As if we needed more proof that the people of the world love FromSoftware's Souls series, Steamforged Games Ltd came along and slammed that belief home.
2 days ago, a Dark Souls board game idea was pitched on Kickstarter and asked the people of the world to help them reach their goal of £50,000 ($70,832 USD). This happened in 3 minutes. Let that sink in.
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After making £50,000 in three minutes, the numbers refused to stop rising. When Kotaku reported on the project, it had raised over $200,00 US Dollars. By the time IGN reported on the board game, the project had received $458,599 US Dollars. It was insane.
I was totally surprised by the numbers (even though I adore the Dark Souls games), especially after I learned that the minimum pledge was £75, roughly $107 USD. And that's not even including the absurd shipping costs:
UNITED KINGDOM: £7
USA: £7-£11 to most states. £22 to Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico.
CANADA: £7-£15 to most cities.
EUROPE: £7 to Germany.
£10-£22 to most other countries.
£25 to Norway, Finland, Estland, Lettland, and Latvia.
£30 to Bosnia/Herzegowina, Croatia, and Serbia.
£40 to Bulgaria, Lithuania, and Romania.
£43 to Iceland, Russia, and Israel.
£50 to Greece, Turkey, and Ukraine.
LATIN AMERICA: £35-£43 to most countries.
ASIA: £7 to China and Hong Kong. £22 to most other countries (no estimate available for Malaysia).
OCEANIA: £9-£18 to Australia. £22 to New Zealand.
AFRICA: £50 to most countries.
But despite these prices, at the time of writing this article, the Dark Souls board game has flown past many a stretch goal and raked in £1,164,650, roughly $1,672,390.81USD. Wow. Oh, the project also 24 days to go.