There’s been some huge RPG Kickstarters this month. Let’s take the time to look at a much smaller project. In this case we’re looking at the Invisible Rocket project “Monster hUnter Academy”. Brian Colin wants to get children excited by mail and help parents spend time with their kids. You can follow the Kickstarter progress at the campaign page.
At the time of writing there’s 25 days to fund the project. Invisible Rocket are asking for $10,000.
There’s pledge levels which allow you to get your hands on Monster Hunter Academy IDs, stickers, cards and so forth but it’s not until you step up to $99 that you get the full box, 4 game boards, your ID, 12 monster cards, 12 monthly activity sheets, game tiles, pieces, 10-side dice and 12 monthly debriefing emails.
The game uses the classic dungeon setting as a backdrop and characters are tough hunters out to defeat monsters, grab the loot and get out. Gameplay ends with the monsters have been captured and the player with the most trophies is the winner.
Monster Hunter Academy comes at a time when monthly subscription boxes like Loot Crate a big business. You probably know gamers who’ve subscribed and unsubscribed to a few already. I like the idea of parents organising one for their children. It feels like a good balance and I agree with the suggestion that a regular shipment of adventure will give youngsters something to look forward too.
The challenge Brian Colin and team face is that the young families don’t often have a lot of spare cash and backing a Kickstarter can be a big ask. That said; I’d be happy if this project took off.