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One of the first board games to blow up on Kickstarter is back for a new edition

Since 2012 CMON has raised more than $55.6M on the crowdfunding platform

A sunglasses-wearing blond girl points a pistol to the left. There’s a hunting rifle on her hip, and she’s weighed down with a bandolier of ammunition and a samurai sword. From Zombicide: Second Edition.
A Kickstarter exclusive features a catholic school girl dressed to kill.
Guillotine Games/CMON

Board game giant CMON is going back to the well with another Kickstarter campaign. This time it’s for a second edition of the wildly popular Zombicide, the game that originally put the company on the map in May 2012. With 12 days left in the campaign, it’s already successful to the tune of more than $1.5 million. Delivery is estimated by November 2020.

The full game will cost you $100, while an upgrade for an existing set runs $40. The campaign runs through Nov. 6.

Zombicide: 2nd Edition is the epitome of a beer-and-peanuts tactical miniatures game. Players jump into a map infested with the undead and have to shoot their way out. However, the game borrows mechanics from the MOBA genre of all things. While skill trees aren’t really as diverse as you’d see in League of Legends, players do upgrade their skills over the course each game. By the end they’re dramatically more powerful than they began.

This edition adds CMON’s now standard plastic side board, an innovation that has been shipping with the latest spin-off titles in the franchise. It serves as a dashboard for each player, tracking life, levels, and equipment. I had the pleasure of using it to play Zombicide: Black Plague and it’s a big improvement over the original’s skimpy plastic clips and cardboard character sheets.

This is the 39th (!!!) Kickstarter campaign for CMON. So far it’s raised over $55.6 million dollars on that platform. That makes it one of the crowdfunding giant’s biggest participants, and most profitable partners. Kickstarter gets 5 percent of each successful campaign, or roughly $2.78 million in all. We’ve embedded an updated list of all of CMON’s successful campaigns below.

It’s notable that the campaign itself does not include any statement on Kickstarter’s ongoing labor issues. The technology company’s management says it will refuse to voluntarily recognize its union. Polygon has reached out to CMON for comment.

CMON’s wins on Kickstarter through 2019

Title Backer dollars raised Number of backers Date
Title Backer dollars raised Number of backers Date
Zombicide $781,597 5,258 May 2012
Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster $951,254 4,278 June 2012
Relic Knights $909,537 3,459 September 2012
Guilds of Cadwallon $116,938 2,955 December 2012
Rivet Wars $582,316 2,464 February 2013
Zombicide: Season 2 $2,255,018 8,944 March 2013
Kaosball $356,752 1,896 June 2013
Wrath of Kings $718,152 3,756 September 2013
Arcadia Quest $774,222 4,885 March 2014
Dogs of War $66,703 1,139 May 2014
Xenoshyft Onslaught $242,832 3,367 June 2014
Zombicide: Season 3 $2,849,064 12,011 July 2014
CoolMiniOrNot Base System Featuring Micro Art Studio $88,259 1,239 October 2014
The World of Smog: On Her Majesty’s Service $101,351 1,770 November 2014
Rum & Bones $739,513 4,417 December 2014
Blood Rage $905,682 9,825 March 2015
B-Sieged: Sons of the Abyss $567,350 4,774 May 2015
Zombicide: Black Plague $4,079,204 20,915 July 2015
The Others: 7 Sins $1,464,489 10,136 October 2015
Arcadia Quest: Inferno $1,710,713 9,991 December 2015
Xenoshyft: Dreadmire $383,406 4,398 January 2016
Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia $1,010,958 10,862 March 2016
Rum & Bones: Second Tide $947,864 5,794 April 2016
Massive Darkness $3,560,642 22,361 July 2016
The World of SMOG: Rise of Moloch $1,174,130 7,892 February 2017
Rising Sun $4,228,060 31,262 April 2017
Zombicide: Green Horde $5,004,614 27,236 June 2017
A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game $1,690,466 9,040 August 2017
Hate $1,469,489 10,227 February 2018
Zombicide: Invader $3,352,208 18,486 May 2018
Arcadia Quest: Riders $316,018 5,272 May 2018
Cthulhu: Death May Die $2,412,286 15,831 July 2018
Starcadia Quest $935,956 6,503 September 2018
Project: Elite $634,782 5,367 November 2018
Blood Rage Digital $769,503 11,213 December 2018
Munchkin Dungeon $701,618 6,444 February 2019
Bloodborne: The Board Game $4,013,731 23,986 May 2019
Trudvang Legends $1,492,714 11,808 August 2019
CMON Time Machine $296,056 11,306 September 2019
Totals: $54,655,447 362,767
Average: $1,401,422 9,302
Polygon via Kickstarter

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