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Dark Souls board game gets crowd-funded…in three minutes

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Prepare to roll yo. Dark Souls has come, murdered you like a superhero in a Zack Snyder DC Comics movie and left its mark in the third and final game. And you lot still want more of the Dark Souls brand in your life. Well alright then. While From Software has moved on from the series following the release of the latest game, there is another option. A simpler, more traditional option of dungeons and possibly dragons, played out in the 4K landscape of the real world.

I’m talking board games of course. The idea of a Dark Souls board game actually sounds pretty neat. All the lore, characters and the fiends of that universe, condensed into a playable form of dice rolls and character cards. But ideas like that cost money, funds which Steamforged Games and Bandai Namco were asking for when they hit Kickstarter.

The original goal was to gather $72 000/£50 000 pounds over a month to help realise that dream. Within three minutes, that dream was a reality. Right now, the Dark Souls Kickstarter is sitting on a pot of pledges that totals over $579 666/£403 895 at the time that this piece was written. Here’s an official synopsis of the board game that has people worked up into a crowd-funding frenzy:

Dark SOuls (1)

Players choose from a number of core character classes and explore dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights. Designed specifically for the Dark Souls universe and introducing a number of innovative gameplay mechanics, with world-class miniatures faithful to the rich universe, this game delivers an experience that captures the very essence of the original video games.

Dark SOuls (3)

There’s still 26 days to go on the campaign, where pledging $108/£75 guarantees you a delivered edition of the Dark Souls board game. Current stretch goals have added the following goodies so far:

  • 5 new player characters (Pyromancer, Cleric, Sorceror, Thief, Mercenary)
  • Enhanced boss behaviour cards for the Dancer and the Executioner
  • 5 legendary weapon treasure cards
  • 5 brand new Lothric encounters and a mega-Boss add-on: the Gaping Dragon boss mode

Dark SOuls (2)

It’s a rather sexy-looking package as well, for anyone who happens to have any space left over in their home for yet another board game. Or hasn’t taken all those boxes and used them to construct a board game fortress of solitude.

Last Updated: April 20, 2016

83 Comments

  1. Incidentally, that’s the same amount of time it takes to watch the intro, load into the game, and experience your first death.

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    • Snowlock2.0

      April 20, 2016 at 10:06

      No dude, I died even quicker than that

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      • Pariah

        April 20, 2016 at 10:07

        Skipped the intro? XD

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        • Snowlock2.0

          April 20, 2016 at 10:26

          First time watched intro then as soon as it completed DS wanted to download an update.

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          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:29

            O_o Well that’s one way to kill the game.

          • Snowlock2.0

            April 20, 2016 at 12:10

            Even when I managed to play, I get killed so quickly it’s scary. Nice playing a game that is this hard. Going to take a while to get used to the controls.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:35

            So, your cap DIED?

          • Snowlock2.0

            April 20, 2016 at 12:09

            Nope got uncapped…. only problem is that my area is 4mb/s at most.

  2. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 20, 2016 at 09:33

    Those are some good looking pieces

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  3. Pariah

    April 20, 2016 at 09:33

    Also, Prepare to Dice… How did you miss that?

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 20, 2016 at 09:34

      Because that would be confused with Dark Souls: The Racing Game.

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      • Pariah

        April 20, 2016 at 09:35

        What broke inside your brain?

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        • Pariah

          April 20, 2016 at 09:36

          And I know I’m replying to myself, but why do things that are typed sound so much more aggressive than they’re meant to? 🙁

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          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 20, 2016 at 09:46

            Not enough BOLD CAPS!!!!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          April 20, 2016 at 09:37

          Joke’s on you, I never had one to start with!

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          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 09:46

            …instead you have a charred piece of meat inside?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 09:47

            Better that than brain worms.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 09:52

            Don’t eat raw sushi then, rather have medium to rare beef

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 09:53

            What other kind of sushi do you get? 😀

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 20, 2016 at 09:54

            LOL

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 09:57

            I don’t think he knows what sushi is. XD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:00

            Actually I do, and I don’t eat the raw stuff, especially sashimi. Also crab, sies, eel, sies, salmon, MAYBE, but yeah, love the rest

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:02

            Yeah, so you like the Americanised deep fried stuff that isn’t actually sushi. Sushi is raw. End of story. Derivations may be cooked, but they’re simply derivations, not the actual thing.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:17

            “Sushi can be prepared with either brown or white rice. Sushi is often prepared with raw seafood, but some common varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients or are vegetarian”

            Deep fried sushi, agneeflippensiesman

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:28

            I raise you:

            “The contemporary version, internationally known as “sushi”, was created by Hanaya Yohei (1799–1858) at the end of the Edo period in Edo… Originally, this sushi was known as Edomae zushi because it used freshly caught fish in the Edo-mae (Edo Bay or Tokyo Bay).”

            “For culinary, sanitary, and aesthetic reasons, the minimum quality and freshness of fish to be eaten raw must be superior to that of fish which is to be cooked.”

            And if you actually read that article, you’ll find that only once the Westerners started eating sushi were the normal servings cooked. Also, Salmon was actually added by Norwegians in 1980, so it’s not traditional at all. XD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:35

            Right so stop being nitty gritty about it. The argument started that ALL sushi is raw, which is not true. Nothing about traditional or so on.

