Last week, Steamforged Games announced it would launch a Kickstarter for a straight up Dark Souls table top game. Needless to say the Souls community rabidly took note.
Upon launch, Steamforged were seeking £50,000, which is by no means a measly sum. Well, apparently I don’t understand money because the goal was smashed in a whole 3 minutes! As of time of writing, the campaign has amassed a huge £1,106,656, smashing nearly all set stretch goals AND the campaign still has 24 days to go!
Dark Souls – The Board Game can be tackled solo or through jolly co-operation with up to four players.
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 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.
Despite making the jump from digital to tabletop masochism, most of what makes Dark Souls, well, Dark Souls remains intact. Players progress through various peril filled dungeons to find new gear and loot. These treasures are lost on death though, unless players decide to return to a bonfire and ‘save’. And in Souls tradition all enemies respawn upon resting at a bonfire, emulating the games risk for reward system.
Due to the insane success of the campaign so far, the following items have been added to the core Kickstarter pledges:
- 5 new player characters (Pyromancer, Cleric, Sorceror, Thief, Mercenary)
- Enhanced boss behavior cards or the Dancer and the Executioner
- 5 legendary weapon treasure cards
- 5 brand new Lothric encounters plus a mega-Boss add-on: the Gaping Dragon boss mode
The Gaping Dragon, Black Dragon Kalameet, and The Guardian Dragon add-ons have been unlocked and can be added to your game for an additional $40. On the horizon is the imminent unlocking of The Four Kings boss too, which will be cemented when the campaign reaches roughly $1.4 million.
I have personally pledged the shit out of this. I’m not going to lie, my Dark Souls fanboy-ism played a large part of that pledge- just look at the quality of the miniatures!- but more so was the fact it looks like a genuinely well developed and crafted tabletop. I can also play with folks that find digital Dark Souls a little too confronting, which for me is a double win!
If you want in or just want to see a large number continue to grow, a link to the Kickstarter can be found here.