RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg is a cooperative campaign board game. It’s for one to five players set in RuneScape’s fantasy world of Gielinor. Driven by narrative and immersion rather than complex strategy. This tabletop adventure is designed to give those who love the franchise a new way to play. Also, it provides a way into the irreverent and exciting world of RuneScape for those unfamiliar with the MMORPG.
Explore the kingdoms of Asgarnia and Misthalin from above with a game board style. Just like a fast-travel map, jumping from region to region as you level up your skills and complete quests. Zoom in for face-to-face encounters with iconic bosses. These will become even tougher as you work your way toward the final quest!
Adventure in the world of Gielinor
RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg distils the classic, fun, high-fantasy adventures of the beloved living game into a tabletop experience. Gather your group and immerse yourself in the sometimes epic, often irreverent world of Gielinor. Whether you’re slaying mighty monsters, crafting awesome gear, or gathering eggs to bake that game-changing cake, RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg lets you live your fantasy, in your way.
You choose what skills to the max, which weapons to craft, and even where to explore next. Meander through Gielinor, sampling every side quest on the way, or keep your eyes on the prize and cut a straight path through the campaigns to take on challenging boss fights. With a classless progression system, every group member can play their way, maxing skills to level up and earn those all-important capes.
Whatever kind of ‘Scaper you choose to be, you’ll play an important role in the success of your group — because you never know when the fate of Gielinor will depend on baking the right pie.
Mat Hart, Creative Director and CCO of Steamforged said:
“It’s incredibly important to us for the board game to appeal to RuneScape fans of all kinds. For that reason, the board game is heavily inspired by content and references from both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, that’ll 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’ve never experienced video games. Board gamers should expect a classic and fun fantasy game that features rich narrative quests, light-hearted distractions, sandbox exploration at the macro level, face-to-face boss encounters, and classless character progression.
Because we’re taking content from both Old School RuneScape and RuneScape, translating video game mechanics to the tabletop, and even adding some new quests into the mix, it seemed fitting to create a name that would embody what the board game is: A new way to explore the established world of Gielinor. And so, RuneScape Kingdoms was born.”
Steamforged and Jagex have also surprised fans. Confirming 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. All the NPCs, and bosses from across the IP developed in a uniquely “RuneScape” style for the tabletop. The first three miniatures revealed today are player avatars including a Knight in plate body armour, a Wizard sporting the Staff of Air, and Elvarg, the titular green dragon from the popular Dragon Slayer quest.
Steamforged will launch RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg on Kickstarter later this year. To be notified when the campaign launches, follow the Kickstarter here.