Episode 22: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin, Crowd Funding Board Games, and Roleplaying in RPG Combats
In episode 22, the founders return from Origins with AEG's Thunderstone Advance to bring you a walkthrough and review. Then Tony brings us the best of the past 2 weeks gaming news. After the news we have a follow up discussion on crowd funding, what it is, what our experiences are with it, where we expect it to go in the future. For our RPG discussion we address a listener's question, how to make a tabletop rpg combat feel different than a miniature wargame.
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Crowd Funding Projects Ending Soon (Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Ulule.com)
The Great Fire of London 1666
- Merchants of Venus debacle with Fantasy Flight and Stronghold Games resolved!
- Gen Con will be having a keynote address hosted by Wizards of the Coast.
by Richard Denning, published by Pandasaurus Games. Currently it's sitting at $23,000 out of $30,000 with 31 days to go, ending on August 18th.
Sunday September 2, 1666, Thomas Farriner, the baker to the King, forgot to put out the hearth fire in his shop. This simple act of negligence created a towering and lethal inferno which would eventually destroy 13,000 houses and leave nearly 90 percent of the cities’ population destitute and homeless… The players are men of wealth and standing who own property around London. The Lord Mayor has failed to act and it is down to these mighty men to lead trained bands of militia to fight the fire and save the city. To do so they must decide which districts to sacrifice to the fire and which to protect. Remember, these same men own much of London, thus such choices will shape their own future and greatly affect their wealth and standing.
is back! A favorite of Tony's, Mayday Games is reprinting Bootleggers and giving us an expansion, new dice, minis, and modernizing the board. This project has 16 days to go and is a little short of the goal. Currently sitting at $16,600 out of $20,000 and the project will end on August 3rd.
It was a smarter, simpler time. Except for the part about getting busted for having a little alcohol with your dinner. Or getting gunned down by some hard boiled character with a tommy gun. Yeah, come to think of it, it was pretty tough. So what's a mug to do? Easy, just get together some of your boys, light up a still and run some liquor down to the nearest speakeasy. Sure you'll have to grease the palm of the driver, and your boys, and the copper, but you'll still clear a few G's!
Race to Adventure! A Spirit of the Century Board Game™
by Evil Hat Productions. Jamie is a fan of the setting which is all about pulp style heroes and villains. This project is just about over with and is just shy of their goal. Currently they're at $37,000 out of $40,000 with 7 days to go on the project yet. It ends on July 24th. Race to Adventure!™ is a fun, family-friendly board game for ages 8 and up that can be played in about half an hour. Fans of pulp will love the brightly-colored world of talking apes and flying jet-men, and busy families can have an evening of fun that doesn't take over the whole night.
Quicksilver: The Great Airship Race
. This project is another one that's not quite funded yet. It only has 5 days to go. Check out the excellent gameplay tutorial which demonstrates the depth of strategy to the game. So far this project has $22,600 out of $29,500 and ends on July 22nd so if a game about a crazy airship race in derigibles interests you there's only a few days to get in on this before the project closes! Some of the higher levels of backing includes a hand crafted wooden cigar style game box which looks amazing.
This is an airship racing game set in the late Victorian Era. Players pilot their aircraft on a customized map, circling checkpoints and avoiding obstacles and their opponents as they race to be the first to cross the finish line. Players will balance risk management with card-play in order to win the game. The faster you fly, the more you throw caution to the wind. Will you choose to outrun your opponents, or slow them down with dastardly attacks? Or both? And will the Queen approve?
Flash Point Fire Rescue bundle
now available from Indie Boards and Cards! This includes up to 2 expansions, 2nd Story and Ubran Structures, as well as fire fighter minis. This particular game is a big hit in our group, and if you're a fan I'd highly recommend checking it out. They've received just under 15 times the backing they required for successful funding and are currently sitting at $44,800 out of $3,000 with plenty of time to go yet. 23 days remain to get in on the project which will end on August 9th.