Addicted to Kickstarter: Games Backed by WereGrrl
Sharon Laubach
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I've long liked the idea of crowdfunding, pitching in a few bucks here and there to help further someone's dream, and perhaps get a nifty perk in the bargain. I'd even backed a handful of games in this manner over the years. Then, in winter 2013-2014, I became entranced by the seeming explosion of interesting tabletop games on Kickstarter--which in turn rekindled my interest in boardgaming.

This list contains the games I've backed on Kickstarter. Although perhaps I shouldn't be creating such a readily-accessible way for my husband to measure the extent of my addiction... whistle
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1. Board Game: Order of the Stick Adventure Game: The Shortening [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
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Pledged: 3 Feb 2012 - The Shortening plus Sticky Schticks
Successfully funded
Received everything more or less on time
Not yet played

Being a fan of Order of the Stick, I'd already bought the OOTS Adventure Game, so backing for The Shortening seemed like a natural fit.
 
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2. Board Game: Di Renjie [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7537]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 26 Feb 2012 - one copy
Successfully funded
Received a couple weeks late
Not yet played

Ta-Te Wu is a local game designer, so when SoCal Gamers sent out an email pointing to his first game on Kickstarter, I pitched in. Back when I backed it, I wasn't getting games to the table much, but I'm looking forward to giving it a try soon.
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3. Board Game: The Battle of Red Cliffs [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:9186]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 21 Aug 2012 - one deluxe, signed copy + all expansions (Allegiance + Command Sets #1&2)
Successfully funded
Received everything about 1 month late
Not yet played

This is Ta-Te Wu's 2nd Kickstarter project, and I backed it all 3 times (the third was successful). I was impressed with the quality of the Di Renjie components, and was intrigued by a mah jongg variant.
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Altadena
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http://www.gamehauscafe.com

Pledged: 8 Jun 2013
Successfully funded
Received everything more or less on time
Visited!

Although not a boardgame, I was thrilled to support a new nearby boardgaming cafe. I've now been several times, and have introduced a bunch of friends to its charms. It's a great place to try out new games while noshing on werewolf sandwiches and taking in the din of gamers hard at play.
 
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5. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1164]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 4 Oct 2013 - 1x premium deck
Successfully funded
Received 2 mos late, beautiful deck!
Played!

After backing GameHaus, I started checking in on Kickstarter more often, and on a lark I searched on 'werewolf' (I am WereGrrl, after all). Found two implementations of the game, one of which was this beautifully-illustrated deck by Corey Fields.

Pulled this lovely deck out for my combination game night/Hallowe'en party to play with Werewolf neophytes. They loved the artwork, and the game went very well! Werewolves won...arooooooo!
 
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6. Board Game: 8-Bit Werewolf [Average Rating:6.17 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
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Pledged: 4 Oct 2013 - 1 deck each of 8-bit Werewolf/8-bit Mafia
Successfully funded
Received ~1 month late
Not yet played

This is the other werewolf implementation I found in Oct 2013, with cute retro art.
 
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7. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
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Pledged: 5 Nov 2013 - 1x game plus playmat
Successfully funded
Received on time
Played!

Still on my werewolf kick, I considered myself lucky to have stumbled across this game, which solves the problem of players being eliminated. I'm looking forward to trying this out with the gaming group that enjoys Ultimate Werewolf!

Edit: Finally got this to the table, and with a group of werewolf newbies. The gameplay is fast (the narration app is excellent!), so we could try out a few different approaches, but we don't quite have the hang of it yet. (Not knowing what role you ended up with is confusing!) Am definitely looking forward to playing again--perhaps after reading up on some strategy tips I could talk through with my game group first. I'd also like to see how this game goes with my other group that is experienced with werewolf...
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8. Board Game Publisher: Break From Reality Games
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Pledged: 28 Dec 2013 - several sizes of GripMats
Successfully funded
Received 3 Nov 2016 (due Mar 2014)
Utilised!

My boardgaming interest rekindled, I hatched plans to start a new gaming group among my friends and introduce them to the hobby. These mats seem like a great way to protect our furniture, keep dice from rolling wildly off the table, and keep tiles in place.

Since ordering these mats, we've acquired a Geek Chic coffee table, but these mats still come in handy for protecting our dining table. They work well for us, and the images (we ordered space scenes, of course) are sharp and brightly coloured. Kudos to Break From Reality for struggling through the many issues they encountered, and making good on their orders, despite being 2.5 years late.
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9. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1349]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 7 Jan 2014 - 1x copy plus all ArtPacks
Successfully funded
Received 7/17/14 (due Jun 2014)
Played!

My friend's gaming group (more experienced gamers whom I join occasionally) thoroughly enjoys playing Ultimate Werewolf--and again, I love werewolves--so of course I had to pledge for this version with its cool ArtPacks of alternate art for many roles.

