Steamforged Games became well known thanks to their successfully crowdfunded Dark Souls: The Board Game. The studio has only continued to grow thanks to their distinct bespoke approach to board games based on official licenses, the development of accessible playable TTRPG modules with their line of Epic Encounters boxes, and their foray into TTRPGs.
Enter their Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game miniatures. The first wave contains six boxes with miniatures and resources for players and GMs alike to use in their tabletop sessions of Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game.
What Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game Miniatures Are Available?
The first wave of Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game miniatures contains the following:
- The Silver and the Dead: 2 Silver Knights and 2 Hollow Soldiers
- Silver Knight Greatbowmen: 4 Silver Knight Greatbowmen
- Hollow Crossbowmen: 4 Hollow Crossbowmen
- Unkindled Heroes Pack 1: A Knight, Warrior, Herald, and Assassin.
- Unkindled Heroes Pack 2: A Pyromancer, Cleric, Thief, Sorceror, Mercenary, and Deprived
- Guardian Dragon Pack: A Guardian Dragon.
Each of the four figure packs are will sell for an MSRP of $24.99. The six figure Unkindled Heroes Pack 2 has an MSRP of $29.95, and the Guardian Dragon large miniature will be sold at an MSRP of $49.95.
If you already own a copy of Dark Souls: The Board Game, you will notice that the miniatures in these packs are repurposed from Steamforged's giant box experience. Because of that, descriptions and in-depth examination of these miniatures have already been done elsewhere.
Nevertheless, being able to invest just in the miniatures you want instead of buying a large $139 complex board game and its myriad expansions does have its appeal. The packaging is minimal and good for storage. The miniatures are unpainted but packed with the studio's distinct amount of detail. Even the larger miniature, the Guardian Dragon, can be assembled completely by hand with no dedicated tools or adhesives required.
In fact, the only real complaint I have about the miniatures overall was the presence of a few production grooves on the Guardian Dragon model, making it difficult for pieces to slot together. This is more a byproduct of the injection mold production model the miniatures themselves use more than anything else. Otherwise, things are the same.
What Else Is Included in the Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game Miniatures Boxes?
As reported on before, each box of Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game miniatures include a collection of stat cards for each enemy type found in the box.
If you are planning on running a campaign of Dark Souls, these stat cards are a must. Not only are the cards themselves of high quality, both with elaborate artwork, legible and well-formatted text, they come in their own convenient plastic sleeves. These cards will help keep combat encounters fast and intuitive. No need to keep flipping to bookmarked entries in the rulebook or taking personal notes behind the GM screen.
Furthermore, aside from a few distinct tweaks, all of these monsters and NPCs are completely compatible with Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. Every enemy seems to have a larger health pool, called Position. This is offset by abilities that cost Position, which can lead to more dynamic and tactical play at your table. With very little work, all of these monsters can be repurposed for a D&D campaign.
Should You Buy Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game Miniatures Wave 1?
If you already own Dark Souls: The Board Game and its many expansions, you already know the quality of what you're buying into with these miniatures. However, if you are still interested in running Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game or just want some refreshing encounters at your D&D table, there is plenty of reason to pick these boxes up.
When Does The Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game Miniatures Wave 1 Release?
The Dark Souls: The Roleplaying Game Miniatures Wave 1 models are currently available for preorder at Steamforged Games, and will go up for sale on July 15, 2022.
The miniatures used in this review were provided by Steamforged Games