One of the biggest board games in the world is getting a sequel. Frosthaven hit Kickstarter on Tuesday and if it’s anything like its 2017 predecessor, the crowdfunding campaign could rake in millions even given widespread financial uncertainty.
Update: Less than an hour after it went live, Frosthaven has already been funded for over 1.5 million dollars.
Frosthaven is the follow up to the immensely popular board game. Gloomhaven casts you and your friends as mercenaries in a dangerous town on the edge of the world. The core of the game consists of scenarios in which you control your characters as figurines and move them across a grid-like board to fight monsters. Besides being a critical hit, the $140 game is also famous for coming in a gigantic 20-pound-plus box and taking hours to play.
The original Gloomhaven consists of almost 100 scenarios and you unlock more characters to play as you progress. Frosthaven will supposedly be just as big, with just as many brand-new characters to play as and enjoy. You’ll also be able to import your favorites from the original or start with new characters.
The escapism offered by the fantasy world of Frosthaven could come as a welcome relief for some. I talked with Isaac Childres, the creator of both Gloomhaven and Frosthaven, over Skype about the importance of board games for.
“We’re seeing both ends of the spectrum where some people are bummed because they can’t get together with their friends and play Gloomhaven,” said Childres. “Other people are really excited because they’re stuck and all they can do is play Gloomhaven with their family.”
He noted that they’re trying to accommodate both types of people with new free scenarios for the original game released online. He’s aiming to post these scenarios once a week. The game is also playable digitally through software called Tabletop Simulator and these new scenarios will be implemented into that as well.
As far as the Kickstarter launch of Frosthaven, it was delayed by a week due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Childres said on his website that the delay gave the team time to “get settled into this new normal a little more,” but going ahead allows them to throw “one giant, month-long party.” He also noted that the campaign will be accommodating for those trying to be conservative in their spending.
Childres noted that shipping fulfillment could be an issue on an upcoming expansion called Jaws of the Lion, but hoped that things will be better by December or January when Frosthaven is scheduled to ship.
“If there are problems, [we] just need to communicate quickly with backers about what those problems are and they typically understand,” said Childres. If it stays on schedule, Frosthaven is due to reach Kickstarter backers in March 2021 and it should show up in stores that April.