Edit: The big box arrived today, and everything looks fantastic! All of the art packs have their own style and flair, and all of the cards & boxes are high quality and feel great. I don't know exactly when I'll get this to the table, but my newbie gaming group is in for a treat!
 
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10. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:968]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
California
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Pledged: 11 Jan 2014 - 2x deluxe games
Successfully funded
Received 29 Oct 2014 (due Sep 2014)
Played!

Okay, here's where my Kickstarter addiction really began. This was an exciting campaign, hitting stretch goals left and right--and the original game already seems to pack a lot of punch into a tiny package. Backed it since I was intrigued by a pocket game that distilled the essence of 4x gaming.

Received the PnP in Apr 2014, just in time to play on Tabletop Day. My husband and I played it several times, and love it! It's our first 4x game, and it seems well-balanced with v good replay value.
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11. Board Game: Collusion [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 13 Jan 2014 - no reward
Funding unsuccessful

Backed it because I was intrigued by the design of the game, which seemed like it shared some aspects of Diplomacy, and combined cards with additional information/abilities on players' smartphones.
 
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12. Board Game: Kombat Kittens [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:11916]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 1 Feb 2014 - 1x game
Successfully funded
Received 7/14/14 (due Jun 2014)
Played!

Backed it because...well, it's kittens! In armour! Loved the art, and the silliness of the idea.

Edit: The draw of this game is definitely the adorable kitty cards and of-the-moment pop culture references rather than the gameplay, which is very luck-driven. Still, it's a nice, ultra-light filler game. The component quality is top-notch: large linen-finish cards, with vibrant art. It would be fun to try to come up with variant rules to use with this deck.

I'm especially tickled because I named one of the kitten cards: Vacucat!

 
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13. Board Game: Villages [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4234]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 2 Feb 2014 - 1x game plus all expansions (Distant Lands, Ghost Town, Holiday Pack)
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Received 25 Nov 2014 (due Jun 2014)
Played

Backed it because I'm intrigued by the twist-on-rummy gameplay, and because I'm on the lookout for light, quick games I can play with my husband after a long day at work. This was another of those campaigns that was fun to watch unfold.

Nice set collection/light battle game. It definitely helps to get familiar with the cards.
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14. Board Game: Japanese: The Game [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:11322] [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 4 Feb 2014 - PnP subscription
Successfully funded
Received core deck 5/17/14 (due Apr 2014)
Not yet played

Backed it because I took a little Japanese in college (which I've nearly completely forgotten), and a game to help one learn a new language sounds like a wonderful idea.
 
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15. Board Game: This Town Ain't Big Enough for the 2-4 of Us [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3322]
Sharon Laubach
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Altadena
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Pledged: 5 Feb 2014 - 3x game
Successfully funded
Received 16 Aug 2014 (was due Jun 2014)
Played!

Backed it because I'm new to microgames, and I love the idea of having a quick game or two in my purse to play while waiting for our food in a restaurant. (After this introduced me to the idea of microgames, I found Coin Age and Love Letter, which I now carry in my purse and play every chance I get.)

Pulled out of my purse to play during lunch--this is a cute tile-laying microgame with decent depth and strategy, perfect for playing over a meal, and compact so I can carry it around with me.
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16. Board Game: Draco Magi [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2892]
Sharon Laubach
United States
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Pledged: 7 Feb 2014 - 1x game
Successfully funded
Received 23 Oct 2014 (due Sep 2014)
Played

Backed it because my husband & I love dragons, and this looked like a fun 2-player game. As a bonus, I learned about Cardboard & Sun. What a great vacation idea!

Cardboard & Sun is awesome--we highly recommend it, and have returned several times. Gaming on a Greek isle, interrupted only by beachgoing, strolling through picturesque towns, and eating delicious food--all while making new friends (and visiting with old friends from prior trips) is an incredible experience.

Draco Magi has beautiful art, and is a fine 2-player battle with dragons and their magic.
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17. Board Game: Fief: France 1429 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:754]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
California
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Pledged: 9 Feb 2014 - 1x game
Successfully funded
Received 14 Jan 2015 (due Jun 2014)

Backed it because even though it seems like a much heavier game than others I've backed, it had good reviews and my husband enjoyed playing Diplomacy.
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18. Board Game: Scoville [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:515]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 15 Feb 2014 - 1x game
Successfully funded
Received 8 Jan 2015 (due Nov 2014)
Played!

Backed it because we liked the light farming theme (we enjoy Bohnanza)...and it helped that he's a fan of peppers. I'd been wavering (since I'd backed a lot of games at this point), but the fun stretch goals of custom farmer meeples & pepper pieces pushed me over the edge to back it.

