Mantic Games, the UK-based producer of miniature games like Kings of War, Battlezones, and The Walking Dead: All Out War, yesterday launched a Kickstarter for their next tabletop game, an adaptation of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comics. In less than twenty-four hours, the campaign has exceeded its goal of £100,000 by 672%, and is already Mantic’s most successful campaign to date.

Hellboy: The Board Game is a one- to four-player game that follows the BPRD as they protect the world from Rasputin and a host of monsters. The original goal for the game included 99 unpainted miniatures – four heroes (Hellboy, Liz, Abe, and Johann), three bosses (Rasputin, a tentacle monster, and a giant frog monster), and dozens of assorted minions and monsters. That number has since expanded to 108 miniatures, including additional BPRD agents, an alternate version of Hellboy, and additional enemies with their own unique scenarios.

I’ll be honest: I don’t play a lot of tabletop games, but this one looks really fun, and the quality of the miniatures alone is enough to get me interested. The sheer amount of stuff that comes with this game more than justifies the price tag of £95 (or about US$132). And since I started writing this piece, the campaign has now raised 684% of its goal thanks to over 7,700 backers, so demand for this game is clearly high.

You can find more info on the game and buy a copy for yourself on the Kickstarter page. The campaign ends on Friday, May 25th.


  1. I’ve played board games maybe a half dozen times since I was grade school age and am not really up on modern games.

    So my question is: can you really play a board game with 1 player? And have a good time?

  2. @Daniel T- yes, you can. A lot of current games are “cooperative games” which means that the players are playing against the board and set win conditions rather than against one another (like coop mode in a videogame).

    Nearly every coop games can be played solitaire (and there are even a few games that only work solitaire).

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