Crusaders Games


swords1Since 2015 kickstarter has become for me a key place to find new great looking fantasy adventure games, and i selectively back where i think they could challenge my own collection.

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 later kickstarter. Delivered in June 2017See details here > adventure (co-op).

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 kickstarter. Delivered in August 2017See details here > adventure (co-op).

Sword & Sorcery (Nov 2015) – this miniatures exploration game has a set storyline adventure campaign to follow and is a dungeon crawler in style. This turned out to be one of the better games of its style competing with Descent, Warhammer Quest and Massive Darkness. Delivered in June 2017. See details here > Sword & Sorcery and in the top list > dungeon crawl (models).

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 and added in 2018. See details here > Too Many Bones and in the top list > adventure (co-op).

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 details here > Darkest Night and in the top list > strategy (co-op).

Massive Darkness (Jul 2016) – a more streamlined dungeon crawl but with a great array of models, this game is for those who do not want more complex rules. This was backed due its excellent models and hopes for a good quicker dungeon crawl, however ultimately its campaign lacks any real depth and it is best for one off adventures. Delivered in August 2017See details here > Massive DarknessSold November 2018.

Kingdom Death Monster (Dec 2016) – a roleplaying style game in a horror world with great miniatures. Build up a settlement and hunt intelligent monsters to survive, creating the 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. Delivered in October 2017. See details here > Kingdom DeathSold March 2018.

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 delivers well with new village and dungeon additions that improve the gameplay. Delivered in February 2018. I also received the excellent barricades solo / co-operative expansion in May 2019. See details here > Thunderstone Quest v Advance and in the top list dungeon crawl (cards).

Gloomhaven (April 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 have already played a long campaign before i bought the reprint myself, so i could own it too. Delivered in October 2017. See details in the top list > dungeon crawl (models).

City of Kings (April 2017) – this adventure questing game uncovers a map as you move, with heroes and workers combining together. Heroes 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 which arrived in January 2019 > City of Kings and in the top list > adventure (co-op).

Ravage (June 2017) – a 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 cheaper than most adventure games. It has really great artwork and a future swamp edition is planned. Delivered in April 2018. See details here > dungeon crawl (cards).

Sine Tempore (June 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 look amazing, along with the tiles and hero cards. This is a good alternative to a more purist fantasy world with a lot of appeal. Delivered in July 2019.

Vindication (Feb 2018) – late backed while it was called Epoch The Awakening after i initially resisted during the main campaign 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 have backed the expansion in 2019. Delivered in December 2018. See details here > strategy (competitive).

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 details here > Nemesis and in the top list here > strategy (co-op).

Bat Cup (July 2018) – a rare diversion back into family games for me, with a Mario Kart style crazy racing game. I have taken a bit of chance here as it is not the kind of game i would usually back, but hopefully it will be fun diversion with my sunday group. Due in July 2019.

Everdell (September 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 am now getting a copy alongside the new expansion. Due in September 2019. See details here > strategy (competitive).

Tidal Blades (November 2018) – another worker placement game with dice upgrades as you defend your island from an onslaught of monsters while taking part in style related competitions. Artwork and gameplay really stand out from the crowd and made it irresistible. Due in October 2019.

Sword & Sorcery Ancient Chronicles (November 2018) – a welcome return for this miniatures dungeon exploration game with new storyline campaigns. This is a new core set with a comprehensive set of new heroes and enemies. It is an extremely exciting kickstarter. Due in December 2019.

Tainted Grail – Fall Of Avalon (December 2018) – a story led game from the producers of Nemesis and it looks quite amazing and was a really popular kickstarter. This could be the years most exciting release, and will become my replacement for Kingdom Death. I am also glad I resisted Solomon Kane earlier in the year. Due in August 2019.

Cloudspire (April 2019) – coming from one of my favourite game design companies of Too Many Bones, this is a tower defense style game with great unique factions where i particularly like its potential for co-op and solo modes. Due in July 2019.

Altar Quest (June 2019) – a dungeon adventure based on the great heroquest theme, with a similar looking board, objects to interact with and a great looking card mechanism to initiate actions. You will search out altars within the dungeon rooms and try to cleanse your altar stone. There are nice looking models and quest decks and villains that can be slotted into the game each time to make different challenges. I really like the look of the mechanics of this game > Altar Quest

My kickstarter interest is now split between new games and buying expansion content for games i already love such as City of Kings, Too Many Bones, Thunderstone Quest and Sword & Sorcery.