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While I enjoy cooking at home, I know that what I make here often pales in comparison to what professionals can make at my favorite restaurants. And while owning a restaurant in real life is a huge job that takes tons of time and effort, you can still do it vicariously through board game. For example, Rival Restaurants and its expansion, Back for Seconds. Both of these are up on Kickstarter now.

Many of you have maybe read the works of Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido and their comic Blacksad. But even if you haven't, if you're a fan of noir-style games, Cold War espionage, or just anthropomorphic animals, you might want to check out Blacksad: The Roleplaying Game. The game's designed to be easy to pick up for anyone new to gaming, but also in-depth enough to keep us old veterans interested. The game's up on Kickstarter now.

People love pets. There's tons of you out there with kitties and puppies. Maybe some have snakes or hamsters or ferrets. Some of you probably have something rather wild and exotic. Well, why can't your RPG character have a cool pet as well? (I once had a character with a Shocker Lizard familiar) Stibbles Codex of Companions is just chock-a-block full of new critters that you can add to your games as friends for your adventuring party. The book is up on Kickstarter now.

Batman: The Animated Series is one of my favorite cartoons ever. While more a Marvel fan when it came to comic books, I went a bit more DC with my animated shows (except, of course, for X-Men, everyone watched that). Soon, you'll be able to bring all that classic action to your tabletops with Batman: The Animated Series Adventures, the next in IDW Game's Adventures Universal Game System. This new set, along with its expansions, are up on Kickstarter now.

Friday! Woo! I'm certainly excited for a couple days off. This week went by alright speed-wise, but it was just mildly frustrating in places. You know, when there's not anything necessarily big going on that's bad, but just little things here and there. It's alright. It happens. But it'll be nice to be through the other side. Anyway, before we all relax and enjoy some time off, let's munch on some bite-sized gaming stories.

Today we have: New Dice Sets Available From Kraken Dice, Creatures of Cromsfall Horror Miniatures Up On Kickstarter, Mutant Murder Hobo Dice Up On Kickstarter, Head Lopper Custom Dice Up On Kickstarter, and The Women of Tabletop 3d Printable Miniatures Up On Kickstarter.

In most horror RPGs, the players are the "regular people" in the world that are trying to defeat the monster or otherworldly being that's causing problems. But in They Feed on Fear, you get to actually become the monster. Create your own Fear-Eater and have them sow terror in the world. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

I don't know. To me, a city where it rains all the time seems kinda nice. I like rain. However, I'm not sure that living in a city at the edge of the end of the world would be the best. But that's what the Rainy City is. And you can drop this location directly into your games using the system-agnostic A Visitor's Guide to the Rainy City, an RPG Zine project that's up on Kickstarter now.

Looney Labs are masters at making quick, little, fun games that can fit in your pocket. They tend to take simple mechanics and pieces and turn them into something greater. Well, they're looking to expand their game line by four new sets. As such, they've launched their Pyramid Quartet Kickstarter campaign.

I'm a big fan of abstract strategy puzzle games. So, Gorinto looks to be right up my alley. It's a new board game up on Kickstarter where you're trying to gain wisdom by moving stones up onto the shrine, moving them from your mountain board onto the main board. You'll change the landscape with each play. In the end, who will achieve enlightenment?

If there was ever a game that seemed destined to come back again, it'd be Boomerang. And that's just what's happening up on Kickstarter now. Grail Games is running a campaign for a new edition of Boomerang: Australia, but this return comes with extras. There's two other Boomerang-games coming back with it.

You'd think that in the wake of Hades winning over all the other gods and starting to bring all of mankind down to hell, people would be able to set aside their differences and work together. However, that's not the case in Hades Trap. Players are working against one-another as they try and collect holy medallions that will stop Hades' plan. The game is up on Kickstarter now.

The wreck of a massive ship, sent from an advanced civilization, has been found. Different adventurers, research teams, and more have tried to investigate the area, but none have been ever heard from again. What's going on inside the massive hull? That's up to you to find out in Testament, a new cooperative card game from Japanime games. It's up on Kickstarter now.

Whoooooooooooooooooah! We're halfway there!
Whooo-OH! It'll be the weekend relatively soon!

