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Cooperative board game set in a nightmare-horror world. Fight for your life, scavenge, craft, and band together to survive.
Cooperative board game set in a nightmare-horror world. Fight for your life, scavenge, craft, and band together to survive.
Cooperative board game set in a nightmare-horror world. Fight for your life, scavenge, craft, and band together to survive.
5,410 backers pledged $2,049,721 to help bring this project to life.

Delay. Fulfillment TBA. International backers responsible for their taxes.

No more estimates. The project and its fulfillment will be done, when it's done. I have too much respect for you backers, your support and your high expectations of Kingdom Death: Monster to fall short of any future estimates.

The hard plastic manufacturing process is taking much longer then I anticipated. In order for any individual miniature to reach my approval, the time and investment of raw work hours is staggering. It's needs to be done right, simple as that.   

My full commitment remains with you backers. As promised, I have directed the extra time gained from the longer manufacturing process back into the project. As opposed to perhaps the wiser business move of starting something new with the team. You believed in Kingdom Death: Monster and me, and so I will in turn, believe in you, your patience and your understanding. Resources earned from our separate resin sales, are now being invested to expand the expansions and to play test them to a brilliant polish. That is my proof of commitment.  

From now on, I will simply share the facts of where we are with hard plastic production along with what we have improved, upgraded or added to the expansions.

International Fulfillment

I continue to research and seek a solution / partner that will ease the burden for international backers. However, please do not be mistaken, I never promised to find or open an international warehouse. I did however, promise to look into solutions and I still continue to do so. Thus far, we have not found any options that are a fiscal possibility. This project is simply too large, has too many unique items and is too heavy. We are a small team making our dream project come true. Not a heavy-weight international logistics company. Shipwire, from all personal user cases we have examined, is not a solution I am currently confident using. 

Here is our official statement: 

Each individual backer is responsible for any and all customs, duties, taxes, Vat and additional fee's they may or may not incur. We must mark packages consistently with domestic and / or international law. Doing otherwise would jeopardize both the project and your rewards. Adam Poots Games, LLC will act in the accordance of the law. 

Packages will be marked to reflect pledges, not the final retail cost of the rewards inside.

Core Game Upgrades

The core game is off to print. Contracts have been signed and we are running 10,000 copies. It is truly a "monster". With over 1,000 game cards and a 220+ page rulebook. The price to to produce each unit... is intense. Since the kickstarter campaign ended, we have added a staggering amount of content. 

Looking at this, I realize that I must be truly insane. I added so much content to this game! Compared to what was promised and where we are now, its intense Ahhhh! Future project creators be warned, this is what happens when you give things your all.

Hard Plastic Production  

Production is a multi stage process. After each miniature or bit is sculpted it is handed off for a time consuming optimization process to split the model for hard plastic production and remove all of the draft angles. Once this is approved the model goes into layout, where it is arranged on a sprue for optimal passage of plastic to ensure a minimal amount of shrinkage and mold lines. Once that is approved it moves onto a machine where the tool (the mold) is cut into a solid block of metal. Depending on the detail level and the number of parts, this can take a significant amount of time.  

 Armor Kit Update  

We solved the issue and have reached the kit compatibility level the project requires. There was a very simple miscommunication that resulted in every single male armor kit having sockets that were not compatible and thus every male armor kit had to be re-adjusted! I have two kits ready to share with everyone today. I'll just say that i've really enjoyed working with these so far. We are going to label the multipart bits


Hard Plastic Approved for Production  

The Stalker is tooled up in hard plastic and ready to hide in the light until you least suspect it! The cuts on it are the most clever yet and offer a pretty seamless build. I really adore this fishy / planty jerk!

The Lion Knight & Court is also stellar. The hard plastic claws are so durable and are armor kit compatible. There is also a smaller set of claws on the set, along with heads with holy land masks to add to your survivors. 

Aya & Paul Two of our oldest miniatures and still my favorite. I am happy to report their extra bits are armor kit compatible! Adam & Anna come with extra armor kit compatible bits! Candy was created so her cloth skirt was optional and the Twilight Knight includes the original sword, before the twilight sword was realized and offically an extra option. (This was initially only included with the first batch of resin collectors editions. i'll photograph it later my brain is melting from preparing so much content! sorry! )

Armor Kit System

When I started the project, long before there was even a kickstarter. The far off dream was always to have a really cool system of compatible bits on a hard plastic frame. I could imagine myself holding it up and sort of window shopping, before i snipped off bits to create a character for myself. Having two of the kits on my desk, along with the little compatible parts we've snuck into many of the expansions and promos makes it all feel so "real." I admit, it. I totally had a moment. 

I can also state that matching a miniature to in game gear is satisfying with a strange twinge of addiction. 

