Board game Total War: Rome has earned 400% more than its crowdfunding goal

The board game Total War: Rome has arrived on crowdfunding platform Gamefound with a full reveal of its gameplay, and it’s already 400% over its target. The page and its contents also give us a good look at how combat, tech trees, and diplomacy work in practice.

Amounting to over $247,201 in pledges at the time of writing, the board game Total War: Rome surpassed its goal of $61,275 just hours after launching via Gamefound. This marks the second campaign in a week to significantly exceed its target after board game Marvel Zombies cleared its Kickstarter target.

Essential information

Total War: Rome Board Game

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Players: 1 – 4
Type of game: Strategy
Break: 150 minutes
Price: From $100 / £70
Release date: February 2023
Developped by: CFP Games

It also offers a better understanding of the mechanics shot by shot. Namely, it seems that the board game Total War: Rome faithfully reproduces the feeling of the world map and the micro-management of its inspiration. In addition to being able to use agents that disrupt your opponents’ plans through assassination, spreading dissent, etc., each region on the board has a value that earns you taxes each turn (which will likely lead to a gold rush on the most lucrative areas). You can then spend the money on recruiting, upgrading settlements, or tracking your tech tree, making it an instant contender for top board games if you’re a fan of the franchise’s political jockeys.

As for battles, they work similarly to the video game franchise’s “auto-result” random battles. Essentially, you’ll select units in secret and roll dice “based on unit strength and environment”. The winners then gain combat experience.

Total War: Rome Board Game

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However, you can upgrade to a more tactical version with the “BattlePlay” add-on pack if you prefer. This allows players to deploy their army on terrain tiles and have a more in-depth encounter, similar to manually taking over the terrain in the video game (although it’s worth pointing out is not Warhammer or Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms style combat – it’s still card-based).

As for expansions, campaign success has unlocked six stretch goals so far (including three new factions that can be added to the base game roundup of Rome, Carthage, Barbarians, and Greece), and a seventh seems likely to be reached long before the end of the day.

Sixteen stretch goals were announced in total, including the possibility of playing for Egypt, and more were promised down the line.

Like most crowdfunding projects, the board game Total War: Rome does not yet have a specific release date. However, a February 2023 shipping window is listed under each commitment. We’ll have to wait until then to see if it earns a spot on our list of the best video game board games.

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