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Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: Twilight Arcana: Queens of the Twelve Realms

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I have a confession to make. I don’t like tarot cards, i think that the seriousness with which their practitioners treat their craft is kinda creepy. So when I learned that they were making a game based on tarot cards, I was skeptical. But as I read through the Kickstarter page I started to become more intrigued.

Twilight Arcana is based on the children’s game Sleeping Queens by Gamewrite, and was developed with their blessing. Players take turns trying to gain influence over the 12 Queens, through a variety of different ways. The game is a player vs player model, with a strong element of luck, as well as strategy, involved. A player in the lead one turn can easily find themselves falling behind in the next.

The artwork on the cards is stellar, based on a medieval fantasy theme...

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Cypher System

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I have a confession to make. When I’m playing an RPG, any RPG, I sometimes wonder what it would be like to run that game in a totally different setting and genre.

From the Introduction to the Cypher System Rulebook:
“A cypher is a secret. It’s something that not everyone understands. It holds potential. Promise.
The Cypher System Rulebook came about because we published a game called Numenera, and then another called The Strange. These were quite popular, both for their settings and for their rules. They shared the same basic game engine: the Cypher System...

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BONUS Kickstarter/Indiegogo Spotlight: BRAWL: Real Time Card Game

I have a confession to make. I actually own and original run deck of BRAWL cards, but I’ve never played the game.

BRAWL is a card game about speed. It’s a fast easy fighting game designed by James Ernest and illustrated by Ryan Kinnaird.  First released in 1999 it was received with great reviews and multiple award nominations. Sadly It’s publisher, Cheapass Games, went into a hiatus for several years, and BRAWL went out of print.

Over the years much of the Cheapass Games library was turning into free print and play editions on www.cheapass.com or picked up by other game companies. BRAWL however remained out of print.  Until now.

Thanks to the joy of crowd sourcing you can now own and enjoy BRAWL once again...

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Unexploded Cow

 

I have a confession to make.  I like exploding things.  Fireworks, kittens (no really, I’ll review that game when it gets delivered), and yes cows.

From the Cheapass Games Website:

“Europe. Summer. 1997.
You have discovered two problems with a common solution: mad cows in England, and unexploded bombs in France.
In Unexploded Cow, you play a savvy entrepreneur who wants to help solve the world’s problems, by blowing up lots of cows. You’ll round up a herd of mad cows, give them a stirring pep talk, and march them through the French countryside. In doing so, you will clear fields of leftover ordnance from long-forgotten wars. And you’ll make a few bucks doing it.”

This is the brilliant concept first arrived in stores in 2001, and has since become one of Cheapass Games most popu...

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Hanabi Deluxe

I have a confession to make. I love fireworks. The bright lights. The big bangs.

You may be asking yourself, “self, what do fireworks have to do with board games?”

The answer is Hanabi Deluxe, a unique, cooperative tile game. In Hanabi Deluxe you are trying to set off a Grand Fireworks Finale by playing tiles in the correct order. The trick to the game is that you can only see other players tiles, not your own.

You have the ability to tell other players if they have specific numbered tiles, or specific colored tiles, but not both, and nothing else. While you can give hints, your group only had a finite number of hints that may be given. If you are out of hints you can play a the next tile in order (again, you can’t see your own tiles) or you can discard a tile to regain a hint.

There ...

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