Within just a few hours of launching on Kickstarter, Monolith Games’ Batman: Gotham City Chronicles has managed to more than double their campaign goal of $500,000 USD. At time of writing, the campaign had raised $1,498,452 USD and it continued to rise as we covered the story, so it has likely increased since then. The game is a boardgame complete with cards, dice, and miniature models featuring Batman, Nightwing, Catwoman, Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl, Tim Drake’s Robin, Bane, Killer Croc, The Joker, and Harley Quinn.
What’s exactly are you getting with the game, well, here’s the quick overview:
Batman: Gotham City Chronicles is a scenario-based miniatures board game where 2 to 4 players control the Dark Knight and his allies in their never-ending battle against crime through an asymmetrical and open game system.
Each game involves an action-packed fight where two sides face off. One of the players assumes the role of the Villain and controls the most notorious criminals of Gotham City. The remaining players take control of the Heroes, who must work together as a team to foil the Villain’s plots. Each side takes turns, pitting their strategies against each other in order to achieve their objectives.
Each game of Batman™: Gotham City Chronicles is played according to a scenario which describes the plot, location of the action, setup of the game, number of turns, and the specific objectives each side is trying to achieve in order to win the game.
The game involves two opposing sides: the heroes and the villain. We wanted to represent that dynamic up front by making it obvious from the art on the boxes. That’s right, boxes, because one box will not be enough to fit everything you will get.
But this separation has another purpose: it eases the setup of the game. The hero box contains the hero boards, screens, cards…everything the heroes need to play a scenario. The villain box contains the miniatures, tiles, dice, and everything needed to prepare the command board for the fight to come. These 2 boxes will constitute the core game, which include all the base offerings plus all the Stretch Goals we’re hoping will be unlocked during the campaign.
The nice thing about this campaign is that the entry-level pledge of $140 USD gets you a copy of the game as well as access to all of the additional stretch goals.
The unlocked stretch goals include The Penguin, Damian Wayne’s Robin, Red Hood, Solomon Grundy, Hush, and Man-Bat.
The project also comes with optional buys for Wayne Manor, Arkham Asylum, Batmobile, and Versus expansions to the game. Each expansion comes with additional models, boards, scenarios, and ephemera.
You can back the project on Kickstarter here, which comes complete with a stylized backer pitch video.