If you’ve never heard of it before, Kingdom Death: Monster is a cooperative board game set in a nightmare-horror world. You have to fight for your life, scavenge, craft, and band together to survive. The game is supported by a range of highly detailed (and seriously creepy) miniatures. Even though it seems like a pretty niche game, even by board games standards, the first Kickstarter for the original Kingdom Death: Monster ran in January 2013, and earned $2,049,721 of their original $35,000 goal, from a total of 5410 backers.
Despite taking roughly three years to fulfill the original Kickstarter, which was way over the original timeline of eleven months, interest around the original game has remained high. Creator Adam Poots launched the Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 Kickstarter in November 2016, bringing back the core game with multiple expansions and a more flexible campaign. For a minimum of $5, backers could choose exactly which add-ons they wanted, and pledge for just those expansions. The Kickstarter came with the usual Pledge levels as well, which could get you all the expansions, the core game plus expansions, and more.
This new formula, plus more realistic delivery dates, seems to have done the trick. The project closed on January 8 with a whopping $12,393,139 from over 19,000 backers. Before this, the highest funded table top game was the immensely popular Exploding Kittens, which closed on over $8.7 million from almost 220,000 backers. Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 has overtaken that goal handily, and is now the fourth most funded project in Kickstarter history.
If you backed the Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 Kickstarter, you still have almost four years to wait for your pledge delivery date, which is currently sitting at December 2020. So, plenty of time to reflect on just how broke this game has made you, in other words.