What do you say about Kickstarter Projects I Backed?
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I have waaaaaaaaay too many games (especially considering I only get to play about once a month), but kickstarter really appeals to me. I love the idea of helping a game get published that otherwise might not make it to market. Seems a few companies might be abusing this model by putting already published games on kickstarter, but for the most part it works.

Since the initial rush, I have scaled way back, but so far no regrets.

I will post the status of the project and any thoughts I have and of course welcome your comments.

The 16 projects are listed in order from most recent to oldest (in terms of backing). Only one of the 16 projects failed to get funding.

*I'd love to have your comments, reviews, feedback, etc on the games. The more the merrier.

I hope to have my own game on kickstarter some day. I have a few prototypes but none are at the "kickstarter ready" point...
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1. Board Game: Omen: A Reign of War [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:1044] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Added 12/21/11.

I am a fan of John Clowdus' Small Box Games and have several of his games. That includes Omen: A Reign of War in the semi-lame "VCR tape box."

So I decided to dish out $25 for the upgraded components and box and the Omen: A Reign of War – Shattered Aegis expansion. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

I have Omen for trade and if it trades before this kickstarter project is funded, I'll just upgrade my kickstarter support.
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2. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2946]
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My newest kickstarter support: Realm Coins!

Cool coins for your board games. This is brand new but looks very likely to get funded.

Status: Funded.

Check it out here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1095993227/realm-coins?r...

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3. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1574]
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My latest buy-in, largely on the strength of TMG --in particular my two favorite games from that company: Eminent Domain and Homesteaders.

I really like the idea of adding air routes to the usual train delivery game, and it will be interesting to see how things come out. I know it will be a fun game and so I am confident on this purchase even though details are sketchy.

Status: Funded.
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4. Board Game: D-Day Dice [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1017]
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D-Day Dice looks great --so much so that I did the full purchase with the German expansions. The bonus materials look great and I really look forward to this one. It is impressive to see how much this one has taken off. Should be fun, light game. Better be.

Status: Funded. Expected Early Next year.
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5. Board Game: Miskatonic School for Girls [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:15618]
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I love the Cthulhu theme and though some of the more silly elements of this deckbuilder don't really appeal to me, I decided to support it. I'm much more picky about my kickstarter support now that I've supported over 15 games, but this one made the cut. Should be fun.

Status: Funded. Expected some time 2012.
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6. Board Game: Borogove [Average Rating:5.65 Unranked]
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This one I'm not sure about, but the crazy suits and odd number of cards per suit put it over the top for me. I have no idea whether I'll like this one.

Status: Funded and printed. Should be shipped by early 2012.
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7. Board Game: Divided Republic [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4815]
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I am frankly surprised this one got funded (barely). I love political games and Founding Fathers is one of my favorites, so I backed this one thinking it had no chance. But the developers did a great job of overcoming a slow start and mediocre (initial) presentation. I can't wait to play this.

Status: Funded. 2012.
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8. Board Game: Eaten by Zombies! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4831] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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I bought this one despite the theme (too many Zombie games!) because of the great reviews. I have it in hand but still haven't played it. The revised rules help and I look forward to playing it (though I still can't get past finding "sandwiches" and "a good book" as something "cool" to do in the game).

Status: In Hand.
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9. Board Game: Politics [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Politics - A Card Game of Cunning, Manipulation and Luck.

Status: Failed.

Not a surprise. The video was weak and the descriptions were very vague. I'm just a sucker for political games.
 
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10. Board Game: Carnival [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7769]
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This light dice game was only semi-interesting to me. But I backed it because I love the "Dice Hate Me" podcast and our happy couple (Dice Hate Me and Monkey238) seem like cool folks I'd like to game with (and have a beer with). So I'm in.

Status: Funded and coming in early 2012.
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11. Board Game: Fealty [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2691]
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This is one I backed when I was backing anything that looked good. The video was very good and the components looked solid. I'm glad I backed it and am looking forward to receiving it soon.

Status: (Updated) In hand as of 12/16/11.
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12. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:169]
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I'm one of the many folks who loves this game but hates the components. I'd love to see other games do "pimp your game" projects like this.

Status: Funded and still in what appears to be a crazy-long production pipeline.
 
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13. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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Another Co-Op game?
The reviews convinced me. I've played the family version with my kids and they liked it (and they don't game much ---sigh). Glad I bought this one. Haven't tried the expansions yet.

Status: In Hand.
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14. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2946]
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Very well-done documentary on campaign-finance reform and the power of special interest money.
More info: http://www.habitatmedia.org/priceless.html

Who knew Kickstarter could be used for something other than board games?
 
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15. Board Game: Dark Horse [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4225]
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I like worker placement games in the old west. (I love Homesteaders and Carson City but have yet to play Out West). So this one was easy. Easy for me. Read the kickstarter updates to see all the work the designer has had to put into getting this one printed.

Status: Funded and Printed. Should be in my hot, sweaty hands in early 2012.
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16. Board Game: Rolling Freight [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2310]
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I also like Train games and dice game. This is both, so who am I to resist? The dice aren't the most attractive things in the world, but I'm looking forward to this as well.

Status: Funded and priting soon. Production proof has been reviewed so we're getting closer...
 
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17. Board Game: Eminent Domain [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:477]
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I like TMG games and this one looked great. Easy, easy choice that I don't regret.

Status: In hand with all the little bonuses.

I didn't mind the delays vis-a-vis Gencon and understood why TMG did what they did. Fun game too. Which is nice.

Plus I'm semi-immortized by the bonus card they gave to backers after the delay.

The exclusive victory promo:


and its inspiration: the tongue-in-cheek photo of me trying to get my copy of the game from the designer, Seth Jaffee.
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