Rise, Tarnished! There’s a new way to venture through the Lands Between of the much-loved Elden Ring game. A tabletop version is coming, and there’s still time to pledge your support (and runes) to the Kickstarter campaign. More than 13,000 showed their enthusiasm for the Elden Ring: The Board Game project, raising nearly $4 million towards the relatively modest $180,000 goal. So get ready for Elden Ring’s quests and open-world exploration to come to the realm of tabletop hex tiles, attack cards, and sculpted miniatures.
The Elden Ring video game, which was just released in February 2022, blends two popular styles of fantasy. George R.R. Martin was involved in the world-building aspect, while Hidetaka Miyazaki directed the game itself. With that pedigree, it’s no surprise that it became one of the most popular and award-winning games of the year. Steamforged Games designed the upcoming tabletop version. The company previously brought Miyazaki’s Dark Souls board game to life. Now that the Kickstarter is successful, Elden Ring: The Board Game will debut around May 2024. But you can still be a part of the journey with a late pledge on several levels.
You can see the highly-detailed prototype Elden Ring board game in the gameplay clip above and unboxing video below. The main quest is called Realm of the Grafted King, but there are, of course, going to be multiple expansion packs. Steamforged Games promises over 90 hours of possible gameplay!
There is no shortage of tabletop adventures, with many more on the way. Besides the Elden Ring board game, we also recently saw the news that another popular property, Gloomhaven, is getting the tabletop treatment. It’s a good time to be a gamer ready to explore mysterious fantasy worlds. It’s also probably a good time to invest in a separate gaming table so the rest of your family can go about their normal lives while you and your fellow adventurers take on these quests.
Melissa is Nerdist’s science & technology staff writer. She also moderates “science of” panels at conventions and co-hosts Star Warsologies, a podcast about science and Star Wars. Follow her on Twitter @melissatruth.