Dark Souls Board Game Funded in 3 Minutes

A runaway success.

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It's clear a Dark Souls board game is something fans of the series wanted.

The Kickstarter campaign for the tabletop game started today, reaching its £50,000 ($72,000) funding target in just three minutes. After a few hours, it's now raised more than £222,550 ($320,000), which is almost five times what was originally asked for.

There are still 26 days remaining until the campaign ends on May 16, so it's likely the funding figure will continue to swell, with more stretch goals unlocked as a result.

Dark Souls - The Board Game, as it's being called, is a tabletop game designed for 1-4 players. It's set in the Dark Souls universe and is made by Steamforged Games in partnership with Bandai Namco.

Here is the game's official description:

"Players choose from a number of core character classes and explore dangerous locations full of monsters, treasures, and deadly boss fights. Designed specifically for the Dark Souls universe and introducing a number of innovative gameplay mechanics, with world-class miniatures faithful to the rich universe, this game delivers an experience that captures the very essence of the original video games."

You can guarantee yourself Dark Souls - The Board Game by pledging £75 ($108) or more. In response to the game's success, Steamforged wrote on Kickstarter, "Bloody hell! We are over the moon!"

Given the runaway success, the following items have been added to core Kickstarter pledges:

  • 5 new player characters (Pyromancer, Cleric, Sorceror, Thief, Mercenary)
  • Enhanced boss behaviour cards or the Dancer and the Executioner
  • 5 legendary weapon treasure cards
  • 5 brand new Lothric encounters plus a mega-Boss add-on: the Gaping Dragon boss mode...can't wait to show you the model tomorrow morning!!

For lots more on Dark Souls - The Board Game and to make a pledge, head to its Kickstarter page.

In other Dark Souls news, Dark Souls III launched on April 12 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. For more, check out GameSpot's review and what other critics are saying.

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Waitaminute...Bandai Namco needed to kickstart a board game? Bandai Namco. This Bandai Namco http://www.bandainamco.co.jp/en/ir/library/pdf/annual/en_2015_annual.pdf was in such desperate need of cash that it needed to use kickstarter to pay for a board game. Really...

This use of crowd-funding by international conglomerates is just bloody ridiculous.

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@maltnut: Did Namco have anything to do with this project? I dunno but I thought they only published video games and this board game was developed by Steamforged who probably payed Namco to use the Dark Souls brand.

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@NTenseify: You think Bandai Namco only does video games? The link I provided is their annual report. Their Toy and Hobby strategic business unit made about 2.1 billion dollars in sales in 2015. They don't need to kickstart a board game.

Heh, of course, reading about their IP Axis strategy, we should have seen this coming.

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Man, I haven't played a board game in a bloody long time. I need to draft my little cousins and force them to Clue.

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If you back it today, you get to meet and suck the devs off! And we all know you fans would pay to do that in a heartbeat!

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They had me at "Gaping Dragon"...

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@Pyrosa: They've got my dragon gaping. ;)

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Bandai Namco could have funded this.....cheap bastards

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@txuzai: Well, it's better this way, as fans have a say in it.

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Anita's ears must be ringing.

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Be nice to have something other than Munchkin or Arkham Horror to play.

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@Fernin-Ker: Talisman! Go buy it now! Brutally ruthless bastard of a game, but lots of fun... (There's a mobile port for folks like me who sit on too many planes/trains, too.)

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Is whoever is making this have permission from Bandai Namco to make this? Or is Bandai Namco behind this, and if so, why would they need a Kickstarter?

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@tinyjotun: "It's set in the Dark Souls universe and is made by Steamforged Games in partnership with Bandai Namco."

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@tinyjotun: Of course, they will give them a small payment to use the licenses and its good advertising. Kickstarters are not just ways to get money its also to make people more aware, hence GAMESPOT ON THIS ARTICLE, IF THEY HAD NOT OF DONE IT WE WOULD NOT BE READING ABOUT IT

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@rimmdogg: Pardon my caps was not intentional.

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@rimmdogg: You know you can edit comments, right?

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@Hurvl: I do.

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@tinyjotun: "You can make it, but we're not going to fund you." -BN

More or less.

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They're selling them to people at £80 each but to retail for 6 for £200, a price of £33.33 each. Assuming they wouldn't sell to retail making a loss so they're still making a profit on those sales too, they're making at least £50 per sale to individual people, which is quite a huge margin and has put me off. I don't like the idea of being ripped off so massively, and I feel like they can't justify an £80 price point with these figures in mind.

Just to cap it off, they give free worldwide shipping to the retail sales but charge individuals. Really off putting.

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@Frogster8: Jeez dude, stop complaining if you dont like it then thats up to you , I love Dark Souls and would for sure pay $100 plus! Dude sounds like a pocket watcher

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@Frogster8: There is a reason for this you know , like everybody shopping online for ease somehow think they are entitled to the same price as the high street, like yourself for example. These shops are very few in numbers, in fact they close down daily. By giving them stock at discount and brinign in more customers/ players they can thrive. If you pint and click and buy then they will die.

I got the early bird edition £75 and will include all the goal stretchers , well worth the money.

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@rimmdogg: there's discount then there is this massive price difference, from £33 to £80 a unit, it's about 2.5x as much... But you go ahead and tell yourself all that stuff and act like I'm unreasonable for questioning things like this while you pay well over what you need to for a product.

