Kickstarter: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice – Video Game or Board Game?

It’s only fitting that the gaming industry continues to blur the lines between the different types of gaming media available, after all we’re all just “gamers” at the end of the day.  So with 16 days to go on Kickstarter, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood of Venice is the most recent on the list.

Most Recent, you ask? Yes, you may not have been aware, been there has been a slew of board games based on an existing video game franchise for years, but it’s definitely picking up speed.  Maybe it’s due to the increase in production quality of board game components (plastic or resin miniatures for example), or because of the relative ease in producing a board game compared to a AAA title of the same name.  In any case though, if you’re a fan of cooperative assassination (in gaming…) then it may be worth your while to check out Assassin’s Creed: BoV on Kickstarter before it ends. It is developed by Triton Noir under license by Ubisoft Entertainment and put together by a team of ex-Ubisoft employees.

In Assassin’s Creed: BoV is a fully cooperative board game set in 1509 Venice between the events of it’s video game counterparts Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. This is a miniatures game through and through, with currently over 117 miniatures available in the base pledge, including the Kickstarter exclusive 9.5″ tall Bell Tower (Kickstarter exclusives are generally not available outside of a campaign pledge).

Free Assassin’s Creed Tower (Kickstarter Exclusive)

If you really want this $52 CAD freebie for pledging now, just be aware that you’ll likely not see your game until June 2020.  This may seem outrageous to the those of us whom are used to playing a video game minutes (or seconds) after purchasing, but is pretty common for a physical game that needs to be printed, cast, packed and shipped overseas and is the entire purpose behind Kickstarter, to help get these campaigns into existence.

If you still need some convincing, check out this gameplay video of one of the prototypes with Thibaud De La Touanne (Lead Game Designer) and Fabrice Lamidey (Story Designer) as they play through Memory 0.3.

I, for one, am looking forward to trying this game out in June 2020… and that will give me plenty of time to figure out how to turn that free Tower miniature into a functional Dice Tower.

If you’re interested in other board games that were inspired by video games, here’s a list of 20 other titles, some still available for purchase or pre-order:

  1. Street Fighter – 9.1 on BGG
  2. This War of Mine – 8.0 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  3. Plague Inc – 7.7 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  4. DOOM – 7.6 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  5. Sid Meier’s Civilization – 7.5 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  6. Gears of War – 7.5 on BGG
  7. StarCraft – 7.3 on BGG
  8. Fallout – 7.2 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  9. XCOM – 7.1 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  10. Bloodborne – 7.0 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  11. BioSchok Infinite – 6.9 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  12. Dark Souls – 6.7 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  13. Uncharted – 6.5 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  14. Resident Evil – 6.5 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  15. The Witcher Adventure Game – 6.4 on BGG
  16. Portal – 6.3 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  17. World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game  – 6.2 on BGG
  18. Assassin’s Creed: Arena – 5.6 on BGG – Buy on Amazon
  19. Binding of Isaac: Four Souls – Not yet Rated on BGG
  20. Crusader Kings – Not yet Rated on BGG

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