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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?