Crusaders Games

Kickstarter Journey

swords1Since 2015 kickstarter has become a key place to find new great looking fantasy adventure games, and whilst i own more games than i need now, i still selectively back to add content to existing titles or where i think new ones could challenge my own collection. Here is my kickstarter history starting with the most recent.

Tidal Blades : Rise of the Unfolders (Apr 2022) – the theme and fantasy world setting is one of my favourites and this co-operative campaign scenario game returns to the world to offer a very different game to its predecessor. A must have deluxe edition for me. Delivery due in June 2023 >  Tidal Blades

Kingdoms Forlorn (Mar 2022) – a Kingdom Death style co-operative game where you follow the story of your knight as he quests through various kingdoms. It features an exploration journey through a city or dungeon interspersed with battles on a large board. This is a big box miniatures game with a dark medieval fantasy theme and deeper battle mechanics. Delivery due 2024 > Kingdoms Forlorn

Unsettled (Mar 2022) – a reprint of a game that arrived last year with extra planets added. This is a co-operative planet exploration mission puzzle game where you must use resources and solve the mysteries of various planets. With a modular expansion approach, this game is getting great reviews and is from a company i really like.  Delivery due February 2023 > Unsettled

Call to Adventure : Epic Origins (Dec 2021) – a remake edition with more standard fantasy settings and includes a campaign mode with solo and co-operative options. I have played and enjoyed the original which is more a competitive game and held off purchasing until this version, which is more in the fantasy style i was waiting for. Delivery due August 2022 > Call to Adventure

Eleven (Sep 2021) – finally a football manager board game that looks good, this is all about running a club but does feature matchdays and league results alongside game objectives to complete. This is a re-build deluxe set of club stories and is one i am really excited by. Delivery due October 2022 > Eleven

Arydia : The Paths We Dare Tread (Sep 2021) – an adventure game on a series of world maps where you explore a sandbox world, encountering locations, creatures and interacting with its inhabitants while levelling your character and equipment in rpg style gaming. It comes with pre-painted miniatures and a neat set of character and map boards. Delivery due in 2023 > Arydia

Edge of Darkness (Aug 2021) – a card crafting game blending a mix of worker placement with building your own action cards for your guild. With wonderful fantasy artwork and a unique game system this is great competitive game, plus has a solo option. This is a reprint kickstarter plus a new expansion.  Delivery due October 2022 > Edge of Darkness 

Primal The Awakening (Feb 2021) – a large monster co-operative hunting game with deckbuilding and upgradeable weapons and armour. This game features interactive cardplay between players and some amazing models. Delivery now due in 2023 > Primal the Awakening

ISS Vanguard (Jan 2021) – the latest co-operative story driven game from Awaken Realms with a space exploration theme, combining planetary missions with ship management, upgrades and choosing your away mission teams, it feels to me you will be operating a starship. Delivery due September 2022 > ISS Vanguard

Frostpunk (Dec 2020) – a dark solo survival worker placement game set in freezing conditions, with a unique central generator tower, and a game that stacks the odds against you. I was not bothered by all the terrain elements, just the core gameplay. Delivery due September 2022 > Frostpunk

Bardsung (Nov 2020) – a great looking dungeon crawler, with a more unique map building mechanic and a blend of most of the good ideas from other similar games. This one stands out a bit from the many kickstarters that compete in this genre and i chose to back this over Massive Darkness 2. Delivered in March 2022 Bardsung

Forgotten Depths (Oct 2020) – a small box co-operative dungeon adventure game with story telling and a unique map building exploration. A quicker game with lots of neat ideas and a kickstarter that is here to actually develop them. This game is not overly expensive and could be a hidden gem. Delivery due May 2022 > Delivered in May 2022 > Forgotten Depths

Machina Arcana (Oct 2020) – i have been interested in this dungeon survival game for a while now, and with its 3rd printing run via kickstarter i am finally joining in. A steampunk meets Cthuhlu mythos this dungeon adventure game has great looking artwork and storyline adventures. Delivered in April 2022Machina Arcana

