Kickstarter Update: Founders of Gloomhaven, Crusaders, Beasts of Balance and More!

Posted by John Meyer on

There are some great games out there on Kickstarter right now. Here are the ones I suggest checking out:

Founders of Gloomhaven

Founders of Gloomhaven is not an expansion to Gloomhaven, but a new game set in the Gloomhaven world. This is a euro game in which players are collectively building the city of Gloomhaven, with a goal of holding the most prestige when it's all said and done. This one is for 1-4 players and plays in about 2 hours.

Isaac Childress has proven to be an amazing game designer and world builder, not just with Gloomhaven, but also with his lesser-known Forge War. I have high hopes for Founders.

Founders of Gloomhaven


I've been a huge fan of Ricky Royal's for a long time. For those who don't know, Ricky runs a board game YouTube channel, Box of Delights, where he generates a ton of great content, mostly play-throughs of solo games.

Renegade is a game Ricky's been working on for quite a while and, being a fan of his, I've enjoyed watching his design process from afar.

In this game, 1-5 players take on the role of hackers and work together to stop a giant super-computer from taking over the world. Play time is quoted at 90 minutes.

This one looks really good! I enjoy puzzle-y solo games, and the theme is interesting enough to keep me interested. The early reviews look solid as well.


Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done - Deluxified

TMG is on fire right now, and their latest big-box, deluxified game is Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done. Crusaders is for 2-4 players and plays in 60-90 mins.

Crusaders is designed by Seth Jaffee, best known for the fantastic deckbuilder Eminent Domain. No deckbuilder here, though. Here, Seth is employing a rondel for action selection and players will battle enemies, construct buildings, and train troops, trying to gain the most influence by the end of the game.

Crusaders Thy Will Be Done

Epoch: The Awakening

Epoch: The Awakening looks really great. This is for 2-5 players and playtime is quoted at 15-30 minutes per player. We'll call that 2.5 hours with 5 players, so it hits that sweet spot for a good, beefy strategy game. Players on their turn take three actions in any order, and maximizing those actions seems to be the key to victory. Hopefully this doesn't lead to too much AP and down-time between turns. That's really my only concern with this one, everything is on point. The artwork is amazing, the reviews are plentiful and the stretch goals are rolling in (especially for the Swanky Pledge).

Epoch The Awakening

Beasts of Balance

The last one I have for you today is a game I can't wait to play with my kids. Beasts of Balance integrates tabletop gaming and digital in a fun and creative way. 

Beasts of Balance is a dexterity game where players stack animals without letting their tower tumble. The catch is, everything is connected wirelessly to your tablet, so every piece you stack changes the world and creates new animals. I have no doubt my kids are going to love this and I'm so excited to get my hands on it.

Beasts of Balance

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