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It’s great fun to scour Kickstarter’s tabletop game category, and this week’s selection has aliens abducting cows faster than a befuddled farmer can stop them. What’s not to love?

Heifer Heist is the brainchild of designer Katie Khau and writer Jess Chu. It’s for 2-4 players aged 10 and up, and takes anywhere from 20 to 50 minutes to play. You play as space aliens who need biological material to fuel their crashed starship. The’ve landed in a cow field, so there’s plenty of “material” around. You must abduct cows while avoiding hazards like silos, farm equipment and, of course, the angry farmer.

The aliens benefit from crop circles (of course), which provide various advantages in the form of cards. On the farmer’s turn, he moves to a random tile to disrupt the aliens’ plans. Once 10 cows have been abducted, the game ends.

I love a good family game, and Heifer Heist seems to fit the bill. The components are good-looking, too. The project has raised a little over $8,000 towards its goal of $35,oo0 with five days to go as of this writing. It doesn’t look good, so go and help the aliens escape earth!

The 2014 International Gamers Awards nominees have been announced in both the Multi-Payer Games category and the Two-Player Games category. The lucky titles are:

Multiplayer Games

Two-player Games

I haven’t played all of those titles, but Lewis and Clark recently became a favorite. It’s a deceptively deep game that won’t necessarily scare away those who typically avoid Euros. The components are quite nice, too. Do you have any favorites on the list?

The winners should be announced in September, 2014.

Could a card game introduced by a cartoon dog actually be fun in the real world? When that game is Card Wars (about $20), based on the eponymous episode of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, the answer is “yes.”

Card Wars by Cryptozoic Entertainment is a two-player, collectible card game that embraces the surreal, absurdist humor of Adventure Time. It’s meant for players aged 10 and up and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

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