Fancy Board Game Will Probably Smash Kickstarter Records

Fancy Board Game Will Probably Smash Kickstarter Records

A few years ago, there was a very successful Kickstarter campaign for a board game called Kingdom Death: Monster. This week, a new, improved version of the game hit the crowdfunding service, and in only a few days has raised over seven million dollars.

The original game had two key appeals: It had a neat premise (people working together to build and hunt on a world inhabited by big, dangerous monsters), but just as important, it had a ton of very cool miniatures, offering the kind of premium board game experience that a lot of modern gamers would like to enjoy/spend money on, but which most traditional publishers would be too scared to print.

Fancy Board Game Will Probably Smash Kickstarter RecordsThat is a very nice box.

That is a very nice box.

Kingdom Death: Monster is now completely sold out so, bolstered by the reception to the original and everything he’s learned since, designer Adam Poots has been working on this updated version — Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 — which will not only let those who missed out get their hands on a copy, but might entice existing owners to upgrade, since this will be a fancier edition, with new expansions and new rules.

Those looking to get the full experience with the core game will be spending a minimum of $US250-300 ($333-400) (reminder: Board games are not a cheap hobby), while those upgrading from the original can get away with just getting the new stuff for $US60-195 ($80-260).

Fancy Board Game Will Probably Smash Kickstarter RecordsLook at these God damn miniatures.

Look at these goddamn miniatures.

The core game is expected to ship next year. Poots is being very real with the final delivery date of all stretch goals and expansions, though, estimating that the full Kingdom Death 1.5 experience won’t be in gamer’s hands until 2020.

At time of writing, the campaign has made $US5,300,761 ($7,077,590), with 39 days remaining. The current record-holder for a board/card game on Kickstarter is Exploding Kitten’s $US8 million ($10 million), a record that at this rate will only be standing for another few days.

Kingdom Death 1.5 was only asking for $US100,000 ($133,828).


  • I was wondering if this would make Kotaku news. I brought in on the original copy, have been having games now and again with friends. Was surprised how many who’ve not been into board\table top games, have enjoyed this game. The physical quality of the game is outstanding and if you play often enough, you can quickly move through the various stages. I couldn’t help but back the upgrade. Don’t mind waiting either, still got plenty of models to paint and bosses to kill.

  • Damn that looks amazing, Not sure If I can throw the cash on it though. Already spent a tonne on the Dark Souls boardgame. >_>

  • Game looks fun, miniatures are spectacularly detailed but way too much on the T and A side of things for my tastes.

  • Great idea and production quality. I would be embarrassed to be seen with all that adolescent bikini armour on my coffee table though.

    • Flicked through the campaign page and honestly couldn’t see what you or @derrick were talking about. The figures all looked like they do pretty well in terms of keeping the male and females equivalent in terms of armour/clothing.

      • They have Pinup model’s which were more of a extra “for fun” optional purchase to the game. I don’t think they have any involvement in the game, other then a busty alternative models. See the original Kickstarter for pictures.

        The game is R18 and designed for Adults, so there are some risky models in some of the addons (basically naked slave girls). In the guide book there is bunch of T’s, A’s and D’s, but nothing over the top explicit. However If it looks like Phallic Symbolism then it likely it is.

        If you look at other Kingdom Death models that aren’t part of Monster, there are some pretty special models. Wet Nurse for instance, is certainly NSFW.

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