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GrogHeads Advanced Research on Projects Advisory #46

A new D-Day game, and (finally!) the digital version of one of boardgaming’s most popular conflict games of all time.  Smells like…. GARPA!

g46-twilightTwilight Struggle, digital edition (GMT Games)
$115k of $50k goal (though that’ll be surpassed by the time you read this), ends 3 July 2014

For several years, it could be wryly joked that the “Struggle” in Twilight Struggle was for the difficulties in getting the digital version deployed.  No more.  It’s not uncommon to see a Kickstarter campaign blow well past the full funding mark, into ridiculous levels of stretch goals.  It’s rare to see a Kickstarter campaign fully funded within hours.  Yes, hours.  Twilight Struggle was at $30000 around 400pm on June 5th, having only launched earlier that day, and within the next 90 minutes they almost doubled that total, to exceed their $50k goal.  They’ve doubled that goal within the first 24 hours.  Why are we not talking about the game itself?  Do we really need to?  It’s to top-ranked “wargame” at BoardGameGeek (though admittedly, discussions of whether or not it’s a “wargame” waste plenty of hours online).  A forum/team game has been running here at GrogHeads for a while now, and countless schoolteachers around the US use it to introduce their students to the Cold War.  Seriously, you don’t need convincing.  You just need to go figure out your pledge level and get it over with already.

 

Day of Days (MMP)
181 of 650 orders needed

It wouldn’t be D-Day without us digging up an Overlord game, right?  MMP has a new SCS game for D-Day that’s designed to cover not just the landings themselves, but the breakouts that followed.  There are even scenarios designed to skip the amphibious assault, and start with Allied forces on the beach.  This game is new enough that there’s no draft cover art, playtest photos, or anything else that’s leaked out.  We were able to scrape up a very rough image of the maps (yes, plural) to show the scope and scale of the game, which will include scenarios that focus just on the British landings, or the US landings.  It’s an MMP game, so it’s going to be a solid and well-tested game on a known platform (SCS) and all those great touches that come with MMP tackling the subject in depth.  Go get a pre-order in!

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Albion’s Legacy (Lynnvander)
C$21,500 of C$20,000, ends 15 June 2014

A cooperative Arthurian board game, and it’s not Knights of Camelot.  It’s a gorgeous 1-4 player game (expandable up to 6) that lets players take on the roles of a variety of Arthurian characters, include Lancelot, or Merlin.  Individualized character boards look a bit RPG-ish, but, hey – you are playing an individual character on the map, aren’t you?  Individual quests are drawn from the Arthurian tales, and unlike some adventure games, there’s a non-zero chance your character won’t survive.  It’s a 90-minute game that you’ll love to show off, so get your pledges in now before the campaign ends.

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Dungeon Dice: GUILDS (Potluck Games)
$104k of $9k goal, ends 19 June 2014

Last year, Potluck Games relaunched Dungeon Dice with a  very successful Kickstarter campaign.  This summer, they’re adding an expansion with a ton of new critters, items, treasures, familiars, and characters.  Thanks to the ridiculous success of the campaign, there are almost two dozen more dice that have been “unleashed”.  Potluck Games are also reprinting the original Dungeon Dice, and you can order that reprint (plus some KS exclusives!) along with the expansion.  There’s plenty of options and combinations, and you’ll likely end up with several pounds of dice.  And gamers love them some dice – so what are you waiting for?!

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