Tabletop Crowdfunding Round-Up: June 7th

Undead orcs, sci-fi gunships, and robotic alien gods. Come check out this week’s batch of Kickstarter highlights!

Pictured above: Zombicide: Green Horde and Antenocitis Workshop Azure Dragon.

Lords of Hellas by Awaken Realms

Awaken Realms has created yet another epic strategy board game with ridiculously impressive miniatures and needs your help to finish production. In Lords of Hellas, players fight to control territory in an alternate ancient Greece full of advanced alien technology, gods, and heroes. Choose your hero, raise an army, conquer cities, and slay roaming monsters to gain favor with the gods. You can also construct massive, multipart monuments that tower over the game board once completed. Pledges start at £82/$106.

Zombicide: Green Horde by CMON

CMON is back on Kickstarter with the latest standalone expansion in Zombicide’s Black Plague spinoff series. This time the undead plague has infected a horde of orcs, turning an already dangerous foe into a tireless, ravenous tide of teeth and claws. Up to six players choose from a roster of upgradeable heroes and band together to rid the city of this decaying green menace. Scavenge for gear, gain experience to unlock new skills, learn spells, and commandeer abandoned artillery pieces to gain an edge against the undead orcs and their necromancer overlords. You can grab a copy for $120.

12 Realms: Dungeonland by MAGE Company

Zombicide isn’t the only miniatures-based dungeon crawler currently on Kickstarter. The 12 Realms series returns with a new, standalone adventure board game for up to four players. Control famous folklore characters like Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Prince Charming, and more on a quest to stop equally (in)famous fairytale villains. Owners of previous 12 Realms games will be able to purchase a conversion kit that allows you to bring in characters from the other games, though there is enough content in Dungeonland by itself to make it appealing to new customers. Pledges start at $95.

Street Masters by Blacklist Games

The final miniatures board game on the list this week is Street Masters: Rise of the Kingdom. This cooperative board game is inspired by classic fighting games and brawlers, and tasks a team of four players with dismantling dangerous street gangs as vigilante martial artists. Players can create their own missions with the Arcade Mode, or play the narrative campaign where perks and penalties transfer between missions. The standard edition of Street Masters is $89, with a deluxe version for $109.

The War of the Worlds by Dan Verssen Games

DVG’s latest solitaire wargame is inspired by H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi novel. Command the English war effort against the nigh unstoppable Martian walkers, delaying their advance until civilians can be safely evacuated. England isn’t the only country being invaded, however, with France, America, and Japan available as their own standalone boxed sets. All four games can be combined, allowing you and your friends to manage humanity’s international defenses and send each other aid in this desperate hour. Each game is $50, with a $175 pledge that includes all four.

Ghosts of Gaia II by Bad Squiddo Games

Bad Squiddo is expanding their line of 28mm metal sci-fi/post apocalyptic female soldiers and fighters. The campaign originally launched with 13 miniatures equipped with a variety of weapons, including SMGs, shotguns, grenades, and assault rifles. Several new miniatures have been added already via stretch goals, and the campaign is well on its way to achieving them all. Each miniature is £4/$5, with bundles available that go all the way up to 27 miniatures for £100/$128.

Astropolis II by Lead Adventure Miniatures

Igor Karpov from LAM is also running a campaign to expand his own line of 28mm sci-fi miniatures. This line of pulpy, whimsical models is already pretty big, and the campaign is divided into 11 “sets” of miniatures, with various freebies as part of the stretch goals. You can get them all for €90/$101, which comes out to around 24 miniatures before the stretch goal freebies are added in.

Minerva by Pandasaurus Games

Minerva is a new resource management and city-building board game by Hisashi Hayashi, the designer of Yokohama and Trains! Players compete to gain the favor of the Roman Empire and the goddess Minerva by constructing the most prosperous city. Gather resources to purchase buildings, then arrange your buildings in the most efficient way to make the most of their effects. The standard edition of Minerva is $40, with a $60 version that includes premium components only available as part of this Kickstarter.

Roc Dropship by Antenocitis Workshop

Finally we come to the latest resin dropship designed for Infinity by Antenocitis Workshop. This massive transport has a wingspan of 236mm wide, a height of 103mm, and a length of 325mm. The dropship features a fully detailed interior transport area capable of holding 28-32mm sci-fi miniatures, a clear acrylic cockpit canopy, and a 30mm nose-mounted autocannon for defense. While designed as a fancy terrain piece/objective for Infinity, there’s nothing stopping you from using it in other games. A single Roc will set you back £120/$155.

~Which of these campaigns caught your attention?

  • marxlives

    That infinity transport is super cool

  • Jay Barton

    I’d love green hoard, but c’mon burned a lot of people with Masmorra. Thier pledge manager had a hiccup and a lot of people that made Thier pledges got pushed to the back of the bus. I’m finally getting mine almost 6 months late. And they never communicated the issue, just pushed on with the next Kickstarter.

    • orionburn

      I’ve seen more and more comments like yours with other manufacturers. Is there nothing put in as a speed bump with Kickstarter to keep them from hosing people on future projects? It’s almost like they need an Ebay rating on how well they meet their commitments. Things like this keep me from ever wanting to back a project.

