Frosthaven Kickstarter Campaign Clears $2 Million in Two Hours
Frosthaven, the upcoming sequel to the board game Gloomhaven, is flying up the Kickstarter charts as it brings in truckloads of money.
Frosthaven is the upcoming sequel to the incredibly popular board game Gloomhaven from Cephalofair Games. The original game was a massive success in both of its Kickstarter campaigns. In fact, the reprint nearly broke the $4 million mark in 2018. If things keep tracking the way they are as of this writing, Frosthaven could easily surpass that number by the end of its campaign. The game only started its funding period a few hours ago and is already halfway to $4 million. And that counter isn’t slowing down.
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This, of course, wasn’t unexpected. Frosthaven is the sequel to one of the most popular board games ever released. Gloomhaven currently sits atop the Board Game Geek rankings and has spawned several offshoots, including its own video game. To think that Frosthaven was going to be anything less than a success would have made you sound like a crazy person. That said, it is a little surprising that Frosthaven is so successful this quickly. Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, I was expecting a bit cooler reception to the project.
However, it appears the hype around the game outweighs any financial fears. And, to be fair, if any game deserves this level of hype, it’s probably Frosthaven. In many ways, it’s just Gloomhaven‘s gameplay with new characters. With how great Gloomhaven is, that’s probably enough. Of course, Frosthaven does a few new things to stand out.
In Frosthaven, you’ll be able to construct different buildings that give you access to new items and abilities. This gives you some real control over how your experience builds over the course of 100+ scenarios. No two playthroughs are likely to be exactly the same. Frosthaven also goes even deeper into the in-game secrets that made Gloomhaven such a joy. There is so much to unlock here that even veteran Gloomhaven players are going to be kept busy for months.
Obviously, Frosthaven is a massive box. If you’re looking at the Kickstarter campaign and feeling a little overwhelmed, you’re likely not alone. Truly, I wouldn’t recommend Frosthaven to new players to the board game hobby. Instead, I would suggest you wait for the upcoming “lite” version of Gloomhaven called Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. It’s an easier entry point in both complexity and financially. If you love it (and you will), then you spend $100 on Frosthaven. However, if you’ve been playing games for a while, this one looks like a must back. The gameplay is incredibly rewarding and the legacy elements are absolutely fascinating.
If Frosthaven sounds like your cup of tea, the game is available to back on Kickstarter now. The campaign has 31 days left to go. For full disclosure, I’m backing Frosthaven on Kickstarter. I usually wait for games to come to retail. However, I tried doing that with Gloomhaven‘s original campaign and getting it was a nightmare. So, I’m not taking any risks this go-around.