About this project
Conan is a miniature-based board game that pits one player, the overlord, who controls hordes of savage tribesmen, no-good lowlifes and undead minions against 1 to 4 players who incarnate the legendary Conan and his fellow adventurers. The gameplay is asymetric, as the overlord possesses a large selection of models and objectives which are his own, whereas the brave heroes are played from a first person perspective, much like in a role playing game. An adventure can be played out in 1 hour on one of the beautiful game boards as you pit your wits, daring and tactical acumen against your opponent
This set contains:
- Niord, Aesir Hero
- 5 Aesir warrior allies
- 10 Vanir warrior Minions
- Atali, the daughter of Ymir, the frost-giant, Leader
- Atali's Brothers, 2 frost giant monsters
- 5 Monstrous Crow minions
- 1 double sided game board
- 4 scenarios written by Croc and Sippik
- Token, tiles and Character sheets.
Far to the South of Conan's home there lies a dry, arid land where a rugged, dark skinned people eke as much of a life as they can out of the sands. The environment is not the only danger in these lands however, there is a darker, more sinister power at work, one that man should have known to leave well enough alone but the promise of power is too tempting for some. Now the dead rest uneasily beneath the sands and monstrous beasts devour men like cattle as the great and powerful watch on, eternally.
This set contains:
- 1 exclusive Assassin hero
- 1 Thot-Amon Leader
- 10 Giant scorpions monsters
- 1 Scorpion broodmother monster
- 5 Assassins minions
- 5 Eternal guard minions
- 1 double sided game board
- 4 scenarios by Bruno Cathala
- Token, Tiles and Character Sheets
This place is a mystery in Howard's works. It is known however that it’s home to great sorcerers whose spells are feared by those from the West. Take Conan and his companions East to this mysterious land as they are swept up in a sinister assassination plot!
This set contains:
- 1 exclusive Hero
- 5 Tower Guard minions
- 5 Javelin throwers minions
- 5 Honor Guards minions
- 5 Foo Dogs minions
- 1 Sorcerer leader
- 1 double-sided gameboard
- 1 half sized game board
- 4 Scenarios by Antoine Bauza and Ludovic Maublanc
- Token, Tiles and Character Sheets
KS EXCLUSIVE ADD-ONS:
We asked multiple artists to draw us their favorite Conan characters and this was the result! Each box contains two alternative heroes complete with their Character sheets and equipment cards (where applicable).
OTHER OPTIONAL PURCHASES:
- 74 Highly detailed, 32mm, plastic models
- 1 Book of Skelos (Plastic overlord dashboard)
- 25 coloured base sleeves
- 9 engraved, six sided dice (3 Yellow, 3 Orange, 3 Red)
- 60 Plastic energy gems
- 4 Hero character sheets
- 1 Turn counter sheet
- 43 Creature tiles
- 55 spell and equipment cards (1.65x2.48in / 42x63mm)
- 2 double sided game boards 24x28in / 60x70cm (4 maps)
- Over 80 tokens (doors, chests, villagers, effects...)
- 1 rule book (8 scenarios)
All pledge levels will be available in English and French. You will be able to choose your version during the pledge manager phase after the campaign.
The Barbarian level pledge will get you a standard game box along with ALL the stretch goals unlocked during the campaign.
The King level pledge is a deluxe box that will only be available during the kickstarter campaign. The additional exclusive models included come with 4 scenarios to play with them. We will also include ALL the stretch goals that are unlocked during the campaign.
Each of the superbly detailed boards provided was designed to immerse you totally in the game. (Each board will have multiple scenarios attached to it, so that you can forge any number of adventures!).
The infamous fortress is where you will be under siege or, perhaps even more frightening, where you will have to face the terrible Thog, an ancient god linked to the nightmarish legend of Cthulhu. Coming soon...
The Barbarian of legend is the most powerful warrior in the Hyborian Age. As stretch goals are met, you will be able to choose between different versions of Conan, each with their own skills.