7th Citadel (Oct 2020) – a return for this neat adventuring series, with a more storyline adventuring theme set in a fantasy world. The core mechanics look very similar to its predecessor 7th Continent and it hopefully will continue to improve the gameplay with a lesser survivalist orientation. Delivery due in 2023 > 7th Citadel

Nemesis Lockdown (Jun 2020) – a return to this great game with a new stand alone story taking place on a mars base. The gameplay looks largely unchanged and i can question the need to own both versions, but this game has theme, tension, secret objectives, great models and simply looks amazing so it is worth collecting. Delivered in January 2022. See review here > Nemesis Lockdown

Oathsworn : Into The Deepwood (Oct 2019) – a campaign game with a mix of roleplaying adventure with huge miniature boss showdowns. It looks remarkable and so well produced, with both a card and dice battle option, it was a hugely successful campaign with a lot of love shown by the designers. Delivery due July 2022 > Oathsworn

Trudvang Legends (Aug 2019) – a story campaign adventure from CMON with a great artwork style and loads of miniatures. Despite some disappointment with Massive Darkness, one of their previous kickstarters, i had higher hopes for this game as i am always interested in great story adventures, but this one comes with some risks with long delays now until well perhaps September 2022 just for the core box > Trudvang Legends

Altar Quest (Jun 2019) – a dungeon adventure based on the great heroquest with a similar looking board and room objects to interact with. Search out altars within the dungeon rooms and try to cleanse your altar stone, there are quest decks and alternative villains that can be slotted into the game to make different challenges. I also added the lurker pack extra models from their May 2020 models kickstarter. Delivered in October 2020. See review here > Altar Quest

Tainted Grail – Fall Of Avalon (Dec 2018) – a story led game from the producers of Nemesis which looks amazing and was a really successful kickstarter. I chose to back this game over the similarly dark themed Solomon Kane earlier in the year. It is proving to be a great story telling game with neat card play mechanics but it can feel a little slow paced. Delivered in November 2019. See review here > Tainted Grail

Sword & Sorcery Ancient Chronicles (Nov 2018) – a welcome return for this miniatures dungeon exploration game with new storyline campaigns set in an ice wilderness. This is a new core set with a comprehensive set of new heroes and enemies, and is an extremely exciting kickstarter for me. Delivered in May 2021. See review of the original > Sword & Sorcery

Tidal Blades (Nov 2018) – a worker placement game with dice upgrades as you defend your island from an onslaught of monsters while taking part in style related competitions. The fantasy world artwork really stands out from the crowd and made it an irresistible choice. Definitely one of the most beautiful games i own. Delivered in October 2020. See review here > Tidal Blades

Everdell (Sept 2018) – a worker placement game with card combinations and amazing artwork. I did not back this the first time around as a friend was getting it, but having played it, i wanted my own copy together with the new expansion Pearlbrook. Delivered in September 2019. New expansions Spirecrest & Bellfaire were backed in 2019 and then Newleaf & Mistwood in 2021. See review here > Everdell

Nemesis (Feb 2018) – awakening on a drifting space ship, your task is to survive the aliens and complete your mission. This game has theme, tension, secret objectives, great models and simply looks amazing. The co-operative gameplay is really atmospheric and always keeps you in suspense. Delivered in November 2018. See review here > Nemesis

Vindication (Feb 2018) – late backed while it was called Epoch The Awakening after i initially resisted the original kickstarter in 2017. A questing adventure game using resource management it combines fantasy but in a competitive format. The artwork and production is really nice and i added the leaders expansion in 2019 and chronicles in 2020. Delivered in December 2018. See review here > Vindication

Sine Tempore (Jun 2017) – a sci-fi fantasy campaign mission game with miniatures, to compete with the likes of Imperial Assault or Galaxy Defenders. The model count is huge, and it all looks amazing, along with the tiles and hero cards. This is a good alternative to a more purist fantasy world with a lot of visual appeal. Delivered in July 2019. See review here > Sine TemporeSold September 2020 after completing the main campaign

