Seal of the Republic

Spreading the word to others about games we like is one of the more rewarding aspects of the hobby. This is great – if you already have a finished product. It’s a lot easier to talk about games in finished terms since this is how most of us experience them. But it takes a lot of effort to get them to that point. Only a small percentage of games become the final product you see on shelves, complete with their meeples & minis, dice, blocks, and a whole lot of cardboard. Game designers may have testers needed to fine-tune their game, but they traditionally lacked one vital component to take their dream from prototype to a box in your hands: funding. With the rise of crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it’s opened new doors for designers to raise the money they need.

Here at The Cardboard Republic, we take special interest in the independent game developers. You never know when one of them may be the next big hit, and even if they aren’t a runaway commercial success, they still may be a lot of fun. Sure, not all games that go through crowdfunding sites are winners, and it can be daunting to search blindly. It’s hard enough to spread the word on games that already exist in the marketplace; it’s entirely different when the game isn’t yet a reality.

We want to help bring attention to those that we feel are worth a look, but we cannot approach an unfinished game with the same criteria we do for our full reviews. Instead, we are providing a much shorter, more concise glance at ongoing or finished games that have earned the Seal of the Republic. These often will be on crowdfunding sites, but it is available to any independent game development in process. We think they are worth taking a look at, and maybe afterwards, you will too.


Seal of the Republic Recipients:

Previewing: The Networks

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Welcome back, dear viewer, to Silver City public access! We’re once again on the air after repairing the transmission cable a local family of raccoons chewed through. Again. We have at least one new show debuting this month – once...
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Previewing: Loop, Inc.

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McFly! Now look here Mc..hey, wait a minute. You’re not McFly. You certainly look like him though. Then again, all our employees look the same to me…No bother. Look, how are we doing with our sales projections? What do you...
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Previewing: RESISTOR_

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Look, we all knew the end of the world was coming at the hands at the hands of our computers. It’s been a given pretty much as long as we’ve had them. It really shouldn’t come as a shock to...
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Previewing: Vault Wars


Thirteen, we have thirteen. Do I hear fourteen? Anywhere? Fourteen to the tall gentleman in the back! Fifteen, fifteen? Fourteen going once – fifteen to the gnome down in front! Sorry m’am, didn’t see you there. Now that we have...
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Previewing: Trickerion


Come! Join us one and all as we step up on to the the stage majestic and into a world of wonder and magic. From there, we’ll take you and the rest of the audience behind the curtain to see...
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Previewing: Tiny Epic Galaxies

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Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space. – Douglas Adams   Alright,...
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Previewing: Lanterns


As the season’s final crops are brought in and stored, you can’t help but feel a tinge of excitement. Not for the harvest, no, but for what comes next. Tradition is that after the harvest, the imperial court holds a...
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Previewing: Nautilus Industries


When Captain Nemo was navigating the world’s waters in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, nothing was more mysterious or exciting than his unique submersible, the Nautilus. It was Nemo’s masterpiece, and its advanced technologies during those voyages were his closely...
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Previewing: Tiny Epic Defenders

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Your tiny epic kingdom is in peril – dire peril- and only a small band of 1-4 defenders can save it! Or die trying. You’ll probably die trying, honestly. Tiny Epic Defenders is the co-op sequel to Tiny Epic Kingdoms,...
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Previewing: Harbour

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So, Harbour is a game about shipping goods…. Wait, wait, wait! Hear me out. It’s only about shipping goods… Come back! Did I mention it doesn’t take place in medieval Europe? And that it’s a particularly potent and engaging game...
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