RUiN. Top-down arcade-style arena brawler. Online PvP, inspired by the Warcraft 3 mod “Warlock”. Select a character from 3 tribes (Bears, Apes, Red Pandas), equip armor and weapons, and select ability loadout. Seems there are persistent drops, let’s hope there aren’t microtransactions. SEK 46,225 pledged of SEK 100,000 goal, 31 days to go
Mutant Football League. Gory fantasy American football a-la Bloodbowl, except not turn-based. I think? I am currently on such a crap internet connection I literally can’t watch Youtube. $53,058 pledged of $60,000 goal, 29 remaining
Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire. Lots of news, if you want details check the separate thread in the RPS forums. But lots of stretch goals unlocked, like subclasses, 2 level higher level cap, AI scripting+GUI a-la Dragon Age Origins, a 7th party member, localization (Russian, Polish, Spanish). Upcoming goals include separate hand-drawn NPC portraits for every important NPC like quest givers, and twice as much voice-over. Not yet revealed but hinted at is an upgradable stronghold which will be much better tied into game mechanics and quests this time, very probably a pirate ship. $2,139,856 of $1,100,000 goal, 19 days left.
Sunless Skies, the sequel to Sunless Seas. The prequel has been widely praised for the writing, less widely praised for the gameplay, but they promise they will improve here Lots of stretch goals unlocked - 3 new backgrounds (zee-captain, revolutionary, auditor of the ministry), 3 legendary wrecks (The Berringer, Parzifal, The Boatman), and a smuggling mechanic with illicit goods tied into the stories, and the ability to outfit your vessel with secret compartments. £210,810 pledged of £100,000 goal, 26 days remaining.
Sundered. A Lovecraftian-Metroidvanian 2d platformer by the makers of Jotun. CA$ 97,366 pledged of CA$ 25,000 goal, 11 days to go.
Beautiful Desolation. By the talented Bischoff brothers who did Stasis and are also helping out inXile with Wasteland 3. You may recognize their isometric re-imagening of games like Bioshock and Assassin’s Creed. Isometric adventure game set in post-apocalyptic Africa, all the scenery is based on things from the real world. $82,818 pledged of $120,000 goal, 13 days to go.
Banner Saga 3. The trilogy looks like it is going to get a happy ending (financially at least), after great reviews but low-profile launch of BS2, this one is going strong. I’m looking forward to playing through the whole trilogy. $241,423 pledged of $200,000 goal, 30 days to go.
Apocalypse Now - the game. In collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola, veterans from games like the Witcher, Fallout: New Vegas and Battlefield are creating a first person narrative driven psychological horror RPG (“It’s not a FPS!”). They have gotten into a lot more detail, and the pace has picked up, but it still looks unlikely to make it. It is a tall order to ask for $900 000 and say that this is actually not enough to finish the game. Still, at least they are honest about it which not all big Kickstarters have been. $160,701 pledged of $900,000 goal, 18 days to go.
Thaumistry - in charm’s way. A text adventure game by Bob Bates who worked at Infocom on Sherlock - Riddle of the Crown Jewels and Arthur: The Quest for Excalibur, and at Legend on titles like Spellcasting 101 and Eric the Unready. This is urban fantasy basically, the protagonist realizes that he has magical aptitude and his very presence disrupts technology - a Bodger. This together with Southern Monsters below was mentioned by Emily Short on the RPS frontpage. One cool thing is that if they reach the $40 000 stretch goal for Android and $50 000 for iOS, the TADS game engine will be ported to those platform, making hundreds of IF games available. $24,121 pledged of $25,000 goal, 16 days to go.
Southern Monsters. Interactive fiction set in the Weird South of the US. A dark comedy based on the creator’s own experiences, about cryptids, being disabled, and domestic abuse. $8,316 pledged of $8,000 goal, 19 days to go.
UnDungeon. Pixelart action RPG with roguelike elements, part of the SquareEnix Collective. Hyperlight Drifter-ish, but with 7 unique characters to choose between that play differently, have different upgrade paths, and unique storylines and endings. Stretch goals unlocked are one additional person quest chain per character, and a home base/hub level. €66,281 pledged of €50,000 goal, 7 days to go.
The Pedestrian. 2D puzzle platformer, where you run from signpost to signpost. Looks a lot better than it sounds. $15,053 pledged of $21,000 goal, 11 days remaining.
Legrand Legacy. Turn based JRPG with lots of cinematics. Has gotten enthusiastic blurbs from PC Gamer and Gamereactor. £34,186 pledged of £40,000 goal, 12 days left.
Pixel Princess Blitz. Sandbox roguelike 2d action RPG, with an anime inspired art style as would be expected with that name. €88,438 pledged of €77,700 goal, 3 days to go.
Little Bug - stylish 2D platform adventure. $35,217 of $35,000 goal, 4 days remaining.
Solo - cell shaded 3D exploration game which also aims to be an introspective meditation on love. Got a mention from Pip on the frontpage. $40,450 of $64,500 goal, 18 days remaining
**Jupiter hell, Kingdoms and Castles, Stardrop-0, 100 days of mystery,The Herbologist, Unknown Realm,