Thursday 11th January 2018

Many, many moon ago  (about 15 months ago to be precise), I backed a kickstarter for a boardgame called Shadows of Brimstone.
The game is basically a weird western where adventurers dive into the mines and find all sorts of Cthulhuan terrors.  There are also portals which take you to other worlds.  There’s a snow world, a jungle world, a desert world, a battlefield world and a fire world.  They’ve released a ton of material for the game from expansions for the various worlds to extra gear cards to new enemies and classes to play.
One of the things that I love about the game is that your character levels up between adventures.  Given that you can also play it with a single player it feels like an MMO in a boardgame.
It’s also a lot of fun.
I’m a huge fan of the game and this kickstarter was for the new feudal Japan themed set called Forbidden Fortress.
As you can imagine I went all in on that and I look forward to getting my rewards sometime in the summer.
However, there had been a previous kickstarter for the original game which I missed… and all-in on that was just a staggering amount of stuff.  People have since moaned about how long it’s taken them to actually make all the things listed in the Minecart All-in pledge but when you see the list, it’s no surprise – 2 base games, 4 expansions, card sets, enemy packs, mission packs and more.
As part of the Forbidden Fortress kickstarter they offered a limited number of these Minecart pledges to people who missed them.  For a boardgame it was ridiculously expensive… but only because of how much stuff was involved.
I jumped at it.
It arrived today… and I’m not going to lie… I was expecting a lot of stuff.  I just didn’t realise how much.  The boxes were rammed packed with sprues and booklets.  Even some of the expansion sets have been packed without their boxes to save space.
I unpacked a lot of it and realised that I have about a week of two of solid gluing.
I set up the table I use for gaming and have turned it into a gluing station.  I spent most of the evening gluing models together.
I managed to do about 3 of 50 or so sets I need to do and it took my mind off a few things that have been bothering me.  Obviously I need to think where I’m going to put everything once it’s glued and have ordered a few storage options so that the models don’t get damaged.
There’s part of me that really wants to dive in.  I feel like I’ve gone from having a large number of game options to an entire universe.  Just the rule books are going to take an entire folder.  I ran out of clear sleeve folders just filing some of the new enemy cards.
I suspect it’s going to take me a few weeks to get today’s delivery all sorted and ready for play.  Just as well I’ve been playing a load of Shadows recently.
If you want to follow more of my journey, then be sure to check me on my social channels.  Likewise, if you’d like me to expand on any point mentioned above, please say so in the comments.

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