Tabletop Crowdfunding Round-Up: Feb 28th

Giant murderbots, noble samurai, brutal Vikings, and the T-800- Come check out this week’s tabletop Kickstarter highlights!

After a brief hiatus due to illness, I return with another batch of awesome board games and miniatures currently competing for your money on Kickstarter. I hope you brought your credit cards, because this week is probably the busiest I’ve written about so far this year.

Pictured above- Mauser Earth: War for Paris

GKR: Heavy Hitters by Weta Workshop and Cryptozoic

Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters is one of the biggest board game Kickstarters currently running, with just over $473k in pledges at the time of writing. In a post-apocalyptic near-future, the war over resources has turned into a spectator sport. Megacorporations use teams of celebrity mech pilots to determine demolition rights in the abandoned cities of Earth. Up to 4 players choose their pilot and try to beat their competition in the race to tag buildings for demolition. Over the course of the game, players will pick up sponsors that can bestow upon them powerful special abilities to aid them in combat. The base game will cost you $99, with a $125 Pilot Edition that includes some Kickstarter exclusive goodies.

Champions of Midgard Expansions by Grey Fox Games

Another board game currently ripping through stretch goals is the first two expansions for the popular Viking-themed worker placement game, Champions of Midgard. The first of these expansions is The Dark Mountains, which adds support for a 5th player, new Bergrisar enemies, and a new troop choice in the form of Archer dice. Meanwhile, the Valhalla expansion adds a host of new mechanics based around leadership dice and abilities, as well as epic new monsters to fight and Valkyrie blessings to be earned for dying gloriously in battle. For $40 you can grab both expansions, plus a custom box designed to hold the entire game. If you don’t already own Champions of Midgard, you can buy a bundle containing the base game, both expansions, and the custom carrying case for $80.

The Terminator: The Official Board Game by Space Goat Productions

The 1984 sci-fi classic is receiving a new board game by Space Goat Productions. In The Terminator board game, one player assumes the role of Skynet, while up to 4 other players control the human resistance. The game is played across two boards simultaneously. One board represents 1984, while the other board is set in 2029. In 2029, players focus on troop movement, small-scale skirmishes, and resource management, with Skynet having the overwhelming advantage. Meanwhile, in 1984, the resistance players must complete missions to alter the future and weaken Skynet’s hold in 2029. This means that both boards are constantly changing, with progress in the 2029 board frequently being erased or significantly altered as the resistance players complete objectives. The base game is $60, with an $80 version available that includes some Kickstarter exclusive upgraded components. The truly devoted (and wealthy) can go for one of the $250 pledges that will include miniatures and unit cards featuring your own likeness.

Relic Knights 2nd Edition by Soda Pop Miniatures and Ninja Division

Soda Pop’s anime-inspired skirmish game Relic Knights is back on Kickstarter to fund the 2nd Edition rulebook, the Void Break expansion, and a new two-player starter set. The starter set includes two 35 point cadres of Radiant and Void mercenaries, a small format version of the complete 2nd Edition rulebook, a quickstart manual, two Esper decks, tokens, and a 2’x2′ mat with cardboard terrain. The new rulebook is divided into two parts, with a 112 page rulebook and a 272 page fluff book full of lore, art, and miniature galleries. Also of note is that the entire line is being resculpted in resin. The existing plastic models are still available in limited numbers, and can be added to your pledge at significant discounts to their usual MSRP. The $70 pledge gets you the new starter set and some Kickstarter exclusive alternate sculpts, while the $130 and $150 pledges throw in the new rulebooks, an upgrade deck to bring your current cards up to 2nd Edition, and even more alternate sculpts and freebies.

Infinity Busts by Luxumbra

Next we have a campaign related to Infinity, the other big anime-inspired skirmish game on the market. Daf and Ángel Giráldez have teamed up to bring collectors and hardcore painters a line of high quality busts from the Infinity universe. Current busts include Tarik Mansuri, a Mobile Brigada, a Daturazi Witch Soldier, and a Tiger Soldier. There’s two 75mm miniatures on offer too, including Ajax the Great and an O-Yoroi Pilot. As a bonus to gamers, there is a limited edition 35mm version of the O-Yoroi Pilot available as an add-on that can be used in Infinity. A single bust will cost you $40, with the 75mm miniatures going for $45-$50 and the 35mm version of the O-Yoroi Pilot for $11.

