Universal System Beyond The Monolith Hits Kickstarter

January 14, 2020 by brennon

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Monolith are now on Kickstarter allowing you to get stuck in and pick up their new Beyond The Monolith system. This is going to be a universal system which showcases their mechanics used across games like Conan and Batman, now developed to work as a mechanic for your skirmishes on the tabletop.

Beyond The Monolith - Monolith

Check Out The Kickstarter Here

The Kickstarter focuses on providing you with the core box which contains all of the bits and bobs that you need to start playing games. They have also shifted the focus here to look at Conan as the first universe they are developing into different factions.


So, the Core System comes with the rulebook which contains all of the mechanics for playing the game plus the massive Command Boards which allow you to set up all of your troops and character. The Command Board also has a use in gameplay as the river mechanic is key to what makes the Monolith games unique. I think this is a fun idea to bring to life as part of a skirmish system and hopefully, with a few tweaks here and there, the mechanics will feel a little more intuitive.

Faction Boxes

So, once you've got that Core Box you can then also pick up some faction boxes which allow you to dive in and choose which side you're going to take when you jump into battle. We start off with the Pirates & Buccaneers set which shows you just how this works, offering up a bunch of characters, troops and boards for you to fight over.

Pirates Box - Monolith

I'm now just going to dive in and show off a whole bunch of the additional factions which are available right now, taking a lot of what was developed during the Conan Kickstarters and now available in a different format for you to use in this skirmish game.

Wilderness Box - Monolith

I do think that the Wilderness box is rather cool indeed considering the range of creatures you get in the mix for it. That could certainly be the box for those who want to try their hand at all manner of different painting styles. If you like Conan however, you've also got the Mercenaries box.

Mercenaries Box - Monolith

Demons & Sorcerers will then throw a whole bunch of quirky and terrifying-looking beasts into the mix from a different plane of reality...

Demons Box - Monolith

...and then you've also got the Armies Of Quilonia which offers up a band of soldiers and more from the world of Conan for you to tinker with, especially if you prefer the more martial element of the world.

Aqilonia Box - Monolith

As I mentioned above, this is simply the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what is on offer from Monolith for Beyond The Monolith. The Core System works across their various game ranges like Batman and Conan, so expect to see more Kickstarter projects like this in the future.

They have also got plans for it to expand to include the likes of Zombicide and Cthulhu Wars in an effort to make use of all of the different components that you might have picked up from your various Kickstarter projects. I do think the idea of one system for using all of those plastic miniatures is a good idea but the proof will be in the pudding as to whether or not they have managed to iron out the kinks in the system and make sure it flows nicely.

For those of you with Mythic Battles: Pantheon also on your shelves, the team have also got some of those models in the mix too so make sure to dive in and see what appeals to you. I will say, the Kickstarter page is rather confusing but I did work it all out once I dived into the comments to see what the community had been saying.

What do you make of their idea and have they executed it well?

"What do you make of their idea and have they executed it well?"

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