Wednesday 27th April 13:00 UTC / 14:00 BST - Manchester, UK - Publisher Steamforged Games can now reveal the RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg board game, inspired by one of the most popular and longest-running online roleplaying video game franchises in the world, will launch its Kickstarter campaign on May 31st 2022.
Designed and developed by Steamforged in partnership with the creator of the iconic RuneScape franchise and leading British video game publisher, Jagex, RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg is a cooperative campaign board game for one to five players set in RuneScape’s “sometimes epic, often irreverent” fantasy world of Gielinor.
Players can explore the kingdoms of Asgarnia and Misthalin from above with a game board styled like a fast-travel map, jumping from region to region as they level up skills and complete quests, and zooming in for face-to-face encounters with iconic bosses that become even tougher the further they progress. Just like the RuneScape and Old School RuneScape video games, player agency is key, with players able to decide what skills to max, what weapons to craft, and where to explore next.
Also revealed for the first time today, the game box features custom artwork depicting the eponymous green dragon and “main boss” of the board game, Elvarg, locked in a fiery battle with a brave knight.
Set to run for ten days, the RuneScape Kingdoms: Shadow of Elvarg Kickstarter will mark Steamforged’s tenth time bringing a board game to Kickstarter, and fourteenth time adapting a video game for the tabletop. Other Steamforged Kickstarter campaigns include Monster Hunter World: The Board Game, which grossed £3.4 million on Kickstarter and gained more than 20,000 backers in 2021, and Bardsung: Legend of the Ancient Forge, which first funded on Kickstarter in late 2020 and recently topped Polygon’s list of the best new board games to buy after releasing to retail in April this year.
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About Jagex: A leader in creating deep and engaging live games on PC and mobile, Jagex’s flagship MMORPG, RuneScape, has welcomed almost 300million player accounts to its world and is a $1billion lifetime revenue franchise. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds. Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly active worlds and our community-focused development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped. Now we’re expanding and extending our portfolio via Jagex Partners with fresh franchise titles and new IP to bring life to the living games of the future. Jagex employs more than 450 people at its Cambridge headquarters. For more information about Jagex go to www.jagex.com/
About Steamforged Games: From small beginnings in the corner of a hobby gaming store in Stockport, Manchester, Steamforged Games has gone on to create tabletop adaptations of some of the biggest video games around. The company’s history of adaptations began with the wildly successful Dark Souls*™ Board Game. Steamforged took the game to Kickstarter back in 2016, where it raised £3.7million followed by significant success at retail and is still one of the best-selling board games out there, having sold over 500,000 units at retail to date. Since then, Steamforged’s catalogue has grown to include popular board game versions of triple-A video games such as *Monster Hunter: World, Resident Evil™ 1, 2, and 3, Horizon Zero Dawn™, and more, all well-received as authentic experiences true to the brand DNA. Now the UK’s leading developer and publisher of licensed tabletop games, Steamforged is led by a love of the craft, a collective pride in what they create, and a mission to deliver compelling tabletop experiences that capture the emotions and inspire the imaginations of players around the world.