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HEXplore It: The Valley of the Dead King

A project in Oshkosh, WI by Jonathan Mariucci

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A hero-building adventure board game for 1-7 players. Explore the board, complete quests, battle tough foes and power up your heroes!
Backers: 1498
Average Pledge Per Backer: $79

Funded: $118,030 of $28,000
Dates: Mar 6th -> Apr 5th (30 days)
Project By: Jonathan Mariucci
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Latest News

All cards have been added to the game!

April 5th - via:
  HEXbackers (this will never get old): with your help, we've added ALL of the cards we've planned into the game. We're humbled by the support!   We have less than an hour remaining, but a new goal is on the horizon!  (Read More)

2 additional stretch goals crushed!

April 5th - via:
  You've done it again... and AGAIN!  You're smashing through these goals faster than I can update the page! I woke myself at 3 am to update and have since missed TWO more goals! What a group! Hey now here's a thought...There's been some awesome... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #18 Unlocked

April 5th - via:
   ....and here's another one! Our game box is nice and sturdy! In addition to the added weight, it will be coated with a nice matte finish lamination for extra longevity. It will certainly outlast the Dead King- now that he's got a hoard of... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #17 Unlocked

April 4th - via:
  The Stonemar Apothecary was just released!  Moving on toward our next goal!   The Healer role was removed from the poll, but the others remain. Remember to head there to cast your vote for the next unlock, which is right around the corner!  ... (Read More)

Deck Tuck Boxes Unlocked!

April 4th - via:
  HEXplorers: you've done it AGAIN!  We just reached our $100,000 milestone, a momentous occasion! We are not behind a big company and this is our first campaign. You've placed your trust in us and we're so appreciative of that!   Let's check out... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #15 Unlocked

April 4th - via:
   We're really seeing a spike today! Thank you to all of our backers and to this awesome community. The Demonborn Shaman has been unleashed!      Next up: Tuck Boxes for your card decks!And we have a surprise in store for you....  (Read More)

10 more cards in every game!

April 3rd - via:
  HEXplorers, it's been a tremendous day for the campaign. I do apologize for the multiple emails today, but I am excited to say we've just unlocked another stretch goal! Our games will now contain another 10 cards!     What is up next? That's... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #13 Unlocked

April 3rd - via:
  We're into our final hours of the campaign, and wow are we starting to see a surge in adventurers willing to take on the Dead King! In light of this, we've decided to lower the unlock level of a few of our stretch goals, check them out!    ... (Read More)

Mapmaker's Parchment Unlocked!

April 3rd - via:
  Good morning (or evening depending on which map tile you're currently on)! You've just unlocked the Mapmaker's Parchment! Now you'll have a sheet that ships with the game showing off several of our favorite map scenarios. I'm envisioning this as... (Read More)

60 Hours left!

April 2nd - via:
   Hello HEXplorers! I just wanted to say thank you.  This is the first Kickstarter I've launched and already I've learned so much.  I wanted to take a minute out of my evening to simply say thanks. It has been a whirlwind thus far for me and... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #12 Unlocked

March 31st - via:
   Greetings HEXplorers! With your help we've unlocked our 12th stretch goal, that is amazing! All of our games will now come with heftier boards! The boards that are affected are:    Role cards - upgraded from 400gsm to 1mm Battle mat -... (Read More)

Single Player Video is now live!

March 30th - via:
  In this video you'll watch as Dagmar the Adventurous takes on the Dead King- all by his lonesome! A heroes work is never done, and he didn't rest until the very end! Instead of playing the single player rules presented in the rule book, I decided... (Read More)

900 backers and our final stretch goals revealed!

March 30th - via:
  Good morning adventurers (or good day/evening depending on which HEXtile you're currently residing on).  I'm proud to say early this morning we reaching our next goal, we've gathered 900 heroes to combat the Dead King! That is amazing, thank you... (Read More)

Final exclusive races unlocked

March 29th - via:
  We've begun the final leg of our journey and we're now moving into unexplored territory. I'm excited for our final days and am doing as much as I can to prepare for a strong push. We hope the Dead King is ready for us, because he's about to meet... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #11 Unlocked

March 28th - via:
  With your help we've unlocked half of the Roles & Races! Check out the new addition to the team:   We still have 144 more combinations to unlock. I can't make everyone happy, but I'm sure trying to include as much content in the game for all... (Read More)

All Heroes Addon

March 28th - via:
   All Heroes + 6 sided dice: $30 per game Interested in upgrading your game to include ALL of the Roles and Races we've prepared? Now you can do so. This add-on INCLUDES the six-sided die upgrade (which will help us organize the number of... (Read More)

Undead Viking Video Review

March 27th - via:
  Lance the Undead Viking has released his review of HEXplore It, check it out! Be sure to check out his other great reviews while you're there!      Safe travels HEXplorers!  (Read More)

3-player Double Up Video

March 26th - via:
  Hello everyone, I've just uploaded the 3 player game we filmed on Friday. Highlights include: an extremely fortunate Quest challenge, our heroes gaining a very handy Blessing, an awesome Mythic Ruin event, serious gold accumulation with... (Read More)

Bonus Stretch Goal Unlocked!

