One of the most interesting things to be happening right now is the absolutely insane success tabletop games are doing on Kickstarter.
Mantic is well over their initial goal of $5000, and even though they only have but a few days left, the total is still aiming skyward.
This is proving to be a fairly good way to jump into the game, and I don't doubt that is what is really pulling most folks into being backers in this regard. Even I backed for $100 just for the army option at that level, although I haven't figured out if I wanted to get Dwarfs (for my daughter) or Orcs (just because). Either way, the amount of miniatures you get at even that level is pretty astounding.
At $100 a person comes out with:
Exclusive Undead Skeletal Dog handler
Free Plastic Elf Palace Guard
Free Dwarf Berserker brock Rider
Free Orc Chariot/Fight Wagon
Free ticket to Mantic Party (No clue what good this does for me since there is just no way I can go at that time of year)
Name in the hardback rulebook
Free Electronic rulebook
Free Electronic kings and Legends Supplement
A signed map
That is a pretty good haul when you think about the fact that isn't counting all the core items listed as the basis of the $100 backing (the armies, and the Vampiress).
Of course Mantic isn't the only success story for tabletop right now either. In fact, they are pretty far behind the current hard hitter. Coolminiornot is not to be outdone with another board game, a game that has some major popularity behind it. Sedition Wars has completely crushed it's goal and only recently looks to be even slightly showing a slow down.
This is another game that just makes it far too worthwhile to get in at $100, once again finding myself backing them at this level. You actually get enough miniatures to makes some decent sized forces for a few games, it is just that loaded.
As above a $100 backing would get you:
12 additional Vanguard
12 additional phase 1 and phase 2 Strain
2 additional Brimstone
2 additional Scythe Witches
1 additional AI Drone
1 additional Grendlr
6 custom dice
And that's not including the signed cover art and patch.
Now of course these two are the biggest winners of the current crowd funding group, but there is one more I'd like to mention that certainly isn't the success I was thinking it would be. To be honest, I didn't think it would be a great success, but I figured they'd be successful nonetheless.
The Avatars of War Dwarf army fund on indiegogo.com was dragging its feet for a long while, not even getting to the double digits for far longer then expected. It seems as though they have really went through and tried to make it more worthwhile to fund, but it might just be too little too late. We'll have to watch to see if they can close the gap quick enough.
It could be timing, it could have been the way the rewards were initially setup, it could have been a lot of reasons, but at the end of the day the point is that the funding just didn't roll in fast enough at the start. They may well make their goal, but not nearly to the degree Mantic or CMoN did. For me, one of the biggest turn offs was the 'X strong' perks. At least with Mantic, it was very set in stone what you were going to get with their armies. It would probably have been more tempting if I knew I was getting 3-4 full units and a warmachine rather then 100 various dwarfs and each warmachine will eat 5 of those dwarf's heads.
In the end, it is interesting to see how things panned out, and I think the next time these batches of crowd funded wargames occur, there is going to be a lot of changes, as people look at what worked and what didn't work.