Kickstarter: It started with one - My thoughts
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These days we try to make our gamecollection more diverse, not just bigger. In doing so I discovered crowdfunding where I see a lot of games (mechanics, type, ...) that are not represented in my collection yet.

Below you will find my thoughts (good and bad) about the projects I backed chronologically.
Important for me to back a game is:


* Having a lot of information (reviews, gameplay, rules, videos)
* Having meaningfull stretchgoals that add something significant or upgrade the material
* Having decent shippingprices for Europe or an Essen pick-up

If you want more information about crowdfunding look at my 1st comment at the bottom of this list.

Also check out my other lists:

Games we used to own - A trip down memorylane

Vdbmalmsteen's 2015 (Essen) watchlist
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1. Board Game: This War of Mine: The Board Game [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:170]
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I got intrigued by this game. A very realistic theme that concentrates around normal people in a war siutation and not soldiers.

I hope it can live up to its expectations. Since I believe a game might take to long I also bought the extra scenario that has a shorter playtime.

Big expectations about this one.

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2. Board Game: Space Race: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2696]
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Space is not popular with my wife. So far only Asking for Trobils has been a hit (she loves goodies and workerplacement). This one has very nice artwork, a decent mechanism and a very nice price.

Let's see how it goes down.

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3. Board Game: Battle For Souls [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2154]
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I discovered the original game a few months after the 1st KS campaign. Afterwards it was very hard to get at a decent price. I managed to get a copy from a Canadian but the inlay got damaged in the transport.

When I heard of the 2nd edition it made me doubt. I backed the expansion.

This is one of the few game I play solo. Short and challenging.

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4. Board Game: The 7th Continent [Average Rating:8.62 Overall Rank:11]
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I have been looking forward to this since the first info about it was released. The storytelling aspect of the game is tense and really interessting.

I like the fact that every choice you make has an impact on the game. But what really convinces me is the limited setup and savetime. Furthermore people can join in at any time.

Downside. It's expensive. But with a refund coming from Scrapyard Empire this might be just affordable. The KS exclusives made me back this one as well since there will be quite a lot of them.

In for the basegame and following the campaign.

I will have a closer look in Essen but I don't think it will change my opinion.
 
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5. Board Game: Heroes of Normandie [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:725] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Strategic supply

I like the basegame. Getting a better rulebook and a storagesolution is a good idea. When it includes a dicetower it gets even better.

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6. Board Game: Evolution: Climate [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:232]
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We saw the game last year in Essen but were out of budget.

This "other" version brings an expansion but you can play the original basegame as well. To do so I included the extra cards.

Hope this is as good as we hope.

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7. Board Game: ...and then, we held hands. [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2408]
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Looking for new mechanics this sounded really interessting. Not being sure that I would be able to buy a copy in Essen convinced me to back it.

My wife loves Dixit and the matching art so I'm safe there. We'll have to found out how it plays.

We played the game but it just wasn't our game. We found out that the way to entering the final ring is crucial because if you don't have the correct combination you just get stuck. We didn't like that part.

Sold.

 
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8. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2599]
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I came across this project and my wife adored it. Furthermore my daugher (8 years old) wanted one as well. She was counting the money in her "piggy bank" to convince us.

The combination of a meeple and a pillow is crazy but so funny.

So 2 meepillows were ordered and one off those might appear during the christmas holdays

The meepillows arrived on time and are very well made. So they were and instant succes.Keeper.
 
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9. Board Game: Spell Saga [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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I don't own a game that involves storytelling. They always seems so big.

I came across this a few times and decided to give it a go. Since this is a sologame it makes it easier to get it on the table. I think.

Downloaded the prelude and backed it at a lower level.

I didn't like the game enough to back it at a higher level to get a physical copy. Shipping was also pretty expensive.

I did like the idea so I backed The 7th Continent later on.




 
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10. Board Game: Samara [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3673]
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I was never before interessted in Corné's designs but this one has a nice mechanic.

My wife also liked this one. Considering the low price I KS this one to pick up in Essen.

The playerboards are not totaly language independent so that might be a problem for the kids but depending on how much the symbols explain.

The idea is nice but somehow it's missing something. A problem we had was the runaway syndrome. Its very hard to catch up with the leader. Another thing is that the game really needs the expansions.

Sold.
 
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11. Board Game: Epic Card Game [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1404]
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This is by the people who brought us Star Realms

This time it's not a deckbuilder but more of a trading card game without the for me negative things.

Lovely artwork and not expensive. So, I'll take a gamble on this one.

Got my copy through a groupbuy with us exchanging in Essen.

I was disappointed by this one. For someone who never played Magic its has a very limited manual. A friend who played Magic for many years though me the game but it didn't feel natural and I just couldn't grasp it.

Too bad. [b]Sold
 
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12. Board Game: Thunderbirds [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:832]
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This games combines 3 good things:
* I used to watch Thunderbirds as a kid. It was something my dad grew up with.
* We like coops and the designer Matt Leacock (we own Pandemic and Forbidden Island)
* I got to know Modiphius as a part off the Heroes of Normandie campaign were they provided some extra Cthulhu stuff.

I held a bit back because of the price but my wife told me that I should go for it. So I backed the basegame and expansions.

I picked the base game up in Essen and got extra coins because the cover of the box wasn't the one that ordered.

We waited to play untill we got the expansions (by mail).

It's a great tense game and although my wife never saw Thunderbirds she really loves the game. Big keeper.

I'm hoping I can convince my dad to play this
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13. Board Game: Asking for Trobils [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2108]
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Trobils 2nd campaign was a succes after they cancelled the original one. I'm hoping this will be the first spacegame that my wife actually likes. We'll see. The artwork and material look nice which always works well to convince her.

