My Kickstarter List
Steve Kennedy

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In addition to being a growing game geek, I also discovered the world of KS. I am not always convinced this is the way to go to grab a new game, but sometimes, the KS costs can outweigh waiting.

What I have learned is that most of the time, it is better to wait anyway as all those extra bonuses won't get played anytime soon (sort of like needing to have every expansion for a game) since sometimes its just good to play the original base game. Has that stopped me, not really.

Sometimes the game is not all that great, or the wait time can be pretty frustrating, but the same could be said for preordering something that gets delayed anyway. Game buying is not the same process as preordering a CD for example.

I've mostly shied away from bigger publisher projects. I almost did a Feld KS, but none of the "bonuses" or discounts really were that great to get a game I knew would make it to my local FLGS or online anyway.

So, this is mostly an accounting of the games I've KS-ed as well as an on-going list for my own record keeping.

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1. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – 2nd Story [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Having fallen in love with Flash Point as a base game this was really an easy sell, and my first KS. It game with the Urban Structures boards and 2 sets of firemen meeples. The wooden ones tend to get used more often.

Now we've managed to only play this a few times as we went back to the original game and ramped up the difficulty some more. But, I do not regret having 3 boards to choose from (6 really).

I will say that this KS campaign spoiled me because everything was delivered on time as promised!
 
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2. Board Game: Urbanization [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4224]
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I really liked the general concept of this Queens game and it was different enough thematically to also attract my attention. The "sweetener" was the addition of both LANCASTER and ATON to the deal. The irony is that we've played those two games many times but URBANIZATION only once or twice--something which I hope to change this year.

The delays in getting this game also ended up giving it short thrift in our playing time because by the time it did arrive, there were many things vying for attention.

The game itself is fine and I think it would move up in our esteem with a little more play (I think it got supplanted the most by VILLAGE). One of the disappointing component issues had to do with the wooden buildings which did not seem all that different from one another. Though earlier this year, a bunch showed up with imprinted windows/doors or something so maybe using these will help.

Personally, I feel a bit bad for the designer because so many external issues have made many people mark this game down rather than place the blame on the publisher. But my experience with this KS campaign was the reason for balking at AMERIGO.
 
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3. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:304]
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After playing 1812: THE INVASION OF CANADA I entered the realm of "semi-war games". Now I know this is not the same as a GMT game, but the simplicity of rules for 1812 coupled with fast-paced game play made this very fun. So it was a nobrainer to KS this with the added carrot of getting 1775 REBELLION as well.

Convincing my wife (my primary game partner) to try 1775, or even 1812, I knew would be rough. But the solo play was definitely attractive for this game. The co-op feature also provided a window to introduce my wife to this style of game as well. This was another good campaign that was delayed due to a quality control issue. While I appreciated that, it meant that the game arrived after my godson left this summer so we may have to have an Academy weekend for his next visit.
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4. Board Game: Wok Star [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1709]
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For some reason, I thought this was widely available and tried desperately to get a copy for our friend's 50th Birthday. That came and went, but when the new KS campaign appeared, I had to get a copy.

Supposedly this will arrive this Spring.
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5. Board Game: Fief: France 1429 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:755]
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This KS is another from Academy. I'm thinking I'm becoming a fan of this company. I am not sure how I'll get this to the table as it plays 3 minimum, but the bonuses here certainly make it worth the effort I think. The high standards of AG suggest a gorgeous board and components. Looks like a summer delivery--just in time for those company visits!
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6. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Honor & Duty [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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It was hard not to support this set of boards as Indie has always been one of the easiest KS campaigners to support and one of the best delivery of product as it always looks like they are fairly good to go up front.

Perhaps when we get closer to November I will add a couple items missed the last couple times.
 
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7. Board Game: Alhambra: The Falconers [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Weird that a 6th expansion for a popular game needs a KS campaign but this seems to be the Queen method. Allowed me to grab the 2-sided board too so should make a nice holiday surprise if all goes well.
 
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8. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:356]
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Had to KS this Feld game as we tend to love his games. Should be a nice Christmas gift this year.
 
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9. Board Game: Metro [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1452]
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Decided to "KS" this reprint from Dirk Henn it is still cheaper than current editions so not a bad deal. It will come with a likely lower interest game but maybe in time for a Christmas gift all the same.
 
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10. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:27]
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This was on the backburner for a while and decided to go ahead and order this KS with the bonus of "Bottlecap Vikings".

It is due in September, so it should arrive by Christmas.
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11. Board Game: Vault Wars [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1673]
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Well, I knew I should have waited for this before picking up Epic Resort, but, love this concept. Artwork is fabulous to boot and it looks like another great release from Floodgate!
 
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12. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Empires [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:409]
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With a special opportunity to pick this up on Memorial Day weekend, it was pretty hard to resist. This project anticipates a November ship date as things seem to be further along. Sounds like a plan for a holiday game day if it can happen.
 
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13. Board Game: New Bedford [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1090]
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Everything about this game makes it attractive to me, the whaling theme, the location (as we used to live in the Northeast) and just the overall look. So when I stumbled upon this KS campaign I just had to back it up. It looks like this time it will be a go!

Added the Nantucket game as well to this pledge.

Delivery expected to be March 2016.
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14. Board Game: World Monuments [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3583]
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This looked rather interesting to me, especially the building aspect that is in 3D for the most part. Added the smaller package for Kairo and Batavia as both have been off and on my wishlists for the past couple of years.

They say Aug 2016, but I'd bet more like Christmas given their track record.
 
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15. Board Game: Fog of Love [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:898]
 
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This 2-player game seemed like something that would be interesting to use both in some work settings with couples as well as at home.

Estimated for Jan 2017.
 
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16. Board Game: 878: Vikings – Invasions of England [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1050]
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Forgot to add this one when I KSed it after the announcement. I really enjoy Academy Games and look forward to the unique aspects of this game.

I added in 1754: Conquest – The French and Indian War as well since I had not picked that one up yet.

I think they are looking at an August release.
 
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