SPOILER ALERT: It's another unexciting week on Kickstarter. But you know what? That's okay, because it's not like I don't have a bunch of other interesting things to play at home. Here are three games I am dying to get off of my "shelf of shame." (I prefer to think of it as a shelf of excitement!)
1. Thunderbolt Apache Leader
I recently picked up a copy of this, and I am so so so excited to give it a try. In it, you are controlling an air support team in a number of different situations and campaigns around the world. You'll have several choices about how best to complete different missions, and your pilots are able to level up as you go. But you also have to use your pilots wisely, because planes that are too damaged will have to sit out the next mission, so you have to distribute your people strategically. Thunderbolt: Apache Leader looks like such a cool game, and I'm anxious to get it to the table soon.
2. Republic of Rome
I was so excited to find an unpunched copy of the old Avalon Hill edition of this game, and I've done plenty of reading about it... but I have yet to actually play a game of Republic of Rome. It's an old, but apparently good, semi-cooperative game in which players are vying for dominance in the Roman Empire, but also trying to prevent the Empire from coming apart. There are some bots that let you play the game solo. I am hoping to sink my teeth into this one soon and find out whether I have it in me to balance the interests of the Empire as a whole with my own senatorial ambitions!
3. Loup Garou
Loup Garou is one of the books released in the Graphic Novel Adventures set from Van Ryder Games, and it's the one I have been most excited to play. I need to get my life together and get a game of this going. It's an adventure in which you have been turned into a werewolf, and you're trying to figure out how to survive. I am expecting an awesome experience.