Nerdsourcing: Steam Bandits: Outpost, Relic Knights, Rack N Ruin, And Prime Wars

Posted August 13, 2012 - By Alex Rubens

Nerdsourcing finds you the best crowd sourcing projects from Kickstater, Indiegogo, and other such sites, and brings them straight to your wallet. Give, help spread the word, or just find out what’s going to be the hot new thing in the future; nerdsourcing is there to help support the dreamers out there looking to make the impossible a reality or those looking for the next big thing an edge on the competition. Time is limited to fund these projects so don’t wait to long.

Steam Bandits: Outpost

It seems like we’re hearing about a new city-building game every day on Facebook, but they all have one thing in common that keeps us from playing them: waiting or paying. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with that style of play, but it’s much more fun to pay for something that you actually use, like styling your house or an in-game item. That’s the whole idea behind Steam Bandits: Outpost. It’s not even a Facebook game at all; it’ll be out on iOS, Android, Mac, and PC under the free-to-play model later this year if everything goes according to plan.

If you enjoy the social aspect of it, don’t worry, that’s still there and stronger than ever. You won’t have to annoy friends asking for energy or a rare breed of cow. You can simply work together on missions and have fun. Since the game is free to play, the rewards are filled with in-game items and currency to boost your experience.

Reward: For a $5 pledge, you get 55 iocaine points (in-game currency) and access to the backer forums to submit ideas.

Relic Knights

Relic Knights is a miniatures tabletop game filled with Science Fiction and Anime. Relic Knights is different from most tabletop miniatures games in that it doesn’t use dice at all, instead opting for the use of cards that control the gameplay in a much more cinematic setting. Character attacks rely on the cards that are drawn, so it’s just as much of a random chance if you’ll be to attack or not, but it allows you to save attacks and prepare a strategy, rather than blind luck.

Relic Knights’ style is based on common styles and genres from videogames, manga, and anime. The miniatures are beautiful and made of high quality material, though they come unpainted, so that raises the barrier of entry quite a bit.

Reward: You can grab one Faction Starter of your choice for $50.

Rack n Ruin

Rack n Ruin is a beautifully charming top-down action adventure that pits players as Rack, a little devil tasked with conquering worlds, the only problem is that he has a habit for destroying the world, rather than conquering it for takeover. It’s a really clever idea for a story and brings some of the charm of a redemption tale.

Everything in Rack n Ruin is hand-drawn, giving the game a beautiful quirky feel. The open-world nature of the game opens it up to hours of gameplay filled with secret areas and dungeons. Since Rack is a devil, he doesn’t use your typical sword and shield weapons, but instead opts of spells and artifacts. He can call in a variety of different spell attacks to take out whatever enemies might stand in his way.

Reward: For a $10 pledge, you’ll receive a digital copy of the game and artbook.

Prime Wars

Featuring art from over 55 of the leading artists from around the world, Prime Wars is a strategic card battle game for 2 to 4 people that transports players to a world filled with 7 races that are all fighting for control of the same territory. Each race is a distinct advantage over the other, giving them different race cards and powers. The game is quick and shouldn’t last more than 15 minutes each time, which allows for multiround gameplay and scoring which keeps battles going for hours at a time.

Prime Wars actually started as an art project that gathered the best artists from around the world in to one definite “best of” art book. The amount of talent behind the project should be reason enough to back it, but the fast gameplay is another reason all to itself.

Reward: For $20, you’ll get a copy of the Prime Wars game delivered to the US or UK.

Nerdsourcing: Steam Bandits: Outpost, Relic Knights, Rack N Ruin, And Prime Wars


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