March 26th - via:
   Greetings adventurers!Scouts are excited to report that the Dead King's influence is decreasing in the Valley; heroes are showing up from all corners of the globe to halt his rampage! With your help we've been able to unlock a bonus stretch... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #10 Unlocked

March 23rd - via:
  Hello HEXplorers! We've come so far in our journey, and I've got a bunch to catch you up on! First, I'm proud to say that our 10th stretch goal was just unlocked. Each of the four game decks will come with extra cards!    Pledge ManagerI'm... (Read More)

Saving Throw plays HEXplore It tonight!

March 21st - via:
  Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you know the folks at Saving Throw will be playing HEXplore It tonight and will be live streaming the event. You can tune in at 8 PM Pacific on their Twitch channel Hope you can... (Read More)

Mid-Campaign Update

March 21st - via:
  Hello everyone! We are now 15 days into our campaign and that means we have 15 days remaining. Our St. Paddy's day promotion has now ended, and though we were unable to unlock the Leprechaun, something tells me we haven't seen the last him... ... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #9 Unlocked

March 18th - via:
  Hello HEXplorers!With your help we surpassed yet ANOTHER stretch goal! Now all four card decks will be printed on a more durable material. These cards will get a ton of use, so I'm very excited about this goal. Our next stretch goal will pack... (Read More)

St. Paddy's Day Promotion

March 16th - via:
   We are adventuring our way through our 9th Stretch goal and we wanted to take a break to bring you this special St. Paddy's day announcement...   Who doesn't enjoy a little luck of the Irish?While you're enjoying your holiday, we wanted to... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #8 Unlocked

March 16th - via:
  Congratulations HEXplorers on unlocking the mini upgrade! Our plans are to let you choose which of the following will be included in the game. These miniatures are not produced by us, they are produced by Reaper Miniatures, who is in no way... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #7 Unlocked

March 15th - via:
  Well we did it once again! Late last night we unlocked our next Utility role: the Cartographer. That also means that we've increased the number of heroes included in the game- we now have 165 options! Well done HEXplorers! So what is a shifter?... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #6 Unlocked

March 14th - via:
  Hello fellow adventurers. I hope you're enjoying the journey so far. I'm proud to announce that with your help we've surpassed another stretch goal! The game now comes with 140 hero combinations!    Illumon Divine One Short StoryThe rough sea... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #5 Unlocked

March 13th - via:
  It has been officially one week since we launched the campaign and we are now looking at our fifth stretch goal unlocked! Our community is simply amazing, thank you for making the game even more enjoyable. Each of the four card decks now contain... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #4 Unlocked

March 12th - via:
   Hello adventurers! Congratulations on unlocking a new hero combination. The Dryad Elementalist is now included in every box!     Don't forget to step back through the portal to recast your vote for the next sapper. Thank you for your... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #3 Unlocked

March 11th - via:
  Wow, we were able to unlock another one already today! I'm so proud of this community. Thank you for helping to make HEXplore It: The Valley of the Dead King great! Shall we see what you unlocked?    Next up: 1 additional Sapper!Can any of them... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2 Unlocked

March 11th - via:
  Fellow HEXplorers, I'm proud to say that our next stretch goal has been unlocked! Steer clear of the Shade Necromancer!   Next up: 1 additional Assist! Our next stretch goal is on the horizon, have you voted for your favorite Assist yet? It... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #1 Unlocked

March 10th - via:
   Hello adventurers, we just unlocked our first stretch goal! Every game will come with 4 additional HEX tiles. In addition, we're including many 3 and 4 hex connector pieces for those situations where you'd like to fill the gaps, or build some... (Read More)

The portal is now open!

March 10th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

Funded in 5 days!

March 10th - via:
  I simply can't believe the response! On behalf of the entire team, we thank you so much for all of your support. So here are a few updates for you: FAQI've been populating the FAQ with common questions. If you find you need something answered... (Read More)

75% in 58 hours!

March 8th - via:
  Hello fellow HEXplorers! 75% in less than three days, that is incredible! We're gearing up to release the upcoming stretch goals and are excited to see the portal is beginning to open... Have you found your favorite Role yet? A few things to... (Read More)

50% in the first 24 hours!

March 7th - via:
  Half way to our goal in only 24 hours, that is incredible! Thank you for your support and enthusiasm.  Just a few quick things to update you on. 1) A huge thank you to our esteemed Diplomats, Wardens, and Smugglers. The base game now includes... (Read More)

20% in the first 4 hours!

March 6th - via:
   Hello fellow HEXplorers. Our first quest is well under way!  With your help we've made it one fifth of the way to funding in the first FOUR hours of the campaign. Wow!!  Here are a couple extra statistics for you to look over- we've almost... (Read More)

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