The first thing I noticed on the campaign for Planetoid by Portal Dragon was a Canadian maple leaf. No, the game isn’t Canadian, and neither is the company, but I thought it was pretty cool that Canada was included in the game, even if just in the shipping considerations. That doesn’t happen nearly often enough.
In Planetoid, a resource-collecting game, players are asteroid miners in deep space, trying to make more discoveries and bigger bonuses than their competition. The “flip a chip” mechanic of the game
The base goal for this campaign is $4,000 (USD), and they have already exceeded that. Pledging is simple, $22 gets you one copy of the game when it’s done. Extra copies of the game can be added at $20 (but as an add-on, not a pledge level). The company’s previous game, Palm Island, is also available as an add-on, for $18. Shipping is fairly reasonable: $5 within the USA; $7 for the UK, EU, China and Hong Kong; $8 for Canada; Australia and New Zealand; or $12 for “the rest of the world”.
There are several stretch goals listed: technical improvements like a UV coating for the box and game pieces, or a more durable game board, as well as a score pad. There have already been hints of other stretches in the future, if the campaign gets past $24,000.
In my opinion, this game has a good design based on a cool idea, and the company has the experience to get it done.