The Best Kickstarter Board Games
Kickstarter Board Games are very popular projects that get funded by backers and have spawned some of the most popular board games in history. Backers often get a copy of their funded board game and if a success, sometimes these board games go on to be produced for the mass-market.
- The Best Kickstarter Board Games
- How Kickstarter Projects Work
- Successfull Board Games on Kickstarter
How Kickstarter Projects Work
If you've ever been interested in funding a board game to creation, Kickstarter is one of the best places to go. Kickstarter allows those without funds to request the general public to back their project. Backers will pledge a specific amount of dollars, usually in return for some tangible good that is created from the Kickstarter Project. In the case of Board Games, a fully-backed project usually rewards backers with their own copy of the board game.
Successfull Board Games on Kickstarter
A great example of a kickstarter backed board game would have to be Cards Against Humanity. It managed to raise over $15,000 USD to produce the game, with backers being able to fund the project for just $5 minimum. For $30, you got your own physical copy of the game. Initially, the project needed $4,000 to be fully funded, but managed to raise almost 4 times that amount. The power of kickstarter is evident, as after fulfilling the backers copies of the product, it then became mass-produced and has now gone onto to sell hundreds of thousands of copies all around the world. And since then, there have been many other card-based games that have been created such as What Do You Meme based on the success of Cards Against Humanity.
Some Kickstarter projects have managed to raise millions of dollars to fund their production. You can view Kickstarter's table-top category and a quick search shows Divinity Original Sin the board game having raised over $1 million USD. The game needed a total of $160,000 to be funded and has managed to raise 10x that amount. The Divinity Original Sin board game comes with massives amount of content, including over a thousand cards, 300 tokens, 40+ minatures, 30+ dice and loads more. The production on these board games is very high and since they are funded by backers, they can effectively cost in how much they need to make high-quality games from the beginning.
The range of different types of Board games on Kickstarter is huge. From political games that feature Donald Trump's impeachment, to massive epic RPGs that contain thousands of game content pieces. If you're looking for something a little unique that isn't being mass-produced in shops, Kickstarter is a perfect place for finding hidden gems. Of course, not all board games listed on Kickstarter get funded, and some that do still don't make it to production, but you can usually tell from how well presented the board games are which ones stand a chance of making it.
The Best Kickstarter Board Games
Let's take a look at some of the most impressive funded Kickstarter board games that have made it to mass-market after being funded.
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Originally needing just $4,000.00 to be produced, Cards Against Humanity raised over $15,000 and has since gone on to be one of the most popular games available. Players must match up phrase cards with answer cards to create obscene, rude and vulgar statements. It has proved very popular with teenagers and college students.
This murder-mystery board game was fully backed of it's $20,000 goal, with a grand total of $65,777.00 USD. The game is now available on Amazon and there is also an expansion to the game. Players must use their cunning and skill to guess who the murderer is, where each player takes on a different role to help suss out who the killer is. There are no player eliminations and everyone get's in on the action. There are over 300 cards that make each game play unique.
The Resistance: Avalon is a game of deception and accusation and is a very fun game to pay with up to 5-10 players with each game taking up to 30 minutes to complete. Having raised over $54,000 USD, this game is an expansion of The Resistance game, however, you don't need to have original The Resistance to play this version. The game is split into good and bad players, and they take on quests which can fail or succeed. Figuring out who the bad guys are is crucial to success and each team is trying to be as deceptive as possible to win.
Scoville is a farming game involving growing the hottest peppers in the world. There are four different phases in this game, where you must auction, plant, harvest and fulfilment where you must attempt to get as many peppers as possible. Each round consist of these four phases and players must race to fulfil valuable recipes to win the game. The game raised over $100,000 on Kickstarter in 30 days and can be played with 2-6 players.
This NSFW game is similar to Cards Against Humanity and has a lot of adult themes which make it a great party game for adults. The game requires players to guess which action cards and object cards a player pairs up. The games tagline is "You don’t really know your friends until you know who (or what) they’d tongue bathe" - Yikes! If you're into crude humour and want to play something with your friends over drinks, this game is for you!
This game got a lot of clicks and free marketing as the story around the development of this game was concentrated on the fact that it was created by a 7 year old. The game raised a total of $24,000 of its initial $1,000 goal! This card game requires you to come up with some interesting ingredients for your burrito or taco and action cards are used to create a strategic gameplay element. It takes up to around 10 minutes to play and is family friendly!
This successful pirate board game managed to raise over $400,000 of its required $10,000 goal on Kickstarter, making it one of the most successful campaigns ever. The game comes inside a faux book box, which carries all the game elements such as dice, cards and game map. If you enjoy games that allow you to trick and deceive, you'll love this pirate game as you play against up to 9 players to become master of the seas.
This kickstarter funded game has sold over a million copies worldwide and its easy to see why with its bright and engaging visuals and simple clean card interface. Unstable Unicorns is a strategic game for 14 years or older, and requires you to build an army of unicorns where you can magic, instant, upgrade and downgrade cards to acquire your unicorns and hinder your opponents progress. The game was voted the People's Choice award for 2019 and has many fun themed expansions you can also purchase!