Mythic Games’ JOAN OF ARC is an Attractive Narrative Skirmish Game

Mythic Games is the producer of MYTHIC BATTLES: PANTHEON, the board game of fallen gods seeking to reclaim glory and immortality in the aftermath of the Titan War, are in the final stages of developing a 15mm narrative skirmish game inspired by the stories surrounding Joan of Arc. The game is called TIME OF LEGENDS: JOAN OF ARC and was designed by Pascal Bernard whose past work includes CADWALLON: CITY OF THIEVES.

The publisher describes the game as follows:

Time of Legends: Joan of Arc is set amid the tumult of the 100 Years War, when kings and princes struggle for the throne of France. This is the age of knights and squires, where chivalry is often spoken of, but rarely practiced. It is a time of both religion and superstition. Educated clerics fervently believe that angels guard the pious, and demons scourge the wicked, while the simpler folk watch the night for signs of werewolves and dragons. The game assumes that all of these are real.

Joan of Arc is a story-driven board game that uses finely-sculpted miniatures and 3D scenery to set the scene for a game of cunning and skill (and a little luck). The game is a combination of interwoven card play, resource management, and position on the board. You will need to master all three to beat the best opponents. Getting your men into the right position, and heading off your enemy, will be no use if you cannot muster the cards and other resources to make the most of it. Joan of Arc allows a huge amount of freedom in your actions. In every turn, you can choose to spend or save resources, and when you come to activate a unit you can choose between combat, interrogation, search, exploration, prayers, and other actions. So, this turn, should you level up a hero, or spend that resource to buy a re-roll? Take extra actions now, or save them for later? Double-move that cavalry, or question the old woman in the woods? When and how to act are decisions you must make based on your objectives, and the situation on the board. And, what is the best decision one turn may be very different in the next.

Players take the role of the various factions in the war, or of some of the supernatural creatures that have emerged from the shadows. The most famous heroes and heroines of the war are all here: the Black Prince, the Dauphin, Falstaff, and, of course, Joan of Arc herself. Each game is a unique scenario with its own map assembled from the gaming tiles, and a specified set of heroes and followers to achieve the scenario’s objectives. Each scenario has its own victory conditions, often different for each side. In one game you may be an inquisitor, seeking out a werewolf hidden among the peasantry; in another you may be a victorious raiding party, desperately fighting your way through an ambush so you can return to the safety of your castle.

Scenarios range from small affairs with a few models and simplified role-play elements, to full battles with dozens of knights, archers and men-at-arms. All scenarios typically play in under an hour. The game also includes a battle mode, to fight out conflicts between armies of your choosing.

While the images of the game that are currently available are merely the prototype images, if the are able to produce scenic and miniature components in the same quality as the prototype then this will be one of the most beautiful small miniature skirmish games on the market. While the selection of a 15mm scale might seem odd at first, it is a scale that sets the game apart from a lot of current products and signals Mythic Games’ confidence that you will be buying this game to plan and not just as a way to supplement your D&D miniatures collection. Additionally, the 28mm scale miniatures game market has become crowded for just this reason and choosing a 15mm scale allows for enough detail to be visually appealing while also providing miniatures at a scale that is often underappreciated.

 

 

The Kickstarter to fund production of Time of Legends: Joan of Arc begins on October 10th. This is definitely one to follow.

Images: Mythic Games

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