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The Banner Saga: Warbands launched on Kickstarter yesterday and is a tabletop miniature board game based on the hit indie title The Banner Saga, and after just 30 minutes it secured its funding goal of $50,000.

Indie game developer Stoic and miniature board game creator MegaCon Games, in partnership with video game publisher Versus Evil, unveiled the game to the world yesterday along with the launch of its Kickstarter campaign.

The Banner Saga: Warbands is a co-operative miniatures boardgame for 2-4 players which deals with the difficulties and consequences of decision making. Coming complete with 30 plastic miniatures, a world map, player boards, and several card sets, The Banner Saga: Warbands looks like the perfect video-game/ tabletop crossover.

“The Banner Saga: Warbands miniatures will be the same high quality miniatures backers have come to expect from MegaCon Games.” commented Brian Shotton Game Designer and Founder at MegaCon Games. “The combat is diceless, purely tactical and while different from the video game, carries over the spirit of hard decision making where not everyone will survive. The ultimate goal in all this is to keep your Warband together.”

Having scored total funding in under 30 minutes, The Banner Saga: Warbands is well on the way to its various stretch goals offering more miniatures in the form of supply crates, tents, favour tokens and banners.

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There’s also a number of Pledge Levels for players to choose from allowing them to not only pick up a copy of the game, but also add additional miniatures, additional digital purchases, as well as the chance to secure a pre-order for The Banner Saga 2 at a generous 10 per cent discount.

“This Kickstarter sheds some light on several important facts about the indie game scene,” said Steve Escalante, General Manager at Versus Evil who brought the two companies together. “Firstly, crowdfunding can be a success as demonstrated by both of these companies. Collectively they have raised over $3.4M which has allowed them to develop and manufacture their products to the high standard promised to consumers. Secondly, it proves that a new licensing model can exist where like-minded companies can cooperatively work together and create experiences their fans love. Finally, crowdfunding has created a renaissance for the miniatures board game industry, where small companies like MegaCon can afford to manufacture a game based on an indie title like the Banner Saga. Without this new marketplace, creating a board game like this would not have been possible for an indie brand.”

Of course both Stoic and MegaCon Games are no strangers to Kickstarter, The Banner Saga originally came to life thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, and MegaCon Games are responsible for various MYTH board games, including MERCS: Recon and MYTH: Journeyman.

To check out the Kickstarter page for The Banner Saga: Warbands, head here.

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