Backers Perspective: Episode 3

It is another amazing Friday, hold on a second, its not Friday, that’s right we changed the day this article goes out to Thursday.

So it’s Thursday, which means another episode of Backers Perspective. If you are unfamiliar with this type of article, it is me (Clinton Morris) scrolling through all of the boardgame projects (there were 626); Then I discover a few that I think the rest of you would like to enjoy.

What is in-store for us today? An elevated card game that walks through the seasons. A games that force our gaze skywards (actual game name). Worlds are being sucked into a reality ending Rift. Set collecting real-estate game. A beautiful wooden druid inspired game. Trying to survive the harshest wilderness environment without eating each other. . .

BACKERS PERSPECTIVE

ILLIMAT

I have been getting more and more Card based games, because they are easy to teach, and my wife will play them with me.

This game by Keith Baker (creator of Gloom) is a creepy and intriguing card based game. IT has some elements of Trick taking, but it is unlike any other Card game that I have played.

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The game has a minimalist monochromatic look to it, and is a game that is begging for a short story. I asked for a story and they made one (click here).

What I have been able to gather through watching the play-through video (click here) is that you are a farmer trying to gather crops. You need to gather them before the ever changing seasons hit you. As you progress through the game Illumat beings called Luminaries will be revealed granting powers.

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The game has cool card playing mechanisms, and also some intriguing board dependent features that remind me of another beautiful game called The World of Smog.

The preview video shows an interesting history to this game as it has been developed from a photoshoot prop for the Grammy nominated band the Decemberists, to an actual game. It really does look like a game you would fin­d locked away in a gypsies lock box.


DRUIDS

I am so excited to see this game. I backed HOCUS a fantastic variable power poker game made by Hyperbole Games, and now they have created another beautiful 2 player abstract strategy game.

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This company is both focused on functionality and quality. The Aesthetics of this game are truly off the charts. Full wooden pieces, and if the card quality is anything like HOCUS, than this game will be an easy must have.

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Druids looks like a piece of art. I could easily keep this game on my table and just look at it. Definitely check this game out.


RIFT

This is a intriguing abstract game that features 2-4 player functionality. The world is dying and you must do everything you can to escape through the Rift, while at the same time navigating through the other players treachery.

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From the little I was able to see of the game, I really like it. I have always enjoyed games like Forbidden Island/Desert. Games that have you on the edge of your seat trying to anticipate the collapse of some vital piece. The board resembles this quite well.

They promise that the artwork will be better, but I actually like the monochromatic feel to the game as it stands. The board would be something that I would focus on, but its almost as if these Rifts have sucked all the color out of the worlds.

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The artwork is imaginative and fantastic.

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STAY HUNGRY: DONNER PARTY

Jumping face first into the macabre of wilderness life. This card game has players making tough choices on who will survive and ultimately who will be eaten.

donnerYour goal is to try to find other sources of food so that you can spare your group the shame of eating their own. The card game is based on true historical facts.

Do you have what it takes to survive the harsh wilderness winters intact? I just gotta say, your leg is looking mighty tasty. . .


UNREAL ESTATE

I love set collecting games. Whenever my group plays 5 Tribes, I am always trying to win with the set collecting strategy. This game has a very cool mechanism for collecting sets and scoring points. Players will be trying to hold out for the most points on certain sets, while at the same time trying to steal sets from other players.

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Everyone is trying to become the best Real Estate agents of the fantasy world. It is quick to play and has a small profile. 2-4 players can play this game.

The artwork for this game is fantastic. I adore games that have great art, and they hit my table more often because of this.

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These properties look worthwhile collecting. I gotta collect them all.


SKYWARD

After watching the main video and then the play through video, I was greatly impressed with the depth of thought behind this game. Have you ever cut a piece of cake in half to share, and then had to let the other person pick which piece they wanted? This game is a card drafting game that advances this same feeling.

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The game has been made by the same Australian Company that made Burger Up, another fantastic multiple choice order fulfillment game. One of the other cool things about Skyward, is that it has a story-line that goes along with it.

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Please check this fantastic looking game out, and get that awesome KS exclusive metal first player token.


If you are a game designer or publisher looking for someone to review your game, or even to play test it. We would be excited to participate.

Contact me at thirdbraingames@gmail.com

As always play more games,

Clinton Morris

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