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Japan-Themed Board Game Gets Over $2 Million On Kickstarter

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Let the success of Rising Sun remind you that board games with fancy miniatures do very well on Kickstarter.

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The game, set in “feudal Japan”, is designed by the same guy behind Blood Rage, and plays out as a blend of strategy, worship and structured diplomacy. It sounds interesting, but let’s be real, despite the pedigree this thing is making mint because people want to play with these:

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And these:

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And these:

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It’s $100 to back the game, and that’s it. The more stretch goals are unlocked by purchases, the more stuff everyone who bought a copy gets.

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They’re estimating a shipping date of April 2018, and you can back the game here. Note that it’s picked up over $2 million in just a few days; there are still three weeks left on the campaign.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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SageofMusic
SageofMusic

The $100 really bites, especially not knowing what’s actually going to be in the box. I’m not usually one to harp on quantity vs content (Hell I paid $130 for Food Chain Magnate which contains no miniatures and was probably illustrated by a guy in 2 days) but Blood Rage wasn’t exactly the greatest game ever made and it contained more stuff than this for cheaper. I mean, you guys trumpet “never preorder” but isn’t that exactly what’s happening here?