Miniatures in Kickstarter Board Games – Do We Need Them?
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.
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...