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Crowdfunding Spotlight - Barbarians: The Invasion 2nd Edition

Tabletop article by Robert N. Adams on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:30
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More than a year ago, I reviewed a game called Barbarians: The Invasion. The product of Italian tabletop company Tabula Games, it promised exciting battles between Barbarian clans on a massive game board. I thought it delivered, and their Kickstarter campaign to get it produced was more than successful.

Now, Tabula Games are returning with a new edition of their game. If you've missed out on it the first time, this will probably be the best way to get your hands on a copy. Let's break down the game and its Kicsktarter campaign!

 

All About Barbarians: The Invasion

Barbarians: The Invasion is a game that puts you in charge of a clan of Barbarians. (Unsurprisingly, they're going to be invading places.) I reviewed the original version of the game a ways back and enjoyed it, even though it isn't the style of game I usually enjoy playing.

You'll be trying to claim as much territory as possible, deploying troops and purchasing various upgrades to make your job just a little bit easier. While there is plenty of room for varied strategies, the main focus of Barbarians: The Invasion is undeniably combat. If you're looking for a game where you can win through sheer economic prowess, this is not the tabletop title for you.

Central to the game (quite literally) is the "volcano," a rotating board where you place champions in order to acquire various bonuses. This board will shift at certain points in the game or when certain cards are played, and it will generally determine what you're going to do in that particular round. It's certainly one of the more interesting ways I've seen to set up a strategy!

 

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The game boards for Barbarians: The Invasion are pretty darn big, so make sure you have the table space to play this game.

Barbarians: The Invasion 2nd Edition Pledge Levels and Stretch Goals

Tabula Games is going with a pretty simple setup for Pledge Levels; you can opt to upgrade an existing copy of the game or buy a new version with either minis or meeples. (You'll also be able to add on a whole bunch of stuff if you'd care to.) The Stretch Goals, however, are going to be bucking the trend a little bit.

Barbarians: The Invasion 2nd Edition Pledge Levels

Barbarian Spirit  — Pledge €1 or More

  • Support the project.

2nd Edition Upgrade Kit — Pledge €28 or More

  • Includes a kit to upgrade your existing version of Barbarians: The Invasion with the new components.
  • Kickstarter-exclusive components.
  • All Stretch Goals.

Meeples Invasion — Pledge €49 or More

  • A copy of the game's 2nd Edition with Meeples.
  • Kickstarter-exclusive components.
  • All Stretch Goals.

Minis Invasion — Pledge €79 or More

  • A copy of the game's 2nd Edition with Minis instead of Meeples.
  • Kickstarter-exclusive components.
  • All Stretch Goals.

Special Bundle - Meeples Version — Pledge €185 or More (Retailers Only)

  • Four copies of everything in the Meeples Invasion Pledge Tier.
  • You'll have to provide proof that you sell tabletop games.

Special Bundle - Minis Version — Pledge €299 or More (Retailers Only)

  • Four copies of everything in the Minis Invasion Pledge Tier.
  • You'll have to provide proof that you sell tabletop games.

Barbarians: The Invasion 2nd Edition Stretch Goals

The Stretch Goals for the Barbarians: The Invasion 2nd Edition Kickstarter are going to be working a little differently. Rather than focus on the money, these will instead focus on social media. Hitting certain milestones will unlock the following Stretch Goals in sequence:
  • I - New war map of Thunmar
  • II - Double-sided game board
  • III - Golden foil details on the game box
  • IV - Double-layered player boards
  • V- Clan power tiles

 

This will be the sixth Kickstarter campaign for Tabula Games; all of their previous campaigns have been successful, one of which was for the original version of Barbarians: The Invasion.

Barbarians: The Invasion is (unsurprisingly) more a game about war than anything else. It wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I had fun playing it, and I'm sure there are people out there who like this style of game. If you're one of them, you should pledge to the Barbarians: The Invasion 2nd Edition Kickstarter. This campaign ends on Friday Oct. 4 at 11:10 a.m. EDT.

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!