Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 has closed as the fourth most funded Kickstarter project

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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.

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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.

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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.

Last Updated: January 9, 2017

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  • I think I am going to enjoy the Table Top section. Even though I am still a noob at all this 😛

    • Unavengedavo

      Same here, we’re trying to get into some more tabletop gaming this year. We started off with Drinking quest and are looking to expand a bit O_o

  • Hargrim

    Good on ’em. Bit heavy for my taste

  • Hammersteyn

    I dunno, investing in this seemed “dicey”

    • Hargrim

      One article!

      One tabletop article and the dice puns start. This is why we can’t have nice things

      • Hammersteyn

        Someone had to.

  • Daniel Hallinan

    I spent more money than on this kickstarter than I did on the ORIGINAL Kingdom Death kickstarter (not counting follow up pledge openings), and barely got any of the stuff I really wanted.

    I’m poor now.

    Also some quick clarification: All of the *NEW* content is releasing any time between 2018 to 2020. The core game and update pack are planned to release *this year*.

    Also also, great to have a game that’s *actually good* take the top spot. ;P

    • Tracy Benson

      Haha, a game that’s “actually good”? Why are you salty about Exploding Kittens?

      • Daniel Hallinan

        Nah, not salty at all!

        Exploding Kittens ain’t a bad game! It’s not a good one either, though 😛

        To elaborate, Exploding Kittens was sold, bought and celebrated on it’s theme and art, and little else. While the theme resulted in laughs, theme dissolves away with the familiarity that comes with repeated plays. And when all that falls away, what’s left is a game that reveals itself to be largely mediocre.

        The game isn’t bought to be played, it’s bought to be laughed with.

        edit:
        Uh… I reread this and realized how dismissive I sounded :O
        (Which just made me sound salty after all!)

        Curse you Cold Internet Text that doesn’t convey the affection I have for these games!

  • Craig “Crios” Boonzaier

    I had a look at this, but the price point was a bit steep, also I recently spent my tabletop monies on a Copy of Mysterium and a few boxes of Pathfinder Pawns.
    Maybe one day I will get it through a different medium.

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