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Cooperative board game set in a nightmare-horror world. Fight for your life, scavenge, craft, and band together to survive.

Death: Monster is a cooperative tabletop miniatures game for 1-6 players. Set in a unique nightmarish world devoid of most natural resources, you control a settlement at the dawn of its existence. Fight monsters, craft weapons and gear, and develop your settlement to ensure your survival from generation to generation

The game is available to backers starting at the $100 level and contains:

  • 27 ( + 12 ) = 39 Total, unique highly detailed plastic miniatures ( following this is a quick list of the miniature break down )
  • Full Color Story & Rule Book
  • 2' x 3' Game board
  • 6, 10 Sided Dice
  • 1 6 Sided Hit Location Die
  • 100 2"x2" Gear Cards
  • 75+ Monster AI Cards
  • 75+ Monster Hit Location Cards
  • 75+ Resource Cards
  • 25 Innovation Cards
  • 10 Location Tiles
  • Survivor Record Sheets
  • Settlement Record Sheets
  • 10 Stone Face Base Inserts

Miniatures included in the base game:
4 Starting Survivor miniatures
4 Armor Kits: rawhide, lion, leather, phoenix. Each kit is two female and two male models with interchangeable parts.
7 Monsters - Lion, Phoenix, Antelope, Butcher, Kingsmen, Kings Hand, Watcher

Upgrades to every game box:
+ Unarmored armor kit, two male and two female miniatures (55k)
+ All new Lantern armor kit, two male and two female miniatures (140k)
+ All new Fur Armor kit, two male and two female miniatures ( 285k)
+ Two New Weapons for the Lion Armor Kit (350k)
+Stone Face Base Inserts +$10

Upgrades to Survivor eligible game boxes:
+ 1 extra Rawhide armor kits, two female and two male (unlocked @ 80k)
+ 1 Plastic Phoenix (unlocked @105k)
+ 1 Plastic Watcher (unlocked @185k)
+ 1 extra Phoenix armor kits, two female and two male (unlocked @200k)
+ A regiment of Kingsmen, x5 models (unlocked @$225k)
+ 1 plastic Paul the Survivor (unlocked @275k)
+ 4 Starting Survivor Heads (unlocked  @475k)

Game Expansions:
Flower Knight Expansion + $15 (MSRP $30)
Dragon King Expansion + $30 (MSRP $65)
Gorm Expansion +$40 (MSRP $65)
Man Hunter Expansion +$20 (MSRP $30)


Optional Plastic Minis ( increase your pledge to get these )
Rawhide Dame, plastic + $15
Beyond the Wall, plastic +$15
Watcher, plastic +$15
Phoenix Dancer, plastic +$15
Kingsmen Regiment x 5 plastic minis +$20
Kingsmen Deluxe Regiment x25 plastic minis +$50
Primal Huntress, plastic +$15
Lioness, plastic +$15
10 Pack - Stone Face Base Inserts +$10
50 Pack - Stone Face Base Inserts +$40
Dragon Sacrifice, plastic +$15
Regeneration Suit, plastic +$15

Optional Resin Minis ( increase your pledge to get these )*resin miniatures are suggested for experienced hobbyists only
Rawhide Dame, resin +$25
Beyond the Wall, resin +$27
Phoenix Dancer, resin +$25
Kingsmen, resin +$25
Flower Knight, resin +$29
Paul the Survivor, resin +$25
Primal Huntress, resin +$25
Lioness, resin +$25
Dragon Sacrifice, resin +$25
Regeneration Suit, resin +$25

Optional Collectors Edition Resin Minis ( increase your pledge to get these )*collectors editions come with a numbered & signed certificate of authenticityPhoenix collectors edition resin +$150
Watcher collectors edition, resin +$35

Important: Please note figures are supplied unassembled and unpainted.


Here are some recommended backer levels! :

Our humble thanks, a digital art book that features concept art, artist bios, and the history of Kingdom Death from inception to production as well as high-resolution images highlighting the artistry of Kingdom Death.

Digital art book, and the two Kickstarter Exclusive miniatures in plastic, Adam & Anna Explorers of Death!

In addition to rewards at the $30 level, you'll also receive the collectors resin versions of Adam and Anna Explorers of Death. These miniatures will be packaged in a hand stamped kraft box, including the character art cards & a 6"x4" matte print of the full artwork, and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

At this level, you’ll receive the Kingdom Death: Monster boxed game! You will also receive the digital art book.

