As 2017 draws near, what games are you most looking forward to? For me, I can hardly wait for some of my Kickstarter pledges to arrive. I backed The 7th Continent and Sword & Sorcery, both of which show October 2016 as the estimated delivery date. I’ve backed (and received) enough games on Kickstarter to know/accept that most games aren’t delivered by the estimated delivery date. I’m okay with that. I’m not worried or upset in the slightest. But I am greatly anticipating the delivery of those games. There is little else that compares to the joy of opening a box full of board games.
Then I have quite a few other games that have 2017 delivery dates. The first one is Massive Darkness. This is one of those games that, if you like miniatures, was hard to pass up. The sheer number of minis included in the Kickstarer pledge is a crazy-good value.
And then there is Unfair. This is a game that just kept steamrolling along. Everywhere I looked people were talking about how great the game was. I backed this one because of the Fear of Missing Out principle. Not only did I not want to miss out, but with the number of people backing the game and talking about it, I felt the need to jump on the bandwagon, show my support, and become part of the campaign.
I’m also in for the Flames & Frost expansion to Valeria: Card Kingdoms. Valeria, for those that haven’t played it, is a great, lightweight game that suits most crowds. I don’t like the fact that Valeria is manufactured by Whatz Games, because every game I have from Whatz Games has an awful chemical smell. But, since I do want to play their games, I let them air out in my garage for a few weeks before playing.
I backed Dungeon Degenerates because I love dungeon crawlers and this game just looked crazy.
And then, of course, there’s Tiny Epic Quest. Because of the patent pending meeples included with this game, there was some controversy surrounding the campaign. But, the price was right and I didn’t want to miss out.
Mythic Battles: Pantheon is another miniatures game that just kept adding on free miniatures. I tried to stay away from this campaign. I really did. But the miniatures looked great and there were just so many of them that I finally gave in. It didn’t hurt that Greek myths are epically awesome.
Yokai Quest is in the same boat as Mythic Battles. I tried to sit this one out. I already have Super Dungeon Explore so do I really need more chibi miniatures? Apparently, the answer is: Yes I do.
Lastly, there is Legends Untold. Again, the price was right and I kept hearing really good things about this game. I liked the art and mechanics and decided to take the plunge.
There are plenty of games that I didn’t back on Kickstarter that I’m looking forward to. Vast: The Crystal Caverns and Feudum are two of the more recent games that fall into this category. These were definitely on my radar and I almost backed them, but ultimately I decided to wait until retail.
And, of course, there are game publishers that don’t use Kickstarter but will still bring us lots of great games in 2017 as well. What games are you looking forward to?