Hello from San Antonio! I am back in my hometown visiting family for a couple of days, but that doesn't stop me from perusing Kickstarter and getting excited about upcoming games. Here are a few of this week's interesting Kickstarter campaigns that cater to solo gamers:
1. D-Day Dice: 2nd Edition
D-Day Dice is a classic solo game that has appeared on several lists of top solo board games. It's been on my radar for a long time, and I'm happy to see a reprint with an expansion. If you enjoy dice, games about war, and solo play, this one might be a good fit for you. I am interested to try it as a gamer who has been hearing good things about it for several years.
2. Brass Empire: New Canton Expansion + Reprint
I love deck builders and I love story driven games, so there might be something really cool here. Brass Empire is a deck builder with a steampunk theme. The New Canton expansion will allow you to play through a campaign as a specific character, with the possibility of replaying the campaign from the point of view of other characters in the game. I am definitely intrigued by this one, although I wish there were more reviews of the first edition! (I like being able to look at several before taking the plunge.) Most of what I have seen makes Brass Empire sound like your standard deck builder, which is fine if you're into that. Generally, I am into that, and a campaign mode also sounds pretty interesting.
3. Folklore: The Affliction
This one looks like a bunch of good, Ameritrashy fun. It's a reprint with an expansion, so Folklore is definitely doing it for some people. The character types look different, too—mages and clerics are fun, but it would be a novel thing to play as an archaeologist or a telepath. There are a few things holding me back from pledging, though. The first is the price. I just can't swing another expensive game right now! The second is that I have already bought into a bunch of fantasy-RPG-adventure type games that are on my to-play list. Gloomhaven is here, I still need to dig into Sword & Sorcery, and I went for the Gloom of Kilforth reprint. I'm a little overloaded at the moment. Last... well, the writing. I'm getting more sensitive to the flavor text in my games, and the line about a creature "who drinks the cherry blood of his guests" killed my immersion immediately. Cherry? Seriously? Sometimes it's a totally stupid thing that has the most impact on you.