You’ll receive the Kingdom Death: Monster boxed game, the two Kickstarter exclusive plastic miniatures Adam & Anna Explorers of Death, the Kingdom Death t-shirt, and the digital art book.

You’ll receive all rewards at the $155 level and the collectors resin version of the Adam and Anna Explorer of Death miniatures included in the $70 level. You’ll also receive a collectors resin version of the four starting survivor miniatures. 

Here is an archive of stretch goals we've reached!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Let me be completely honest, there is a tremendous amount of work ahead to get Monster into your hands. All of the miniatures need to be mastered for plastic production, the game components need to finalized and printed, and the game box itself needs to be designed to hold everything securely.

Then finally... the biggest challenge... fulfillment! Depending on how many backers there are, what rewards, options and stretch goals are met... we could be looking at packing and shipping a lot of unique rewards to customers all over the world. I need to manage expectations and be smart about every step of this project during and after the Kickstarter ends.

I am working with a fantastic game manufacturing company that has successfully put together many similar game projects, including other Kickstarter games.

I've been running the Kingdom Death project for just about 3 years now. I’ve personally shipped nearly 5,000 orders to fans around the world and I've worked with dozens of talented artists. I am confident I can deliver a truly wonderful game to everyone.

FAQ

  • To ensure a safe delivery of your rewards, I need to send the heavy package via a priority service that offers tracking and insurance. The price reflects USPS's international priority rate and I apologize for what seems like a high fee. During the campaign, I will be investigation alternate solutions as I would love to bring this down. But I cannot make any promises. Thank you for understanding.

    I understand $45 is a lot!

    It is however LESS then the actual true cost of the shipment. For example, a 7lbs priority package over to the UK costs $55.20 ( pulled from http://USPS.com ) for just the label alone. The box, packing material and labor to send the parcel is not even factored into that price. I can reduce the rate by shipping things first class in theory, but first class international has NO TRACKING and I simply refuse to send someone their rewards with no zero security and no way to recover it if its lost.

    Being a small company eating about $15-25 per shipment is the absolute limit of what I can afford. There is a slim possibility that I hook up with a warehouse overseas and get a better rate, but I sadly cannot promise anything until such a deal has been settled and locked in.

    I thank you in advance for your time and understanding. All I ask is that whatever choice you make, that it is fiscally responsible.

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  • Optional items that become available throughout the Kickstarter can be pledged for by adding the appropriate amount to your pledge. Click the green "Manage Pledge" button on the top right of this page and simply add the amount of that optional item to your pledge. When the Kickstarter is over we will send out a survey and you can indicate which optional items (and quantities) you want.

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  • Resin and plastic are both materials popular in the manufacture of miniatures. Resin, is hand-cast, expensive material that is harder and more brittle but can retain an extreme level of detail and range of poses than other materials. Our plastic miniatures are machine cast in a more affordable material and thankfully with the talent of our manufacturers and sculptors, little detail is lost in the translation. Check out the link here to see the difference for yourself:

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8161934/experiment-of-death-compare-2.jpg

    Hobbyists generally prefer resin miniatures because of the stunning a near perfect reproduction of the original sculptures. Board game makers generally prefer plastic because its more durable, and unlike hand-casting, machine cast plastic has reliable/near identical results over thousands and thousands of casts.

    Whichever option you choose for your pledge, it will be the highest possible quality figure we can achieve.

    The process is difficult and requires a very talented caster, but the results can be

    The plastic is PVC and in my opinion is great for organic shapes. PVC is machine injected and the molds are very costly.

    For a resin vs pvc test check out this image here :

    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8161934/experiment-of-death-compare-2.jpg

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  • Adam & Anna the explorers of death are the only kickstarter exclusives at this time. I cannot comment on when the other miniatures may be available, but I can say it would be after the rewards for this kickstarter are fulfilled.

    Please understand that my full attention is on this kickstarter and fulfilling rewards is my first priority!

