Miniatures in Kickstarter Board Games – Do We Need Them?

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Cthulhu: Death May Die. Everrain. Time of Legends: Joan of Arc. Etherfields. Mythic Battles: PantheonTrademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

Everybody loves minis. Is that true? When you look at Kickstarter’s statistics you’ll notice that the most successful projects are almost exclusively games with dozens if not hundreds of miniatures. Nearly all monthly top sellers are drowning in minis.

Kingdom Death: Monster. Trademarks and visuals belong to their rightful owners.

On the other hand: starting a discussion on forums or FB board game groups shows a completely different outlook. Most threads about the topic turn into heated discussions and tons of people claim they’ve had enough of miniature-heavy games. Others argue that minis enhance their experiences and wouldn’t be so eager to back a game that lacks them.

Genesis of Minis

Miniatures that we know from modern board games (especially the Kickstarter ones) have their roots in wargames. 3D minis have usually served decorative purposes. Their functions could have easily been replaced with tokens showing their size or the direction that they are facing. Still, adding them to games made them look like realistic, tiny battlefields which was additionally valuable for collectors. Titles like the immortal...


hardforcash 3 months ago | 1 point[-]

What gravitates me to a game is not flashy miniatures, but the dynamic of the gameplay.  Usually miniatures make me LESS likely to back or purchase a game... because they often take up more space.  I also would rather spend my time playing games, talking about games, and watching board game playthroughs/videos than painting miniatures - but I know some people love this.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

It totally depends on the game. 

WineScar Supporter3 months ago | 1 point[-]

It really adds to the feel and flavor of the game.... but it depends on the game.... Puerto Rico doesn't need minis, Blood Rage kinda does!