Shevatas, King of thieves, makes a mockery of even the most complex locks; his feline agility allows him to evade the grasp of his foes without breaking step.
As one of the few sorcerors that Conan trusts, Hadrathus' arcane power provides invaluable assistance to the group. His mystical shield makes him very resiliant, he can also magically shift from one place to another, and cause his enemies to burst into flames.
Queen of the Black Coast and captain of the infamous pirate ship Tigress, Bêlit is a charismatic leader who knows how to drive her crew (or any adventurer, such as her faithful warrior N'Gora) to victory.
Bêlit's right-hand man N'Gora is a seasoned fighter, able to take the fight to the enemy (in close combat or at a distance); he is also very good at defending and protecting his allies.
She may appear frail and weak but don't let this fool you. Zelata the witch uses her arsenal of magical potions as well as her giant lupine bodyguard to deadly effect!
Conan's trusted companion, Valeria is a swordswoman without equal. While lacking Conan's raw power, she more than makes up for it in precision and efficiency!
The majority of the players will control Conan and the other heroes, the player pitted against them is known as the Overlord. This player controls not one but multiple groups of models, both mindless henchmen, powerful villains and terrible monsters. The book of Skelos allows him to keep track of all these models as well as his own stamina gems and activation track.
A classical evil-doer, The Necromancer can revive and control the dead. He may seem frail but beware his nefarious aura, it has been the end of many an adventurer who has come too close and gazed into the eyes of death.
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The draft rulebook, as well as other elements including a P&P pack are available below. Please remember that these are ALPHA VERSIONS.
Conan has been heavily tested, with over 500 people having participated in the playtesting. The rules were finalised at the last possible moment so as to incorporate as many suggestions and fine tunings as possible. Nevertheless, please note that this is still an Alpha version of the rules and may be subject to change.
Apart from being huge fans of Conan and Robert E. Howard, we have been working in the gaming industry for many years now. Frédéric Henry is the author behind some incredibly successful games such as The Adventurers, Timeline and The Builders. Erwan and Loïg Hascoët are the founders of Bombyx, a respected publishing company with many great games in their catalogue such as Takenoko, The Builders and Abyss. Monolith was created so that we could make the game of our dreams: Conan. HeroQuest was a big part of our gaming culture as kids and we wanted to recreate the joy and immersion we felt for that game back then. So as to stay as true to Robert E. Howard as possible, we hired Patrice Louinet as a consultant, a world renowned expert on this author's works. This gives us a degree of authenticity that is almost unheard of in a product like this. Patrice has approved all the contents of the Barbarian and King box sets as well as most of the stretch goals. Please note that some KS exclusive add-ons to the game will take inspiration from a few non-canon areas which were only mentioned by Robert E. Howard but not fully developed. Patrice was not consulted about those and thus they don't have his approval seal. This being said, we have always kept the spirit of Howard's work in mind and worked under the strict supervision of Paradox Entertainment, owners of the Conan property.
On top of the people from Monolith, a huge team of passionate professionals have worked on Conan. Here’s a complete list:
- Game Author: Fred Henry.
- Artwork: Adrian Smith, Brom, Paolo Parente, Kekai Kotaki, Xavier Collette, Naiade, Georges Cl4renko, Alex Tornberg, Per Ø. Haagensen, Fang Wangli.
- Sculptors: Stéphane Simon, Jacques-Alexandre Gillois, Thomas David, Stéphane Nguyen, Yannick Hennebo, Arnaud Boudoiron, Grégory Clavillier, Elfried Perochon, Rafal Zelazo, Gaël Goumon, Viktor Dragosani, Gautier Giroud & Laslo Forgach.
- Graphic artist: Loïg Hascoët.
- Consultant: Patrice Louinet.
- Community manager: Jamie Johnson.
- Video trailer: Fabien Delarue.
