Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Strategy Game ‘Armello’ Coming To Tabletop From King Of The Castle And Former D&D Designer Ryan Heinsoo

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Australian publisher King of the Castle, in partnership with Quillsilver Studio and Fire Opal Media, has announced that they will bring the critically acclaimed video game Armello to the tabletop. Armello: The Board Game will launch on Kickstarter in Q1 2024, offering fans the chance to experience the game in a whole new way. Attendees of PAX Australia will be able to get a sneak peek of the game from October 6-8, 2023.

Armello game screen
Armello released in 2015 and was nominated for the Excellence in Visual Art by the 2016 Independent Games Festival.

Originally published as a video game by League of Geeks in 2015, Armello has garnered critical and commercial acclaim, earning praise as “one of the best virtual board game experiences available” by GameSpot. Designed by Ron Heinsoo, known for designing the 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons, brings the same colorful world and compelling characters to life on the tabletop.

“Armello was a landmark in digital board games when it was released in 2015, so the decision to port it back to the tabletop was a natural one,” said Andre Bishop, director of King of the Castle. “With Armello: The Board Game, we’re thrilled to invite both longtime fans and newcomers to experience the magic and deep strategy that Armello has to offer.”

“We couldn’t be happier to be partnering with King of the Castle to create a board game adaptation of Armello,” said Blake Mizzi at League of Geeks. “Armello has such a devoted fanbase to this day, and we can’t wait to see how the tabletop community embraces this new chapter in Armello’s journey.”

Armello layout

Founded in 2005 in Melbourne, Australia, King of the Castle Games Company is a small yet passionate band of adventurers. Under the banner of Campaign Coins, they are the premier producer of deluxe RPG and board gaming coins and accessories. Armello: The Board Game is their first venture into board game publishing.

Quillsilver Studio is a US and Australian based creative design studio serving the board game industry. Helmed by family members Brenna Noonan, Dann May, and Greg May, Quillsilver has helped bring hundreds of products to market including Everdell, the PolyHero Dice, and Dog Park, among many others. Their games have gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of copies and raised millions of dollars on Kickstarter.

Mercurio card and mini from Armello
Mercurio card and mini

Fire Opal Media Inc., is an award winning game design studio that is entirely member owned and funded. They are the creators of the ENnie Award winning 13th Age RPG and have also created board games for the Shadowrun and Dungeons & Dragons franchises.

Armello: The Board Game will launch on Kickstarter in Q1 2024. Join our community to get exclusive updates and behind the scenes looks at the game: www.armelloboardgame.com.

Images via King of the Castle and Quillsilver

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  • Dan Arndt

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