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I only found out about Kickstarters at the end of July this year and to my surprise, I actually love pledging for them!

Not only do they have awesome promo cards and other promo items, the prices are much cheaper as compared to it's retail price.

Furthermore, what's better than supporting fellow game producers and getting games in return?

The following are the 3 Kickstarters that I have pledged for as well as a Kickstarter that my boyfriend pledged for (Startup Fever)

Do share any interesting Kickstarters and tell me what caught your eye =)


Note: If you'd like to read more about a Malaysian's session reports on awesome board games, check out http://monashboardgamegroup.blogspot.com/
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1. Board Game: Startup Fever [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:14233]
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Startup Fever:- $50 (RM155.00) pledged.
Shipping included in the $50
Project successful as of 14th June 2011 with $30,287.

This is the first Kickstarter project that I've ever heard of and it is also the very first Kickstarter that my boyfriend pledged for.
 
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2. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:222]
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The Manhattan Project:- $24.5 (RM76.00) pledged.
Shipping = $20 for everything!
This project will be funded on the 16th of August 2011.

A member of our BGC community brought this game to our attention less than a month ago. I saw the video of the Game Review on the Kickstarter's website and I was instantly interested in the game!

The main reason the game appealed so much to me is because most of the time, games have very similar mechanism or themes but the theme of this game is about building bombs (Okay.. Maybe not the best game for kids) but it's a friendly game with an interesting worker placement and I liked the meeples (The boardgame slang for my people) that was provided in this game.

This is the very first pledge for a Kickstarter that I have ever made and I'm glad I did because the price above includes shipping which is really awesome because the latter Kickstarters require a fee for shipping in addition to the boardgame.
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3. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:266]
 
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Flash Point: Fire Rescue:- $45 (RM139.50) pledged.
Shipping = $15 per game
This project will be funded on the 19th of August 2011.

Jun Yet spotted this game while looking through the "Hot" list of games in BoardGameGeek.com (BGG). He later realized it was a Kickstarter that was also very unique! Not often do we see games with fireman saving lives and putting out fire as a theme for a game plus the storyline was absolutely exhilirating!

We asked the administrator of BGC if it was alright to post up this Kickstarter in our BGC Community and while waiting for his reply, I was anxiously wondering if he'd say ok. Thankfully, he approved =D!

Jun Yet typed out the thread on this Kickstarter as I was too long minded and would definitely be unable to give a good summary without giving people a headache =P!

Jun Yet & I pledged on one copy of this game together =)! This will be our very first boardgame that will be owned by the both of us =D! Thanks to BGC, we have 6 people pledging for this game and thanks to my mum for letting me use my credit card to pledge for this =D!
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4. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:154]
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Glory to Rome (Black Box Edition) :- $30 (RM93.00) pledged.
Shipping = FREE!
This project will be funded on the 22nd of August 2011.

Just less than two weeks ago, I saw this new Kickstarter project in BGG's forum and seeing that it only had 21 days left, I thought it was a project that has been going on for some time (usually projects I see start with 40+ days) but little did I know that this project is actually a remake of a very well known game and in less than 10 days, it has reached more than $40,000!!

Thankfully, we pledged early and because of that, we are eligible for awesome goodies like promo cards as well as limited edition badges =D! What's even more awesome is that because we had 14 people who wanted to pledge together, the person organizing this Kickstarter started a new pledge level just for us =D!

This game will definitely reach more then $50k but what I'm most curious to find out is what goodies are coming up next as we have already reached the previous goal of $40k.
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5. Board Game: Storm the Castle! [Average Rating:4.93 Overall Rank:15409]
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An interesting concept. You control one of several factions in the army of a generic "Dark Lord" from some Fantasy setting, attempting to seize a castle held by the heroic "Forces of Light." You have to cooperate to take down the good guys, but at the same time, you're competing for honor and glory - ie: first ones through the breach.

This was my first KS project as a backer. I really liked the idea behind the game, and thought the designer seemed like a decent guy who had a good game idea that deserved a shot. I was somewhat surprised it didn't make funding, but I suspect that's because it was listed so late on BGG, and because it doesn't seem to have been widely promoted at the time.

The author says he's going to try again soon, and I'm planning to back again. Anything where I get to play the "bad guy" for a change is worth a chance in my book.

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6. Board Game: Dragon Valley [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:4345]
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Yes, another coop. Seems to be a theme, although I have only played games of the type rarely. In -this- particular instance, you're one of several nobles attempting to defend the frontiers of a fantasy kingdom from an Orc and Dragon invasion. Clever concept and, once again, has been getting great reviews from those who've played it.

Recently updated my backing to one of the "Deluxe" levels, since one of the cool benefits is getting yourself as a character card in the game's first expansion. Seemed like a worthy cause, and again, looks like a genuinely good game, for what it's worth.