Ravage (Jun 2017) – a smaller box dungeon crawl game, offering solo or co-op play with Orc characters as the heroes. This is a card based game with standees, and comes out a cheaper alternative to most dungeon adventure games, and has really great artwork. Delivered in April 2018. See review here > RavageSold December 2021 due to the expanding the number of great dungeon crawl games 

City of Kings (Apr 2017) – this adventure questing game uncovers a map as you move, with heroes and workers combining together. Characters have unique development trees to choose from, and you will have resource management to build new structures and affect the map. Monsters are generated with random abilities and combinations. Delivered in March 2018. I added the expansion characters in the 2018 kickstarter. See review here  > City of Kings

Gloomhaven (Apr 2017) – a legacy style adventure that uncovers new quests and content as you progress. A new fantasy world and races with neat combat mechanics using cards unique to each character.  I did not back the first kickstarter and had already played a long campaign before i bought the reprinting. Delivered in October 2017. See review here > GloomhavenSold February 2021 as i had played the main campaign, but kept Jaws of the Lion

Thunderstone Quest (Mar 2017) – a remake of my favourite deck building game with new cards, artwork and rules. Thunderstone has remained one of my top 10 games since 2012 and this improved the gameplay and immersion new village locations and dungeon tile additions. Delivered in February 2018. I also backed the excellent barricades solo / co-operative expansion and even more quest packs in 2019, 2020 and 2022. See review here > Thunderstone Quest

Kingdom Death Monster (Dec 2016) – a campaign game in a horror world with great miniatures. Build up a settlement and hunt intelligent monsters to survive, creating the arena battles that are unique and awesome. This is a hobby game that delivers on pride of ownership but it is so expensive that eventually i felt my funds were better placed elsewhere across other games. Delivered in October 2017. See review here > Kingdom DeathSold March 2018 to free up funds for other campaign games

Massive Darkness (Jul 2016) – a streamlined dungeon crawl with an excellent array of models, and backed with hopes for a good quicker dungeon crawl, however ultimately its campaign lacks any real depth, and it’s rules around combat are more fiddly than they should be. It is a nice product, best for one off adventures but has some issues. Delivered in August 2017. See review here > Massive DarknessSold December 2020 as it just didn’t live up to expectations in a competitive dungeon crawl market

Darkest Night 2nd Edition (Jun 2016) – a solo or co-op game kickstarted into a deluxe version upgrade. Given it was a game i had previously wanted to purchase, i felt this was the time to get on board. The finish on this game looks amazing and the huge choice of different characters provides unlimited playable combinations. Delivered in January 2018. See review here > Darkest Night

Too Many Bones (Mar 2016) – developed into an amazing final product that looks and feels superb. This is more battle focused, but does have a quest journey and story to follow, and the many dice and chips are a fairly unique game combination. Delivered in April 2017. The Undertow expansion was backed in 2018 and the finale Unbreakable backed in 2021. See review here > Too Many Bones

Sword & Sorcery (Nov 2015) – this miniatures exploration game has a set storyline adventure campaign to follow and is a dungeon crawler but with outdoor and underground areas. This turned out to be one of the better dungeon games competing well with the likes of Descent, Warhammer Quest and Massive Darkness. Delivered in June 2017. See review here > Sword & Sorcery

7th Continent (Oct 2015) – an adventuring game, set across tiles making an island map that unveils as you explore. It is slightly more real world based than pure fantasy, and has a great tile laying concept which each contain decisions you need to make and affect the future adventure. It is an excellent solo game and i added the expansions in the later 2017 kickstarter. Delivered in August 2017. See review here > 7th Continent

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. The artwork for this game and the final product quality exceeded original expectations and i added the expansion pack in the 2017 kickstarter. Delivered in June 2017. See review here > Gloom of Kilforth