Kickstarter - The modern Philosopher's stone or Much Ado About Nothing
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Kickstarter has been a blessing and a curse.

It helped game designers to publish their boardgame visions or even establish their own company without outside interference. Some visions surpassed our expectations others turned it illusions of grandeur or even nightmares.

When MTG entered the gaming scene it opened up a completely new world of playing games. It also brought two deadly sins to the innocent gaming community: Envy + Greed.
Kickstarter brought us the rest!

These days Kickstarter has turned into pre-sale platform for boardgames, with style over substance dominating most projects.

This is a personal list about how I feel about backing certain Kickstarter projects. It's a reminder that sometimes less is more and not to believe all the hyperbole here on BGG.
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1. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:970]
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My first backed game.

Sounded good and original on paper but fell through in my group.

+ original idea
+ variable player powers

- horrible artwork
- balancing issues
- underdeveloped

Sold.
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2. Board Game: Lagoon: Land of Druids [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2253]
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One of the few games which plays great with three.

+ incredible artwork
+ original mechanism

- difficult keeping an overview of all tiles in play

Grows with the number of plays.
Sadly was not a favorite in my group.

Eventually sold.
 
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3. Board Game: Armymals [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:6267]
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With more and more info being available about the game it became pretty obvious that this is not a finished product.

+ great minis

- heavily underdeveloped
- unreliable company

Backed out in time.
 
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4. Board Game: Arcadia Quest [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:86] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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My first backed CMON game.

+ great minis
+ easy to teach
+ fun gameplay

- balancing issues
- you need a house for keeping all CMON games

While I still love the game I was never ever able to finish a whole campaign. We started a few but halfway through at least one player lost the interest of going further.

Eventually sold everything (together with Inferno pledge) to China as I really needed the space.
 
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5. Board Game: Tokaido Collector's Edition [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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I love the tranquility of the gameplay.
The handling of the project seriously hurt Fun Forges reputation.

+ fantastic artwork
+ some great components

- quality of the painted minis could be much better
- took forever

Still in my collection.
 
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6. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:426] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Sounded epic but did not meet my expectations.
It's impossible to keep all players station in view.

+ great artwork
+ great theme
+ high replay-ability

- Carcassonne is by far the better game
- Impossible to have all stations in view

Sold.
 
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7. Board Game: Dogs of War [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:633]
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Very underrated CMON game.
Quick and fun to play.

+ Great busts
+ easy to teach
+ quick gameplay

- overproduced for what it is
- some components are subpar

Stays in my collection.
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8. Board Game: Dungeon Dice: Guilds [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
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One of my favorite dice games.

+ lots of dice
+ somewhat original gameplay
+ memorable gameplay situations

- rules are badly written
- no box

A solid Keeper in my collection.
 
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