      • ZeeLobby

        Eh, you just have to temper your expectations. Most Kickstarters don’t hit their deadline, and most people who kick things understand that. There’s a ton that goes into production, especially for smaller lines of product, that just can’t always be accounted for. 6 months is not bad at all. Some have taken 2 years to deliver while others (mostly electronics) never delivered at all. So far I’ve backed 10 projects, and I’ve gotten product and enjoyed the process of every one (it’s great when you get to put your thoughts and experience into the design process, which I did during the Warpath kickstarter).

        Still. It’s not for everyone. If you expect the customer service and timely delivery to be equivalent to Amazon, you’re going to be disappointed. I’m not sure there is much projects can do to plan for that, as many segments of the process aren’t in their direct control (printing, molds, etc.). I mean most Kickstarters list in the “risks” section that there may be delays due to issues with production. I mean any kickstarter you invest in is a risk.

        • orionburn

          Delays I can understand. Things seldom go as planned. It’s the ones that fail to deliver at all that is sad to see. Or others that committed early but are still waiting when the game is actually on store shelves. That’s gotta hurt when that happens.

          • ZeeLobby

            Like everything internet related, you always hear the horror stories. I’ve never had either of those happen. Even the one that failed they refunded my money. I have heard of some people getting things after they’re already in stores, but again it tends to be a pretty rare occurrence. I mean in the end it’s still a risk. I go into every Kickstarter expecting to get something cool in return, but also understanding that I may just lose my money. I mean it’s right there in the terms of service when you sign up.

            I feel like many people see the giant total final sum and just assume creators are swimming in pools of cash for 6 months before they send out the product. My biggest issue is when creators don’t communicate. I’d rather recieve weekly updates about a 3 month delay, than hear nothing for 3 months. All I know is by not rabidly waiting for a single product, I now get cool surprises every other month. That said, I could see how if getting the latest is important bragging rights in your group or local store, how it could be off-putting. I guess as an older gent I’m just happy to play it when it comes.

          • Jay Barton

            So the thing with Masmorra wasn’t the the lateness but the fact that they had a hiccup with the pledge manager they never addressed, which pushed you spot back as to when you got it, the lack of communication (one update every five months), the fact that they were selling what were effectively our copies at conventions after the game actually started shipping. Not communicating that they sold out of components which is why some people that didn’t get screwed over by the manager were waiting on. The fact they were on store shelves when we were still waiting. Refusal of refunds. Oh and I was charged shipping twice because of the pledge manager hiccup.

            With any Kickstarter you expect some degree of flex but this one was just pisspoor management from start to finish.

          • ZeeLobby

            Oh. Totally agree. My response was more to Orion then you. There are definitely examples of piss poor Kickstarters out there, and Masmorra sounds like such. I was just sharing that in my personal experience there’s been way more good then bad, and that it shouldn’t permanently chase him away, but instead maybe just cause him to focus his kicking more wisely.

          • Jay Barton

            Definitely there are so many good ones. Plus all the bonuses you get! Although I’m starting to see a shift towards Kickstarter exclusive add-ons as opposed to give me’s. I wasn’t trying to scare anyone off either; but I think the creators that do have this sort of practice should be given a wide birth. 🙂

          • ZeeLobby

            Eh. At least approached with caution. I have yet to back a CMON game, as most of their games seem somewhat shallow in the game play department. I have backed several mantic KSs, but even when they have hiccups they at least have good communication.

            And as far as add-ons vs freebies, it’s really hard to tell. I mean most freebies were probably accounted for in the pledge levels well before the KS was created. I’m not sure they’re ever really “free”. Mantic is a perfect example of this. You get a TON of free stuff, but im sure it’s accounted for in your pledge. They just have a good idea of how much money they’ll end up with and what that’ll unlock. For that reason. I almost prefer backing companies that have already been successful on KS.

          • Jay Barton

            Oh for sure. It’s definitely accounted for. Most of the costs are externalized anyways just to bring you the product for what it is at. I don’t think I have seen any mantic games stuff, but they seem like good guys to follow from the sound of it. I love minis and if I ever have time I’ll start to paint again. meanwhile that backlog grows haha!

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. Mantic just gives you a ton of plastic for the price. They just did a cool fantasy bits KS as well. They sometimes have delays, but they communicate well.

            And yeah. My backlog is excessive right now

  • euansmith

    If only “Lead Adventures” was called “Plastic Adventures” or even “Resin Adventure” 🙁 I do like their mini designs, but I’ve got an aversion to their chosen material.

  • Greg Osborn

    Sine Tempore is under the 48 hour mark and looks absolutely amazing.
    Getting Green Horde because I can get a lot of use from the minis and tiles for other games

    • ZeeLobby

      On sine tempore as well. Dunno if I’ll ride it to end, but I got an early bird for the $10 off.

      • Greg Osborn

        Same, and I went all in with the add-ons, even got the resin bundle.

        • ZeeLobby

          Damn. Nice. I just don’t know their track record with games, as they’re first Kickstarter is just now landing in backers hands. I didn’t back Gloomhaven the first time around, but easily backed the second after all the glowing reviews. Just wished there was a better indicator to have faith in Some Tempore’s gameplay.

  • We are missing from this list 🙁 In any case, here’s the link to our kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thunderchrome/thunder-chrome-2-3d-printable-sci-fi-scenery-for-w

    3D printable scenery for Sci Fi war-games, with breakable walls and sliding doors. Give it a shout if you can, guys!