Let’s call a spade a spade: Kickstarter is the geek equivalent of the Home Shopping Network. Over the last few years, gamers have flocked to Kickstarter to back projects with the promise of early access, limited edition add-ons, and behind-the-scenes access during production.
It’s no wonder that over 2015, 5 of the 10 most successful Kickstarters of the year were either tabletop or video games.
In raising $3.3M and over 16,000 backers, Monolith Editions proves they aren’t the only ones who think that crushing one’s enemies, seeing them driven before us, and hearing the lamentations of their women are what is best in life. With a kit full of amazing models and the promise of a 1-4 player game that plays in an hour, this project secured its spot as the 8th most successful project of 2015.
Last year on the crowdfunding platform, tabletop gaming darling Cool Mini or Not brought us another installment of the much beloved game, Zombicide. While previous editions were set in modern day, Black Plague provides a fantasy setting, where survivors aren’t cops and rollerskating waitresses wielding guns, crowbars, and chainsaws, but rather wizards and wenches armed with spells, swords, and armour. Raising $4.1M with the help of 21,000 backers, fans of the game ensured it earned its spot as the #7 most successful of 2015’s Kickstarters.
When Koji Igarashi, the former game designer and producer of the Castlevania series, went to publishers to pitch another action-adventure game set in a medieval gothic setting, he was told gamers were not interested in games of that nature. He went to Kickstarter and asked gamers themselves. In response, nearly 65,000 gamers pitched in $5.5M to make this game happen securing its spot in the top 5 projects of the year.
Yu Suzuki went to Kickstarter to get support to create a third installment of the popular series to much fanfare. With an original ask of $2 million, nearly 70K backers pulled out the stops and pledged $6.3M, helping breathe new life into an old series and spurring the big-shots at Sony to pitch in for the game’s development as well. With over $4 million past its goal, Shenmue 3 landed at #4 on the list of top 10 projects
When Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal teamed up with a pair of video game designers to create a quick-playing card game for people who like kittens, explosions, laser beams, and sometimes goats, and asked the crowd to fund this project, they broke the internet. At the time, the game broke Kickstarter records when it launched very early in the year, ultimately raising $8.8 million from 220K backers, despite most of the pledges being in the $20-$35 range. By the end of the year, this record-breaking project established itself as the highest backed gaming project on Kickstarter of all time and with the title of the third most successful project of the year.
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