Thursday, 16 April 2015

Orcs Must Die! the boardgame

Orcs Must Die has been one of my favourite games for quite a while on Steam. I loved the artwork, the setting, the humour, and the challenging maps. OMD2 offered more of that, plus a multiplayer option where you could play with a friend. Now there's a new OMD game in development, sort of like a MOBA, called OMD Unchained.

But now, Sandy Petersen has developed a boardgame version of this wonderful game! Here's an excerpt from the Kickstarter project's main page:

NOTE: if you missed the kickstarter, go to the main page and click the orange banner!
The award winning game Orcs Must Die! has at last made its way to the table top! Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame dares you to preserve your stronghold sieged by orcs. You have traps & weapons galore, and can team up with your friends to obliterate the nasty orcs and their grotesque allies. Robot Entertainment has joined forces with award-winning designer Sandy Petersen to create Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame project. Our new game has been precisely adapted to the tabletop environment. It includes scores of great plastic figures of all your favorite heroes, plus hordes of orcs, crossbow orcs, kobolds, gnolls, trolls, ogres, and more. Build an exciting fortress using our tile-based system, then watch as swarms of baddies plunge through your defenses to wreck your Rift.
Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame is designed and published by Petersen Games. Our friends at Robot Entertainment have licensed the use of their great Orcs Must Die! IP, including art and other digital assets. However, Petersen Games is solely responsible for creating and running this project. Find out more at
 It has plenty of miniatures to play with and to paint of course, heroic 28mm scale. You can either get the Order box, where you take side with the good guys, battling the orcs, kobolds, ogres, trolls etc. or the Unchained box, siding with the bad guys against the humans, elves and dwarves. You play heroes and by killing waves of invaders, you earn skulls, which you can spend on items and traps to upgrade your defenses.

You play on maps made from tiles, and aside from the premade missions in the game, you can create your own! Which means the layouts are endless. And with all the stretch goals this kickstarter has, more maps are added occasionally!

Here's what's in both boxes:

And what's more, with each pledge, you get the videogames FOR FREE! So, if you haven't played Orcs Must Die yet, now is your chance. So hop on the kickstarter, and get prepared to fight off wave after wave of orcs and other critters!

Update: You can now also add a retail copy of Cthulhu Wars to your pledge for $150 (excl. shipping)!


  1. Hello,
    I found your Heroquest blog through a web search and I thought you might be interested in taking a look at and sharing the HeroQuest project I am currently working on. I think you may enjoy it. Let me know what you think.

  2. Did you miss the Kickstarter? Or do you have a friend who is sad because he or she did? Well, Petersen Games has the solution!

    Go to the main page of the campaign, and right at the top (just under the big Orcs Must Die! banner), you will see an orange graphic with "Missed the Kickstarter?" on it.
    Just click on that banner, and it takes you right to the pledge manager where you can get ALL the rewards and exclusives offered.

    This offer will be open for a while, but will, eventually, end, so seize your opportunity when you can.


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