Board Game Creator Isaac Childres Returns to Kickstarter: Quickly Raises Over $1.2 Million For “GloomHaven” Second Printing

On Tuesday, board game creator Isaac Childres took to crowdfunding giant Kickstarter to raise $100,000 for the second printing of his previous crowdfunding project, Gloomhaven. Within a matter of 24 hours, the initiative surpassed its initial target quickly (five minutes reportedly) and has so far raised well over $1.2 million thanks to nearly 13,500 backers.

Gloomhaven is described as a cooperative card-drive game of combat of 1-4 players. The game’s story reads:

“It’s a grim but lucrative business being a mercenary out on the edge of civilization. You must explore the harsh wilderness and engage in deep tactical combat, where the decisions you make have an impact not only on your own character, but also the world around you.”

It was noted that each scenario is played out through rounds of combat against fully automated enemies and each round, players will play two cards to determine the order in which they act and what abilities they perform. Each of the cards has two special actions, and on their turn, players can perform the top action of one card and the bottom action of the other. Although there is no dice in the board game, all attacks are modified by a player’s attack deck and over time, the attack deck will change as a player begins to add and remove cards by completing battle goals and leveling up.

The original Gloomhaven Kickstarter successfully secured $386,104 from 4,904 backers in September 2015. This time, the second printing board game will be available for backers for $99. Other backer rewards include scenario book upgrades, solo scenario book, rule books, and four health/experience dials. Estimated delivery is for August 2017. The campaign itself is set to close on May 2nd. 


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