'Tis the season for Kickstarter, apparently. October was a wild month, and November isn't letting up on us one bit. There are several projects of possible interest to solo gamers.
1. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood of Venice
I love the Assassin's Creed video games, as well as pretty much any game with a stealth mechanic. That means I am very interested in this project. Ubisoft has partnered with Triton Noir, publisher of V-Commandos, to create an Assassin's Creed board game, and I think that's an ideal partnership. V-Commandos is a fun cooperative game set during WWII, in which you control commandos who are infiltrating Nazi bases to fulfill various objectives. It's a fun game that hasn't gotten a ton of exposure in the U.S., mostly because you can't find it at retail stores. (You have to buy it directly from Triton Noir.) Assassin's Creed will use a lot of the same mechanics, but fold them into a campaign system that will help create a larger storyline. There are also cool touches that fit with the Assassin's Creed theme, such as the ability to unlock memories or acquire special weapons. If you like V-Commandos (and I do), then Assassin's Creed is worth a look. If you aren't sure, keep an eye on this site for my review of V-Commandos—it's almost ready to go! (Update: Here's the review!)
2. Archmage: Ascendant
I recently reviewed Archmage, and it's a game that is good for solo and really good with a group. This expansion will offer new spell cards and new options for solo/cooperative play—and at a great price ($30). The one thing that was "missing" from the base game was more spell variety, and the new gameplay options that this expansion is offering look truly exciting. Starling Games is also reprinting the Archmage base game, so this is a good time to pick it up if you're interested.
3. Perdition's Mouth: Cannibal's Howl
Perdition's Mouth keeps reprinting and releasing new material at times when I can't afford it, but it looks really good. Cannibal's Howl is a new expansion for this strategic dungeon crawl that uses an interesting rondel mechanic and requires a lot of clever planning. You can also pledge during this campaign to pick up pretty much everything else for the game, if you need to catch up. If you love fantasy dungeon crawls but want something that feels different, then I think Perdition's Mouth will have a lot to offer for you.