Ok, so I'm not exactly Bon-Jovi. Who is?
Anyway, it's still true that we're halfway to the weekend. I'm looking forward to an Eberron game that I still need to make a character for. Might try and do that this afternoon. We'll see. But while I'm crunching the numbers on a new PC, you should crunch on a bite-sized gaming story.

On the platter today we have: Norse Miniatures Adventurers and Adversaries 2 Kickstarter Launching Soon

Tears for Fears reminded us that everybody wants to rule the world. Well, in Deep State: New World Order, you just might be able to. Of course, you're not alone (everybody wants to, remember?). You'll have to be smarter and more cunning than other hidden-organization members if you want the ultimate prize. In the end, who will rule? The game's up on Kickstarter now.

The adventure's over. You've been paid. Time to head to the local tavern and celebrate. The Red Dragon Inn series puts players in the role of adventurers headed to the bar after an adventure to have a raucus party. It's filled with all manner of fantasy characters, and a new one will soon be joining the ranks. Evil Pooky is the game's 50th character, so SlugFest games is making them extra-special. The campaign to get them made is up on Kickstarter now.

The Spanish-American War of 1898 might not be as big and flashy as either World War or the Civil War or the American Revolution, but it is a big step forward for the US where we really started getting colonies after the fact. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we did need to actually fight the thing. And that's just what you'll be doing, partially, in Dawn of Empire, a new naval strategy board game that's up on Kickstarter now.

Wonderland used to be a place of magic and whimsy with just a touch of danger. Now, however, the whimsy is gone, leaving just the magic... and the danger. Factions are being drawn together, armies are being recruited, and the people of Wonderland are headed to war. That's the story behind Wonderland's War, a new board game from Druid City Games that's up on Kickstarter now.

You can try and run a very serious, somewhat strict RPG. But we all know that eventually things will get a bit silly. And what's wrong with that if everyone's having fun? Well, Them's Monsters looks to bring you some new creatures that you can toss at your party. Some are more serious than others, because a little levity never hurt. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

Monte Cook is just a name you know when you get into the gaming industry. His works are legendary and vast. But as time marches on, some of them go out of print or the systems they were written for are updated. Thankfully, there's nothing keeping those games and adventures from being updated as well. Case in point, Ptolus, Monte Cook's RPG setting is getting updated for 5th Edition and Cypher System. The project is up on Kickstarter now.

The world has been torn asunder. Giant cracks form in the ground after the rituals and offerings to the gods ceased. Now, mankind has to fight back against the encroaching hordes. That's the story behind Turris, a new competitive worker placement game that's up on Kickstarter now. Build your tower and offer your sacrifices back to the gods.

I like efficiency. I try and plan for where I'm going and what I'll need along the way to maximize my trips, for example, even if I'm just going from one room to another. I try and finish one project before moving on to the next. Being efficient saves time and resources. And being super-efficient with your time and resources is what you're trying to do in Kanban EV where players take on the role of supervisors at an electric car factory. The new edition by Eagle-Gryphon Games is up on Kickstarter now.

In Chaosmos, players are racing to find a cosmic egg before the universe collapses in on itself. The one holding it will survive and become the new elder race whent he next universe begins. Now, players can expand their game out with more players, new planets, new game elements and more with The Temple, a new expansion that's up on Kickstarter now.

Back when I was a kid, my family would do our own canning and preserving. We'd make our own grape jelly and applesauce from fruit we'd picked ourselves. We'd store it in the basement and have that great-tasting stuff all year 'round. And trying to create the best jams and jellies is your goal in Frutticola, a new card game that's up on Kickstarter now.

You gotta eat. Whether you're a human or a cuddly koala, you gotta eat. But when there's natural disasters happening all around, food can become rather scarce and you must fight it out to see who gets dinner. That's the story behind DOOM ON YOU, a new card game that's up on Kickstarter now. Protect and feed your animals while you battle your opponents.

It's the Roaring 20s. The Gaslight Club is the most popular place for the real swingin' swells to hang out. However, not everything as it seems. The Gaslight Club is actually a sci-fi theme park populated by hosts (think Replicants, kinda). That's where you come in. You play as one of these hosts, and you've just started to realize that you're not the same as the guests that come into your establishment. You're becoming self aware. That's the story behind The Gaslight Club RPG zine that's up on Kickstarter now.