Nerdstarter: We’re going to need a bigger bookshelf

A few new RPGs on Kickstarter, all of which have reached their funding goals already and are working through the ol’ stretch goals: TimeWatch, by Kevin W. Kulp, is a game of investigative time travel based on the GUMSHOE system created by Robin Laws. It’s got four days left to go, with a lot of bonus stretch-goal content unlocked (including rules for playing as an alternate-timeline intelligent dinosaur, so, you know, get on that).

Twelve days left to go on indie RPG icon Will Hindmarch’s newest kickstarter, Project: Dark, a game focusing on stealth-based adventures but with enough flexibility to be played in a variety of settings. The default setting is the fantastical city of Saturnine, described as “a blend of Elizabethan London and medieval Constantinople,” but a couple setting supplements have been unlocked as stretch goals: Dark|Net, “a post-collapse dystopian future,” and Dark Planet, “an extrasolar colony world oppressed by an alien menace.” With hearty endorsements by both Wil Wheaton and Jason Morningstar, Project:Dark sounds like it ought to be good fun.

Finally, Paul Czege, author of the Diana-Jones-Award-winning indie RPG My Life with Master, has a new project on Kickstarter that’s already made its funding goal with twenty-five days remaining: The Clay That Woke is a game about a minotaur underclass in a human civilization. The setting information is intentionally sparse, but the artwork is pretty inspiring and the game mechanics look to be rather elegant. If My Life with Master is any indication, Czege’s newest is bound to be an intelligent and immersive game.

ConTessa Online Tabletop Gaming Convention

ConTessa Feb 7th- 9thI just heard about ConTessa through the Story Games newsletter with a couple weeks to spare. The convention will be February 7th through 9th on Google Hangout, with games, panels, and more.

But the really awesome thing? While the convention is open to attendees of any gender, the conference and all the games will be run by women. And there’s a big emphasis on getting more women into game design, including a panel discussion with indie game designers Meguey Baker of Night Sky Games, Emily Care Boss of Black and Green Games, and Brie Sheldon from Daedalum Analog Productions. And it’s free, so you really have no excuse…

“The Internet’s down. Guess we’ll all have to resort to sexting.”

Cards Against LibrarianshipThe Cards against Librarianship starter deck has arrived! Print-and-play, at least. If you’re not familiar with the original Cards Against Humanity, it’s pitched as a “party game for horrible people,” a sort of misanthropic Apples to Apples, and licensed for free download under Creative Commons. Emily Lloyd over at Shelfcheck has come up with her own library-themed version, suitable for all your afterhours librarian drinking binges.

Nerdstarter: The Overspending

I may have a kickstarter problem. Several gaming-related projects have arisen over the last few weeks that seem worth supporting, all of which have already met their funding goals.

Fantasy Frontier from Gamelyn Games
Fantasy Frontier from Gamelyn Games

There are only a few days left to get in on the RPG gaming table, and you’ll have to be handy with a little light carpentry to make it worth it, but for a relatively small pledge, you’re promised plans for a clever table topper that allows all of your players their own space for books and snacks, while providing an elevated platform for your battlemat or board game.

Gamelyn games is kickstarting Fantasy Frontier, a gorgeously rendered Euro-style board game in which players pilot fantastical airships to explore and settle an uncharted frontier. Players gather resources, build townships, and fight off their rivals while collectively building a map that’s unique each game. And the artwork is stunning. Five days left on this one.

Fellow nerdbrarian Sheri was bemoaning the lack of Regency-themed games when we stumbled upon Marrying Mr. Darcy, a strategy card games in which players take up the role of a Pride and Prejudice heroine, each seeking the attention of available suitors. I’m really rooting for this one to make the $30,000 stretch goal: the bonus Undead Expansion Pack.

And, finally, for those still kicking themselves for having missed Reaper Miniatures’ original, record-breaking Bones kickstarter, they’ve returned with Reaper Miniatures Bones II. The project has already broken the million dollar mark, with over three weeks still remaining. So if you need scores of more unpainted minis cluttering your hobbit hole, here’s your chance.

TableTop Day is this Saturday

It’s been about a year since the launch of the YouTube channel TableTop, created by Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, and friends, and to celebrate, they’ve declared this Saturday, March 30th, International TableTop Day, with sponsors such as Days of Wonder, Mayfair Games, Steve Jackson Games, and Wizards of the Coast.

Check out the official site to find a local gaming event. Also, go read Board Game Quest’s recommendations of what to play on TableTop Day.