Crusaders Games


swordbannerOver the last couple of years kickstarter has hosted a number of great looking fantasy style adventure games, which i selectively back where i think they could challenge my top lists. I am starting to receive some of these and am really looking forward to commenting on whether they were worth it. I will be regularly updating 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 designer’s free contributions to other games i like. This is a card based fantasy adventure, set across a landscape of locations with encounters, roleplaying and character development. The artwork for this game has gone from strength to strength and the final product visually exceeds original expectations. Delivered in June 2017.  See details here > fantasy adventure card games.

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 but my excitement factor is high at 4 stars and it is currently estimated for August 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. Delivered in June 2017

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 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 including character expansions too. This is a little more battle focused, but does have a quest journey to follow, and the dice and chips are a fairly unique game combination for me. Delivered in April 2017. See my review here > Too Many Bones and in the top list > fantasy adventure board games.

Darkest Night 2nd Edition (Jun 2016) – an existing 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 deluxe 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 is slipping to around October 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. I will certainly want to review this when it is released, and it may well become a replacement for Castle Ravenloft as my 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 September 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 miniatures game. 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 set for a staggered release with November 2017 for the core box.

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) – 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. When this was originally kickstarted a gaming friend of mine backed it, and 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 September 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) – a previous kickstarter that now has a new expansion called Forest of Shadows. I did not back the first run, but the two sets now available can be merged into one dungeon with no duplicate enemy cards, which 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.

Sine Tempore (June 2017) – this is a sci-fi fantasy mission based game, and is set to compete with games like Imperial Assault or Galaxy Defenders. The model count is huge, and look amazing, along with the tiles and hero cards. This is a good alternative to a more purist fantasy world and it has a lot of appeal. Its turn gameplay has some nice new ideas, but we cant really tell how well the balance will come out yet. Excitement level is 4.5 stars but it wont be seen i suspect until late 2018.

2017 is going to be the most exciting year for trying out all these new games, many of the above i hope will take a place in my top lists.