Next week (13th January 2020) will see the launch of the latest Kickstarter from Monolith Designs – Conan: Beyond the Monolith.
The main aim of the Kickstarter is to launch a new way of playing skirmish games using the miniatures previously released for the Conan Board Game. However, they are also releasing a new scenario and campaign book, with an accompanying box of miniatures that will be needed to play the campaign.
Initially I was really enthused about this project and backing it was a no-brainer. Conan is a great game and I was excited to see new content planned. However, since I am trying to cut back on my hobby spend this year, as well as rationalise my projects, I decided to ask myself a couple of questions. The conversation went something along these lines…
N: Great! New Conan boardgame expansion. I must get this!
n: Hang on a second. If you like Conan so much, when did you last play it?
N: <Checks BoardGameGeek> Err…August 2018
n: So, if you like the game so much, how come you haven’t played it in 18 months?
N: Well, you know, other things have got in the way, like Gloomhaven
n: Have you played all the scenarios from the base game?
n: How many expansions do you own?
N: All the big box expansions (3) plus the Book of Skelos campaign book. Plus the Conan boardgame tie in with the Modiphius RPG
n: And have you played all the content in these?
N: Played? Hah! I haven’t even touched these yet!
n: So explain to me why, exactly, are you considering buying another scenario and campaign book for a game that you haven’t played in 18 months, and which you have probably got 80% of your existing owned content still to play?
Whilst I love the Conan game, unlike Mr Hobbs I am not a huge fan of the setting. It’s fine, but nothing beyond that. Also, I don’t even need the Skirmish expansion, as Josh owns the Batman game from Monolith, including the VS expansion, which was the forerunner of this new system.
So, in a complete departure from what has gone before, I have decided that I am not going to back the new Kickstarter. My collector OCD is going a bit wild at this decision, but in the light of the games I currently play, along with my existing game and miniature collection, this seems to be the only sensible course of action.
Sensible? Me? What on earth is the world coming to?