Kickstarter is a wonderful place to find new and exciting board games, even companies that are well established and have already gained a foothold on the industry have taken to kickstarter to offer there loyal and adoring fans early access to there new ideas. I myself have kickstarted a number of games, some of them from well known publishers like Cool Mini or Not and Bezier games, others have been of new players to the world of gaming that I have found that have tickled my fancy.
Games that I have successfully put my backing to have included the likes of: Xenoshyft Onslaught, an amazingly difficult deckbuilder/tower defense game set in space from Cool Mini or Not, Don't Mess with Cthulhu, a rebranding of an existing game that sees players try to deduce who amongst their friends is lying to them and One Night Ultimate Alien, the 4th in a series of games from Bezier Games, the people who brought us the most polised and well realised version of Werewolf to date.
All of these games met my expectations and I have not for a moment regretted putting my money towards this early. Some may feel that well established companies don't need to do kickstarters and that may be valid, but for me, if I like a company I jump at an opportunity to support them. That being said, Kickstarter is also home to some wonderful first time game creators.
Take Certifiable Studios for example, I found this company while scouring Kickstarter in search of something unique, and I certainly found it in there game Endangered Orphans of Congyle Cove, the game sees players take on the role of orphans trying to avoid the clutches of the Boogeyman. Yes a dark setting but this game was like nothing I have seen before so I backed it. What has stuck with me about this company though was their sense of humour.
Throughout the experience Certifiable Studios took shots at backers, claiming they were horrible people for supporting such a dark and terrible game, obviously this was meant to be facetious and I found it to be very smart on their part. They were also completely transparent with issues that the production that the game has brought with it. This has made the experience much more intimate and you definitely feel as though you are on a journey with the creators.
They are now entering the final days of their second kickstarter, a game based on the John W. Campbell, Jr.'s novella "Who goes there?", the book that inspired John Carpenter's "The Thing". I still am yet to recieve my copy of their first game, however based on my experience with the creators I was more than happy to show my support.
Have you backed anything on Kickstarter? What experiences have you had, bad or good? Let us know in the comment section below!