Did you hear about. . .? This week in news. 3/18/2020

Hey folks! Back again with some board game news. This time, we’re looking at some coins, going golfing, finding out why we’re here, a shelf to store stuff in, and cats in no particular order. Once again, I haven’t played any of these, but found them interesting and wanted to share.

Legendary Metal Coins Season 5

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Do you have a favorite game that you just play over and over? Want to show it some more love? Upgrade some bits in it with real metal coins! Okay, I’ve played games with metal coins in them, and there’s just something that feels so satisfying when using them. There’s nothing wrong with cardboard cutouts. It’s just the weight and sound the metal coins make that delves you more into games. Now, it’s not a necessity, but something you can upgrade. This Kickstarter has themes for each set of coins. Current themes for this season are as follows. Werewolf, Camelot, Magician, Amerindian, Trains, Space, and Elements. Past seasons had other themes as well  Looks like they’re getting to the point they’ll have something for any game out there.

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page. <—

Lions of Lydia

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Speaking of coins! Yes, Lions of Lydia is not actually about lions. It’s about the world’s first minted coin and the transition from bartering to currency to acquire goods. In this game, it uses a unique bag mechanic and engine building. The game play involves you pulling a meeple (merchant) from your bag, placing it on the board and taking that action, then drawing a meeple from another bag to fill your bag back up. You’ll always have 4 meeples in your bag on your turn. The game board will have 5 regions. These will give you different resources based on where you place them. This game looks interesting. I’m a big fan of meeples. I’m a big fan of bags. This game has them both!

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Here’s a link to the Kickstarter page. <—

18 Holes

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Hey! Know what costs some coin? Golf. You’ve got the cost of the clothes, the clubs, the membership and golf cart insurance. I think I’m getting a little better at these transitions. 18 Holes is a board game about golf. It has a modular board that you’re building. There’s a draft of clubs that everyone goes through. These club cards, golf club not night club, will be your tools for this round of golf. When you play a card, it will let you do an ability or draw and move based on the club type. This is a race game, so first one to the green is the winner. This looks like an interesting racing game. I like that the theme isn’t another vehicle race, but something different and sport related. Next, the modular boards look like you can get a lot of replay out of it.

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Here’s the link to Kickstarter page.<—

Modular Board Game Organizer

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

And once you win that golf tournament, where should you display your trophy? Why, on top of your board game shelf. Up next, we’re looking at a modular system that says you don’t need tools to assemble it. Now, I use the “wooden” kallax type shelves. 13 inches width to hold modern board games. However, if I was doing an office or something to look more modern, I would look into these shelves. It looks like you can change the color of the top board, and the rest are all snap together and adjustable. A little pricey, but looks nice on the eyes.

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page. <—-

Cleocatra

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Know what else likes to be on top of shelves? Cats. Transition approved. Cleocatra. This is a light puzzle game that’s about rescuing cats in pyramids. You’re drawing triangle tiles, placing them, placing some rescuers, then rescuing the cats. When you rescue, you score points based on unique cats surrounding your helper and if you have any other of your helpers adjacent. There’s an advanced variant where each tile also has a special ability. I like tile games, and this one looks acute. *Hold for a paws. . . Sorry, I couldn’t help myself with that.

Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page. <—-

Ark: Awakening

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Cats. Let’s face it, they really rule the world. If you disagree, you haven’t owned a cat that can see the bottom of their food dish. Why are they here? What’s their mission? Well, players can sort of relate when playing Ark: Awakening. In this game, you play an alien faction that has awaken on an ark and don’t know why you’re there. This game, you’re trying to be the first to discover that reason. This game has players building the Ark, looking for area control, and completing their mission first. This game has some great looking art. Each room or tile just screams sci-fi. Player meeples are shaped to look like a different alien species. This is well done on presentation. Looks great, and the game play sounds interesting.

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Photo taken from Kickstarter page.

Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page. <—-

There you have it, it was just coincidence that I started the transitions into the next Kickstarter topic. Let me know if that’s something you enjoyed. I had some fun thinking of ways to connect them.

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