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@Frogster8: I am paying £75 for my Early Bird ltd edition. For that I will gladly help them create a great board game and support them and also retailers who struggle day to day. I work in a business that relies on customers supporting designers by investing early on, its how we grow. You can go ahead and think that jack daniels and coke you bought for £5 was worth it when the distillery sells it to the bars for £7 a bottle or buy a smartphone that is worth £40 in materials but pay £500 for that phone you have next you....do that , Ill be playing a great game whilst you are not.

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@rimmdogg: I don't drink jd and coke and I got a motor x play because it's a reasonably priced phone for what it gives me. So you can go ahead and use vague comparisons that don't even apply to me to try and make my argument look poor. If you're referring to a small retailer they probably do, but big retailers (who this also applies to) don't struggle, and don't need a discount of that size.

You go ahead and buy a board game for around 3x the price it's sold to a retailer and tell yourself it's a bargain and you're a Saint of society because you're helping people so much, you high horse bell end...

And with that I'm pretty much done wasting my time on you.

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@Frogster8: You are obviously not done as you are reading this! Ha!

Once again a commentator runs away from a debate using harsh language because they are scared of the truth.

Just because you yourself cant afford a loaf of bread or a decent phone does not mean everybody feels the same way ( backed by 6532 others and counting)

So whilst you play pokemon on your emulators and complain about money on the next article I and others who back the game will be enjoying it immensely and not worrying about you on your own.

Good day, tooties and I wont even look for you reply, because your not wasting time....right?

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For 200$ you could get the board game AND the season pass!! xP

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That reminds me of "Hero Quest" board game I used to play when I was young!

Jesus did I wish I would've keep that game!

I can't even remember what I did with it, I think I simply trashed it away... =((((

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@silv3rst0rm: Go forth and buy Talisman... You won't regret it.

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@silv3rst0rm: Still have it! And some very nicely painted miniatures, if I do say so myself.

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@silv3rst0rm: Aw man, that sucks. It's an awesome board game. I think I got mine when I was 7 years old (maybe younger). I'm 27 now, and I still play the game with friends.

If this DS board game is like that, I think I might have to get it..

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@silv3rst0rm: Hero Quest was fantastic! For a good modern alternative check out Descent: Journeys in the Dark.

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To those who don't know about the board game world beyond Monopoly, Clue, or other mass-produced games:

$75 is only slightly above average for most board games that feature any minis or tiles at all. Generally, price is anywhere from $50 to $100. Just look at the incredibly successful Zombicide.

Board games Can be fun to solo if the mechanics allow for it.

Board games are a very large and growing segment in the market. The most notable in the last decade would be Settlers of Catan as a pure "board" game, but there are lots of other popular games. X-Wing, Netrunner, Zombicide. Just look up a company called Fantasy Flight Games and you'll see a bunch of widely popular games played all around the world.

This is just a PSA for those who are interested in board games.

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@the_ay: It's £80 though, isn't that around $120?

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@mickyfinn84: Sure, but (as with many start-up projects) this is more of a "I'm volunteering extra capital to help your venture succeed" concept. True, most modern board games cost $40-$70, and waiting for the retail edition is certainly a valid option here too.

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The price tag is absurd

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This is what I find wrong about Kickstarter; Why the hell should a project with an accurate predetermined amount of funding required continue to raise money when it's already reached its goal. Sure they can then decide to announce they'll make the project even bigger (though how a board game would apply that concept is beyond me) but pretty much all the time the extra funding just ends up as nice bonuses for the fundraiser. Not to burst every Star Citizen fan's bubble either, but that game is NEVER going to get an official release date. They're just going to keep coming out with updates every few months and keep fans satisfied by letting them play a demo with a few extra layers every now and then. Either the studio is happy taking large amounts of money from a never ending fundraising source while creating the least amount of content possible to keep it going OR they really suck with time and budget management.

Kickstarter should have a feature that warns donors when they're about to donate despite being over the fundraising goal with a clause allowing said donors to withdraw their donations at any given time. Basically to force the kickstarter to release a detailed statement explaining what they could do to expand their project with the budget increase or force them to stop taking funds. These aren't non profit organizations who despite their goals will always need more money to benefit their humanitarian goals; they're for profit start ups or individual projects who take people's money in the form of non binding donations. Even investing in a shitty company, you can still sell back your shares before losing all your investment.

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@Raphy_Turtle: people aren't donating to it. They are essentially pre ordering it. It makes total sense to go over the funding goal. Just means more sets will be made and are already paid for.

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Does anyone else find it ridiculous that a board game based off a video game costs nearly double the price of the latest release of aid video game? I mean, I know Dark Souls is a popular franchise, but $100 for a board game seems pretty steep, and I collect board games!

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I'm just curious about how to keep people from getting pissed off when they kept dying over and over on a board game.

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$72,000 in 3 minutes, nice :).

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@hystavito: A fool and his money are parted !

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Why do people continue funding products on kickstarter after they have already meet the goal? I dont understand it...

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@se7en1989: Continuing what @gotrekfabian said, funding it is usually cheaper than what the retail version will cost and some campaigns have exclusive items that will not be in the retail version.

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@se7en1989: So that they can guarantee their copy of the project and so that additions to the basic plan can be implemented.

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