Hey there solo gamers! As usual, Kickstarter is filled with interesting projects to back, and I'm here to alert you to some of them in case they interest you. I'm keeping this one short, but there is an explosion of fresh campaigns about to start in the near future. So gird your loins and your wallets!
1. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game
Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game isn't actually on Kickstarter at all. It's on its own special site, where you can preorder it from Portal Games. Detective is a story-driven board game for 1–5 players in which you solve a series of connected cases. The five cases in the box come together to form one overall campaign, and you’ll need to use your imagination and your wits to make it all the way to the end. You’ll be expected to take good notes, apply information from previous cases, and combine what you’ve learned from scattered clues in order to make sense of it all. There are also multiple ways to solve each case, so you may not see all of the game’s content, even if you do solve all of this cases. Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game is really meant to mimic the feeling of solving a crime, which means it’s an intellectual challenge with no easy answers. If this sounds like a game for you, make sure to place a preorder soon—there is a limited stock of 1000 copies. I will warn you though: The base game is only $50, but prepare to pay shipping from Poland, which is going to cost you about $30 if you’re in the United States.
Button Shy Games has made a habit of running short but very successful Kickstarter campaigns. Sprawlopolis is a pocket-sized, cooperative city planning game that offers plenty of variety and challenge, while also costing only $10. If you're into microgames, this looks like a good one for a great price. There are only 4 days left in the campaign, though, so if you're interested, you might want to have a look soon.