WordTov (a word board game)

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WordTov is a word board game by WORDTOV, LLC wordtov.com of Miami Beach, FL (12 projects backed)

Inventor: Michel Nizon

Funding Goal: $26,000 ending Tue, Dec. 9th 2014 at 5:00 AM CST.

This is a first created project.  www.kickstarter.com/projects/1505341370/wordtov-the-board-game-of-dramatic-reversals

The First Impression:

Video (:38): Short and sweet.  Music and voice narration was professional (music to voice levels are perfect).  Great game commercial with two players creating words, flipping letters and having fun.

Game Logo: Simple and clean logo using blue and red tiles (same tiles found in the game).  The blue and red tiles hint word game with a twist.  Well done!

Game Name and Slogan: WordTov: Catchy name.  Easy to remember.  Sorry, not sure what Tov means (I even used Google).  Maybe Mazel tov-esque?  The slogan is creative.  It conveys that the game could change with the flip of a few tiles.  Do I get any points for the word conveys?

Project Page: Starts with a nice backstory and why Michel started the Kickstarter project.  Encourages players to offer feedback, etc. on the game.  Shows eleven (11) screen shots of how the game flows (makes the concept seem simple).  It also questions: “What would your next move be?” (I like the interaction of this question and screen shot).  Shows the benefits of their word game and what’s in the game box.  Offers a short backstory on the patent pending game tiles.  Lists game rules at a glance and breaks down the letter tiles.  The “Risks and challenges” section is waterproof.  Everything has already been done!  Michel just needs help with the manufacturing cost per game.

Game Design: Clean and simple game board, and I mean clean and simple.  The game board offers eight (8) white squares found in front of the two players, indicating the number of current letter tiles in use.  This is found on a black game board with tile square outlines and the game logo in one corner.  That’s it.  Everything you need to play the game with no distractions.  To be honest, nothing else is needed.  That’s because the tiles steal the show.  The game tiles are a true one-of-a-kind piece of art.  A must see for yourself design.  Enough said.

Game Review (first impression): WordTov seems like a normal word game at first glance.  But don’t be fooled.  This game allows the player to capture the other player’s words in an attempt to color the board in blue or red.  To win is simple, spread color (blue or red), across the board, making sure to have the most color on the board when the game tiles can no longer be placed.

Closing Thoughts: I would recommend reviewing this game, but only if dominating someone at a game of wits is a true passion.  The pledge amounts seem fair with free shipping in the U.S. and Europe.

Please feel free to ask questions, share comments or post a first impression.

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Don’t Be a Loser (a party board game)

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Don’t Be a Loser is a party board game by All Over the Board Games allovertheboardgames.com of Reno, NV (18 projects backed)

Inventor: Matt Leitz

Funding Goal: $20,000 ending Thur, Nov. 20th 2014 at 10:59 PM CST.

This is a first created project.  www.kickstarter.com/projects/havefun/dont-be-a-loser-ridiculously-fun-party-board-game

The First Impression:

Video (6:21): Music was spot on (nice music to voice levels).  A bit long overall, but managed to still keep me watching.  Always nice to see people playing the game and having fun.  The game review quotes throughout are clutch (shows support of the game and breaks up the video nicely).  Matt was clear on the basic rules and seems to be sincere about the game and his goals.

Game Logo: Nice clean logo with bold colors; however, the LOSER all in gold gives the appearance that the LOSER is the real winner.

Game Name and Slogan: Appropriate name for the game and a clever slogan.

Project Page: Layout flows well.  Nice artwork throughout.  Pros. of Don’t Be a Loser to the cons. of other party games.  How the game works and what’s included.  Provides the number of players, ages and avg. game times.  What the LOSER suffers “The Exciting Twist”.  Game card challenges and optional Shenanigans expansion pack challenges.  Reasons to back the game and a convincing “Risks and challenges” section.

Game Design: Well designed board.  Clean and simple.  The board has a center starting location with two directions of movement (losers to the left, winners to the right).  Below is a Challenger and Contender area where wagers can be placed.  The card backs have the game logo and same background design as the board.  The game uses meeples, tokens, one ten sided die and a sand timer.

Game Review (first impression): Don’t Be a Loser seems like it would be a GREAT party game!  I like the free float in and out concept (a party game must have).  The side wagering action appears to be engaging and a huge source of the fun.  Friends against friends.  What could go wrong?  Watching friends make fools of themselves while wagering on the outcome; plus, at one point getting the chance to become the fool.  The screw on the dice is also a nice touch.  Sabotage another and move on.  I bet this would feel good!  The optional Shenanigans expansion pack also offers some exciting challenges.

Closing Thoughts: I would recommend reviewing this game, that’s if having FUN is on the old Bucket List.  The pledge amounts seem fair with free shipping in the U.S.  A $10 print-and-play is also available, but is FREE to backers of the full version.

Please feel free to ask questions, share comments or post a first impression.