It’s good to know we still live in a world where the enthusiasm for good quality fantasy board games exists. If you don’t believe me, speak to Adam Poots, the brain child behind two successful Kickstarter campaigns with his game Kingdom Death.
The first version, Kingdom Death: Monster, received 5410 backers who pledged just over $2 million. Despite the success, a lot of us missed out on this ‘monster’ of a game since it had a fairly limited release. It seems no one wants to make that mistake again and miss out this time; the latest iteration of the game called Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 is taking off like white on rice.
Already, the pledge goal of $100,000 looks like a distant spec in Kingdom Death’s rearview mirror as it already has raised $5.5 million. According to Kicktraq, the campaign raised $4.2 million in the first 24 hours alone from 9600 backers and the current trend line puts the projected total at nearly $50 million.
Just stop and think about that – a fantasy board game potentially raising $50 million dollars – doesn’t that put a smile on your face.
What’s On Offer This Time?
#KingdomDeath: Monster 1.5 includes a reprint of the original game for newcomers, so just relax, you didn't miss out. In addition, the new and exciting 1.5 version also includes: refined rules, an upgrade pack, and a brand new expansion called The First Hero.
The purpose of this expansion is to help players start more advanced campaigns at Lantern Year 12 or 20. Instead of simply providing complicated rules to generate later settlements, your showdown with the First Hero will create the advanced settlement that you can take over.
It is good to know that Adam Poost has taken on board the feedback received from Kingdom Death: Monster, and sought to improve the game for existing fans who are looking to continue their Kingdom Death journey.
What Makes the Game So Good?
I love playing RPG style games with friends. When everyone is fully focused on the game, everyone's inhabitations are removed, allowing the table to be engaged beyond the simple mechanics of a board game.
A cooperative nightmare horror game experience. Hunt intelligent monsters and develop your settlement through a self-running campaign.
Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 aims to further that experience by providing a the level of detail in the story, figurines, gaming board, cards and tokens that bonds players to the care and time taken to develop the obvious level of artwork.
A good game pulls you into to a world far removed from your surroundings, where the choices made feel far reaching and dramatic to the individual and group as a whole. I only wish my girlfriend in High School understood the importance of such a game.
In one particular instance while playing Dungeon and Dragons in an empty class room, my girlfriend and her friends walked in. I had completely forgotten I even had a girlfriend and at first, my friends and I awkwardly ignored them. It really was ridiculous, with both groups sitting at opposite ends of the room not knowing what to do.
On one side, was my girlfriend expectedly looking over to me, while fending off complaints from her bevy of beauties. On my side of shocked teenage boys, I had all my friends anxiously looking at me to resolve the situation. “Don’t look at me" I said, "I have no idea what to do?” Who knew girlfriends wanted to hang out with you - all the time!
What’s The Cost?
So far, the average pledge amount is $458, which is a huge investment and endorsement of people's love for tabletop games in general.
For people who already own Kingdom Death: Monster, you can walk away with only spending between $50 to $195. If you want the core game, the price starts from $200, however there is a $1,666 pledge option that will give you all the bells and whistles, which includes:
• Kingdom Death: Monster Core Game 1.5
• Gambler's Chest
• All 12 Current Expansions (Dragon King, Flower Knight, Etc...)
• All new* expansions from this Kickstarter
• All new* pinups from this Kickstarter
• All new* promos from this Kickstarter
• Exclusive Satan T-Shirt
• Pinups of Death - Series 1
• All Pinups & Promos from last Kingdom Death: Monster Kickstarter
That is a serious financial commitment for any fan – yikes!
Don’t Miss Out Again
The clock is ticking with the Kickstart ending on Sun, Jan 8 2017, 10:00 AM AEDT. That may seem like a lifetime away, but it will be here before you know it and you don’t want to let this one get away.
Prior to Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5, the highest funded game project on Kickstarter was Exploding Kittens with $8 million dollars pledged. That used to seem like a lot, but Kickstarter projects are constantly pushing the envelope and will only continue to break new records.
Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 is already a success, no doubt about it. A super creepy Kickstarter board game that is on track to raise $50 Million can only be a good thing.
What do you think about these massive Kickstarter projects?