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  • Miniatures included in the base game:

    4 Starting Survivor miniatures4 Armor Kits: rawhide, lion, leather, phoenix. Each kit is two female and two male models with interchangeable parts so 16 minis total.7 Monsters - Lion, Phoenix, Antelope, Butcher, Kingsmen, Kings Hand, WatcherUpgrades to every game box:
    + Unarmored armor kit x 2 (55k)
    + 2 All new Lantern armor kits, two male and two female (140k)

    Upgrades to Survivor eligible game boxes:
    + 1 extra Rawhide armor kits, two female two male (80k)
    + 1 Plastic Phoenix (105k)
    + 1 Plastic Watcher
    + 1 extra Phoenix armor kits, two female two male (200k)
    + A regiment of Kingsmen, five models ($225k)

    Please check the main page for optional items.

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  • They both give backers the same reward, the only difference is that the early black friday supports on launch day got to lock in their rewards at a slightly reduced rate.

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  • Kingdom Death minis are all 35mm which is comparable to 28mm heroic. For reference, please check out this size comparison shot of an earlier KD miniature:

    http://payload.cargocollective.com/1/0/5695/1027071/web-grand-mother-scale_900.jpg

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  • Each kit comes with the following total parts :
    2 x Female Heads
    2 x Female Torsos ( two of the same copy )
    4 x Female Arms ( all unique )
    2 x Female Legs ( each are unique )
    2 x Shoulder Pads ( not every kit has shoulder pads, the rawhide has a muffler instead )
    Assorted left and right hands with weapons

    2 x Male Heads
    2 x Male Torsos ( two of the same copy )
    4 x Male Arms ( all unique )
    2 x Male Legs ( each are unique )
    2 x Shoulder Pads ( not every kit has shoulder pads, the rawhide has a muffler instead )
    Assorted left and right hands with weapons
    4 x bases

    Enough to create 2 female and 2 male miniatures.

    Some kits also have accessories , the rawhide kit has a rawhide drum, the lion kit has a whisker harp etc.. These are not attached to hands and can be fitted to the character, the base or not used at all.

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  • The armor kits are multi part miniatures that are broken into several pieces. Generally the head, torso, arms, legs and shoulder pads will all be separate. The intent of the design is to give hobbyists an incredible amount of freedom when it comes to assembling a miniature to represent their survivor.

    Traditionally miniatures are assembled with glue, but advanced hobbyists might use pins or add magnets to their models.

    The miniatures are like normal miniatures and need to be glued, pinned or magnetized together. While it would have been cool to make them snap together, it would have ultimately limited their design flexibility and I'd rather have more options for a hobbyist than less!

    Remember that your survivor miniature need not exactly reflect the gear that you use while playing the game. How accurate your survivor mini is in relation to your survivor in the game is up to you and your gaming group.

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  • While it would have been cool to make them snap together, it would have ultimately limited their design and flexibility and I'd rather have more options for a hobbyist then less!

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  • An armor kit is two things.

    First, is is 4 figures. 2 identical male figures, and 2 identical female figures that represent survivors that have scavenged and crafted gear out of a particular monster. So the Phoenix armor kit has armor designed from the feathers, hide and bones of the Phoenix and weapons crafted out of things like it's beak. The armor kits show how survivors adapt when fighting different monsters.

    Second, the armor kits are designed to be compatible with each other. Since the figures in the game come in pieces, you don't have to put the armor kits together as indicated by their design. Together, all the armor kits have specially designed components that can be mixed and matched. If you want your survivor to have a Phoenix katana and a fur armor body, simply use them to create new combinations. Since there are multiple copies of each part in an armor kit, you can create a new Survivor to represent you as you collect new gear in the game. Advanced hobbyists will also tell you, that a dremel and some rare earth magnets can make the parts swappable on the fly, simply stick a new arm onto your magnetized body. It should be stressed that this level of crafty commitment is not necessary to enjoy the game or the armor kits themselves.

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  • For Kickstarter backers release date is November 2013.

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    Patron of the Arts - A special death scene for each of the 4 starting survivors is being commissioned for the game. In addition to the rewards from Deluxe Survivor, you will also receive a limited set of all 4 pieces of art, printed on high quality archival paper matted and framed. Each set is also numbered and signed for authenticity.

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    Explorer of Death - Rewards from Deluxe Survivor + We will sculpt a unique survivor head for you and upgrade the game with it. The artwork and a credit will be included in the rulebook. Along with a short story about how your survivor died. We will also make a hunt or settlement event in your honor.

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    King of Death - Get the rewards from the Deluxe Survivor + a special production run of every miniature we produce, including sold out miniatures on the webstore and new miniatures from this kick starters stretch goals. I would suggest getting an ikea glass cabinet to show of your collection!

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