Fun, light, euro-style pepper farming. Our lighting is poor, so sometimes it was hard to tell the difference between the pepper colours (especially purple v black, and orange v brown), but the simple rules kept gameplay moving along nicely. Somehow, we kept forgetting to pick up the auctioned peppers, being so focused on turn order. I think the game will play very differently (and better) with more than 2P, but 2P was fine.
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19. Board Game: Pairs [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2011]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
California
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Pledged: 20 Feb 2014 - 2x game
Successfully funded
Received 17 Oct 2014 (due Aug 2014) [Free PnP]
Played

Backed it because it's another keep-in-my-purse game to have on hand.

Played the PnP as the very first game with my new game group, full of gaming newbies. It was a hit! The blackjack-like play was easy for them to learn, and this was an excellent filler game for a few rounds as people arrived. I can easily see this being a go-to pub game.
 
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Pledged: 21 Feb 2014 - lots & lots of meeples, including the Tiny Epic Kingdoms set
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Received 17 Nov 2014 (due Aug 2014)

Backed it because...well, because at this point I'd decided I'd start a game group, and I liked the idea of having a selection of meeples for my friends to use. Plus, the Ultimate Werewolf meeple looked perfect for my personal meeple. An added benefit of backing this campaign turned out to be discovering great cooperative games in anticipation of gaming with my newbie friends, such as Pandemic and Forbidden Desert.

My huge order of Character Meeples arrived, including the TEK giant tower meeple, and they all look splendidly amazing! Such detail! Such personality! They are very high quality, and I can't wait to incorporate them in my games...and I'm looking forward to Meeple Source's next KS campaign, since I know the designs will be fantastic.
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21. Board Game: Province [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2305]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 21 Feb 2014 - 2x game
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Received 7/17/14 (due May 2014)
Played!

Backed it because it's very, very inexpensive, and is an appealingly-designed microgame that captures the joys of worker placement. Oh--and it was fun to see what would happen to Party Bjorn next!

Edit: Both copies arrived, much to the relief of Laboratory and myself! The envelopes were a bit beaten up, but the contents were pristine. I had no problem punching the bitsy pieces in the thick cardboard, and I'll definitely be carrying this one around with me.

Got Province to the table, and was pleased by how the goals affected the gameplay, which really does distill worker placement to its bare essentials in a nice, short format. Have to be careful of not losing the itsy-bitsy pieces, but otherwise this'll be a terrific play-anywhere game.
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22. Board Game: oddball Äeronauts [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:4921] [Average Rating:5.99 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
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Altadena
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Pledged: 2 Mar 2014 - 4x game
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Received EARLY!!! 6/26/14 (due Aug 2014)
Played!

Backed it because I loved the idea of a keep-in-my-purse game that doesn't need a table! The animorph art is delightful, and the theme of steampunk dirigible battles--and the mechanic of each deck representing a team (but not being a CCG)--definitely appeals. I can't wait to duke it out with my husband in random places.

Edit: WOW! My games arrived 2 months early, and they look fantastic! Can't wait to try it out! ...Just finished my first play, and it's good, quick, light fun exactly as advertised. The components are high quality, and I'll definitely be carrying this around to play whenever I'm stuck in a queue.
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23. Board Game: Migration: A Story of Generations [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:8604]
 
Sharon Laubach
United States
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Pledged: 13 Mar 2014 - 1x game (Books I & II)
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Received 1 Sep 2015 (due Aug 2014)

Backed it because the art is beautiful, the components look very nice (especially after stretch goals were reached), and reviews for Book I seem good.
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24. Board Game: Diner [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4444]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 22 Mar 2014 - All the Things (6 different games: Diner, Brew Crafters: The Travel Card Game, Pie Factory, The Fittest, Easy Breezy Travel Agency, Isle of Trains)
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Received 26 Dec 2014 (due Aug 2014)
Played Diner, Pie Factory, and BrewCrafters so far

Backed it because I'm still watching for good, portable games I can rotate into my purse some day. Plus, it seemed like a good price for 6 playtested games that were good enough to win a 54-card challenge.

I've really been enjoying the games from this set that I've played so far! Clever uses of the small deck; quick, light gameplay--perfect for the niche I wanted to fill with these games.
 
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25. Board Game: Coup: Reformation [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
Sharon Laubach
United States
Altadena
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Pledged: 1 Apr 2014 - 1x Coup & Reformation (and added on Flash Point: Fire Rescue and The Resistance: Avalon)
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Received Aug 2014 (due Aug 2014)
Played!

Backed it because we enjoy social deduction games (Werewolf got me into this Kickstarter mess, after all!), and Coup had excellent reviews. (As did Flash Point and Resistance!)

I--and my game group--love this game. It's a fantastic way to kick off an evening of gaming, allowing everyone to play together as a big group before splitting off into smaller clusters for heavier games. It's fast, it's clever, it draws upon the best parts of social interaction, and the quickness of play takes the sting out of player elimination. (The games I added on are fantastic, too.)
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