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Crowdfunding Spotlight Redux - Aquamarine

More than a year ago, I saw a pretty neat game called Aquamarine at Play NYC 2018. This super-chill survival game had players exploring a largely underwater planet after a terrible ship crash in an…

January 22, 2020 | 11:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight — Draughtnauts

Back in August 2019, I was at Play NYC with my colleagues. I had happened upon the tabletop area and one game in particular stood out, if only for its game pieces: Draughtnauts. This upcoming…

November 13, 2019 | 12:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Shadows of Kepler

Space, as in the empty black area that surrounds planet Earth, is terrifying. It's so devoid of anything, we can't breathe in it, it's incredibly difficult to get to; the list goes on. As pretty as…

October 23, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Solasta: Crown of the Magister

Trying to emulate the tabletop experience in video games has always been very hit or miss. Even in the heydays of classic RPG's like Baldur's Gate or Wizardry, players were often limited in what they…

September 4, 2019 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Less than a year ago, Greg Lobanov impressed us with the musical platforming adventure game Wandersong. Now, he and several other developers, including some who worked on Celeste and Night in the…

August 21, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - SkateBIRD

A decade or two ago, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater was all the rage. Everyone had their favorite—mine was Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3—and the games became a cultural phenomenon, right up until a ridiculous…

June 26, 2019 | 01:30 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Icaion

Tabletop games range from the simple to complex, and Tabula Games definitely aims to make games closer to the complex side of the scale. The Icaion Kickstarter has launched after being announced a…

May 21, 2019 | 12:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight – Prodeus

You can look at indie releases in the past few years and see that old-school first-person shooters are among the most popular. Games such as Dusk and Amid Evil are making the old new again by paying…

April 17, 2019 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Antstream: Retro Gaming Streaming

The technology behind games and their design has propelled the medium to new heights. Simultaneously, however, there has been a great surge in those wanting to return to, or discover for the first…

April 10, 2019 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Crossroads Inn

Any good fantasy nerd will tell you that the tavern-come-inn is the true heart of any high fantasy setting, and the best place to meet comrades in arms, perhaps second only to jail. After all, the…

March 7, 2019 | 11:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight – Millennium Blades: Collusion

Millennium Blades is a winning hand for people who want to play collectible card games in a more compact package. Developed by David B. Talton Jr. and his company Level 99 Games, it’s a CCG…

February 8, 2019 | 04:10 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Aquamarine

I first saw Aquamarine at Play NYC 2018. It was there that I met Patric Fallon of Moebial Studios and got hands-on with the game. It's an interesting little turn-based strategy game where you crash-…

October 2, 2018 | 09:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Hamsterdam

In the town of Hamsterdam, the evil chinchilla Marlo has kidnapped people, doped everyone up on booze, and opened casinos & a red-light district. This savagery is bad enough, but the bad guy…

September 3, 2018 | 02:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Clear The Decks!

Clear The Decks! is a cooperative card game for 1-4 players set in the Age of Sail where you and your friends try to sink an enemy ship before all of your cannons are disabled. I got to meet…

August 13, 2018 | 07:47 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight – Queen’s Wish: The Conqueror

The indie scene is generally pretty young, with the modern form of it largely beginning to take shape around 2008-2009 and evolving over the past decade. While in the 80s there was a vibrant small…

June 26, 2018 | 10:47 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - The Good Life

An "auteur" is commonly defined as someone whose aesthetic, style, and degree of control makes each of their projects utterly unique and unquestionably "theirs." Readers might think of Hideo Kojima,…

April 20, 2018 | 12:23 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - The Iron Oath

I have an admission to make. I've always had an aversion to crowdfunding video games. I can't really explain why, especially considering some of the brilliant games that have been crowdfunded and…

August 25, 2017 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Pathfinder: Kingmaker