Eclipse Sisterhood by DGS Games

DGS Games has returned to Kickstarter to fund a new faction for their 32mm fantasy skirmish game, Freeblades. The Eclipse Sisterhood is a rebellious cadre of female warriors, assassins, and magicians fighting for freedom within the Traazorite Empire. The starter set consists of 6 miniatures: Nemesis, Suneater, Secret Sister, Shadow Dancer, Rebel Maiden, and a Throatseeker. Stretch goals include an additional 4 miniatures for the faction. You can buy the new starter for $32, with several bundles available that include rulebooks, dice, additional starters, and other accessories to help new players jump into Freeblades.

Jovian Wars by Dream Pod 9

Dream Pod 9, of Heavy Gear fame, is looking to fund a new line of 1/4000 scale resin ships, fighters, and mechs for their space combat game Jovian Wars. The game features two factions, CEGA and the Jovian Confederacy, that are currently locked in a war to determine the fate of humanity in the distant future. The CA$88/$67 pledge includes 4 resin ships, an acrylic turning template, and a variety of unlocked stretch goals. For CA$260/$199 you can grab all the new resin ships, all the fighter and mech squads, and all applicable stretch goals.

Dragon Empire by Titanforge Games

Finally, we come to the latest army from Titanforge Games, the Japanese-themed Dragon Empire. This massive army of resin miniatures would look great as a proxy force for your favorite mass combat fantasy game. In addition to a wide range of heroes, the Dragon Empire has a variety of infantry units, mythical creatures, and warmachines, from the humble Ashigaru pikemen, to onis, Konaninu cavalry, and the massive Tianlong Dragon. The $199 Dragon pledge includes a basic infantry unit, the Tianlong Dragon, all unlocked freebies, and $125 to spend on whatever add-ons you like.

Still looking for more Kickstarters? Check out these other campaigns:

  • The relaunch of the Mauser Earth 50mm dieselpunk skirmish game.
  • A new wave of armored vehicles designed for Vedra’s CSW Invasion sci-fi wargame.
  • 1500- The New World, a colony management and trading game by DVG.
  • A line of 32mm miniatures and furnishings of a Sultana and her NSFW female servants and entertainers.
  • A range of 28mm pulp Victorian sci-fi female British soldiers on a campaign to conquer Venus in 1888.

 

~Which of these campaigns are you interested in?

  • euansmith

    Blimey, only back one of these… I must be learning some slight degree of self control.

    • Kampfgrot .

      I like your optimism. 😉

      • euansmith

        Of course, Rising Sun will be coming out soon, and Cool Mini Or Not do like their “add-ons”, so that will most likely sting my wallet.

  • shauni55

    dropped my GKR pledge. Just don’t see the value in paying MSRP + $40 for shipping to US, for a game that I just don’t see the game play being all that great

    • JPMcMillen

      With a lot of these games coming out you either buy them for the game play or the mini’s. The main concern with the latter is whether you think they are a good deal at that price. I know I’ve started waiting a lot longer to pull the trigger on pledging, and even if I do I might not go in on expansions.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. The Star Saga core looked like an awesome deal for the price. The expansions, eh…

  • Dirheim

    Which is the game for the first pic?

    • Frank

      Relic Knights. The pic shows half of the two-player starter set’s minis.

      • euansmith

        I think that the heavily armoured dudes with the machineguns look pretty dandy.

      • Dirheim

        Thxs a lot

  • dinodoc

    My God. That Dragon Empire.

  • ZeeLobby

    Waiting for the new Steamforged game. That and KDM took all my monies :(.

    • Matt Razincka

      Have SF announced what that would be?

      • ZeeLobby

        http://forums.steamforged.com/index.php?/topic/35182-new-steamforged-game/

        Supposedly at the end of this past year they revealed some concept art. The only thing I’ve really heard is that it’ll be a skirmish game of some kind. Not really a huge fan of sports games as tabletop games, but Steamforged have a great ruleset for Guild Ball, so I’m excited to see what they come up with. I imagine they will announce it soon after the release date of Dark Souls.

  • jmaximum

    What’s the kickstarter link for Mauser Wars? Minis look like a combo of Starcraft Marines and Jin-Rho: Wolf Police.

    • Frank

      The very first picture is for Relic Knights. Mauser Earth is the second pic before the article starts.

    • Frank

      The marine guys are for the Radiant half of their new two-player starter currently being funded on KS.

      • jmaximum

        cool, thanks!