The Lion Knight is awesome and all, but due to a happy accident at the factory, the extra heads on the sprue actually fit his body as do the all of the armor kit compatible weapons. Here is a pretty creepy looking survivor rocking a pair of flower swords!

So yeah, now everyone here is pushing me to start a skirmish game of some sort so we can play with hoards of survivors that have started to take over all clean surfaces areas in the studio.

Expanded Expansions

The Initial Pass on all expansions was complete in march. After realizing that due to the extended hard plastic production process there was more time, we reopened them all to improve their gameplay value and longevity. More art, more gear, more content, more testing.

A great example of this, is the Slenderman. Originally the intent was to create a very simple expansion that added a more challenging nemesis monster late in the campaign. There was only one reward and overall the content interacted with the game in a very limited way.

We decided to go in and add a lot more, including a light forging story event that lets you craft a variety of gear from the light sensitive dark water thats earned from defeating a slender man. AND the Gloom Man secret fighting art which you can work towards earning by adding the expansion to your campaign.

*Please note, the follow image DOES NOT show everything from the expansion. That would be way too "spoilery" for me.

Even after its upgrade, the Slender Man is still the smallest of all the monster expansions.

The Dung Beetle Knight (my personal favorite) is another expansion that has received the royal upgrade treatment. Since putting this update together has taken me… waaay too long, I will have to show that off next time!

Kings of Death  

The Kings of Death resin collectors trunks have been packed. We decided to hold of on sending them just yet, as we hope a few more of the lagging resin items will arrive by the end of july.

Resin Beta  

Resin beta has also been delayed a bit. We hired another freelance full time playtester (bringing us up to 4) for our march up to hitting the print deadline. His perspective excels in the "learning / teaching" department and we decided to hold off on this briefly.

Now the plan is to provide something more focused  that will give us advanced insight so we can create videos and other post launch learning aids for new players. Don't be mistaken The game is very playable, every playtest group has managed to be up and actually playing within 45 mins without any outside aid. But, I now that personally it helps me to watch vidoes while also have the ruleboook, so we are planning to support those gamers too.

Retail Price Adjustment  

The core game, now that we have the final specs. Is simply too costly for us to retail it at the originally intended price of $100. It saddens me, but we have to raise the price of the Core Game to $250. It will still include all of the paper goods listed above, along with the all the miniatures (all 17 sprue's worth!) Packages will be marked to reflect pledges, not the final retail cost of the rewards inside.

Pledge Manager

The pledge manager will be opened tomorrow. If you have any issues please submit a ticket so we can track it and make sure it gets resolved. We get a lot of emails on a lot of different channels. By moving everything to one place it will ensure you are responded to. Be as descriptive and polite as possible, thank you.

Other Stuff!

Perhaps most importantly, we have started our first male pinup project! It is very unfamiliar ground for me and it might take a while to see a final miniature, but I do have some art to share now!

 We also grabbed a makerbot for studio learning and use. It certainly can't print miniatures, but it can very roughly print some other larger things! 

A Pinup Twilight Knight stands next to a very large print of the Halloween Pinup Twilight Knight that is planned for release on um... Halloween! Well a miniature version is, this big one is just for fun.

I also created a quick storage box for all of the core games gear cards. The cards and our temporary organizers have been pretty well beaten from play testing, but maybe once the game is out, I'll make the files for this available for other people to print and modify for their own storage.

From the Heart

I can't thank you all enough for this opportunity. I am still incredibly humbled by all of this, it still seems pretty insane! I know sometimes I come across as firm and from a personal level, I do apologize. I've learned that I must be a responsible project creator and boss which can lead to some very difficult challenges.

However,  I must confess, the joy of overcoming these challenges and being able to share the fruits of that labor with all of you has been like nothing else. And I must again, thank you for it.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly at adam.poots at I will respond as quickly as I can, but please understand that not only do I get a lot of messages, I am also managing the project so it can get a little busy!

Kingdom Death: Monster is my dream game. And the only true way I can thank you for sharing that dream, is to ensure that everything is the best it can be. We will finish. You will get your rewards. 

I will continue to personally available, ready to face any challenges or concerns head on.

Thank you for allowing us to do our best.

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    1. Creator Nik Ekonomakis on June 22

      Yeah. I'm kinda wondering what's going on... It's been quiet for a while.

    2. Creator Soutalgon on February 3, 2015

      Um, whats the status on this game?

    3. Creator Motor on September 18, 2014

      Get hype!

    4. Creator tasky87 on September 16, 2014

      Update on the twitter today we should see something here soon. WOOT

      Kingdom Death ‏@kingdomdeath

      Kickstarter Update Status : Assembly is complete. Finish photographing tomorrow. Baring a typhoon hitting china, update will be this week.

