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A two-player board game from the Mouse Guard comics—for guardmice, patrons of the June Alley Inn and their fans. Read more

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A two-player board game from the Mouse Guard comics—for guardmice, patrons of the June Alley Inn and their fans.

About this project

Swords & Strongholds is a game invented by David Petersen for his Mouse Guard graphic novels. Recently, he asked Luke Crane (of Burning Wheel and the Mouse Guard RPG) to come up with some rules for the game and so we did!

We developed a light strategy game for two players that takes 10 to 20 minutes time per game. It's exactly the sweet spot we hoped for—a game you can play while you're sitting at the June Alley Inn listening to tales, or when you're waiting for your friends to arrive for a game night, or when you're waiting in long lines at comicons!

After he depicted the game in the comics, David created a prototype based on his drawings. This is what we started with for the game design. 

The game has a wooden gridded board, four mouse pawns for each player and a deck of sword, stronghold and diplomacy cards.

After we created the initial rules, we sent out a print and play version to our friends and fans to play test for us. Notably, Scott and Rym from the GeekNights gave it a good thrashing for us.  

We want to do a small production run with high quality components for Mouse Guard fans everywhere and we need your help to do it. We'd much rather show this game to you so you can tell us what you think than gamble on printing off a bunch and shipping them straight into distribution. David and I love our fans and we want you to be a part of making this game.

  • The base set will include a wooden board, eight plastic mouse pawns, 30 cards (on 300 gsm coated stock or better) in a sturdy tuck box or sleeve, and a rules sheet complete with example illustrations. The game will be contained in a cardboard two piece box with a full color wrap.
  • The deluxe set will be made by Skelton Crew Studios (who make the Mouse Guard replica weapons) and includes an oversized board in cherry with a felt bottom; a box of cherry wood that's felt-lined and laser-etched, with a hand-rubbed finish; eight lead-free plated pewter mouse pawns, 30 letter-pressed cards on 80lb French Parchtone cover stock (printed by Silver Bullet Press) and the illustrated rules sheet. 

A few lucky backers can acquire some of David's original art for the game. We're offering, individually, the face of each card and the card back. Each piece is 4.25" by 6", inked on Strathmore 300 series Bristol.

The original inks for the cover are 8.5" square also on Strathmore 300 series Bristol. It's a unique piece by David, since his typical pieces are character commissions and comic art.

Thanks so much for your support!
Luke & David

Risks and challenges

This game will be published by The Burning Wheel. I've published over a dozen titles through Burning Wheel, including a boxed set game, but this will be our first board game.

Making board games can be hard! My hope is that the simplicity of the rules and components of Swords & Strongholds make this task easier than it would otherwise be.

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