Nope, that’s too short. Let me refill my caffeinated fluid of life and start over.

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Coffee achieved, and we’re back. So I didn’t actually think we’d have a CrowdFUNding Spotlight this week. We do one most weeks, but it’s not something I like to force if things get busy or something doesn’t my eye, or the eyes of my staff. Then what pops into my feed, a few short hours before deadline, but a troll figure holding a custom die. Welp, there goes the plan for my morning.

So, like most good crowdfunding people, I started by watch...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo of the Week: Usagi Yojimbo RPG

As many of our readers know, before opening The Rat Hole I reviewed comics for Geekorama.net and still do from time to time. If you’ve ever read any of my Usagi Yojimbo reviews there, you might recall that I’m unabashedly a fan of Stan Sakai and his long-eared protagonist.

So you can imagine my excitement when a Kickstarter Campaign for Sanguine Games crossed my desk as I sorted through my post-GenCon campaign pile. I have a copy of the Gold Rush Games’ Usagi RPG but haven’t gotten ahold of the Sanguine game (yet). Now there’s a second edition and it’s Powered by the Apocalypse.

I won’t sugar coat this, PbtA is not a system I have particularly enjoyed in the past...

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Kickstarter/Indiegogo of the Week: The Gingerbread Gang

It’s Christmas in Julyyyyyyy It’s Christmas in Julyyyyyyy. Bring on the Gingerbread cookies… wait… are they…. aaaaaargh*

OK, that’s my brain right now this. Sorry, not sorry.

Every year, since well before The Rat Hole launched, I’ve done a series of holiday reviews to celebrate the winter season. As a rule, I’m pretty obstinately against celebrating before American Thanksgiving, or as we call it here in Canada “Thursday”, although I give a soft pass to retailers after Remembrance Day. In fact, serious shoutout to the small, but growing, number of retailers who clear their seasonal section after Halloween and make a point to leave it empty out of respect for those who gave their lives for our freedom. End of rant, back to the CrowdFUNding Spotlight at hand...

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