|The Night is Dark and full of Terrors.|
In my last Kingdom Death post, I suggested that the Showdown phase (where you fight the monsters) felt a little pedestrian. After some additional reflection, I think that some of this dullness might come from the initial monsters the game sets up against. They are all creatures that function upon instinct alone, and don't base their actions on some higher intelligence. Presently, I have fought against the White Lion and the Screaming Antelope. And as horrifying as the antelope is due to the gaping maw on its belly, it is still just a beast, driven by base instincts rather than a malevolent intelligence. The hulking armored Butcher, on the other hand, is actually a person, with their own motivations, which got twisted with cowardice and rage. Now they stalk the nightmare realms of Kingdom Death murdering other humans, and stretching their faces over their fallen lanterns. I am hopeful that the cold, calculating menace of such a being will add the tension and motivation into the battles of Kingdom Death. And honestly, it was weird knights like the Butcher that originally attracted me to Kingdom Death in the first place, not the lions, scantily clad survivors, and certainly not the pin-ups. With that in mind, I began to assemble the humanoid monsters that were included in Kingdom Death: Monster. I wanted to use this post as an opportunity to show off some of these figures; and to celebrate these excellent models, I would like to hold a contest. My Survivor Kickstarter pledge gave me a few extra Kings Men models, and I want to give some out. Leave a comment below, and on November 15, I will randomly pick two winners and send them anywhere in the world!