CMON has started crowdfunding on the Kickstarter platform with the strategy board game Dune: War for Arrakis. The financing goal has long been exceeded, in principle also significantly. However, the campaign cannot really be described as a resounding success.
The news about a new board game for Dune was received positively in the scene at the time. After Paul Dennen's strategy game mix Dune Imperium and the new release at Pegasus Spiele, CMON also wanted to use the license. The basic idea seemed clever - with Dune: War for Arrakis they had a game in the pipeline based on the excellent war strategy game War of the Ring.
Crowdfunding: CMON is stuck
The crowdfunding campaign for Dune: War for Arrakis is now underway - more specifically: it's almost over again. However, the fans are not really generous with their investments. On the contrary, the financing campaign is running sluggishly despite the mark being clearly exceeded. About 570 percent of the target was exceeded - which is more due to the low success limit. CMON had estimated around 100.000 euros for this. The campaign for Dune: War for Arrakis is now almost 570.000 euros.
A success? Basically yes, against the background of the globally popular IP, the hype surrounding the cinema film and the success of the other Dune board games, one can hardly be satisfied with the course of the swarm financing. The regularly strong start phase is over, CMON can at best hope for a furious final spurt. It doesn't look like that, because the fans act cautiously. Of the current 6.470 supporters, more than a quarter have only opted for the $1 pledge, meaning they have not yet made a decision to support. It will depend on the additional content and shipping costs how the undecided fans evaluate the campaign at the end.
CMON is asking $110 as the price for the board game Dune: War for Arrakis. Above all, there are many miniatures and some Kickstarter exclusivities. On the other hand, if you want the additional content “The Spacing Guild”, you have to put an additional 40 US dollars on the table. Given the price of $150 plus tax plus shipping, many European players have long since dropped out of the campaign, while others didn't even get in.
The mood of the comments in the Dune: War for Arrakis campaign section is reserved. Many don't like the taxes, and shipping costs remain a problem - albeit one that affects not just CMON but the entire industry. Overall, players don't seem quite as generous with their money anymore. Increased cost of living and inflation, plus the energy price crisis in some parts of the world, seem to be taking their toll. CMON's crowdfunding campaign has recently gotten stuck, and the publisher's image has also been scratched. There are now players who do without a board game simply because the box says “Cool Mini or Not”. Even with Cyberpunk 2077: Gangs of Night City - The Board Game things were not going well at CMON - the million mark was not even cracked.
Will Dune: War for Arrakis be any different? It doesn't look like it, but as is well known, the final settlement will be settled. The campaign is still running few days: until September 23rd. And: If you want, you can try the board game on the tabletop simulator, but apparently that doesn't help much to push the campaign. To put it in Dune-speak, there's a lot of sand in the works.
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