KickStart This: Week of Sept. 30, 2013

kickstarterWelcome to another edition of KickStart This. This marks article number 11 in the series for this year.

Before I take a look at the projects to talk about this week, let’s take a quick look at the KickStarter Projects mentioned in our previous articles to see how they are doing funding wise.

Project Standings as of Sept 29, 2013

Now that we have finished the reviews of previous funding items, we’re going to look at five new projects.

sojourner-tales1. Tracy & Laura Hickman’s Sojourner Tales Board Game by Tracy Hickman

A long time fan of the novels of the Hickman’s, it comes as no surprise that I’d be interested to see what their board game was about and what the perks for supporting it were on Kickstarter. When I first saw this project (a week or two back), it hadn’t had a lot of support, but over the last two weeks it gained momentum and has succeeded in funding, even though it has 10 days to go.

Soujourner’s Tales is described as “a board game featuring new, downloadable ebook adventure modules that make the experience new every time you play.” It’s hard to explain what the game is because it changes each time it’s played, as each time the tale is played out.

The game can be played with printed out versions fo the game or via ebook readers/tablets.

In addition to the base game, people can by additional tale modules. Not only that, people are going to be allowed to market and sell their additional modules through the game website. Per theKkickstarter “ We want YOU to write adventures for our game and so we are even providing you with a ‘grass-roots licensing option whereby you can not only create your own Sojourner Tales games but (with our license) also sell those adventures on our official website.”

For as little as $45 you can get a copy of the gameboard as well as the DIY gameboard. For as little as $75, you get “everything in the Explorer Package above PLUS a one year license to write, sell and distribute Sojourner Story Modules (SSM). We will provide you with sanctioned logos for Sojourner Tales and space on our website where you may promote and sell your designs.”

While the project has raised its initial funding goals of $26,000, there are stretch goals left to be met. The first stretch goal of $30,000 has been reached and unlocked “Improv Rules”. Next stretch goals unlock at $33,000 and $35,000 with other stretch goals between there and the final $45,000 stretch goal.

If you like the idea behind this game, consider checking out the project and contributing here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/trhickman/tracy-and-laura-hickmans-sojourner-tales-board-gam?ref=category

logoterminus_for_kickstarter22. Terminus by Ryan Czech

Terminus is a Sci-Fi city-builder game set in the future on a distant, inhospitable planet where a single colony is set up with a hope to survive and be the future. Each new game takes you to a different planet with a different set up – almost Sim City like in nature. You play as the colony administrator, deciding what to build and where, what to research, etc.

I’ve always loved city-building sims and was a huge fan of Sim City through 2000 or so and this game looks to be a unique twist on the game. With 18 days remaining and only $8,344 raised of the $28,000 goal, this game could use a little push for funding. Check it out and consider donating to the cause. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/976465455/terminus-2?ref=category

ballads-of-reemus-23. The Ballads of Reemus 2 – 2D Point and Click Adventure Game by Jay Ziebarth

I was informed of this Kickstarter via email from VGSmart Press in their news about games they do PR for. Seeing as they rarely send out information about Kickstarter projects, I decided this would be an interesting one to add to my KickStart This article this week

The Ballads of Reemus 2 is, obviously, the sequel to The Ballads of Reemus which was released in 2012. The games are inspired by Lucas Arts games and fall into the same category of “Monkey Island” and “Day of the Tentacle”. They are 2D point and click comedy adventure games.

“The story revolves around Reemus, a medieval exterminator and his loyal sidekick Liam the purple bear as they battle giant insects in a quest to legitimize “extermination” as a heroic career path.”

The game will be coming out for PC and Mac/Linux first, then porting over to Android and iOS, etc. Currently a little more than 1/3 of the $15,000 CAD needed has been raised. With 19 days to go, I figured it was the perfect time to look at the project.

For as little as a $15 contribution, you are guaranteed a copy of the game. For $55 you can get an autographed collectors edition and other rewards. And if you really want to spend a lot – like $2,500 – then you get a song written and sung about you by Liam, Reemus cohort, as well as a ton of other rewards.

The game looks like a lot of fun – especially if its entertain as Monkey Island was – so if you liked those games, you might consider checking this one out and contributing. Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1311956304/the-ballads-of-reemus-2-2d-point-and-click-adventu

beyoond-eyes4. Beyond Eyes by Sherida Halatoe

This game came to my attention a couple weeks ago when one of my friends on Facebook shared it – unfortunately I can’t recall who shared it so I could give them credit for it.

Beyond Eyes is a game where you help guide a blind girl named Rae to find her lost cat using only the senses available to her: memory, sound, touch and scent.

The part that really drew my attention to the game was this description in the project “As you guide Rae through this unfamiliar world your behavior as player influences the way she feels and behaves. A player who forces her in to dangerous situations finds himself with a scared, distrustful girl who will refuse to do his bidding until he regains her trust. Of course if a player respects Rae’s wishes and is careful to keep her from harm, she will open up to him and will trust him in scary situations.”

That type of AI is always interesting. I found it interesting to work with from a different way when playing Assassin’s Creed. In this game it’s being used to help guide the girl – don’t make he distrust you.

The game needs $10,000 Euros to be funded and has raised $1,004 so far. With 24 days remaining, it might reach its goal. Unlike the Kickstarter projects, which are all or nothing, this is a flexible funding project, so they will get whatever is donated, even if they don’t reach the goal.

Check out Beyond Eyes and consider donating to help it become a reality: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/beyond-eyes

incredible-expeditions5. Incredibile Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis by Liz Spain

When I first added this project to my list of interesting projects, it was well on its way to being funded, so it was relegated to my list of projects that were “funded” and would be discussed in future articles.

Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis is a steampunk deck-building game that lets you explore fantastic places and battle against otherworldly creatures. The game pairs storytelling with tough decision making based on the cards you have in your hand. It reminds me a lot of another deck-building game: Dominion.

A part of me wishes I had had funds to back the project because the exclusive Collectors Edition for Kickstarter backers looks amazing.

The project was completely funded Sept. 16 and raised $61,152, exceeding the goal of $26,000 by $35,152.  You can check out the project and learn more about it here:  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/773763411/incredible-expeditions-quest-for-atlantis?ref=category

This concludes this week’s KickStart This. Check out the previous editions below:

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