Mierce Miniatures Launches Darkholds: Ancient Barrows Board Game Kickstarter

By Polar_Bear
In Board Games
Aug 16th, 2017

There’s treasure in them-thar barrows. And you aim to be the one to get it. Collect together your band of legendary heroes and head into the deep, dark, foreboding, and monster-infested halls underneath dark-ages Britain. That’s what you’ll be doing in Darkholds: Ancient Barrows, a new fantasy board game from Mierce Miniatures that’s up on Kickstarter now.

From the campaign:

In the dark holds, YOU command heroes to gather treasure, fight creatures of darkness and gain the ultimate prize – life after death…

Set in the lands of darkness – the brutal, uncivilised world of dark ages Britain in the 7th century AD – Darkholds: Ancient Barrows is a board game containing miniatures, tiles, counters and cards to enable 1-4 players to control legendary heroes and their henchmen as they explore the caverns, barrows and halls of the undead Wihts

The game can be played as a story campaign comprising ten levels of varying design and aspect in three areas, beginning in the caverns and natural gorges near the coast (area 1, levels 1-3), then exploring the catacombs and barrows of the undead (area 2, levels 4-6) and eventually fighting through the halls of the ancients (area 3, levels 7-9) to gain the secret of undeath (the quest’s end, level 10); but each level can of course be played on its own. You can even choose to play each area – three levels – as a mini-campaign!

If Darkholds: Ancient Barrows is played as a campaign, players can purchase certain types of mundane equipment or hire henchmen in between levels – effectively meaning heroes have a retinue they can bring with them to the next level!

To succeed in their quest for eternal life players must overcome a horde of enemies trying to stop their heroes, gathering treasure, ancient artefacts and sorcerous weapons or armour to help them along the way. The Wihts, scampering grave spiders and huge, terrifying mound beetles, ancient G?sta and shrieking Dr?aguth all wish to deny the secrets of the Jutes to the outsiders, and they will do anything – including the destruction of their own halls and tombs – to stop them.

Players must also understand that – whilst the game is co-operative – there will also be an element of selfishness to how each player plays the game, for each hero must draw a quest card at the beginning of each level.

The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now. It’s set to go for another 20 days.


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  • ZeeLobby

    Anyone have any experience with Mierce games or miniatures?

    • Cergorach

      Not directly with Mierce Miniatures, just with the owners previous venture, Maelstrom Games. And that’s also the reason why I don’t have experience with Mierce and I don’t plan on changing that. They left a LOT of their customers hanging with products the customers paid for but knew they could never ship. I’m just waiting for this to happen to Mierce as well, just before they sell their miniatures branch to themselves for pennies on the dollar…

      I might pick this up if it’s in store, I won’t back any KS by them though. I don’t advise anyone else to do that either, especially when this is the biggest amount they’ve asked for to date…

      • ZeeLobby

        Thank you! Good to know. I’ll just wait and see how this one pans out.

        • odinsgrandson

          To be fair to Mierce, they were investigated, and not charged with wrongdoing. CMON has a similar past (I am among those who were shorted by New Wave) but for whatever reason, it doesn’t follow them around like it does Mierce.

          This is their 17th Kickstarter, and they consistently deliver. They’re probably a safe investment at this point.

          • Cergorach

            NEw Wave and CMoN did follow them around, only that was a decade earlier or so, so time heals all wounds.

            Mierce have been running 17 small KS, CMoN have been running 28 large KS. Now Mierce is asking a large sum for their BG. I didn’t back CMoN neither for their first $3.3 million in KS (first five), then did one skipped two, did one, skipped two. CMoN has earned it’s thrust back eventually, Mierce earns that back if they do a couple of large KS without much of a hitch. KS a couple of metal and resin minis is peanuts compared to a couple of successful boardgames!

          • odinsgrandson

            Ok, that’s true. Mierce’s previous kickstarters are all small (backers in the hundreds).

            I think you’re being fair, then. You want them to prove themselves with a big kickstarter before you trust them to deliver a good product.

    • odinsgrandson

      I’ve painted several Mierce miniatures, and their sculpting and casting is excellent. Really top notch.

    • Jefe_Bergenstein

      Good sculpts, great customer service. They’ve delivered on over a dozen kickstarters, and are using the same PVC manufacturing company as CMON does.