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Monday, 02 May 2016 09:12

Dark Souls - The Board Game #KSPOTW

Written by Brendan Ihmig

The launch and immediate success of the 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter made me incredibly happy and equally optimistic about the current (and future) state of strategic board games and tabletop gaming in general. With over 18 000 backers and 1.8 million British Pounds (3.8 million Namibian Dollars) raised mid way through its campaign, 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' is gearing up to be one of the most successful tabletop projects on Kickstarter and, in my opinion, one of the most significant of the last few years.

While it is probably safe to say that very few crowdfunded tabletop games will ever compare to the success of 'Exploding Kittens' (having raised over U$8.7 million from 200 000+ backers), 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' has already etched its way into third spot in terms of the number of backers for tabletop games on Kickstarter and will, most probably, finish with the second most backers. This is huge, not only for the game itself (and subsequent fan base), but it is a big deal for tabletop gaming across the board.

'Dark Souls - The Board Game' is a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration tabletop game suitable for 1-4 players set in the Dark Souls™ universe created for the popular video game with the same title. Players get to choose from a number of core character classes and explore various dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights synonymous with the video game.

 

For more insight into the game, watch the campaign video below.

Dark Souls - The Board Game

 

Designed specifically for the Dark Souls™ universe and introducing a number of innovative gameplay 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. Here are some examples of the miniatures (which are still a work in progress)

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There are a few reasons why the sucess of this campaign has me so excited about the current and future state of tabletop gaming:

Healthy community: with close to 20 000 people supporting this game (along with the many thousands more with other crowdfunded projects) it is proof that board gaming is once again a popular pastime and that the tabletop community is growing. Growth is always a sign of a healthy community and I am excited to see how the community will continue to grow over the next few years.

Crossover gaming: Blizzard and Warhammer both proved that video games and tabletop games can compliment each other and that there is a market for them. Dark Souls has joined them (along with others) in this crossover trend and I think it does both communities a world of good. I am hoping this will get other developers to consider tabletop adaptations of their games and visa versa.

Creative motivation: As some of you may know, I have always had a keen desitre to develop my own video and tabletop games. I am currently working on a three different projects and the success of the Dark Souls campaign has given me additional motivation to continue with these projects. You can find out more and follow the progress of my projects on Twitter here: Crafters Reign, Nebula:Mine and The Great Reserve.

 

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For more information on 'Dark Souls - The Board Game' visit the official website www.steamforged.com and to back this project visit Kickstarter.

Are you excited about 'Dark Souls - The Board Game'? Let me know in the comments below.

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