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Here's a geeklist that's being maintained with all active board game Kickstarter projects.
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2299]
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This is one that I'm the most excited about. Interesting space-combat game that plays like a miniatures game, but without all the miniatures:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139696320/imperial-crusa...

The price is right, at $17. Just needs some loving to get this thing off the ground!
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9. Board Game: The Road to Canterbury [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1819]
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I so regret not backing this when I had the chance. I had planned to do it, even saved the money to do so, but when I logged in to do so it turns out I was literally an hour too late. A real shame.

The game's entry will do it more justice, but essentially this is a game based on the Canterbury Tales, in which the players are pardoners competing to collect the best set of sins/confessions. Great stuff, and another game "right up my alley."

I would dearly like to get hold of this one, but I can't find much information about its current status (though it was briefly mentioned on the site for the company producing the game, nothing has come up yet about a pre-order.)

Just an example of the kinds of great games that get created when designers with a low Influence stat get a boost with a site like Kickstarter.

 
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10. Board Game: Lyssan [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:5006]
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A wonderful theme and really wonderful artwork =D!

Check it out for yourself on their Kickstarter page!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/baudot/lyssan?ref=bggfor...

Pledging today =D!
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11. Board Game: Carnival [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7298]
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A member of my board gaming community just brought this game to our attention today and I just read the designer diary by Cherilyn.

If you haven't heard of this game yet, go check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dicehateme/carnival-a-de...

All the best =D!
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12. Board Game: Imperial Crusade Armada [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Hi guys =D!

I know someone helped to post this Kickstarter in the GeekList but there was no picture available so I thought a nice picture to give a better idea about Imperial Crusade Armada would help people get to know it better =)!



My boyfriend found out about this game on Kickstarters as he was looking through the projects there and immediately, he was in love with the idea that you get ships that is plastic so that you can use dry erase pen, mark down any possible damage and more! Not only that, you can rub them all off after that =D!

SO, if this sounds interesting to you, do check out their [geekurl=http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/139696320/imperial-crusade-armada-space-combat-tactical-card]Kickstarter page[/geekurl]
 
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13. Board Game: Eaten by Zombies! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4417] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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Here is one that is taking off, 300% funded in under a week, Drakkenstrike's video review is top notch too.

http://kck.st/orcdYp
 
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14. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:1961]
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Another popular one... reached its funding goal in under 10 hours!

http://kck.st/nHvqko
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15. Board Game: Borogove [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
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Another Kickstarter that looked interesting =D!

I have participated in one too many kickstarters so I'll have to pass on this but take a look!
 
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16. Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Factions [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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This is coming out in 2012 and is an expansion to the awesome Alien Frontiers !

If you're in US or Canada, go for it!!

I'm in Malaysia so it costs a bit too much to ship it here =(...
 
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17. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1516]
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/maydaygames/tok-tok-wood...

Mayday has another Kickstarter here =D!

A fun simple game for 2-7 players!

Tom Vasel & his family loves it!

Check it out for yourself =)!
 
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18. Board Game: Warparty [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:5570] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Hello,
I'm Larry Bogucki desinger of Warparty. We just went up on Kickstarter. If you have any advice on how to promote kickstarter successfuly I would be very greatful. We have quite a ways to go towards funding, but the game is fully built, and playtested extensively for years including at several World Boardgaming Championships.

There is a video at the bottom of our kickstarter page.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1408460255/warparty


Here is a little bit about Warparty:
In Warparty, players command heroes and armies in a fantasy world beset by conflict. An alliance of Dwarves and Men are pitted in a battle of survival against the evil hordes of Goblins and the nefarious Undead. To win, players recruit massive armies, build cities, develop technology, and conquer territory in an effort to defeat their opponents by ultimately capturing their homeland. Beyond the mere battling of armies and world conquest, players direct the development of heroes to explore dungeons, battle fierce creatures, and gain valuable treasure and spells that can be used to turn the tides of war against their foes.
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19. Board Game: Lemonade Stand [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:5836]
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This one is new on Kickstarter:

Lemonade Stand...

25% to it's goal in less than 2 days, going well with no video! We will have video and some reviews from independent reviewers up shortly.

http://kck.st/v2XEjn
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20. Board Game: FrankenDie [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:11447]
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The FrankenDie campaign started November 23rd 2011 and ends on Sunday January 8th 2012.
Make your pledge by December 12th, and you'll also receive: 1 free copy of the Mad Scientists' Guild expansion per copy of the game!

But what we're really excited about, is that gamers can become a part of our game! Not just in name, but they can be illustrated into the game's components (for the Creatures and the Mad Scientists), by a top-notch artist (Darren Calvert). If that sounds as awesome to you as it does to us, then check out our GO MAD! pledge levels.
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