A new Kickstarter project has crossed my path, and I have mixed feelings about it.
Dead Men Tell No Tales is a game from Kane Klenko, designer of some of my favourite little games of late like Fuse and Flipships. Dead Men is a cooperative game for up to five players where you search burning ships for treasure as well as battle sailors and others that would rather you didn’t make it off the ship. The mechanics are generally familiar, with each player having some actions they can perform and a certain number of action points to spend each turn.
There are a couple of twists to it though. The first is you build the ships as you play kind of like Betrayal at House on the Hill. The second is something Pandemic players would love – you can give your unused action points to another player.
The play is interesting, but it’s not a game I have tried to get a whole lot of people to play yet, but this might change.
The new project is the expansion – Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Kraken.
The Kraken is almost funded with 22 days to go and adds the titular Kraken as both a timing mechanic (it’s trying to pull the boat down) and a victory condition as you will have to defeat it. It does sound interesting. Also included in the project are miniatures that you can buy for the original and the expansion. I don’t think this is a game that screamed for minis, but it’s a nice touch.
It’s hard to be too excited for an expansion to a game that keeps getting pushed down the ‘bring this to games night tonight’ list. It is a solid choice if you enjoyed the original game, or want to deluxify the original by adding the minis!
Until next time,