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Lord of the Dead - an asymmetrical hex & counter microgame

A project in by Christopher Ferguson

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A mighty necromancer is attacking a town. If he reaches the cemetery he will raise an undead army. Mobs of villagers stand in his way.
Backers: 2201
Average Pledge Per Backer: $9

Funded: $20,532 of $900
Dates: Apr 24th -> May 25th (31 days)
Project By: Christopher Ferguson
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Latest News

ALL of the Artwork is in!

May 24th - via:
Here is the unit roster for the Lords of the Dead, straight off the board. I'm happy with it. There'll be a few minor tweaks here and there (shift this over one pixel, shift that down one pixel, etc.) but this is the pretty much how it'll look ...... (Read More)

THANK YOU! (Also, Diceless Option Update)

May 23rd - via:
THANK YOU!You guys are amazing. There has been such a huge outpouring of goodwill in the last few hours, my pledge alert thingy has been going CRAZY with "Backer Alert" messages. At first, I panicked, because creators get the same alert whether the... (Read More)

Diceless Option, Final 48 Hrs

May 22nd - via:
Diceless Play OptionI've gotten back some last-minute playtest feedback on the diceless option for the game, and almost all of the playtesters loved it. Some liked the more random aspect of the dice, they liked having a bit of luck in the gameplay.... (Read More)

Backer Map & New Board Preview

May 21st - via:
Backer MapIt's been so cool meeting people from all over the world. I wanted some sort of graphical representation so that I could keep all the countries straight, so here is a colored map that I've been working on. Every country from where there is... (Read More)

Home Stretch, Future Directions, Game Setup Video

May 16th - via:
Home StretchWow. We're entering the last week of this crowdfunding campaign. And it sure has been a wild ride. I'm still left speechless by the positive response that this game has gotten. Future DirectionsMicrogames are definitely something that I... (Read More)

Boxes for Future Microgames

May 13th - via:
Possible BoxI need some feedback on this. I've just received some boxes that I wanted to check out as a possible option for future microgames similar to Lord of the Dead. Just to be sure that I'm not leading people astray, let me be clear: This is... (Read More)

Reversible Counter Preview & Short Gameplay Videos

May 11th - via:
Reversible CountersThe idea for reversible counters was a fantastic one. Credit goes to Marco J for that suggestion, and David Myers, Christoph Aubach, and Cristiano Valerio Gabardo get an assist. Here's a preview of what the counters will look like,... (Read More)

Icon Comparison & Die-Cut Samples

May 9th - via:
Icon ComparisonSeveral of you have voiced concern about the icons being too busy, not easily distinguishable. The same icons will be used for both colors of the lords, but they have different frame design, shape, and color, and the icon itself is... (Read More)

1000% Funded, Stretch Goals, Icon Art, etc.

May 7th - via:
1000% FundedYeah. It'll take a bit for that to sink in. Someone pinch me. Stretch GoalsWe're pretty much at the end of the road for stretch goals. I'm tapped out, as far as things that I can add to the printed game while still being able to mail it... (Read More)

Updated Board Preview!

May 6th - via:
I've had a lot of redundant feedback and suggestions for the board, so it's time to post a preview of the updated version. Tell me what you think and post suggestions here if you see any glaring problems. Changes from the original board: The lord's... (Read More)

A Peek Under the Hood

May 6th - via:
Lots of you have asked how I'm keeping track of things, why I'm making the decisions I'm making, how I'm keeping it all straight. Well, the easy (and perhaps less desirable) answer is: I'm not. I'm just a guy stumbling through this, trying to do the... (Read More)

New Backer Levels: Name the Lords of the Expansion Pack!

May 5th - via:
SpectreThis ghostly lord is the only unit that can end its move in the same space as another unit, making it immune to the swarm tactic. Grant? VampireSorry, not a brooding teenage sparkly vampire. This is the old school blood & guts & black... (Read More)

New Map Preview, Die Cut Prototypes, Rules Translations, etc.

May 4th - via:
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New Artwork, Review Coming, Scenario Pack, etc.

May 2nd - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Geekdad, Gameplay video, Add-on, etc.

April 30th - via:
Geekdad Shoutout!Check it out here. It's not huge, but we've already gotten click throughs from, so it's certainly better than nothing. Gameplay VideoWatch my son use the horde tactic against my necromancer. I got to within two hexes of... (Read More)

Boardgamegeek, expansion pack, die-cuts, etc.

April 30th - via:
Boardgamegeek.comOur valiant backer stinkatron5000 was brave enough to wade through the murky depths of BGG and get a Lord of the Dead page up and running. Check it out at and become a fan! I've... (Read More)

Staff Pick!!!

April 28th - via:
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!This project just became a staff pick! Screen cap of the email:  (Read More)

Meeples Would Be Expensive

April 28th - via:
Let's start a conversation about meeples. It would cost $14,250 to get a minimum run of each lord, minion, and townsfolk type to fill out a game. And that would only be enough meeples for 90 games, but that's the minimum they can do. Disregarding... (Read More)

Rules P&P

April 28th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Die-cut Counters Stretch Goal!

April 26th - via:
$3920: DIE CUT COUNTERSAll of the counters in the basic game will be laser die cut! That means you can punch & play, if you've got a 6-sided die handy. I'll get three separate test prints of the game, because there are three different types of... (Read More)

Funded!! With 28 days to go ...

April 26th - via:
I'll be honest with you. When I put this together, I hoped it would fund. But I wasn't certain. There have been some great looking projects that flopped, and there have been some really wacky projects that have skyrocketed. Sometimes a project just... (Read More)

First 24 Hours

April 24th - via:
First 24 hours. And ... wow. We're currently sitting at 71% funded, on day one of a 30-day Kickstarter. That's fantastic. I don't even know what to say, except THANK YOU!! We're also the #2 most popular project of the day, according to Kicktraq... (Read More)

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