- Game videos producer and presenter: Monsieur Phal
- Gaming Rules: Conan: Paul Grogan
- Scenario Designers: Antoine Bauza, Ludovic Maublanc, Croc, Bruno Cathala, Laurent Pouchain, Pascal Bernard, Adnane Badi, José Chaves, Jérôme Soffietti, Itai Perez, Jérémy Pinget, David Bertolo, Julian Lemonnier, Philippe Villé.
- Communication: Léonidas Vesperini
- Artistic director and project manager: Erwan Hascoët.
Conan has had a lot more money invested in it than the majority of board games. If we were to apply the margins of a classic development cycle, the cost of the box set and the stretch goals would be far too high, around $250. The process of desintermediation that is inherant to Kickstarter allows us to reduce this price down to something far more manageable and in line with other large board games. It also allows us to take the product directly to our target audience.
Shipping costs will be applied once the Kickstarter is over so as to allow us to calculate the exact costs when taking into account all the unlocked stretch goals and optional purchases. We have reached an agreement with Asmodee for deliveries in North America and Philibert for Europe.
Since the project began, we have unlocked a phenomenal amount of Stretch Goals which do of course have an effect on the price of shipping.
The latest estimate for a King pledge with all the stretch goals is on average $22 for all American and European addresses.
The latest estimate for a King pledge with all stretch goals and all add-ons (including the 3 expansions boxes: Khitai, Stygia and Nordheim) is on average $34 for American addresses and $27 for European addresses.
For all other parts of the world, it is a lot harder for us to get a precise estimation as we do not have logistical hubs there. Therefore, please bear in mind that the figures below are deliberately overestimated in an attempt to prevent any last minute surprises, so they are more than likely to change!
• South America : $80 • New Zealand : $90 • Australia : $80 • South Africa : $100 • Japan : $55 • China : $80 • Taiwan : $60
We will do our utmost to ensure that your products arrive on time, before the public release of the game. However, we are aware that some problems concerning shipping and production may arise that are outside of our sphere of influence. If we cannot guarantee that all backers will receive their copy of the game before the general release, then we can, at least, guarantee that you will be benefitting from a great discount and many exclusive Kickstarter only features. The commercial version of the game will include a lot less material than the Kickstarter one. If these special contents and prices are not sufficient when compared to the risk of not being delivered on time however, then we suggest that you do not participate in this crowdfunding campaign and acquire the game when it is released in shops. Thank you for your understanding.
© 2015 Conan Properties International LLC. Conan, Conan the barbarian, Hyboria, and related logos, characters, names and distinctive likenesses are trademarks or registered trademarks of Conan Properties International LLC unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved. Robert E. Howard is a trademark or registered trademark of Robert E. Howard properties, used with permission. All rights reserved. Conan - Miniatures Boardgame © 2015 - Monolith Board Games
Music by Knut Avestroup Haugen. Visuals from Age of Conan MMO by FunCom are used with permission by Paradox Entertainment
Risks and challenges
This isn't our first rodeo. We have been producing games and working with factories in China for some time now. We are familiar with the delays that can unexpectedly pop up, whether they be due to production, shipping or customs.
The estimated delivery date for Conan is October 2015, but please keep in mind that this is an informed guess. Also note that due to logistical restrictions in different regions, some backers may receive their pledge rewards before others. We will be doing our utmost to avoid these situations and, in the unlikely event that we are unable to deliver the game, we will be refunding pledges in full. Due to the fact that Conan is 80% complete as we head into this campaign, and that we have already signed agreements with many of those in charge of production, delivery and distribution, we have no reason to suspect that this eventuality will ever occur.
All pledges can be refunded up to 60 days after the end of the Kickstarter campaign, charges included, no questions asked. After which, we will be unable to refund you the charges incurred by Kickstarter and Amazon (as we will not be refunded by them after this 60 day period). Once we have started to process and pack your order however (generally 4 to 6 weeks before the estimated delivery date), refunds will no longer be available. If any part of an order cannot be delivered, then we will reimburse you the cost of this component, charges included.
Any refunds requested during the original 60 day period can be sent via your credit card or Amazon payments account. Those requested after however will be via PayPal only.
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