    5. Creator Pride365 on September 16, 2014

      I would guess that we won't get one until October.

    6. Creator Mark on September 16, 2014

      Hope we will be getting an update soon !!!

    7. Creator AGN1964 on September 14, 2014

      I can live without estimates, but I'd like an update ;-)

    8. Creator Talos on September 12, 2014

      @KD I'm up for a "Hard Plastic Production List" update if you read this.

      Don't need much else, maybe a "hi" at the top, but just a copy of the spreadsheet with Today's date will do just fine me thinks! More than enough.

      Keep up the Great Work!

    9. Creator Pride365 on September 11, 2014

      @Daniel Casey O'Donovan No not yet. We are waiting on an update but right now the factory is giving KD priority so it might be awhile.

    10. Creator Daniel Casey O'Donovan on September 11, 2014

      Have we heard anything new since July? I am impressed with the work on this game, but am getting the feeling that the scope creep on the project is pushing the deadlines out over and over again. Is there a targeted date for release at all yet?

    11. Creator Justin on September 11, 2014

      The communication here is OUTSTANDING!

    12. Creator Pride365 on September 8, 2014

      We already know it is coming along

    13. Creator Josh Erickson on September 8, 2014

      Could really use a new update. :(

      I realize that update writing can be tiring. But even a "It's coming along, fancy picture, fancy art" would be nice.

    14. Creator silverear on September 5, 2014

      Give us some news, please!

    15. Creator Motor on September 2, 2014

      Poots, if you are out there... can you please give us a rough estimate when the next update is out? I'm ok with "in 1-6 weeks" if that's what it is.

    16. Creator Pride365 on August 29, 2014

      @Motor I totally understand that, it is why I read every comment on here!

    17. Creator Motor on August 28, 2014

      Alrighty then, I'm just impatient. I need my fix (can you guess that this is my most anticipated project I've backed?)!

    18. Creator Pride365 on August 26, 2014

      @Motor if you read Adam's comments he is waiting on a package from China and will post an update once he gets it. Also the last week of August and all of September will be KDM all the time at the factory in China.

    19. Creator Motor on August 26, 2014

      Ok, srsly. Six weeks. I'm waiting for the next update so I can progress on my Kingdom Death achievement.

    20. Creator Preston James Harpe on August 14, 2014

      Just a reminder so you don't have to go looking through the comments to find this is the link

      and also make sure to use chrome/firefox to use.

    21. Creator Daniel Magnan on August 14, 2014

      Rember that it is not IE compatible. I used Chrome and it worked fine. Firefox is supposed to work, but I got errors when I tried it.

    22. Creator Motor on August 14, 2014

      It happened automatically for me.

    23. Creator Esoba on August 13, 2014

      Hmmm, my pledge manager still says locked and loaded. Did you have to ask to get reentry into it, or did it just happen automatically?

    24. Creator Motor on August 12, 2014


    25. Creator Preston James Harpe on August 11, 2014

      Looks like Pledge manager up.

    26. Creator Kyle Currie on August 7, 2014

      @Luke: The Plummery is definitely for the Phoenix, if you look at the visible gear card in front of it you can read "Crest Crown" and see the keyword "phoenix" beneath that

    27. Creator Luke Roberts on August 7, 2014

      How bout we look at the webstore and see the first edition people of the Sun and looik at the Miko priestess there, which is in the Sunstalker expansion. Oh look, there's the actual model which we've not seen before in the resin with enough broad detail that the hard plastic should like nigh identical. That's a pretty subtle update right there, you just have to be paying attention is all. :)

      Also, this update is awesome, I just noticed the Plummery, i was all...what has feathers...the phoenix, sweet! :p So we need a Plummery for the Phoenix likely. That we're seeing the dung beetle expansion next is a big plus for me, that's the model that made me go nuts and commit in the first place and I'm not disappointed at all!

    28. Creator Pride365 on August 3, 2014

      He said he would try to do more updates but did not say for sure they would happen! Also he is working on a update if you read his comments then you would know that!

    29. Creator Motor on August 1, 2014

      It's code for bi-monthly.

    30. Creator almeren on August 1, 2014

      So, about those bi-weekly updates...

    31. Creator Motor on July 27, 2014

      Gnnngh, I want the pledge manager reopened already! I want to windowshop for some more plastic crack.

    32. Creator Pride365 on July 25, 2014

      @Donovan Glidden They are still working on it. They will post a KS update when it is ready to go.

    33. Creator Donovan Glidden on July 25, 2014

      Any update on the pledge manager? I still can't login.

      Is the correct URL right? I'm really wanting to buy the expansions now that I can afford them.

