Why I backed specific Kickstarter tabletop games
Lydia Demme
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I'm relatively new to gaming as an actual hobby as opposed to an occasional activity to do with friends. I can thank Kickstarter for that shift. What started out as a way to find Christmas presents for relatives led me to doing research on BGG and discovering a new area of interest for myself.

This Geeklist primarily serves as a reminder of why I decided to back specific games on Kickstarter. I have opened it up for comment (but not additions to the list) if people have additional thoughts to share.

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1. Board Game: The King's Abbey [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:2337]
 
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Why:
1. Reviews
I noticed the game in one of my usual perusals of KS, and the reviews were numerous and incredibly complimentary. I just had that impression that they weren't snippets possibly taken out of context. In addition to the big names like Rahdo, PnP backers were also posting rave reviews.

2. Husband's input
I described a few KS projects going about that time, and this one was the only one he in which expressed interest.

3. Supporting the underdog
The KS page was really well put together, the campaign seemed thought through and professional, and the game looked great. Lots of people were commenting that they didn't understand why it wasn't getting funded. I agreed, so I hopped on to help even though I was worried about yet another worker placement game coming our way. I mean, at what point do we have enough of those and diversify into other types?

What Now?
The KS was cancelled at the last minute. The creator pinpointed some errors, especially early in the campaign, and is planning on trying again. I'm on the fence on whether I'll back it again. It will probably depend on what else comes up at the same time.
 
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2. Board Game: New Bedford [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1089]
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Why:

1. Theme
I lived in MA for a number of years, and a friend lived in New Bedford. I visited several times and liked the city. I found the whaling theme to be very interesting and different. Plus, I love New England and its multi-faceted history.

2. Designers
New Bedford is designed by the same guys who created Compounded, and I was happy to support another endeavor of theirs.

3. Game
Worker placement is a favorite as I've mentioned, so it seemed a good fit.

What Now?
Unfortunately, the KS was cancelled. The primary culprit seemed to be timing. The designers promised a relaunch, and I'm looking forward to it.
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3. Board Game: Asking for Trobils [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2099]
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Why:
1. Uniqueness
This game's visual design is different. It has fun graphics with a preponderance of orange that somehow doesn't come across as crazy. The board is round, and each player's ship card is hexagonal. The bits are also very nice looking. The overall design is what caught my eye, and I kept coming back to it over a couple of weeks time.

2. Theme
I don't generally go for alien-themed items (outside of certain big-name universes, that is), but this is not standard alien-threat fare. The bits include space carrots and space slugs

3. Game
Worker placement is a favorite of ours, and according to the reviewers, Trobils adds a bumping mechanism and a bit more player interaction than is usual. It apparently also plays well for 2-7 players, which means we can bring it to family events and nobody will be left out.

What Now?
Waiting. It's supposed to arrive about the same time as Compounded, so I'll definitely be scheduling several game nights about that time! I'll edit this once we've played it.
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4. Board Game: Compounded [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1125]
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This Kickstarter was actually for the second expansion, but I backed the option for the original game and all the expansions (except the Meth card, which was an optional stretch goal reward).

Why:
1. Theme
My undergraduate degree was in biochemistry, and I've taught chemistry since then. I'm also familiar with the research process with its excitements and setbacks. This couldn't be more perfect of a theme for the chemistry geek in me.

2. Game
Resource management, set collection, and trading are all game mechanisms that work for us and the groups with which we play. The boards and bits look fabulous and engaging.

3. Reviews
I read several reviews that really resonated with my approach to science, science education, and general gaming. Anything that makes chemistry a positive experience for people of any age is a really great thing that I want to be a part of.

What Now?
Just waiting until Spring 2015 to receive the game. I'll edit this when we've played it.
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5. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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No, the game Lords of Waterdeep wasn't on Kickstarter, but some awesome painted meeples for LoW (from MeepleSource) were offered along with many other meeple options.

Why:
1. LoW is one of our 10/10 games. It has been very well received by everyone we've introduced it to, so we play it a lot. The meeples will definitely not be gathering dust.

2. The meeples are cute. I like cute. Colored cubes in comparison were just too utilitarian.

3. Male and female meeples. Nice!

4. My husband didn't say I was crazy and should spend the $80 on two new games instead. I should note we discussed it several times before I pulled the trigger, though, because it was a lot of money to spend on anything in my opinion.

What now?
They are here, and we've played two games with them over Thanksgiving. The cubes are history!
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6. Board Game: Dreaming Spires [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:5789]
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Why:
1. Theme
My husband and I both love academia, so the general theme of developing a university from the medieval to modern era is perfect. He also has particular fondness for C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, so Oxford is excellent.

2. Game
I confess, this being my first Kickstarter and not being all that familiar with the terminology for game mechanics, that the theme was by far the overriding factor for my decision. If I were to consider it now, I might hesitate longer as auctions aren't my favorite. However, I still think I would choose it again, especially since it's primarily for my husband.

Now That We've Opened It:
This game is a HUGE success! I saved it as a secret for Christmas 2014 (very hard since it arrived in June 2014), but the wait was worth it. My husband loves the theme and the mechanisms. My brother-in-law gave it probably the highest praise possible: "It's the nerdiest game I've ever played, and I can't believe it, but I want to play it again soon."

What Now?
No expansions have been announced for Dreaming Spires. Even if there aren't any, we'll be sharing this game with friends for years to come.
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