Tabletop gaming powerhouse Steamforged Games, in conjunction with leading UK video game publisher and creator of the iconic RuneScape franchise, Jagex, has revealed the first details of the RuneScape board game coming to Kickstarter this year.
RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg ia cooperative campaign board game for one to five players set in the RuneScape fantasy world of Gielinor. Driven by storytelling and immersion rather than complex strategy, this tabletop adventure is designed to give those who love the franchise a new way to play and provide a way into the irreverent and thrilling world of RuneScape for those who do not know the MMORPG.
Jagex is a leader in creating deep, community-based games on PC and mobile. The translation into a new format allows players to “explore the realms of Asgarnia and Misthalin from above with a game board resembling a fast travel map, jumping from region to region as you go. improve your skills and complete quests, zoom in for face – face-to-face encounters with iconic bosses, which become even more difficult as you progress towards the final quest”.
Steamforged – the company that creates, launches and publishes RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg – declares RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg “distills the classic, fun, and highly fantastical adventures of the beloved living game into a tabletop experience. Gather your party and dive into the sometimes epic, often irreverent world of Gielinor. Whether you’re slaying mighty monsters, crafting awesome gear, or collecting eggs to bake that game-changing cake, RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg allows you to live out your fantasy, your way.”
You choose which skills to max out, which weapons to craft, and even where to explore next. Wander through Gielinor, sample every side quest along the way, or keep your eyes on the prize and carve a straight path through the countryside to take on tough boss battles. With a classless progression system, each party member can play in their own way, maxing out their skills to level up and earn those all-important capes.
Whichever type of ‘Scaper you choose to be, you will play an important role in the success of your party, as you never know when the fate of Gielinor will hinge on baking the right pie.
Mat Hart, Creative Director and CCO of Steamforged, said, “It’s extremely important to us that the board game appeals to RuneScape fans of all kinds. For this reason, the board game is heavily inspired by content and references from RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, which will be familiar to all players past and present.
“We also created the board game as a way for brand new fans to enjoy the rich world of Gielinor, even if they have never experienced video games. Board gamers should expect a fantastic game classic and fun that features rich narrative quests, light-hearted distractions, macro-level sandbox exploration, face-to-face boss encounters, and classless character progression.
“Because we take content both Old School RuneScape and Runescape, bringing video game mechanics to the tabletop and even adding new quests to the mix, it seemed fitting to craft a name that would embody what board gaming is all about: a new way to explore the established world of Gielinor. And so, RuneScape Kingdoms was born.
Steamforged and Jagex also confirmed today that the board game will include the first-ever official RuneScape models in the form of tabletop gaming miniatures.
Sculpted by the Steamforged team, the miniatures will depict iconic outfits, NPCs and bosses from across IP developed into a unique “RuneScape” style for the tabletop. The first three minifigures are player avatars, including a knight in flat armor, a wizard wielding the staff of air, and Elvarg, the titular green dragon of the popular Dragon Slayer quest.
“We worked closely with Jagex to develop a new visual style that, like the board game, is heavily inspired by and draws from both Runescape and Old School RuneScape.” Mat continues, “These thumbnails give a taste of this new style, and we look forward to revealing more in the coming weeks.”
Phil Mansell, CEO of Jagex, said:Runescape coming to life on the table is a whole new adventure for all of us at Jagex. We’re always looking for new ways for our players to experience the things they love about the lands of Gielinor as well as the rush they first felt when they debuted in Runescape. For years, our community has also eagerly awaited collectibles of all their favorite characters. This board game is a big milestone for us, and we can’t wait to share more of what Steamforged has developed for RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg and put this adventure on the table in the hands of the players.
Steamforged will launch RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg on Kickstarter later this year.