Crusaders Games


swordbannerOver the last couple of years kickstarter has hosted a number of great looking fantasy style adventure games, some of which i backed, where i thought they could challenge my top lists. In 2017 i will start to receive many of these and i am really looking forward to commenting on whether they were worth it. In the meantime i regularly update my thoughts and excitement levels on these games as official news and information come through.

Gloom of Kilforth (Sept 2015) – the first game i ever supported, largely off the back of the designers free contributions to other games i like. This is a card based fantasy adventure, set across a landscape of locations but with a lot of roleplaying ideas and character development. The artwork for this game has gone from strength to strength and the final product looks likely to exceed original expectations. This was the most risky game i have supported, but it seems like a great adventure, and my excitement is at 3.5 stars. Estimated for delivery in June 2017.

7th Continent (Oct 2015) – this is an adventuring game, set across tiles making a world map that unveils as you explore. It is slightly less fantasy world based, and has an amazing tile laying concept which each contain decisions you need to make and affect the future adventure. Any doubts i have about this game remain with the complexity of learning the rules and icons. If this had been out earlier i may not have also backed Gloom of Kilforth as they cover a similar style of gaming, and are both playable solo. Excitement factor is at 4 stars and it is currently estimated for September 2017 delivery.

Sword & Sorcery (Nov 2015) – this miniature based exploration game has a set storyline adventure campaign to follow and is a dungeon crawler in style. The more i see the models progress and the artwork completed, the more i cant wait to play it. This has the potential to be one of the best miniature adventure games of its style competing with Descent and Warhammer, but we will see the results fairly soon. At this moment this has my highest excitement level at 5 stars, and is estimated for June 2017 delivery.

Too Many Bones (Mar 2016) – a game i was very interested in, but feeling a pang of concern about how many games i was backing, i only pledged low to follow proceedings. The game developed into an amazing final product that looks superb, and eventually I increased my pledge into an order with character expansions too. This is a little more battle focused, but does have quests to follow and the dice and chips will be a fairly unique game combination for me at least. Delivered in April 2017.

Darkest Night 2nd Edition (Jun 2016) – another game which is solo friendly that was kickstarted into a deluxe version upgrade. Given it was a game i had previously wanted to purchase before, i felt this was the time to get on board. The finish on this game looks amazing and the huge choice of different characters leads to unlimited playable combinations. This game could well replace Eldritch Horror as my time limited solo and co-op game. Excitement level is 4.5 stars and due date will be around August 2017.

Massive Darkness (Jul 2016) – i didn’t need this game by Cmon, i have great ones already that cover dungeon crawling, and Sword & Sorcery arguably still looks a better game, but with so many exclusive models and a gaming group that would probably like its simplicity, it left me with a dilemma i gave into. Also i will certainly want to review this when it is released, and it may well become a replacement for Castle Ravenloft as a quicker pick and play dungeon crawl. This game is still sketchy on any campaign adventure story, but you can’t argue with its huge model content. Excitement level is 3.5 stars and is likely an Autumn 2017 release.

Kingdom Death Monster (Dec 2016) – a game that broke kickstarter records, this is a roleplaying style game in a horror world with amazing miniatures. The game sees you building a settlement and hunting monsters to survive, and a monster intelligence creating the battles looks unique and awesome, as does the resource and weapon development. However its downside is that the price point is significantly more expensive than any other game i have ever looked at. Whilst not all its model content thrills me, some of the miniatures are exceptional and this definately is a hobby game. Excitement level is 4 stars and is likely a November 2017 release for the core box.

Champions of Midgard (Feb 2017) – a set of two expansions for the core worker placement game adding in a 5th player and some new mechanics and dice, and also a lot of new monsters to fight. This was a more popular kickstarter than i expected and looks like it will improve longevity. As i already have the core game, excitement level is 3 stars, and it is set for a quick turnaround in July 2017 delivery.

Thunderstone Quest (Mar 2017) – a remake of a popular deck building game with new cards, artwork and rules. Given Thunderstone Advance has remained one of my top 10 games since 2012 i had a lot of interest in this revised edition and it sits at 4 stars for excitement. It is not due out until March 2018.

Gloomhaven (April 2017) – this is another adventure questing game, set across a map that uncovers new quests and content as you progress. It has a new fantasy world and races and has great artwork and neat combat mechanics using cards unique to each character. This was originally kickstarted in September 2017, but as a gaming friend of mine backed it i decided not to, which turned out to be a mistake. The good news is that a reprint was made available so i wont miss out after all, and this now has an August 2017 delivery.

City of Kings (April 2017) – this adventure questing game is set across a map that uncovers as you move, but with heroes and workers combining together. Your hero has unique development trees to choose from, and you will have resource management to build new structures and affect the map. Monsters are also generated with random abilities and combinations. This was a surprise newcomer i found too hard to resist, and it had the best kickstarter campaign i have ever followed. It has a March 2018 delivery and is 5 stars for excitement.

One Deck Dungeon (May 2017) – this was a previous kickstarter that now has a new expansion called Forest of Shadows. I did not back the first run, but with two sets now available which can be merged into one dungeon with no duplicate enemy cards, i am now more interested. In particular its solo game looks very good with a 4 star excitement level, and seems quick to set up and play. Delivery due in September 2017.

2017 is going to be the most exciting year for trying out all these new games, many of which i hope will take a place in my top lists. Funding them all is a real issue i have to juggle, and dethroned old favourites will likely be sold off if i prefer the new ones. Given the improvements in quality, content and admittedly higher prices that kickstarter seems to allow, the favourites list is shifting around at the moment.