UK-based Tabletop developer Steamforged Games (Dark Souls, Horizon Zero Dawn) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their next video game licensed board game. Monster Hunter: The Board Game is chock full of giant monster minis and multiple box sets. After a little over a day, the campaign has already surpassed over $2 million in funding, with over 10,000 backers.
The game is designed for 1-4 players playing as the hunters, cooperatively trying to take down a massive monster. The game features tactical positioning, player stamina boards, and cards for attack and damage.
Monsters have their own behavior deck that players draw from to determine who they target with which attacks each round. The entire rulebook is available to read online.
The game can be played as one-off battles, but is designed as a campaign, as you defeat monsters, and forge equipment from the monster loot to take on new and more powerful monsters.
Monster Hunter: The Board Game is available in two main box sets: Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste.
Ancient Forest includes the following monsters and hunters:
- Great Jagras
- Sword and Shield Hunter
- Great Sword Hunter
- Dual Blades Hunter
- Bow Hunter
Wildespire Wastes has the following:
- Charge Blade Hunter
- Switch Axe Hunter
- Insect Glaive Hunter
- Heavy Bowgun Hunter
There are three pledge options. The Entry Pledge ($72) includes only the Ancient Forest set. The Core Pledge ($143) includes the Ancient Forest and Wildspire Waste sets, as well as the Kickstarter Exclusive Kulu-Ya-Ku monster expansion. Finally there’s the All-in Pledge ($294) which features everything in the Core Pledge, plus three elder dragon expansions, and Hunter’s Arsenal Expansion which features the rest of the weapon styles.
Note that any expansion or set can be purchased individually as an add-on after the campaign funds. Also note that none of those prices include shipping.
The Kickstarter campaign ends April 29.