Hellboy: The Board Game, a tabletop miniatures game based on Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic series, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in under 18 minutes. Less than two days after its launch the project has earned more than $1 million and blown through over a dozen stretch goals.
The company behind the project is Mantic Games, an experienced tabletop developer and publisher based in Nottingham, England. Mantic is known for making The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniatures Game, Dreadball and Mars Attacks: The Miniatures Game among others. They are partnered with Dark Horse Comics, which publishes Hellboy comics.
Hellboy: The Board Game represents Mantic’s 16th consecutive successful Kickstarter campaign and its most successful by far. At time of publication it has more than 8,700 total backers, more than double the number earned by its most successful campaigns.
Aside from the exclusive rights to the Hellboy art, the game itself appears fairly straightforward. Designing the product is James M. Hewitt, who has previously lent his talents to Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower and Necromunda: Underhive. Players take on the role of one of the members of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD): Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Johann Krauss or Hellboy himself. Players then explore the tile-based map, gathering clues before the final showdown with a massive boss monster. The more clues that are earned the better their chances in the final conflict.
What appears to be spurring on backers is the lavish base pledge level. For roughly $132 backers will receive more than 108 miniatures spread across the core game and multiple expansions. Stretch goals have unlocked an additional 16 miniatures.
The campaign runs through May 25, when it will come to a close at 3 p.m. ET.
There’s a bumper crop of big tabletop projects on Kickstarter right now. Rob Daviau (Risk Legacy, Pandemic Legacy and Mountains of Madness) is rebooting the 1980s classic Fireball Island. That campaign is closing in on $2 million with just six days to go. Meanwhile, an official Street Fighter board game has racked up more than $1.2 million in pledges with only seven days left in its campaign. Finally, CMON’s Zombicide series is headed to outer space. The campaign for Zombicide: Invader sits just shy of $2.2 million with less than a week left in the campaign.