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But what is the back story of the game? Yggdrasill, is the immense mythical tree that connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology. It is starting to shift its alignments in preparation for the impending Ragnarok. These futures events will include the great battle of the realms. However Odin All Father, who gave is eye for wisdom, knows that this will mean whomever has victory now, will have all of the Nine Realms in their control. So Odin sends out messengers and works to bring allies back for the fight, even his son Baldur The Beautiful from Hel itself for the fight. However the other realms find out what Odin is doing and vow his destruction and desire only victory for their own realm.

 

That which is planned to be in the box
That which is planned to be in the box

A modular tile based skirmish game steeped in Norse Mythology, where the Realms pit their finest against each other in a bid to claim total victory. Each realm is comprised of unique characters from Norse lore with wondrous abilities, and a choice of Heroic or Epic play styles which allow you to choose between raw power, or tactical advantage, as you immerse yourself into a battle of fabled proportion. 

You Can play Heroic or Epic versions of each Realm
You Can play Heroic or Epic versions of each Realm

The different sides of the Realm cards give you two unique sets of Characters to compete with.  The Heroic version is more straight forward in the abilities but harder hitting, the Epic version adds lots of additional abilities and lore based content.  Both are balanced to be able to compete Heroic Realm against Heroic Realm or Heroic versus Epic.

Heroic Dark Elves versus Epic Aesir from Asgadr
Heroic Dark Elves versus Epic Aesir from Asgadr

So experienced players can play Epic and still have a balanced fight against new players using the Heroic version of their Realm.

Combat is dice based with card modifiers. Actions are resource lead, meaning you can play aggressively, defensively or somewhere in the middle. 

You win by either being the last Realm standing by killing the rulers of the other Realms or by filling up the Blood Cauldron with the sanguine fluid of your enemies! Combining elements of tile placing, dice rolling, card drawing, unit placement resource management, every game is unique with a rematch never far away.  A versatile, medium to heavy weight game for 2 - 4 people, with lots of replayability.

Show your worth with your enemies spilt blood
Show your worth with your enemies spilt blood

 

Each player gets to choose one of the initial four realms that are first to arrive on the plains of Battle.

Jotunheimr  

This is the home of the Norse Ice Jotnar or Ice Giants. This icy and endless plain is crossed only by the Vimur River which leads to its capital Utgardar. Around are the gigantic citadels of the Jotnar. Far in the distance can be seen one of the roots of Yddrasill beneath which lies Mimir, the Well of Wisdom. The Jotnar are fighting for a new world like their own, but free from annoying gods and mortals.  

Svartalfaheimr 

The Realm of the Dark Elves is subterranean, full of twisting tunnels and vast caverns. One area blends into another making an endless world that never sees the light of day. The population swarms in its nooks and crannies, the darkness hiding their secret machinations from others. The Dark Elves burst out to fight for a new world of comforting darkness, free from giants, gods and mortals. 

Midgardr

This rugged land surrounded by an endless sea is the home of the Norsemen. Their small villages and farms dot the landscape intertwined by rivers, streams, forests and moorland. This is the realm of mortal men and is much like our world. The Norsemen are fighting for a new world free of Gods and the elder races.

Asgardr

This realm is the home of the Aesir. A beautiful land that contains the halls of the gods themselves. A high mountain dominates the landscape, atop stands Odin's hall. Here he sits, surveying the universe with his magic eye. Below lie the halls of the other gods and many other magical places. In the centre of the realm is a great hall whose roof is made of golden shields. Here the Valkyries bring the fallen to the Hall of the Slain that is Valhalla. The Aesir are fighting for a new world of balance and understand that the elder race time has past.

CONTENTS in the BOX

 

Lots of components make up the game with all the various characters represented with cardboard stand figures.

Lots of the markers are card at the moment but offer us the chance to have stretch goals to improve the contents of the the final finished game.

We have gathered the views and previews of some of the people who have seen and played our games as well as some press videos about us and our plans.

From the guys at Failroad Express, as they say..
Ragnarok has begun and there's only enough seats on the rebirth bus for one clan! In this battle chess game you must defeat your rivals king or fill the blood cauldron to appease the gods!

 

Special mentions

"War of the 9 Realms from Wotan Games. A board/miniature hybrid game soaked in Viking mythology, what's not to love :)

"We did enjoy our game of @Wot9R it was a fun, simple to learn tactical game that doesn’t take an age to play! Can’t wait to grab a copy!”

The Boardroom Podcast...

“..the other thing to mention that I thought was genius, is that there is two sides to the player boards, one is the Heroic side and one is the Epic side. So the Heroic side is very simple, they have sort of one kind of action skill thing that (each character) has got and a special ability and then they’ve got attack dice and stuff like that, then they’ve got the Epic side which a little bit more complicated with more skills and you can play with either side. You can even play as Epic Jotunn and I could play as the Heroic Asgardians and we’re roughly balanced as basically the Heroic get a few more attack dice where as the Epic get more skills, which I just think is a really nice touch, so if you want to play a game with a bit more sort of tactical thinking and stuff like that you just play with the Epic side, but if you don’t want to do that you just play the Heroic side and you just roll loads of dice"

The Wonky Spanner

" is probably going to quickly become a gateway game to those wanting to explore miniature gaming” "Brush up on your Norse Mythology for this one"

Breacher 18 interviews us at UKGames Expo

The Bottled Imp came to interview us at UKGames Expo


After we have managed to hit our initial funding goal, we will upgrade the game itself and start to add items to the game and the rewards. All of the stretch goals achieved will be in your Kickstarter edition of War of the Nine Realms.
So the goals we have in mind so far are to:

1) Add an additional 5 Dice - Never enough Dice in any game
2) Make the Wound Markers in Plastic rather than card - much nicer
3) Improve the quality of the Fate cards to Linen - better feel

These initial goals allow us to improve the contents and the handling quality of the components.  While we always want the best in every game the Kickstarter project allows us the opportunity to go that little bit further to bring better elements and a little luxury to the game.

