Well, it's happened—I finally backed some Kickstarter projects in 2018. I suppose it was inevitable. Here are three awesome projects that have appeared on Kickstarter this week, complete with solo modes:
1. Aeon's End: Legacy
I already have and enjoy both Aeon's End and War Eternal, so this was a guaranteed buy for me. Aeon's End: Legacy promises campaign play in which you begin as a young breach mage and help him or her grow into a powerful defender of Gravehold. Not only will you get to build your custom character from scratch, but you'll be able to use her in conflicts against previous enemies from Aeon's End, and you'll still be able to pit yourself against many of the new nemeses that you'll meet in Legacy. I'm very excited about this one.
2. Donning the Purple
In Donning the Purple, 1–3 players vie for power, influence, and ultimately the imperial throne. All players will be dealing with barbarian invasions, famine, natural disasters, and other challenges to the stability of the empire. All players are in pursuit of victory points, and will both vie for imperial power (and the VP bonuses it provides) and attempt to achieve secret objectives. This game captures some of the semi-cooperative nature of Republic of Rome, in that it's possible for everyone to lose if things in the Empire get too out of hand. But while Romans must cooperate for the sake of Rome... it's always good to be the one in charge! I am a sucker for ancient Rome, and excited to try this game out.
3. The Big Score
The newest offering from Van Ryder Games is here! Although The Big Score has a well-developed multiplayer mode, Van Ryder has a long history of supporting solo play (Hostage Negotiator!) and will include a solo mode in The Big Score. The goal of the game is to assemble a team of criminals, complete a number of preliminary jobs, and get ready for the big score—a bank heist that offers huge profits for everyone, unless they stay too long and the cops show up to bust them. It sounds like a good time.