The original Giana Sisters on the C64 system was one of my favoutite games as a child. My sister and I spent hours and hours playing this Mario-clone. When it surfaced on KS it was a non-brainer to support it. It came out as promised.
Giana Sister: Twisted Dreams is a greal little platformer with the familiar but now enhanced soundtrack, and with a nice twist. I did not finish the game yet, because I only play it with my sister when she is in town, to bring back some childhood memories.
Although I did not play with the original Wasteland, I am a huge fan of the Fallout franchise (besides beeing the biggest postapocalyptic fan ever). Fallout came to life only because the guys behind Wasteland couldn't get the rights to the IP to make a sequel. So they did Fallout instead.
Years went by, and with the KS model Brian Fargo had finally the chance to bring Wasteland 2 back to (after)life. I am really pleased with everything they showed us so far, including the awesome beta gameplay video. I have no doubt, my money went to the right place. (And since then, once again. See later.)
Update: Game came out, got really good reviews, I need the right moment to take on a 150+ hours gaming experience.
Wasteland is not even out yet, and Brian Fargo starts another project for the fans and oldschool rpg-gamers. This time it's the spiritual successor of the acclaimad Planescape Torment game based on Monte Cooks newly written rpg world.
The KS campaign reached almost 2,5 million bucks, and while the game won't be out before the end of 2014, anticipation is already very very high. I am certain, my money went to the right place again.
Chris Avallone, Josh Sawyer and Tim Cain are three people who were behind so many great rpg titles of te past two decades. When they came together at Obsidian and pitched the idea of an enormous oldschool rpg on Kickstarter, it was really a no brainer for me. I wouldn't feel bad even if they would take my money and run away with it. (I can not speak for others though. I mean it's nearly four million bucks.)
But they do not intend to run. There are plenty of updates on their website, one primising then the other. Estimatd delivery is October '13. We'll see about that. I'll gladly wait a few extra months if that means a perfect, not rushed game.
Yes, the first boardgame on this list. Although there were plenty of promising board game projects on KS, the unfortunately high shipping prices put the pledge levels outside of my comfort zone. However, the designer and publisher of Dungeon Roll offered a six-pack combo for a great price as one of the pledge levels (that included worldwide shipping), so all I had to do was to find some other local gamers for the extra copies. That I did, so now I'm eagerly waiting for this neat little dice game.
Update: Sold after a few plays. It was very very light, but the main problem was, that it is basically a solitaire game. No interaction at all. I don't play solo with others (nor by myself).
Neil Gaiman is one of my favourite authors, that is a fact. Another fact is my fandom of the Cthulhu myth. The third fact should be something very trivial about the greatness of Martin Wallace. Well, I can not give you that. The truth is, I did not play any Wallace game so far. This should be a good start, right? Right?
A Study in Emerald is a fantastic short story, a mixup of the Sherlock Holmes universe and the Cthulhu Mythos. I can totally see a great game based in the setting of the short story, that is very well written and has so many potentials, gives so many ideas despite that it's only a few pages long.
The pledge levels and the stretch goals are very simple - to say the least. It's a little bit disappointing, but the combo pack with free shipping is a great plus, so I try not to complain.
As of now this project is still open (but already funded) on Kickstarter, so go and grab your pledge.
Verdict: Can't really grade it, not my cup of tea
Update: Sold after one play. Way too euro for my (and my playgroups) taste. Also there was a small controversy with the goals, but that didn't bother me at all.
Another fiasco for me. Seems I back board games that I don't like once I have the chance to play them. Really great theme, good mechanics, but once again: too euro for my playgroup. I asked myself two questions: Do I see us playing this game over and over again? Will be there ever the moment, when someone asks to play Kremlin? Nope and nope. I am currently offering this game to buy or for trade.
The second edition of the game with all the expansions and promos. Campaign was great, components are great, everything is fine. Unfortunately, the game is not. Played it once, turned out it is not another 7 Wonders. Which I was hoped for. Up for sale.