I will start off by apologizing for not reviewing and play testing a few Print and Play versions of games coming soon to KickStarter. I found out the hard way that I do not have the resources to properly play PnP versions. My current printer is a color ink hog and at 40 dollars a cartridge PnP’s can get quite costly. My other option is to have them printed at OfficeMax but that usually sets me back 20 to 30 dollars. As a startup reviewer I don’t want to get into the habit of spending a bunch of money to do reviews. That leaves me with less money to buy boardgames on my wish list. I have made one exception to this rule but those details are for a blog at a much later time. I am not saying I will never do a PnP review again but I am putting a hold on them for the time being.
I can say I am very excited to be reviewing four Eagle-Gryphon games in the near future: Attack Deluxe Expansion (the boys and I are very excited to get to review this expansion), Florenza, Florenza the Card Game, and Ark & Noah. I am so appreciative to get the chance to review these games. This should probably keep me busy for at least two months.
That brings me to my last thought which is about KickStarter. I will be getting my first KickStarter game, Ravingspire, within two weeks. It will be the first KickStarter game I receive despite being about the 4th game I backed. I am looking at you CMON about my first two. This game looks like a great deck building dungeon crawler where you work your way up the spire to face off against the final foe. I will be doing my own little review on this one.
Since going on a KickStarter binge upon first discovering it, again looking at you CMON and all your KS exclusive goodies, I have severally cut back on my pledges. In fact, I have cancelled my pledges on several games before the campaigns have ended. I have come to realize I am not a patient enough person to use KickStarter as a means to add to my boardgame collection. Project delays and GenCon pretty much broke my KS addiction. I will probably limit myself to somewhere around one to three campaigns a year. This will allow my instant gratification flaw to spend more money at my local game store. You’re welcome The Summit Games in Fort Wayne. I love that when I buy 4 boardgames there I get my 5th free. That kind of deal also makes it hard for me to order games online. Plus I like actually having a game to play when I drop 50 to 100 dollars. Maybe as my game collection grows I will find myself backing more games again. Don’t get me wrong. I love KickStarter. I think it is great so many games get funded and produced that normally would have no chance of ever seeing a table. I will continue to do reviews for any designer or publisher that wants a KickStarter preview. I just won’t be backing as many games until I can get some therapy to help with my neurotic impatiens.
A software developer by day and avid game player by night.KickStarter has recently rekindled my love of board games. Now I am looking to help the little guys of KS get their games noticed and funded as well as demonstrate how easy or difficult a game is played its first time through.