I always hesitate to disparage other games, but if there’s a trend I’ve started to dislike more and more, it’s the fact that too many Kickstarter games are little more than conduits to sell you 3D miniatures. Some are decent, but I’ve noticed when the focus is too heavy on the miniatures, you can almost assume the gameplay is mediocre at best.
In fact, at one point during the development of Kenji’s Quest, I was so adamant that I didn’t want to be associated with such games that I decided Kenji’s Quest wouldn’t have 3D miniatures at all.
This might sound a little overboard, but you have to understand—when I played the earliest prototypes of Kenji’s Quest, I used whatever coins and other objects I had nearby to represent the heroes and monsters. The players, after all, were looking at a 50″ screen on the Companion App to see what the hero, enemies, and NPCs looked like. Everyone loved playing Kenji’s Quest for its gameplay and story, and I wanted that to be the focus of Kenji’s Quest.
That all changed when I had the idea to use a high-quality 3D miniature to represent the boss you face in Chapter Three.
Long story short, the players loved it—and it wasn’t long before I started loving using 3D miniatures too. For me (and my game design partner Keith) 3D miniatures were an acquired taste, but once we started investigating the 3D design process and how we could mass produce them, we became huge proponents. With the zeal of a convert, we decided it wasn’t good enough to simply have a few 3D miniatures to include in our box—we wanted to go all-in on miniatures. However, there were two glaring, massive, obvious problems…
- Kenji’s Quest has a lot of content—we’re talking dozens of hours of total gameplay with hundreds of potential monsters and villains to battle. How on earth could we fit them into the box?
- We refused to make a game that someone with a modest income couldn’t afford—and adding a bunch of high quality miniatures in the box would make it cost more than we could have afforded when we were growing up.
That’s where we got the idea to simply sell the miniatures as optional add-ons to Kenji’s Quest. From there, came the idea to produce an entire A-Z catalog (including our entire Bestiary) of 3D miniatures compatible with Kenji’s Quest and also other tabletop games. Lastly, we got the idea to sell them as “bundles” in our Kickstarter campaign.
But enough with the backstory, let’s see the minis!
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