On April 9th we here at Don’t Hate the Geek came to you with information that Steamforged Games was going to start a Kickstarter for a board game based on the Dark Souls Franchise. We even suggested that it would be a perfect time to “capitalize” on gamer interest with the release of Dark Souls III and I’m happy to say we were right.
Yesterday Steamforged Games started a Kickstarter for Dark Souls the Board Game (I’m still waiting for Dark Souls the Flame thrower) and two hours later it raised $200,000 dollars and was funded in three minutes flat. Let that sink in for a minute.
Okay, now that you’ve picked up the pieces of your blown-apart mind, let me lay another number on you. $925,096. That’s how much it had raised the last time I looked at the ticker and it’s gone up twice while I’m typing these words. Needless to say people want to share the soul crushing fun with their friends and from the synopsis of the game they are going to get it. Here is a snip from their Kickstarter page.
Dark Souls™ – The Board Game is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players set in the Dark Souls™ universe. 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 game play 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.
They are sticking with that idea too. The game can be played in either Solo or Co-op mode along with a number of core classes from the franchise. They’ve also kept it simple by making it a fast set up (which this writer appreciates) so that you can get into the nitty-gritty of exploring the world. Its as simple as picking a direction, placing a new tile, and drawing a card from an encounter deck. This reminds me of Arkham Horror without the lengthy set up which gives it an A+ in my book.
Not to be out done – they even throw in the bonfire, the trademark from Dark Souls.
Each time you decide where to go, you will experience a new danger as you explore, with each new location a real risk to your hard-won progress. If you die, then you drop everything you have collected and reappear at the nearest bonfire. So do you return to the bonfire to rest and spend Souls to strengthen up, but in doing so fully reset the locations? Or do you press on and pray that the next encounter isn’t beyond your capabilities?
Just look at these figures. I know I’m excited.