The popularity of crowdfunding hasn’t gone unnoticed by the tabletop community. It has given a chance to lesser known (or brand new) developers to get their ideas made into real games. And fans gave them a lot of money as well. Below we discuss 10 highly funded Kickstarter campaigns that resulted in very good board games.
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Top 10 Kickstarter board games
10. Tiny Epic Quest $589,816
In Tiny Epic Quest, players embark on a sandbox adventure. Each player controls a group of three elven heroes who are on a quest to save the world and the sacred mushroom people from the invading goblins.
A peaceful world is torn apart by the opening of a gate from the goblin kingdom. Dirty goblins flow the peaceful forests and villages of the elf world. Now you, the hero, must go on a quest to make up for this. There are two ways to victory: closing the gate or killing all the goblins. Which one do you choose? Regardless, your treasure hunts will be assisted by the help of surviving mushroom people – and by the epic objects that have been lost in the deep dungeons of the empire. The end is fast approaching, so you have to act fast to save the world, but you also have to know when your luck runs out …
Average pledge: $34
Total percentage financed: 3932%
Developer: Gamelyn Games
9. Secret Hitler $1,479,046
Secret Hitler is a dramatic game of political intrigue and betrayal in the 1930s Germany. Each player is randomly and secretly assigned as a liberal or fascist, and one player is in secret Hitler. Coordinate the fascists to sow mistrust and put their cold-blooded leader in power; the liberals must find and stop the secret Hitler before it’s too late. The liberal team always has a majority.
Average pledge: $43
Total percentage financed: 2716%
Developer: Max Temkin
8. Scythe $1,810,295
It is a time of unrest in Europe of the 1920s. The aftermath of the First World War makes the snow even darker. The capitalist city-state, simply known as ‘The Factory’, which fed the war with heavily armored mechs, has closed its doors and attracts the attention of several nearby countries.
Scythe is a game in an alternative history in the period of the 1920s. It is a time of agriculture and war, broken hearts and rusty gears, innovation and courage. In Scythe, each player represents a character from one of the five factions of Eastern Europe who try to earn their fortune and claim the share of their faction in the country around the mysterious factory. Players conquer areas, recruit new troops, harvest goods, obtain new villagers, build and activate monstrous mechs.
Average pledge: $102
Total percentage financed: 5485%
Developer: Stonemaier Games
7. Conan $3,327,757
Conan, designed by Fred Henry and based on Robert E. Howard’s Conan universe, is a scenario-based semi-cooperative board game with asymmetric miniatures. One player is the Overlord, who plays the opposition power and the other players (1 to 4) play Conan and his companions: Shevatas the thief, Hadrathus the Priest/Wizard, Call the pirate-queen, Valeria the warrior, etc. The game is purely based on Robert E. Howard’s novels and short stories (and not on the films or other non-Howardian material). The publisher hired Patrice Louinet, a Howard expert, to ensure that the art and scenarios are compatible with Howard’s vision.
Average pledge: $207
Total percentage financed: 4159%
Developer: Monolith Board Games LLC
6. Massive Darkness $3,560,643
Massive Darkness brings the classic fantasy-RPG fantasy experience to the board game, with an action-packed campaign packed with stunning thumbnails and a streamlined system that keeps the focus on the actions of the heroes, without the need for a game master to control the enemies.
Choose your hero, choose a class, determine what skills you spend your XP on and get booty by searching the dungeons or killing special enemies! Take on a variety of different enemy types or bypass your enemies by taking advantage of the dark areas of the map.
Average pledge: $159
Total percentage financed: 1780%
5. Gloomhaven $3,999,795
Gloomhaven is a game full of tactical battles in a persistent world of changing motives. Players will take on the role of a itinerant adventurer with their own special abilities and their own reasons to travel to this dark corner of the world. Players must work together to clear dangerous dungeons and forgotten ruins out of necessity. In this process, they will improve their skills with experience and loot, discover new locations to explore and plunder, and expand an ever-branching story sparked by the decisions they make.
Average pledge: $98
Total percentage financed: 3999%
Developer: Cephalofair Games
4. Zombicide Black Plague $4,079,204
Zombicide: Black Plague takes the zombie apocalypse to a fantastic medieval setting! The mysterious powers of the Necromancers have unleashed a zombie invasion in the age of swords and sorcery, and it’s up to your group of survivors not only to stay alive during these dark times, but to take back the empire and punish those responsible for the Apocalypse!
Average pledge: $195
Total percentage financed: 3236%
3. Rising Sun $4,228,060
Rising Sun is a game about honor, negotiation and warfare in a feudal Japan where the ancient gods (kami) have returned to rebuild the empire.
While Blood Rage Risk relied on risk and danger, Rising Sun relies on negotiation as its main game element. Negotiate, create alliances and wage war. Capture hostages and commit seppuku. The game contains an honorary track, which stands or falls based on your actions.
Backers: 31,262 Backers
Average pledge: $135
Total percentage financed: 1409%
2. Dark Souls: The Board Game £5,425,717
Darks Souls: The Board Game is a brutal and difficult discovery game for 1-4 players. Prepare to die!
The game features a “quick set up, long play” mechanism that quickly brings you into the game and enlarges and adjusts the location during your exploration. The feeling of danger can be felt as you discover new locations and the monsters that live in these dark places. The combat mechanism and hostile behavior system force you to make profound strategic choices and clever management of your endurance to survive.
Average pledge: £121
Total percentage financed: 7542%
Developer: Steamforged Games Ltd
1. Kingdom Death: Monster $12,393,140
Kingdom Death: Monster is a fully cooperative game. Located in a unique nightmarish world devoid of most natural resources, you control a settlement at the beginning of its existence. Fight monsters, create weapons and equipment and develop your settlement to ensure your survival from generation to generation.
Average pledge: $643
Total percentage financed: 12.390%
Developer: Kingdom Death
Do you think these games are deserving of the amount of money they got? Did they deliver on their promises? A few of the games on this list made it to the top 100 board games so i am sure a lot of people are happy with the amount of money that they pledged.