Got my copy this month. Looks good but now I remember why I don't like stickers. Such a precise work for my too big hand.

We played it twice since it's arrival and my wife really likes this one. The bumping system makes this a fast game. Finally found a spacegame that my wife will play

Big keeper
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14. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:792] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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Backed this one with 9 other Bordspelmania members.

I want to play more games on my own but I never seem to get them to the table. This one seemed nice because of the theme, gametime and the mechanic. And it wasn't that expensive.

Played my first game. Now that I understand the mechanic I'm hoping that the theme will "take over".

Good quality, rulebook and mechanism. A keeper.
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15. Board Game: Scrapyard Empire [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Steampunk has alway intrigued me but I hadn't found a game that my wife might like. I hoped this one might do the trick.

I was interessted in the full game but thought it was too much so i went for the basegame instead. Time will tell if that was a good choice.

Communication had been quiet lately but finally came true. The designer decided to refund all the backers money because he couldn't find the time to finish it all the way. Too bad since most of it is done.

Still hoping that someone finishes it and relaunches but until then refund coming.
 
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16. Board Game: ESSEN The Game: SPIEL'13 [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3029]
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Instantly backed this since Spiel 2013 was our first time at Essen so it would made a great souvenir. The campaign was smooth and we picked it up a year later in ... Essen

It's a pick-up and delivery game but the experience of being at a fair is well translated into the game. This is a keeper, for the memories and because it's a good gateway game.
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17. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:694]
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We discovered PitchCar some time ago and my son really likes it. So I decided that a 2nd dexterity game was a good idea.

I liked the artwork and the ideas so I jumped in. I didn' go for the expansion because that was just a bit to much.

We finally got the game on the table and it was a nice experience. My wife got to play her favorite part: the bad one. The idea of leveling up and meeting bigger and bigger oponents gives you the feeling of a computergame.

Artwork and material is very nice. Keeper.

 
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18. Board Game: Mob Town [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:6762]
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I was interested in Jungle Ascent from the same publisher. So knowing their game were hard to get here I backed their new game.

I looked like a game I could play with the kids. Cute artwork and not to difficult. The expansion created coop play which would make it easier the play with the kids so I pledged for that one as well.

Everything was looking fine untill the beginning of this year when communication began to slow down.

The bomb fell this morning when the publisher told us he filed for bankruptcy. the games are finished and the manufacturer is welling to ship them if we pay for shipping (again). That is a good thing but I'm afraid of the price and taxes for good old Europe.

In good hands

QPG is willing to ship the game and expansion in return for new shippingcosts. Unfortunatly its 33$ for Europe and the Essen pick didn't happen. I had my copy shipped to my secret santa so at least someone could bring it to good use.
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19. Board Game: Province [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2346]
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I backed a lot of microgames. The intention was to trade them all together in Essen for games that were harder to get by.

This one looked promising and they had a very good campaign. The quality was also as promised.

I played the app but couldn't get it on the table. I think it's OK but a bit repetitive. I traded it with the other microgames.
 
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20. Board Game: This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3385]
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I backed a lot of TMG microgames. The intention was to trade them all together in Essen for games that were harder to get by. The quality is as promised but the were late because they had to many campaigns running at the same time.

Traded this one away without playing.
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21. Board Game: How to Human [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:13599]
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I backed a lot of microgames. The intention was to trade them all together in Essen for games that were harder to get by. This one was developed at a convention as part of a contest.

The quality is as promised but the rules could have been clearer. The game itself is ok but nothing to get to excited about.

So we traded it with the other microgames.
 
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22. Board Game: Flippin' Fruit [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:9404]
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A no brainer dicegame with a crazy family friendly theme. What could go wrong?

Nothing in fact. The campaign went well, communication was good and the game was on time. The quality of the game is ok but the game could benefit from better components. The tube that contains the game is made of cardboard and has had some damage from opening and closing.

The game itself is light. You roll, re-roll to make combinations. the fruitbasket cards give you the possibility to extra things which is good for the game.

We all like this one and it has become a favorite at home. Even though the kids don't know English yet, they want to play the game. So this one is definitely a keeper.
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23. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:991]
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This was the microgame I had most expectations off. It also was the most expensive so that was logic.

It was a great campaign with very good communication and reaching a lot off strechgoals.

The quality and artwork are great and the game is good. But in the end we traded it away anyway. Why?
Although it's a good game it's not great. The scores are very close to each other (in a 4 player game: we had a tie for the winner and 1 came within 1 point off the winner) and we don't think that will change.
The 2nd thing is that this is a microgame that tries to fully recreate the experience of a big game. In the end we asked ourself the question when are we going to play this? If we want to play a 4 player game we'll choose a BIG game. And for a 2-player game we have other games who are designed to play with 2 and therefor better.

So in the end, I would have been better not to back this one. No regrets but traded it away.
 
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24. Board Game: Burgoo [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:6730]
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I backed a lot of TMG microgames. The intention was to trade them all together in Essen for games that were harder to get by. The quality is as promised but the were late because they had to many campaigns running at the same time.

Traded this one away without playing.
 
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25. Board Game: Where Art Thou Romeo? [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15395]
Rudy Van den Broecke
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I backed a lot of microgames. The intention was to trade them all together in Essen for games that were harder to get by.

This one wasn't by TMG but looked nice. The quality is as promised (the game only counts a few cards).

Played it and felt a bit like a mini Love Letter. Not bad but to light so we traded it with the other microgames.
 
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