    34. Creator Miniroll on July 25, 2014

      @ Kingdom Death I notice one of the Rawhide poses is a crouching/kneeling one. Never really been a big fan of minis that arn't standing up,always though they look a bit odd on 'the battlefield' like they are shuffling around lol so means I will need two of these kits so that I can have two female standing up figures. Could you let us know if any of the other Armour kits include crouching/kneeling figures, so I know if I need any extra armour kits thanks

    35. Creator Motor on July 25, 2014

      @Mad Clown It's basically the same thing. Sculpting trying to copy the original, or casting trying to copy the original.

    36. Creator Pride365 on July 24, 2014

      @Michael H Adam has said several times that he is most worried about the KS and not retail later. Also for the price of 4 regular KD minis I can buy an entire 2 player battle box for most war games. KD has never been about being cheap but about being the best. I am sure the price might hinder some but for the rest it will be seen as an investment to an awesome game.

      Also one can never have 2 many parts and the minis wrre always meant to be glued together and if you clear coat properly tou wont have issues with chipping.

    37. Creator Michael H on July 24, 2014

      While I am always happy with getting more for my money, in his instance it seems like a little too much. A jump from $100 to $250 will make it more difficult for people who are interested to get into the game, especially when for that price they could pick up 5-10 other board games.
      Then there is trying to figure out what to do with all the contents! 1000 cards is a LOT OF CARDS which will make this a heavy game to cart around. I see myself carrying this in and out of my local game stores to play, and not the mention the fact that I obsessively sleeve all of my cards to protect them. Then there are the pieces. 38 heads just for the unarmored kit? At least this does not appear to replicate across all the sprues, but that is a lot of heads! I'll have to pick up storage organizers just to keep track of the parts. The customizability of the kits is also cool, but for anyone who might have been thinking of painting these that will be a nightmare, unless we glue the parts together. Handing those small pieces is going to wear the paint down quick.
      I guess I was expecting less, more along the lines of a more manageable number of pieces than anything else. Like four complete models for unarmored survivors, four complete models for rawhide, four complete models for fur armor, and nothing spare parts leftover. I feel that with any other game a lot of the extra would simply have been placed in an expansion for those that want more to bring down the initial price so that it is easier for new players to pick up the system.
      I'm just hoping you aren't going too overboard with all the excitement of launching this product, I would hate to see this bite you in the butt with as amazing as the models are and with how much I love the concept of the system. At least I got in when the game was $100, right?

    38. Creator Mad Clown Miniatures on July 24, 2014

      @HappyWulf: The expansions will be general release, so once the KS is fullfilled and Monster is released, the expansions will be too! :-)

    39. Creator HappyWulf on July 24, 2014

      Can't wait! I'd also like to ask, after everyone gets their 2 foot by 1 foot long boxes, and we've gotten some time with it, I may want to order some of the expansions. Namely the Flower Knight, Dungbeetle Knight, Lion Knight, and Slenderman. Can we be assured that you will still be offering these expansions for at least a few months post-delivery? Maybe treat myself to them for xmas. ;3

    40. Creator Pride365 on July 24, 2014

      @Almeren They are not required. But they do add to the looks of the model. I got some and I hope it will be enought though I am sure Adam will sell them out side the KS.

    41. Creator almeren on July 24, 2014

      On the topic of spares: Do you think that getting additional base plates is a must? I am getting two games and most of the extensions. I became a backer for the setting and gameplay and have next to no experience with miniatures. Thanks.

    42. Creator Mad Clown Miniatures on July 24, 2014

      @Motor: There will be plenty of spare heads and arms. If you can learn to sculpt yourself a very basic torso with legs then the shameful sin of recasting should not really be necessary!

    43. Creator Motor on July 24, 2014

      Aaaalrighty then! I hope he will sell individual kits in the future, otherwise some of us will have to learn to do recasts ourselves.

    44. Creator Pride365 on July 23, 2014

      @Motor It is possible Adam said after a lot of people talking about that during the KS he would have to look into it after all the KS dust had settled.

    45. Creator Motor on July 23, 2014

      I was thinking, I imaging that many will play this game for years to come. IIRC one update said that individual armor kits wont be for sale after the kickstarter. But I guess that many dont want to pay for a full expansion or $250 for the base game just to get new armor kits. Just food for thought.

    46. Creator Patrick Chapman on July 23, 2014

      Thanks for the update, And thank you for the opportunity to work with you on your dream.

    47. Creator Motor on July 22, 2014

      Thank you Jesus

    48. Creator Robert Ashdown on July 22, 2014

      Great update

    49. Creator Mad Clown Miniatures on July 22, 2014

      Welcome back Adam and thanks for the comprehensive answers :-)