Big budget board games based on video games are becoming increasingly popular and common thanks to crowdfunding website Kickstarter. The latest success story is based on Deep Rock Galactic, an indie cooperative shooter developed by Ghost Ship Games and published by Coffee Stain Publishing that released in 2020 on PC and Xbox, and on PlayStation earlier this year.
The crowdfunding campaign for the board game recently surpassed $2 million in funding, and still has a little under two weeks left in the campaign.
Deep Rock Galactic the board game is designed for 1 to 4 players, with an average play time of 1 to 2.5 hours, and a recommended age of 12+.
Players take on the role of one of four classes in the game, each represented by a sculped miniature. Each turn you’ll explore a hex-based game board, creating new tiles and unleashing hordes of alien monsters.
According to the Kickstarter pledge, the game is finalized, and can go into printing shortly after the campaign finishes. Expected delivery is “Late 2022.”
The standard pledge, which includes four miniatures and standees for enemies, is about $75 (all currency converted from Euros). The Deluxe Edition ($125) upgrades the enemy standees into their own miniatures. The Collector’s Edition ($175) includes a mini-expansion, game mat, art prints, mouse pad, and card sleeves. Note that all of these can be added as separate add-ons to other pledge levels.
Several funding stretch goals have been unlocked, including double-layered player boards, plastic insert, and various component upgrades.
As always with board game funding, be aware that the cost doesn’t include shipping, which is listed near the bottom of the page. For US shipping, the cost will range between $15 and $22.
The Kickstarter campaign ends March 3, though late pledges are usually an option.