We love that people will be pledging, however there are other ways you can support us.  Spreading the word similar to how we did in our initial Thunderclap campaign is a key factor to our success in this crowdfunding project.  Your help on the social networks will help us alot. 

To demonstrate our gratitude for all the social hard work we are going to have levels of of the social ladder that will bring extra awards.

You can join us on our ongoing Thunderclap campaign that will have another strike towards the end of the Kickstarter campaign to announce the closing days of the Kickstarter Project.

So click on the links below and follow them to the relevant site and Like and Fan us.

 

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Loki Like us on FaceBook

 

 

 

With these targets being hit we look to start adding the following goodies to every copy of the game, Kickstarter and beyond.

We're looking to these extras and beyond

 

 

So we would look to increase the size of the reference card in the game and get a little more information onto it.

A Dice bag to keep everything tidy in storage.

This is our first major Kickstarter project, however we will be shipping our finished project to distribution in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

This will allow us to keep costs into the UK, USA, Canada and Europe to a minimum which we have demonstrated in the transport cost indicated in our pledge levels.

We are aware that often it is in the postage that a project will win or lose and we are working very hard to make sure we are reasonable in the Package and Posting to keep this at an acceptable level.

The team that has worked on War of the Nine Realms has been larger than normal for us, but we wanted to have such a contrast in the Realms Artwork that was still combined perfectly.

I was once described as "probably the best looking spoon in the cutlery draw, as long as there wasn't any Silver spoons, because they would definitely be better" Gaming for me, has always been about relaxing. Not hot bath relaxing, more like plugging into the Matrix relaxing. Escaping somewhere for a while with great people, to trade wood, hide from monsters, build space ships or fight gods, it's all about the elation, laughter and giddy frustration that's enjoyed between the bouts of day to day life. My aim is to give people new places to plug in and play.

Played my first RPG in 1977, moved to RuneQuest very quickly. Ran the Convulsion Convention 1992 t0 2002 with a large Chaosium presence. Have writing credits for HQ2 Glorantha Publications and the Guide to Glorantha, notably in the Wastelands chapter. Have run a weekly RPG club since 1989. Now helping the team at Wotan Games!

Dan Peterson studied art at the Cardiff School of Print and Cardiff School of Art and Design. He has worked as illustrator and designer for over twenty five years. In 2011 he accompanied the British Army to Helmand Province as an Official War Artist and is the artist behind the first pack of Welsh Political Figures collectible playing cards. In 2015 he accompanied Royal Navy personnel, as a reportage illustrator, on board HMS Bulwark during Operation Weald, saving the lives of Refugees and Migrants off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean. He is a part time lecturer in Illustration at the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff Metropolitan University

As a Designer with a lot of passion for my job, I’m always excited to receive interesting commissions in the field of design and illustration. I graduated at the Ortweinschool at Graphic & Communicationdesign and completed my degree in Informationdesign to develop myself even further. During my education I had some hands-on experience as a freelance designer as well which I enjoyed a lot.

Ed Dovey has been a military illustrator for a number of years and has worked on Osprey titles such as Campaign 49 Mons 1914. He is well known and much admired for his work in Military Illustrated magazine.

Comic artist and illustrator. Self publisher first creator owned title 'rented to the dead' in 2013 via a successful Kickstarter campaign Have worked on the indie comics scene since 2012. Other works include Metal made flesh: blood and oil Torsobear2 Zombre: the zombie anthology A regular at comic and scifi/fantasy conventions across the country

Taken several degrees and a masters in animation. A year or so ago I took a new years resolution to do a pic a day for an entire year. That is done and now im looking to expand that best i can to 366 plus days

Artist and illustrator Publication of children's books for an Italian publisher Collaboration with public places of the city for the realization of paintings and wall decorations Studies in graphics and communications academy.

Why Kickstarter? 

The origination and artwork are all prepared from engaging artists to produce our realms artwork, but we need to bring it to completion. 

As a small independent we have very little funding to keep us moving from one project to another.  We gather the people that are required to develop the game and engage artists.

This all requires funds and once we are at the stage of sending off for quotes for production we have to engage graphic artists to bring all the elements together in a format that people will want to purchase.

An additional benefit of launching War of the Nine Realms as a Kickstarter project is that it will provide us with valuable feedback from you, our backers, to help us direct the future development of our games. Our backers will be the first ones to receive the game, weeks before its released. Depending on the success of our project, will be the speed we can bring out other expansions and other titles, with our backers seeing and having access to this content first. There's still a long way to go, but with your help we'll be able to deliver a fantastic product.  We aim to be ready for Essen time for backers and Christmas release for everyone else.

Risks and challenges

Creating a game is always a challenge. However, we are an experienced publisher of board games, and have significant experience in producing games which are more complicated in manufacture and play. War of the Nine Realms is already a successful prototype board game and is being demonstrated and enjoyed internationally.

The main risk at this stage is that the project maybe delayed in respect
to its scheduled date, if there is a need to ensure the level of quality we are looking for in our games.

Our main challenge is to make sure that the quality of the game matches the expectation of our customers, which is based on the standard set by ourselves during our previous game publishing days.' - Laurence O'Brien, Wotan Games

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