The sequel to Gloomhaven is currently being funded via Kickstarter. The successor with the extremely creative name Frosthaven has already cracked the five million euro mark within a very short time - and the trend is rising. The campaign, which is now supported by almost 31 "backers", only started on March 40.000st. Frosthaven is scheduled to be released in exactly one year, in March 2021.
Frosthaven surpasses Gloomhaven, at least financially
With over 5,2 million euros already taken in, Frosthaven, the sequel to the successful Gloomhaven board game, is chasing records. For comparison, Gloomhaven had generated around 390.000 US dollars via Kickstarter in the first print, while the second edition, at four million US dollars, already reached ten times that amount. Frosthaven surpasses its predecessor after just two days.
Anyone following the Kickstarter campaign will see the funding amount increasing every minute. Frosthaven is thus on a real financial high-altitude flight; The board game is still a long way from Kingdom Death: Monster 1.5 and its $12.393.139 achieved - however, there are still another 2 days left (as of Thursday, April 29nd) in which Gloomhaven fans can get their money - between 100 and 240 US dollars - can put into the production of the sequel. You don't have to be a clairvoyant to guess that many more "backers" will take advantage of the opportunity. It remains to be seen whether the publisher Cephalofair Games will ultimately be able to take the top position.
Projections show record opportunities
If the Frosthaven campaign can maintain its current pace, a total funding amount of around 60 million US dollars could theoretically be achieved. At least that is based on projections by the Kicktraq site* Hervor.
Experience shows that campaigns weaken after just a few days, real hype board games can keep their good backer numbers for a while longer. 60 million US dollars is probably too high, but Frosthaven is currently launching a serious attack on the top spot and could inherit KDM as heir to the throne.
Frosthaven is a cooperative board game for one to four players, set in realms north of the city of Gloomhaven. Pretty miniatures - including yeti-like creatures, in keeping with the theme - and tactical combat are the focus of the sequel to the best-selling Gloomhaven. The party of heroes explores icy cave systems, meets enemies and fights. Overall, the successor sticks closely to the "original", but also comes up with some new mechanics.
2020 is a real Gloomhaven year with the kickstart of Frosthaven and the planned release of the entry-level variant "Jaws of the Lion". The big box version of the Coop title released in 2017 is considered by fans and critics to be one of the best board games of recent years - and not just because of the quality of the game, but also largely because of the exciting narrative strands, embedded in the concept of a legacy -board game.
In any case, the crowdfunding campaign for Frosthaven ends on May 1st - with or without a new record. Here there is also more about Kickstarter and crowdfunding.
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