What were the most funded and popular board game Kickstarter campaigns over the past few years?
2016 had Dark Souls and Massive Darkness.
2017 was dominated by Kingdom Death: Monster, 7th Continent and Gloomhaven.
2018’s chart was led by Tainted Grail, Zombicide: Green Horde and Batman.
In 2019 Etherfields is topping the rankings with Bloodborne close behind.
How is the next year going to look like? While guessing the winners of 2020 is near to impossible, we can already see some huge, ambitious projects slowly taking shape. Let’s look at them today!
The 7th Citadel
If the name didn’t already give it away: it’s a new game from the creators of The 7th Continent. Bruno and Ludovic from Serious Poulp could finally share something about their next project, as the final wave of shipments is complete.
The 7th Citadel seems to continue the gameplay concepts known from The 7th Continent, while also reaching new heights. The game won’t be connected to the older title by its story. Instead, we’ll explore a world that the authors describe as dark fantasy.
The gameplay is supposed to get enhanced. How? Most likely there will be a different focus, while exploring. 7th Continent’s motto said “Explore. Survive”. Finding food and shelter during your adventure were vital to completing any curse.
The new game has an “Explore. Build” written under its name. This most likely means a focus on building instead of survival. Who knows, maybe we’ll be creating the titular Citadel? We’ll have to wait for more info but guessing from how innovative 7th Continent was, I’m expecting this game to blow our minds again.
The new game designed by John D. Clair and illustrated by the one and only Ian O’Toole. Dead Reckoning is going to get crowdfunded in early 2020 and get published by AEG.
The author of Mystic Vale and Edge of Darkness plans to serve us a pirate themed, exploration heavy game. Exploring uncharted waters and finding new territories is going to be a central gameplay element here. You’ll expand your ship and improve your crew. Dead Reckoning will (similarly to Edge of Darkness) use a system of card sleeves, that can combine few other cards into one (the so called “card crafting”) and even level them up. Later on, an area control will also become important, same with the battles with other crews.
Dead Reckoning is also going to use a system of “sagas” that allows unlocking expansions hidden in the base game, thus leading to story progression without stickers or breaking the components.
Zombicide 2nd Edition
According to the latest announcements, CMON is finally releasing the updated version of the original Zombicide. The campaign should happen sometime in 2020 (or late 2019). We already know about Teburu and Zombicide Evolution bundled with it, but the 2nd Edition is going to be a separate project.
First of all: the new version will include many gameplay improvements introduced in Zombicide: Black Plague and Zombicide: Invader games – from combat changes to additional ways to move. There will be at least 25 playable scenarios forming a campaign and 6 new survivors with their own dashboards and minis.
UPDATE: The campaign launched earlier than expected – on October 16th 2019
The Great Wall
The newest project by Awaken Realms is likely to pop up on Kickstarter either by the end of 2019 or in early 2020. The game, as the name implies, will be set in China. The biggest surprise? Probably its genre. The Great Wall is actually going to be an… euro game with worker placement and resource management. As the guys at AW don’t design euro games too often, we expect some unusual ideas, likely borrowed from adventure games. The Great Wall is going to include some form of combat and will have many ways of player interaction – both positive and negative. Like with all the other games by the publisher we’re expecting high production values and plenty of gameplay twists.
UPDATE: The game is now expected to launch in late 2019.
Second big project by Awaken Realms is still shrouded in mystery. The campaign is planned for 2nd or 3rd quarter of 2020. What do we know about the project?
Early info describes ISS Vanguard as a game about the exploration of space. It will put high emphasis on the adventuring aspect. According to the official FB group there will be some form of combat but the game will NOT be combat oriented. Instead players will look for new planets to discover, land on and examine.
Hel: the Last Saga
Mythic Games might be cooking up something really special with their HEL: The Last Saga. Joan of Arc, Reichbusters and Solomon Kane have shown, that they know how to mix deep stories and unique ideas with high quality, beautiful components.
HEL will take us to the final decades of the viking era. The northern people are dreaming of finding the mythical land of Valhalla – an utopia where they could prosper forever. Luckily a new territory gets discovered and… brings more mystery and unease than prosperity. Crews going there disappear and the whole place feels disturbing and unwelcoming.
What’s your goal as a player? With the help of your crew find out what happened to the missing settlers, explore the island and make an attempt at living there. The game is semi-cooperative. Players don’t play against each other but each of them has secret goals that translate to his or her victory points. The mystery of the missing crew is going to differ between game sessions, so expect a high amount of replayability.
Mindclash Games, of the Anachrony / Trickerion fame, is readying a pretty huge project for 2020. The game, announced back in 2016, will be named Transhumanity and it’s being designed by Richard Amann and Viktor Peter – the duo responsible for both titles mentioned above.
Transhumanity, even at such early stage, surprised us with its story. Earth’s orbit gets tampered with and our planet moves to a completely different location in the universe. Nobody knows what happened .You and your group decide to go on a quest to answer that question once and for all.
The game is fully cooperative and has a heavy emphasis on deck building. Transhumanity will use a modular board that the players traverse to solve the great mystery. We may have to wait a bit for more info, as Mindlash Games still has one KS project to release before Transhumanity.
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