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It’s been surpassed now, but for a while last year Dark Souls had the honor of being the most lavishly funded board game ever on Kickstarter.

The campaign raked in £3.77 million ($4.8 million) for Steamforged Games, a small and largely unknown British company, which had the luck to land the license for one of the most revered video game series of the last decade.

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