Of course the artwork of people like Brom had an influence on my decision too, I wonder why, and a long with him and Chris Achilleos, both of whom I wondered to paint like at the time and in a way still do, really brought the world to life in a way Lord of the Rings never did for me. So what is this all about then?
Well you can imagine my surprise when I saw that someone, okay, Monolith Board Games, I new name to me, what planning a game based on Howard's world and what's more you can actually play Conan. Well this got my interest up straight away. I know that they has been other Conan games out there, like Age of Conan and the Conan RPG but these only allowed you to play in the world of Conan and this game actually allows you to be Conan. Also I was pleasantly surprised to see the level of detail they have gone to to get the setting, the character and the whole package just right, they even have Patrice Louinet as a consultant, who is a world renowned expert on this Howard's life and works, including Conan.
Now this got me about the detail they are go too to bring this game to life and though I am a big fan of the Arnold Schwarzenegger Conan films, I was rather relieved that it was based on the books of Conan and not a rerun of the film. Coupled with this was the amazing artwork of Adrian Smith and art direction Monolith are taking and I was totally hooked. Now I am not going to get into the game mechanicals, which are nice and simple but very interesting at the same time, other than to say it is a strange hybrid game start up to four players playing Conan and his friends playing co-operatively on one side and playing against a Overlord on the other. I have not seen this in a game before, not that I am a great big board game player.
So I checked out the Kickstarter and was amazed by what I saw, lots of miniatures that where wonderful sculpted some by ex Rackham figure designers, so you know that they are going to be good and checked out the videos on what the game play is going to be like and I brought into it as I so want this game to be produced. You get a ton of figures in the basic game, some seventy four of them in 32mm scale, and with the King pledge there is even more. Add to this all the stretch goals you get a lot of figures for your buck as well has other stuff too, making this worth the $90 for the basic game or $135 for the King pledge. The artwork on the gaming boards are stunning as are the character boards too and if they can been this all to life I will be way heck of a happy chap.
So if you are a fan of Conan and who isn't or I have raised your interest pop over the to Conan Kickstarter and see if this a game for you, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. But you are going to have to be quick as the Kickstarter is due to finish on Wednesday, Feb 11 2015 at 5:55 PM GMT. I have never joined in a Kickstarter before, came very close with Mars Attacks by Mantic Games but this has gone me and for the price you get a hell of a lot of stuff. The game is slated for October this year I am hoping to have a very nice early Christmas present from myself.
Now to the lucky winner of this Viking, well a painted version of it once I have a bit of time to paint him which will be in the next couple of week, is, drum roll please:
So Congratulations there to you Michael and if you would like to seen me your details to pete.barfield at sky dot com, there is a link at the top of my blog, I will get them out to you as soon as I have finished it. This might take a couple of weeks as I am in the middle of organising a game for Hammerhead and new things keep popping up that need to be done. So once again congratulations to you Michael and I am truly sorry than not everyone could win but I will be painting forever.
I hope you all have a good day and please check up the Conan Kickstarter.