Blood Rage in both forms were initially Kickstarted. That counts. Doesn’t it? CMON, sure it does.
Look, it’s been a day work-wise. I couldn’t resist the pun. Little things, right?
Looking around Kickstarter the last few days, nothing has really jumped out at me. I’m not saying there is nothing good on Kickstarter this week – just nothing that particularly caught my eye.
That said, a couple of weeks ago, I got my Kickstarter code for one of the rare video games I have backed – The Wonderful 101. It’s downloaded on my Switch, I just haven’t played it yet.
This got me thinking, a Kickstarter for a digital adaption of an Eric M. Lang classic releases tomorrow. That’s right – Blood Rage Digital is coming, and even though I didn’t back it, my Steam preorder is ready to go!
Why didn’t you back Blood Rage?!?
With the first Kickstarter for Blood Rage, I think I was already heavily invested in other projects. The idea had appeal, it was just juggling finances.
Then at PAX Aus 2015, a friend of mine got to buy it. We quickly cleared a section of the table and jumped straight it. I remember confusion, shenanigans, and being the Vikingist Viking at the table. :p
Not long after, I bought my own copy. This instantly made me regret not backing Blood Rage. The Kickstarter Exclusives were quickly seen to fill in some gameplay gaps not available at retail.
I did not repeat this mistake with Rising Sun.
But the board game is always better.
When you have people around to play with, absolutely. Sharing out setup, the friendly digs, just the general atmosphere – this always beats digital for me hands down.
Digital board games have come a long way over the years. Not just in looks (although the increased graphical quality is nice), but in actually recreating the gameplay feel.
You don’t always have people around to play with. Having the computer available as other players means you can play when you want. Setup time is replaced by load times. Saving a game and coming back to it later is simple.
So we should preorder Blood Rage?
As always, that depends on you. I have, and I grabbed a copy for Harls. As long as he isn’t neck-deep in Destiny 2, it’s another way to play a new game, and we can do it without travel. We can even play over multiple sessions easily.
This is mainly a heads up that Blood Rage is coming to digital. There is a 10% discount for preordering, but the full price is only AUD$28.95. Compared to the board game, that’s a steal!
Preordering also get the official Soundtrack and Mythical Monsters DLC. This will let you set lose the Mountain Giantess, Garm, Seer Troll, Wolfwoman, Ymir, Hildisvini and Nídhöggr. Each has their own special abilities, and can change the flow of the game.
There is a lot of talk about how the beautiful miniatures were digitised into Blood Rage, and they do look good in the pics. You don’t even have to paint them! Yes, I realise that is a drawback for some.
From the screens, it looks like a lot of work has gone into capturing the feel of the game, so yes, I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, I will be jumping on it this weekend for a couple of games, and I will give at least my First Impressions next week.
Until next time,