L4 Studios

Mr. B Games and L4 Studios are currently running the Kickstarter for the 5th Player expansion for Glenn Drover’s WarQuest, a high-strategy, fantasy adventure game in which players are competing to recruit an army from the various races of Myrathia and become the ruler of the land.  This 5th player expansion introduces experienced units and the warlord faction’s elite guard to the WarQuest experience.

The 5th player expansion includes the following:

  • 1 Warlord
  • 2 Lieutenants
  • 30 experienced units:
    • 4 Satyr Infantry
    • 2 Satyr Archer
    • 4 Dwarf Infantry
    • 2 Dwarf Crossbowman
    • 4 Elf Infantry
    • 2 Elf Archer
    • 4 Goblin Infantry
    • 2 Goblin Archer
    • 4 Orc Infantry
    • 2 Orc Archer
  • 5 Experience Dice
  • 5 Faction Dice
  • Setup Guide
  • Companion Rules

This project is set to fund on February 10, 2017.  For more information, visit the project’s Kickstarter page.

warquest

WarQuest by award winning game designer Glenn Drover brings together the design, development, and production team that brought us great games like Railroad Tycoon (aka Railways of the World), Railways of Europe, Conquest of the Empire, and Age of Empires III. It promises to bring an epic game that has a giant 36” by 42” board and will play 45 minutes to an hour per player. 2-4 players (2-5 in the Kickstarter version) will play warlords attempting to reunite the kingdoms of the mythical land of Myrathia using armies of various fantasy races.

WarQuest is a high fantasy/grand strategy game that immerses players in the world of Myrathia where each takes the role of a warlord, seeking to reunite the fractured land under his/her banner. During the game, players will recruit different races (wood elves, dwarves, goblins, orcs and satyrs) to fill their armies, travel across the world of Myrathia, complete demanding quests, engage in ferocious battles, conquer and control strategic regions, and if successful, make themselves ruler of all Myrathia. The game is for 2-5 players and takes 45 minutes to an hour per player. WarQuest is firmly rooted in the theme-driven, dice rolling, engaging fun of big box “Ameritrash” map and miniatures games combined with the advantages of newer gameplay mechanics and concepts that facilitate faster, more balanced and more dynamic gameplay.

warquest map

During the game players will attempt to complete quests and conquest cards they hold in their hand. These cards will have each players armies moving across the map resulting in battles with other players so action will be frequent (no turtling). Games will take a pre-determined number of turns allowing the game length to be adjusted as players wish. On their turn each player will be able to take 3 actions. Their choices are:

  • Move an army and resolve any battles if necessary.
  • Buy a power card from one of the 5 available at all times.
  • Take control of a region occupied by your troops.
  • Tax a city under your control.
  • Recruit new troops of a race that lives in a region where one of your leaders is present.
  • Recruit a Lieutenant.
  • Complete a quest.

At the end of each turn an event is played that will affect the game in some way. You can be sure these events will keep players on their toes.

Battles are fought with armies that have two lines of troops and reserves and typical take 1-3 minutes. There will be two ranks of troops (5 each in front and back) with the rest of the available troops in reserves to replace the fallen. Each type of troop will have different attack/defense ratings and each race will have different strengths and weaknesses.

The Kickstarter version of the game will differ slightly than the retail version as it will add an extra player bringing the total number up to 5. However there are also pledge levels that will add on up to 6 expansions including one that will not be available at retail. Two of these expansions stand out one due to the gameplay and one because it will not be available at retail.

The Wraith King expansion adds on some very interesting gameplay and what I think is a great idea for a catch up mechanic. On the 13th turn the player in last place will stop playing as a warlord and instead take control of the Wraith King and an undead army. Their only goal to win the game will now be to destroy every city in Myrathia.

The Wizards expansion will not be available at retail and is only included in the top tier pledge. This will add 4 different types of powerful wizards each of which only the player that obtains their power card/item will be able to recruit.

WarQuest looks to be a truly epic game that will lead to hours of enjoyment. The team behind it has an enormous amount of experience and has brought some amazing games to market. However this will not be a small quick game. The map alone is huge and will take a whole lot of table space to support it; also the suggested game time is 45 minutes to one hour per player. With a full 5 players that could take over 5 hours to play. For me, I don’t have anything like this in my collection yet and it looks like it will be a great game to add. I’ve been looking for a long epic game to get my hands on and this will certainly fit the bill. I love the idea of commanding armies, fighting battles, conquests and completing quests. Add in the Events deck, highly detailed mini’s, and the Wraith King expansion for a catch up mechanic and I’m in. I am backing this project and if any of this interests you I would highly suggest checking out the Kickstarter.

Mr B Games publisher of last years hit title Spurs: A Tale in the Old West, has announced partnerships with 3 publishers for 2015.  First is L4 Studios two big box titles ‘Warquest’ and ‘Extraordinary Voyages’.  Second with Phoenix Rising Games to launch ‘Rolling for Amusement’ on Kickstarter.  Finally with Mighty Box Games for their release of ‘Posthuman‘.

These partnerships seem to be positioning Mr B in a good place for 2015.  In particular the two titles from L4 Studios are designed in part or in whole by Glenn Drover former owner of Eagle Games. As a publisher Mr B seems to have the ability to attract talented designers.

posthuman

In addition to the 3 publisher partnerships Mr B has also given a little teaser about 2 of their releases for 2015.  The first is a Richard Launius title and the second is a title designed by Mr B himself Sean Brown along with one of his good friends Scott DeMer.  While no details have been released beyond that they should both be quite good.

Publishers press release below

Today, Mr. B. Games announced that it is partnering with three publishers in 2015.

Mr. B Games has signed a partnership agreement with L4 Studios to work on “big box” releases. The first two projects from this team feature a design from Glenn Drover (former owner of Eagle Games) called Warquest and the second is a Drover and Don Beyer design called Extraordinary Voyages.

A partnership agreement has also been signed with Phoenix Rising Games and together they will be presenting a Kickstarter campaign later this month for the game Rolling for Amusement.

A publishing and distribution agreement has been reached with Mighty Box Games for its upcoming release Post Human.

In addition to the partnerships, Mr B. Games has a 2015 release coming from designer Richard Launius (Arkham Horror, Defenders of the Realm) and a 2015 release coming from designers Sean Brown and Scott DeMers.

About Mr. B. Games Mr. B. Games has been developing and publishes games since 2006. Alien Uprising, a cooperative game from Richard Launius was our first big box game release and is well received. Spurs, a sandbox western, was our second release and is from designer Ole Steiness. Realm of Heroes, from Scott Demers is a euro style strategy game and Clockwork Kingdom is a worker placement game from Brandon Allen. Both Realm of Heroes and Clockwork Kingdom are slated for March releases in 2015.