Hi Elliott, This is a great breakdown and very generous in sharing your process and insights, you came a long way from the vending machine days!
Are you planning on releasing the UE4 project to the public? Or only builds? I'd love to play around with it in the editor if possible!
Kingdom Death (KD) is a very successful crowdfunded tabletop game from Adam Poots and inspired by Warhammer Quest. It was massively successful on Kickstarter (although not from the very first try) and the initial print of the game gathered over $2 million in pledges. However, the project became so popular, that the creator just wasn’t able to satisfy the demand. So, this Thanksgiving Adam launched a new Kickstarter campaign, which blew the market away.
There’s just 4 days to go till the end of the Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 crowdfunding campaign. To this day the project gathered over $8.8 million. For a board game it is a phenomenal result. This is not exactly a reprint. It does hold the original game, but there’s also a huge update, which complements the main game system. The rules were updated, the upgrade pack was added. There’s also a new expansion called ‘The First Hero’.
A nice addition to the project is the Gambler’s Chest, which holds a bunch of great content for the fans. But why would anyone in the artist community care about Kingdom Death: Monster or Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 for that matter?
You see for this ‘boutique boardgame‘ Adam Poots contacted some of the best artists in the world to create the 2d and 3d art. Among the contributors are some of the most well respected people in the business and while the style of KD may see a bit over the top, you can’t just deny the amazing craftsmanship. So who are the people, who contributed to this game?
Stephanie Everett, who creates content for DOTA 2, made a lot of nice tiles and sculpts.
Forge Studios designed and printed a number of miniatures.
An artist from Hong Kong Lokman Lam created a bunch of 2d concepts for the game, including the game’s female characters.
Zeen Chin from Malaysia helped with the character designs. He also worked on Legend Of The Cryptids and Galaxy Sag.
Melissa Curtin created most of the game’s spooky locations.
Caitlin Hackett from Oakland did a bunch of illustrations as well. Her art is absolutely amazing.
There’s a bunch of other artists as well. Some of the names could be found in this Reddit.
Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 might not be the most essential game for you to buy, but it sure is a great project, showcasing the work of the best creative minds in the entertainment art industry. Be sure to jump on the hype train!