Casual Game Crowdfunding: Go to the Market, Defend the Tower, and Take a Holiday | Casual Game Revolution

Casual Game Crowdfunding: Go to the Market, Defend the Tower, and Take a Holiday

Floating Market

It seems to be the month for dice games, with more than a few of the games on this list featuring lots of dice and rolling. However If you're more interested in miniatures than dice, you might also want to check out Cryptozoic Entertainment's campaign for Ghostbusters: The Board Game, which received over $400,000 worth of pledges in just a few days.

Floating Market

Floating Market (Eagle-Gryphon Games) – This game is based on the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Thailand where goods are sold from boats that move up and down the river. In the game, players take on the role of grandchildren trying to collect five different kinds of fruit. Each player has a large collection of dice. Every turn they place meeples in different locations around the market and place one of their dice into the dice pool. After everyone has placed their meeples, the entire dice pool is rolled and the total of the dice will equal the number on one of the boats selling fruit on the river. The boat whose number the dice match is the one that will pass out fruit that round. Where you've placed your meeple can either give you bonuses or have an effect on the dice results.

EPIC DICE Tower Defense

EPIC DICE Tower Defense (Potluck Games) – In this tower defense dice game, players use dice to represent towers, monsters and spells. They build towers and send monsters after each other in an attempt to destroy each other’s buildings. At the beginning of each round, players are given gold, which they use to build towers, reroll dice, cast spells, or hire monsters. During the attack phase, players may send a wave of monsters against another player's tower. The entire group of dice representing the monsters is then rolled and those that show a number lower than the tower's strength are removed. If the number on the dice equals or exceeds the tower's strength, the monster has won and the tower is destroyed.

Hitman Holiday

Hitman Holiday (Medieval Lords) – Players take on the roles of assassins at a fancy resort. At the start of the game, every player is given a secret target to try to kill. You have to be careful as you attempt to take out your target because you're also someone else's target. But at the same time, you want to move quickly, because the longer it takes you the more chance there is that your target will figure out who is trying to kill them.

Lost Woods

Lost Woods (Poppy Jasper Games) – You're camping in the Lost Woods. Might not have been the smartest choice. Players are attempting to find their way out of the labyrinth of trees. You find weapons and potions, gold and magic, fight ogres, squirrels, and other denizens of the forest, all in an attempt to escape. Players explore the woods, until one of them has found the way out and the game ends, at which point the player with the most gold wins. There is a tile laying mechanic which changes the shape of the woods which, together with the randomized encounters, makes the game change every time.


Stipulations (Black Light Games) – Players draw a card which allows them to announce their new super power, their new job, their fulfilled dream, what they have a lifetime supply of, etc. Once an announcement is made, the others players all write down a stipulation, such as 'you can teleport' but 'it always stubs your toe.' The stipulations are then read by the original player, who picks which one they would least want, and that stipulation wins the card. The player also draws a bonus card which has a special category such as 'painful' and they must choose which stipulation wins for that category. At the end of the game, the player with the most cards wins.

Floating Market

Wizard Dodgeball (Peter Newland) – A game for two people in which players pick a team of five wizards, choose the spells they want to use, and compete in the interplanar Wizard Dogeball tournament. Dice are rolled when attacking and defending, while you use an action to pass the ball or enchant your teammates. This is a relaunch campaign, and this new version of the game features clearer rules and impressive new artwork.

Posse: Wild West Justice

Posse: Wild West Justice (SP Hansen) – Recruit a posse, collect warrants and hunt down outlaws. The player with the most reward money at the end of the game wins. You can build your posse with townsfolk, cowboys and gunslingers, while some outlaws are far more dangerous than others. The game uses a combination of cards and dice and takes fifteen to thirty minutes to play.


Grifter (Black Coyotl Eastern) – Players compete to be the first to pull off a grand con in this card game set in the days of the old and Wild West. In order to do so they need a mark, a business, and the opportunity. You use tricks, shills, and monte cards to get closer to your con while stopping others from pulling off their own.

Full disclosure: unless otherwise noted, we have not seen or played any of the above games. Our assessment of each is based on the information given on the crowdfunding project page.