            I get that you are passionate about it, and good for you. I DON’T like certain raw variants, and I DON’T like certain types of sushi (maki and hand roll for instance, and crab and eel for another example)

            We can go around posting facts and quotes all day long, but what it boils down to is that your statement of “I don’t think he knows what sushi is.” is totally wrong.

            Right, all this talk of food has now got me salivating like a bulldog

            [goes to warm up lunch food]

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:35

            YOU’RE WRONG

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:39

            Your opinion is invalid, since you admitted to having no brain…

            😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:44

            WRONG AGAIN! I don’t remember saying that.

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:45

            Scroll up.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:46

            Can’t remember something if I don’t have a brain ;P

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:47

            That is why we have SCREENSHOTS!

            😛

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:49

            Which is why I told you to scroll up, just a refresher. 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:50

            When did you say that?

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:50

            About 4 months ago. Where have you been?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:51

            I DON’T KNOW!

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:52

            Fun fact: you couldn’t be insane.

            “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.”

            You won’t expect different results. 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:53

            lol

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:53

            SO MUCH ROOM FOR ACTIVITIES!

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:36

            tl;dr

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:55

            On a side note, now I’m hungry too, but there’s too much month at the end of my money. T_T

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:59

            Luckily my wife’s business augment’s my NomNomHabit

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 20, 2016 at 10:02

            Sushi is such a treat for me

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:02

            Agreed. I want some now. This guy, he has no taste. Except MAYBE in steaks. Maybe.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 20, 2016 at 10:03

            Steaks and burgers I can confirm.

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:04

            Until he’s had a Hudsons burger and concurs that they’re the best in SA – I can’t confirm that side of it.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:40

            Well you haven’t had a Burger Bistro burger, neither have I had a Hudson’s burger.

            But I’ll definitely have one and then do an honest comparison. I don’t mind having a new favourite burger tbh

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:43

            Tbh I’m also just pulling your leg. Seeing how far I can stretch it. XD I already know I can trust your burger judgement. 😛

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:47

            Heh, I’m VERY picky about a top quality burger, it is so easy to get it right, but so easy to totally stuff it up

          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 10:49

            Yup, agreed.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:24

            And beer, and friends

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 20, 2016 at 10:48

            YOU CAN’T EAT FRIENDS… well I suppose you can but it’s frowned upon

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:53

            You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you cannot pick your friend’s nose

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:55

            Wrong! You can if it gets stuck between your teeth.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 11:00

            Your friend’s nose?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 11:01

            You brought up eating your friends, now you want to waste them?

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 11:05

            I don’t have gaps between my teeth for my friends to get stuck in

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 20, 2016 at 10:07

            lol – I eat all that and sashimi is one of my favourites. Don’t much care for eel though. Salmon & tuna preferably, crab meat if it’s near the end of the month.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 10:17

            Crab, yeah, no thanks, I’d rather spend more

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 20, 2016 at 09:59

            Steamed, the only raw I’ll have is the CHOOONA, the rest can get back in the sea

          • HairyEwok

            April 20, 2016 at 10:28

            Mediterasian sushi XD

    • David

      April 20, 2016 at 10:11

      You could just say Prepare to Die – works as well. 🙂

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      • Pariah

        April 20, 2016 at 10:13

        Most board games require more than 1, and Dice becomes a clever play on words, rather than an obscure pun.

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        • David

          April 20, 2016 at 12:44

          I guess I like my puns subtle. 😛

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          • Pariah

            April 20, 2016 at 12:48

            This one may have been a little too subtle, is all. 🙂

          • David

            April 22, 2016 at 11:42

            You may be right. 🙁

  4. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 20, 2016 at 09:37

    I bet this has the biggest choking hazard label ever

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    • Pariah

      April 20, 2016 at 09:39

      Prepare to die?

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 20, 2016 at 09:55

        Seeing how sue happy some countries are it would probably read. Don’t be an idiot and put this on your mouth, you have been warned, moron!

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 20, 2016 at 09:42

    Gosh, they even have pledge levels for retailers. Best preorder campaign ever! I mean… Kickstarter.

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  6. Kromas untamed

    April 20, 2016 at 09:45

    The last boardgame I played that had more parts than monopoly was Mouse Trap.

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  7. VampyreSquirrel

    April 20, 2016 at 09:52

    Dark Souls figures coming to sit next to Warhammer figures at a vendor near you!!!

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  8. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 20, 2016 at 09:58

    Paint sold separately?

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 20, 2016 at 10:00

      HAHA

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      April 20, 2016 at 10:26

      Probably lead paint too.

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      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 20, 2016 at 10:49

        too what? Tell me!
        *jk, the lead part had me lol

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        • Pariah

          April 20, 2016 at 10:50

          Too water?

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  9. Johann Smit

    April 20, 2016 at 10:00

    $108 for a board game….Will probably be more on release…You really got to love board games to pay that price…And how many times will you play it? 10 times?? Not worth it…

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 20, 2016 at 10:03

      Less times than you die in the actual game would be a safe bet

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      • Pariah

        April 20, 2016 at 10:03

        Yeah pretty safe. XD

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      • HairyEwok

        April 20, 2016 at 10:31

        Unless you rage and place your character piece down the other persons mouth…. Would that be considered cheating then?

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 20, 2016 at 10:49

          I think that would be in the spirit of the game

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  10. Daniel Dziubanski

    April 21, 2016 at 03:22

    Any trademark concerns?

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