Tabletop Crowdfunding Round-Up: May 2nd

Fantasy football, sci-fi slums, and furry fighters- Come check out this week’s batch of Kickstarter highlights!


Pictured above: Imbrian Arts and Dark Sword Miniatures.

RE-LOAD by Archon Studio

Archon Studio returned to Kickstarter yesterday with RE-LOAD, a new edition and set of expansions for their miniatures-based, MOBA-inspired board game from last year. Two teams of three players lead the armies of either Atlantis or Chaos in a war to decide the fate of humanity. Players control upgradable heroes and help their faction’s minions push three lanes to destroy key objectives and towers. This campaign seeks to upgrade previous backers to the new edition, add more heroes and game boards, and allow new players to get the entire LOAD experience at a discount. Existing players can upgrade their game and grab some of the new stuff for $99, which is the same price as a copy of the base game for newcomers. There are several additional pledge levels that include more new expansions, artbooks, upgraded components, and alternate Epic sculpts for the heroes.

One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows by Asmadi Games

Another fairly successful game that recently returned to Kickstarter is One Deck Dungeon. This cooperative roguelike card game is getting a standalone expansion called Forest of Shadows. Players choose one of the four new classes (Druid, Warden, Hunter, and Slayer) and work together to brave the dangerous creatures that lurk in this dark forest. This new set largely plays the same as the last game, but with an added poison mechanic that can slowly eat away at a player’s health. You can buy the new expansion for $20, while the $30 pledge also includes the 1.5 upgrade pack if you own the original game. Please note that the game only supports two players by default, but you can buy two copies to bring the player count to four.

Fantasy Football Teams by Impact! Miniatures

Impact! Miniatures is expanding their line of fantasy football miniatures with the new Necro and Volmarian Dwarf teams. The Necro team is, unsurprising, an undead team that features zombies, werewolves, and giant flesh golems. The Volmarian Dwarves are essentially Chaos Dwarves, with bull centaurs and minotaurs as their big players. Also available for purchase are two of Impact!’s previous teams, the Horned Frogs and Silvania Elves. For $49 you can buy a standard-sized team, while the $68 pledge includes a deluxe team with extras like cheerleaders and star players.

Dungeon Scenery & Anthropomorphic Miniatures by Johnny Lauck

Johnny Lauck, the former owner of Mega Miniatures, is running another campaign for his massive line of miniatures and decor. The highlight of the campaign are the 10 anthropomorphic adventurers shown at the top of the page, but they are only a tiny portion of the miniatures being offered. You can also find everything from dungeon scenery, treasure, corpses of all species, and furniture, to futuristic security drones, sci-fi weaponry, killer robots, and space pirates.

Undead Resin Collection Vol. 1 by Imbrian Arts

Collectors and painters looking for some lovely 32mm resin miniatures may want to check out the latest models by Imbrian Arts. This mini campaign features several new undead miniatures, including the Death Knight, Lich, and 3 Zombies bundle. Stretch goals include a few new goblin miniatures, and you can buy some of Imbrian’s previous models as add-ons. Most of the models range from around $12-$36.

Stephanie Law Masterworks by Dark Sword Miniatures

Dark Sword Miniatures has always made beautiful models, and now they are returning to Kickstarter with a line of Masterworks miniatures sculpted by Patrick Keith and inspired by the artwork of Stephanie Law. The set includes a variety of popular RPG character classes in both male and female versions, such as druids, mages, warriors, paladins, rogues, etc. Also included are various animal and fey companions. The whole set currently consists of around 32 miniatures for $100. You can grab many of Dark Sword’s most popular sculpts as add-ons, too.

Hab Block Phase II by Mad Gaming Terrain

Mad Gaming Terrain is looking to fund a new set of modular hab blocks that build upon the terrain they successfully Kickstarted last year. These hab blocks are perfect for 28mm sci-fi skirmish games like Infinity, and consist of completely modular buildings, stairs, and catwalks. The system uses strategically placed magnets that make the terrain easy to assemble and rearrange in new configurations. The campaign started with new walkways to add to your collection, and stretch goals will introduce accessory kits to modify your terrain to fit other genres.

Farsight by Brain Crack Games

Finally we come to Farsight, a sci-fi strategy game about big, stompy mechs. Set in a dystopian future where Earth is dying, massive corporations take on the role of national superpowers as they war over the planet’s dwindling resources. Each of the four players control a unique mega corporation and maneuver their armies around the battlefield. Players also have a hidden board where they move their assassins and saboteurs in the shadows, preparing ambushes that disrupt enemy supply lines and leadership. The base game is ┬ú45/$58, with an optional add-on set that includes plastic miniatures to represent your forces.


~Which of these campaigns caught your attention?

  • orionburn

    Digging the look of Farsight. Love that they put the rule book up to view from the get go. Definitely have to look at this one closer.

  • Thomas Cato

    Imbrian Arts…. some people are still waiting for their stuff from his first kickstarter, years ago ­čÖü

  • ZeeLobby

    Aw, no mention of Terrain Crates? I think they’re pretty awesome, could use a boost.

  • euansmith

    The playing pieces for the original LOAD are insanely well detailed and are miracles of the casters’ art, but are a bit disappointingly tiny.

    The models are so detailed that the renders make them look look like 30mm at least, but the creeps are more like 20mm.

    The Epic minis are larger, but not so much larger as to earn the name, “Epic”.

    • benvoliothefirst

      Thanks, I was looking for a mention of scale and didn’t see it anywhere obvious.

      • euansmith

        If you are interested, you go to the new kickstarter page; there are a couple of shots showing the minis and a ruler, so you can get some idea of what they are like.