Back it for a Buck #1

Back it For a Buck
This month, I’m taking part in a community challenge to back 10 games for $1 each. The goal of the challenge is to show support for the designers and publishers that are pumping time and effort into getting awesome new games to the gamers via kickstarter. Supporting the challenge is of course a $10 commitment, but one that I think is worth it, and may well try to keep up in the coming months.

Link: http://todayinboardgames.com/b4b-challenge/
BGG Thread: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1029757/the-back-it-for-a-buck-b4b-challenge/

So far I’ve backed half of my 10 games, and instead of waiting until I’ve found all 10, I’m going to post half now, and the other half later. Without further ado:

1. Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis.
A deck-building exploration game in a steampunk/lovecraftian setting, sounds like my kind of thing. Incredible Expeditions boasts a variety of play styles (Comptetitive, Cooperative and Single-Player) to explore and battle your way to victory.

2. Burning Suns
A tactical science fiction game where you vie for supremeacy over the universe through technology, diplomacy, exploitation and destruction. This is a pretty cool looking game with some nice miniatures which happens to be a UK project, something which funnily enough, tends to grab my attention, if only because you almost certainly know it’ll have reasonable shipping if I was to do a full pledge!

3. Battle Merchants
I wasn’t too sold on this project on it’s first launch, but since then I’ve traded for and played Manhattan Project, another game kickstarted and supported by minion games. That’s something which has given me a lot of confidence in them, and to be honest I wanted to help them get another game out there. It’s an economic game in a fantasy world where players are selling weapons to the warring races, not the most pleasant of themes, despite how fancied up it is, but that’s not why I backed it ^^

4. Cubist
A dice-building game, in a completely different sense to quarriors. In this, players literally use their dice to build towers, obeying matching rules as they go to try and make structures given on goal cards. This looks pretty cool and I think is worth my $2 (They should be ashamed of that minimum level) just for going outside the norm.

5. 404: Law Not Found
A game about robots who thanks to a glitch, have had their 3 laws overwritten with some rather ridiculous replacements. This is the game I’m most excited about this month. Partly because it’s a reasonably cool little game, and partly because I know the designer, and have been following his posts about it on boardgamegeek, his blog and facebook up till the launch. He’s passionate about the project and has put a lot of time and effort into making it a great game, and I really hope it succeeds. I’ll probably end up picking up a copy, not because it’s a friend, but because I think the game he’s created is worth what he’s asking for it, and that’s something I hope everyone who views the kickstarters agrees with.

That’s all for now! Hopefully I can find 5 equally awesome or better projects over the rest of the month! Kickstarter is awesome!

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