Unrecorded Siege is a strategy boardgame, set during the Hundred Years War between England and France between 1337 and 1453, made by local developers Net:D Studio and it's just launched its crowd-funding campaign on Kickstarter.
The project is hoping to raise HK$160,000 in pledges and has reached just under over HK$75,000 after only 12 hours. The game will only be funded if it exceeds its goal within one month.
The game is played by one to four players with each being either English or French, and players command their armies by using tokens and draw strategy cards. The box the game comes in is used to represent different terrain, and backers of the game whose pledges reach a certain amount will receive a deluxe version of the game, which includes 3D printed figurines of historical figures, Joan of Arc being one of the options. The developers will reveal which other figures will be available through additional stretch goals should they pass the HK$160,000 goal.
Elroy Chung Lik-nang, game designer and one of the four developers of Unrecorded Siege spoke to Young Post, and describes the game as a ‘medium strategy game’ intended to appeal to core tabletop gamers.
“Our play testing showed the game can be played for 90-120 minutes," Chung says, whereas a light party game can typically entertain players for just 10-15 minutes.
Chungs says that a major selling point of the game is the three dimensional and tactile aspect of it: players catapult "stones" at each other with marbles included in the boardgame.
“The core of our concept was to make a fun game,” he says, explaining the design process that led them to making a box style boardgame. “We wanted to have some fun flicking marbles, but that was too ‘kiddy’, so we mixed in wargame, action and strategy elements.”
Should the project be successful, a game set should sell for around HK$900, and early backers on Kickstarter can get a copy for HK$550.