This month on Kickstarter is brutal. BRUTAL. Let's just say that if I had kids, their college funds would be in dire jeopardy. If you don't want to spend money this month, RUN AWAY NOW.
I am a pretty big fan of Chip Theory Games, so Cloudspire is my big expense for the month. In fact, I signed up to administer an SAT to be able to afford this thing! It's a tower defense game set in an intriguing fantasy world, in which several floating sky islands have collided and now various groups are fighting for supremacy. The art looks great, and this game is the first foray into modular neoprene that I've ever heard of. Chip Theory is known for producing games with high-quality components, and Cloudspire will be no different. This publisher also sells from its own store online, not through retail outlets, so if you want a Chip Theory game, Kickstarter is the way to go. This is when prices on this game will be best. Plus, while details about solo/co-op play are still emerging, Chip Theory has never let me down on that front. I'm all in.
2. Dreams of Tomorrow
I did a write up of this game here, as well as a playthrough here. It's truly worth a look—it's a cool little small box game with fun solo bots and a fascinating rondel mechanic that makes it something truly special.
3. Wild Assent
Wild Assent is a miniatures game that involves tactical arena combat as you travel through the wilds, hunting creatures or battling other players gladiator-style. It offers a variety of play modes, including PvP, solo, and co-op, and actually it looks like it's good fun. But my money is already tied up in Cloudspire, and I can't afford another game that has a base pledge of $99 but will really cost you $199 if you want everything. If you're rich as Croesus, however, go for it and let me know how it is!