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A stand-alone fantasy game designed by Richard Launius, set in the artistic world of Larry Elmore.
A stand-alone fantasy game designed by Richard Launius, set in the artistic world of Larry Elmore.
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Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields features the art of the legendary Larry Elmore and is the newest game by designer Richard Launius, who has designed such popular games as Elder Sign, Arkham Horror, and the original Defenders of the Realm.  Watch the video below to learn more about Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields from the designer himself.

In Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields, one side takes the role of the Dark Lord’s invading army of minions, while the other side represents the heroes defending the Realm from the forces of evil.

The battles are fast and furious as players place minions and heroes onto the battlefields and attack their opponents using a variety of abilities and special skills. Fourteen battlefield cards are included in the game and play begins with three being laid out randomly. 

Players take turns playing cards onto one of the battlefields in play trying to build up enough strength to win that battlefield.  Each battlefield card bears a special power that the winner of that card receives as a reward.  The first side that is victorious on 3 total battlefields or 2 battlefields of the same (non-purple) color is the winner!

56 Hero Cards and 56 Minion Cards

8 General Cards

14 Large Battlefield Boards

2 Special Battle Dice

1 Rulebook

20 Black Minion Counters

20 Blue Hero Counters

Backing Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields will allow you to acquire a number of unique rewards.  The first reward is exclusive to Kickstarter backers and is the wild Elf Lord card. The Elf Lord replaces the Druid in the Hero Deck and and adds some different strategic choices for the Hero player.

The second new reward offered is the two limited edition Battlefields.  The two available Battlefields are Greenleaf Village and Fire River.  These battlefields can be added to the 14 battlefields included in the game and offer unique win conditions and new rewards for the player who is able to claim the battlefield.

Additionally, as part of "The General" level backers can receive the pre-painted miniatures for the eight generals included in the game. These miniatures can be played on battlefields instead of the General card.

The first stretch goal is at the $20k level.  Every backer at “The Hero” ($40) level and above will receive these two additional battlefields for each copy of the game they ordered.  As with all the battlefields in the game, these new battlefields are on sturdy board stock, similar to the hero mats we produced for the original Defenders of the Realm.

Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields page on BoardGameGeek.com

Larry Elmore's Home Page

Richard Launius' page on BoardGameGeek.com

Watch an Extended Demo of the Battlefields Prototype from The Gathering on BGG TV

Listen to Richard Launius on the State of Games Podcast

Eagle and Gryphon Games is committed to producing games of the highest quality, both in production and game play.  We feel it is important that people who buy Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields receive a game that is well made and will be in playable condition for many years.  Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields will be produced using the best printing, box and components available.

We hope you choose to support Defenders of the Realm: Battlefields in any way that you can.  Any support, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated.
 

Sincerely,

The Production Staff at Eagle and Gryphon Games

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