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Hellboy: The Board Game popped up on Kickstarter this week and set the crowdfunding website on fire. The game made more than a million bucks in just two days, handily breezing past its goal of less than $150,000.

Hellboy doing super well on Kickstarter makes a lot of sense once you take a look at what's on offer. It's a big, meaty game with lots of miniatures, and the artwork is based on the beloved Hellboy comic book series by Mike Mignola. Also, I'm not sure there's even a Hellboy game on the market at this point, so it stands to reason series fans were starving for something like this.

So, the game went live on Kickstarter as the week was drawing to a close with a pledge goal of $139,323, which is an oddly specific figure for a crowdfunding project. Anyway, it blazed past that goal in no time and has gone on to claim about $1,120,000 as of this writing. There are still 27 days left in the contribution drive, so we'll be curious to see just how much Hellboy can raise once the funding rush dies down. In case you were curious, the current figure comes from just over 9,000 backers at the moment.

A European Kickstarter project, Hellboy will set you back about $100 if you want to pledge enough to get a copy of the game, a couple of expansions and some Kickstarter exclusive goodies. Oddly, there doesn't seem to be a tier for just the core game, which will be about $70 at retail.

In case you're wondering why the game is a bit on the expensive side, that's because it includes a hell of a lot of cardboard and a whopping 110 miniatures. Just take a gander at some of the game's images and you'll understand that price point. What we're really digging, though, are those board tiles and card art that looks ripped straight from the pages of the comic. Everything looks great in design and we imagine it will look even better once it's spread out on the tabletop. As for spec, this is a cooperative dungeon crawler for 1-4 players and is reported to last 60-90 minutes per play session. The great thing about the game's design is that it's modular and somewhat random, so no two play session should ever be the exact same.

It's been a pretty great couple of years for board games on Kickstarter, with some big-name properties being converted to cardboard. On the video game front, we've had board games of BioShock Infinite, Fallout, Dark Souls and Bloodborne pop up, all receiving some solid reviews.

The funding drive ends on May 25, so be sure to get in your pledge by then if you want to make sure you're one of the first people to get their hands on the game. As for delivery, you'll need to be patient until next February.

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