Dungeons & Dragons has had its fair share of video game adaptations - Icewind Dale, Baldur's Gate, and Temples of Elemental Evil are all great CRPGS based on the pencil & paper RPG that has…

July 5, 2017 | 09:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - 12 Realms: Dungeonland

Mage Company, the Bulgarian tabletop publisher behind Raid and Trade and Aether Captains has launched a new Kickstarter set in their fantasy storybook world of 12 Realms. The original 12 Realms is a…

June 24, 2017 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Fort Triumph

Fort Triumph could be called "fantasy XCOM,"" but I don't think this phrase gives it enough credit. Sure, it looks similar to a fantasy XCOM when you see clips of the gameplay. Swords and sorcery…

May 4, 2017 | 09:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Food Truck Champion

Food Truck Champion is quite good, and the Kickstarter Campaign for the game is now live, so if you are a fan of food trucks, or Glory to Rome-inspired games, then you should head over to the…

February 24, 2017 | 11:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: The Banner Saga 3 Kickstarter

Nearly five years after Stoic Entertainment's The Banner Saga Kickstarter was launched, the Banner Saga 3's Kickstarter comes back to where it all began. Compared to the first Kickstarter, The Banner…

January 26, 2017 | 01:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Sundered

Metroidvania. Your visceral reaction to that word is going to be the main determining factor in whether or not you are going to want to stop reading this article right now in order to go pledge for…

January 17, 2017 | 09:00 EST


Crowdfunding Spotlight: Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5

I've spent more time and effort on Kingdom Death: Monster since 2015 than I have on any other hobby or form of entertainment, both here on TechRaptor, and in my personal life. From assembling and…

November 28, 2016 | 02:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Coffee Crisis

Is coffee metal? Some would think so. After all, it is blacker than the blackest black times infinity. In addition to international music sensations, developers Mega Cat Studios have also had their…

November 12, 2016 | 01:00 EST

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Beard Blade

Shovel Knight was a one of a kind game. In a sea of 2D platformers yearning for the past, that game felt like a step forward. It captured what was amazing about NES games without being NES hard,…

October 11, 2016 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: I.C.U. - The Interactive Horror Game Show

Remember the Twitch Plays Pokémon series of streams, where the viewing audience controlled the in-game actions of the player character? The massive amount of interest generated by that and similar…

October 10, 2016 | 09:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Backdrop

A new title on Kickstarter is certainly making an impression with its showmanship and dramatic flair. The indie RPG Backdrop is taking center stage, and it looks impressive right out of the gate.…

October 4, 2016 | 10:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - System Shock

It's hard to believe 22 years have passed since the release of the original System Shock back in 1994. Now, NightDive Studios is resurrecting this classic by creating a complete remake of the title.…

June 30, 2016 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Sumer

In times long past, the gods were fickle beings that demanded tribute from their servants among man. Among the earliest known gods were those of the Sumerians, an ancient culture that sits much…

May 19, 2016 | 09:00 EDT

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[Updated] Crowdfunding Spotlight - Gamester

Update: Gamester has since cancelled their Kickstarter. If you're still interested in the project, you can put in a pre-order at the service's website. Gamester is a service by Giant Fox Studios…

May 12, 2016 | 01:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight – Blackroom, Romero and Carmack's new FPS

If you don't recognize the names in the title, I advise you go put your nose in gaming history books for a while. The short version is that John Romero and Adrian Carmack are the grandparents of FPSs…

April 28, 2016 | 11:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Arcadian Atlas

Arcadian Atlas, the Final Fantasy Tactics inspired 2D isometric tactical RPG by developer Twin Otters Studios, has been officially Greenlit on Steam today. Arcadian Atlas still has 23 days to go on…

April 16, 2016 | 11:00 EDT

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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Consortium: The Tower

While IDGI Games may have failed to get Consortium: The Tower funded in their first go on Kickstarter, that isn't stopping them. Much like how the original Consortium failed in its first run on…

April 6, 2016 | 01:18 EDT