Crowdfunding is becoming more and more important in the board game industry. The ideas that publishers, self-publishers or authors want to realize via “swarm financing” range from small indie projects to top titles. We regularly present current projects from the Spieleschmiede and Kickstarter on Mondays - always alternating.
On Kickstarter, the most supported project with almost 220.000 supporters is the card game Exploding Kittens. Under the five mostly funded projects find yourself with Frosthaven and Kingdom Death Monster two board game projects.
The Spieleschmiede is a German crowdfunding platform from the game offensive, in which German localization of board games in particular can be supported. The Spieleschmiede has financed almost 300 projects to date and raised almost 4,5 million euros in support. Currently, game fans can use the game forge support seven projects:
Maximum Apocalypse: Cruel horrors
Maximum Apocalypse is an adventure survival in which the players play different characters and try to survive different apocalypse scenarios. In the base game, survivors like the gunslinger and the surgeon went into battle against zombies, mutants, aliens and robots.
The Cruel Horrors expansion adds two new characters (Priest and Ronin), four new apocalypses (Vampires, Ancient Ones, Yokai, Devil and Angels), and two new mechanisms (Allies, Day and Night) to the game. The mini expansion Prehistoric Dangers with the Adventurer and Dinosaurs is also available. The Cruel Horrors expansion costs 30 euros and the prehistoric dangers mini expansion costs an additional nine euros. If you do not yet have the basic game, you can support the basic game and many extras. The campaign will run for another three days and has already been funded. Delivery is scheduled for November this year.
In the game from the Portuguese publisher Pythagoras Games, one to four players run their own coffee company. In a game that should last around 30 minutes, you try to optimize your company's processes in order to outdo the others.
In the card-controlled game, the players first grow coffee in order to then dry and roast it and finally deliver it. Whoever gets the most victory points after eight rounds wins the game. The basic game costs 17 euros. If you also want enough card sleeves, you can sponsor the game for 21 euros. You still have three days for this. Café has already achieved its funding goal. The game should be in the mail with you in October.
Are you artistically gifted and can use a hammer and chisel? Then Rossio might be the right game for you. In Rossio, 1 to 4 stonemasons design Rossio Square in Lisbon. It is important to carefully consider when cards are played in order to get as many victory points as possible.
The game is played until a player places the last tile. Then we see who built the most magnificent square. You can support Rossio for 24 euros. With card sleeves you are included for 28 euros. The campaign will run for another eight days and has already achieved its goal. Delivery is planned for October 2020.
The little ones 3, part 1
One or two games are not enough for us. Spieletrieb Verlag must have thought that. Instead, you can support three small card games in this campaign. In Ice Barrier for exactly three players, you are a small group of cavemen, divided into three camps. In the garden party, 2 to 4 players have the task of hanging up the most beautiful fairy lights for your garden party. The Bremen Town Musicians were actually the first professional gang of gangsters - at least according to the game Die Bremer for 2 to 4 players.
The campaign offers you a huge range of support options. For two euros there are print and play versions of the individual games, for five euros you get the games with PDF instructions and for eight euros with printed instructions. All three fully printed games together cost 19 euros. Currently 974 of 4.5000 euros have been contributed to the project. The campaign will run for another 10 days and should then be delivered in November.
If you don't just want to go on vacation on a cruise, you can go to dream cruise take on the role of the captain of your own cruise ship. Your guests should feel comfortable on their vacation.
To do this, you have to plan excursions and create the on-board program. Pay attention to the wishes of the different vacationers with the route and the preparations. Whoever has made the most guests happy at the end of the game wins the Dream Cruise game at the Spieleschmiede for 29 euros without and 41 euros with card sleeves. The campaign will run for another 16 days and has already been funded.
The Dream Cruise should arrive at your home in December. Kobold Spieleverlag offers its supporters the opportunity to test the game for three weeks after receiving it. If you don't like the game, you can send it back and receive the full funding back.
Tawantinsuyu is the new game from Dávid Turczi, the author of games like Anachrony, Rome & Roll and Würfelsiedler. The game with the catchy name looks like a highly complex game in the tradition of Teotihuacan and Tekhenu.
One to four players try to impress the sun god the Inca and to increase the honor of the empire. Using cards, the various workers who all have special abilities are placed on the game board. Tawantinsuyu has an Automa Solo mode in which you compete against Axomamma.
The price for Tawantinsuyu is 39 euros. For four euros more you get enough card sleeves. You still have 17 days to support the project. The funding amount has already been reached and the game should be delivered in December.
The perfect moment
In the perfect moment, each guest has their own wishes, how he or she would appear in the photo. As a photographer, you have the task of fulfilling all the wishes of the guests if possible and thus taking the most beautiful photo. Combine the background and the decoration skillfully with the guests.
The perfect moment is suitable for two to four (with expansion up to six) players aged 10 and over. The basic game costs 35 euros. In addition, a five to six player expansion and transparent deluxe figures are available. The project will run for another 17 days and has already been funded. In addition, several improvement goals have already been achieved. Delivery is planned for November 2020.
That was a brief overview of the current projects in the Spieleschmiede. Which games are you interested in and which ones have you already got into?