Steamforged Games launched a Kickstarter campaign today for Dark Souls: The Board Game. Its goal of $70,000 was met in three minutes, and as of this writing has accrued over $475,000 with 26 days still to go.
That’s an insane funding, and the quickest full funding I’ve ever heard of. Dark Souls fans like myself have an eye out for this board game. Let’s talk about why.
Dark Souls: The Board Game is “a strategically challenging, deeply immersive combat exploration game for 1-4 players,” in tabletop RPG style. Players move from location to location and encounter a handful of the franchise’s enemies, such as Silver Knights, Titanite Demons, and the fiendish duo Ornstein and Smough.
Playable in either Solo or Co-op modes, players choose their role from a number of core Dark Souls character classes. Each class has a distinct role to play in the game, with a unique set of strengths and abilities.
With multiple difficulty modes and a high-level of replayability, this is a game designed to be deep enough to satisfy hard-core tabletop gamers whilst remaining accessible to newer players.
The game boasts multiple difficulty levels and a high replayability, and even utilizes the Bonfire mechanic, which allows players to reset their health but respawns all enemies.
The video below will better explain how an encounter works. The combat and encounters are card-based, and is reminiscent to the idea that players in the video game learn to memorize enemy movement patterns, because cards in an AI deck are not reshuffled when they’re all played during an encounter. Instead, they’re simply flipped over and played again in backward order, allowing the player to anticipate movements in reference to the video game.
It looks incredible and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. It looks easily accessible to new tabletop players and those who are unfamiliar with Dark Souls, but Steamforged Games claims it will be enjoyable for hardcore tabletop players as well. The game is set to release in April 2017, so we’ve got a good while to go before we can get our hands on it. We’ll see whether or not this enormously successful crowdfunding campaign will change the release date.
For full information, check out the Kickstarter campaign page.