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Crowdfunding Round-up: Snake Oil, Losers, Dead Family Members & Much More

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As a personal challenge for this crowdfunding round-up, I'm going to see whether I can restrict my description for each game to a single sentence. Why? Just because.

• Conveniently enough, Out of the Box Publishing has launched its first Kickstarter project for the appropriately named Snake Oil: Elixir, a new version of its Snake Oil party game in which people put together randomly drawn words to pitch a new product to a customer. (KS link)

• In Andy Van Zandt's Zero Day from Jolly Roger Games, players are hackers trying to sneak exploits into the corrupt and oppressive Mainframe. (KS link)

• Another Jolly Roger game in the same KS project is Patrick Lysaght's Glory & Riches, which has players trying to earn a seat on the throne through either economic or military expansion. (KS link)

Don't Be a Loser is a betting party game (as if you couldn't tell) from Matthew Leitz and All Over the Board Games in which a playtester is quoted as almost peeing her pants, which seems like a positive thing even though the game itself is not pee-related and peeing does not help you win, at least as far as I can tell. (KS link)

• Ryan Laukat's Artifacts, Inc. through his own Red Raven Games is all about dealing in ancient goods (a.k.a. swag) to pick up reputation points (a.k.a. swag) faster than anyone else. (KS link)

Spell Saga is a one-player "tabletop novel" card game from Todd Michael Rogers that has far too many backer levels for me to make sense of it, but thankfully I'm sticking to single sentence descriptions here, so I can just stop at the period. (KS link)

• Shane Butler's Paper Toss has you tossing metaphorical papers in your role as newspaper delivery boy — so it's a fantasy game, yes? (KS link)

• The fantasy football (soccer) game Helvetia Cup from Crittin, Largey and Helvetia Games is doing far better in its second go on KS, which includes new expansion teams and a KS exclusive team and lots of other things that drive a project to Kickstarter success. (KS link)

• In contrast, the non-fantasy football game Soccer City from Lisandro Nembrini and Gonzalo Rodrigo, which debuted in Spain in 2013, goes for intense simulation and sweaty, ball-clutching realism as is evident on the cover — wait, that doesn't sound right, does it? (KS link)


Crop Cycle: The Game of Competitive Farming from Trevor Lehmann pretty much gives the gameplay away in the title, but I will note that the game features manipulated photographs of agriculture local to Manitoba and Lehmann has posted eleven designer diary segments to date on the Convergent Games website. (KS link)

• Rob Daviau of IronWall Games has launched a KS for his first release, a new version of Anthony Conta's Funemployed! in which players try to convince others that their oddball skills and possessions would make them the perfect choice for a job as, say, astronaut or priest. (KS link)

• You want to stuff your recently deceased family members in the most ideal plots in the cemetery in Arron Watts' Bring Out Yer Dead, but you're not actually stuffing them in, mind you, not physically stuffing them in; this isn't a dexterity game, after all, although now I'm curious to see what such a game would look like. (KS link)

• Every time I see Jamie Wallis' Lone Wolf: The Battle for Magnamund from Greywood Publishing, I'm thinking it's Lone Wolf and Cub because I'm not familiar with the choose-your-own-adventure style Lone Wolf books from Joe Dever, but the game is based on those and not the manga, so try not to make the same mistake as me, despite me now surreptitiously implanting that false idea. (KS link)

Robots Love Ice Cream: The Card Game is, duh, a card game that's based on a video game of the same name, but you're not one of the robots, no, you're in charge of a weaponized ice cream truck and must protect your precious creamy treat from those ever-clanking metallic maws. (KS link)

• IELLO's World of Yo-Ho has you use your smartphone as a pirate ship, sailing that phone through the waters while cannonballs fly across the screen, ideally destroying someone else and not you. (KS link)

• Toystorian Enterprises is running a KS campaign in which you can get your custom designs engraved in 16mm dice, and while I'm not sure why this is a KS campaign as opposed to just something you can purchase, I'm writing about the project in this BGGN post instead of ignoring it so that 10% commission to KS and Amazon might be money well spent! (KS link)

• Minion Miniatures has a "monsters of the underdeep" KS campaign, but I think it's just for minis, not a game — and what's an "underdeep" anyway? (KS link)

• Al Caynes is looking to self-publish El Luchador Fantastico Grande, his first design and one about dog-grooming, I think —no, macramé conventions? rare book hoarding? I forget... (KS link)

V-Commandos is a co-operative WWII game from Thibaud de la Touanne and Triton Noir in which players can run through pre-set missions or generate their own combining the included objective cards. (KS link)

• Myles O'Neill's Dragon Racer has you and up to three other players — or seven, if you combine two sets — doing just that, albeit with no Monstrous Nightmares in sight. (KS link)

Editor's note: Please don't post links to other Kickstarter projects in the comments section. Write to me via the email address in the header, and I'll consider them for inclusion in a future crowdfunding round-up. Thanks! —WEM
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