Earlier this year, we learned that Skyrim came up with yet another platform: tabletops. The Skyrim board game was announced back in February, and today crowdfunding for the board game with 1-4 players has finally opened on the Kickstarter alternative Game found. Gosh, I hope it gets fully funded.
Oops, it’s already fully funded. In less than 30 minutes, it reached its £ 100,000 target, then doubled it rapidly and is currently on the verge of quadrupling it. That’s not really a surprise. The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim The Adventure Game is expected to be released in August 2022 for backers, and a retail version is also planned.
We also learned a little more about the board game today. Polygon reports players will choose from six different characters, each representing a different race from The Elder Scrolls: North or Imperial (human), Altmer or Dunmer (elves), Orsimer (orc) and Khajiit (cat person). Two campaigns, each with three chapters, are formed from the game’s 600 cards, and continuity is established between the sessions, so that player selection and events in one game can influence the next.
For example, if you kill Jarl of Whiterun in one game, he stays dead the next time you play, Polygon says, because his cards will be removed and kept out of the promotion pile. (It’s a similar system used in the Fallout board game.) Once the campaigns are over, the world can be reset by simply adding cards back into the pile and shuffling them again. Games will take about 90 minutes to two hours to complete, perhaps longer if you take an arrow to your knee or need to investigate the theft of a sweetroll.
The first campaign takes place 25 years before the events of Skyrim (the video game), and the second campaign takes place at the time Dragonborn arrives in the world and starts shouting noisy magic to dragons. You’ll even get to “cross paths” with the legendary Dragonborn (Dovahkiin, to his friends) during the campaign, according to game designer Juan Echenique. In addition to the promotions, unrelated one-off games are also possible.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Adventure Game is made by Modiphius Entertainment, which also publishes the official Fallout TTRPG. It’s expensive, as board games typically are. Backing up the base game costs $ 112 / £ 82 on Gamefound, where the mid-level costs $ 190 / £ 140, which includes two planned expansions. It’s $ 300 / £ 220 for the deluxe edition, which offers miniatures (plastic) and some other extras. The retail version will cost close to $ 136 / £ 100.
Interestingly, all backers will get to test the game a little early if they have a PC. A demo of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim The Adventure Game is coming to Tabletop Simulator before the physical version comes out next year.