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If you want to run a ridiculously successful board gaming Kickstarter campaign, use this tried and tested trick: cram your box full of plastic miniatures.
For proof, see horror hit Kingdom Death: Monster, a game with a huge collection of figures which racked up $13 million, becoming the most lucrative gaming campaign in the history of the crowdfunding platform.
Other games have been quick to embrace the appeal of sculpted minis, which brings us to Conan, a licensed adaptation of the iconic fantasy stories by Robert E. Howard.
It comes with an impressive 74 miniatures representing an array of heroes, villains, henchmen, and monsters.
Vetted for authenticity by an expert in Howard’s work, the game proved to be a potent draw; backers forked out more than $3.3 million to bring the game into being.
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