If you’ve browsed the internet in ‘00s, there’s a huge chance you stumbled upon Homestar Runner. The series used to be one of the funniest flash cartoons and, after a revival in 2014, it still holds its ground. Brothers Matt and Mike Chapman have a golden sense of humor and gave birth to characters like Strong Bad, The Cheat and Marzipan.
Trogdor the Board Game, their latest creation, is based around yet another of their heroes. The green dragon with a human arm debuted on “Strong Bad Email”, got his own metal song and tons of merchandise. Looks like all of these failed to sate his hunger as now we’re about to get a tabletop game devoted to his scaly self.
An Ancient Evil Awakens…
The game takes us to a fantasy kingdom called Peasantry. Here, a group of cultists (“keepers of Trogdor”) summons the titular dragon. Angry Trogdor has only one goal in mind: burning everyone and everything in sight. The story with bad guys summoning something feels like a parody of usual CMON fare, but here you actually… play as the cultists.
Setting the World Aflame
The game begins with laying down 25 terrain tiles and placing some huts, villagers and knights on them. All tiles are two sided and feature green and burned versions of the same terrain.
Cultists pick cards each turn and control Trogdor, while burning everything to ashes. Card deck features new actions for the dragon to take – from diagonal movement to ranged attacks. Eating peasants refills Trogdor’s life meter. “Burninating” sets them aflame so they run around and start new fires.
The gameplay is focused on cooperation and can feature up to 6 players at once. The goal is an unique take on area control games. You have to burn every single terrain tile and make Trogdor survive. Villagers will do their best to get rid of the dragon and recreate the devastated lands.
For the Greatest Fans
Trogdor the Board Game comes in various editions, although the gameplay is identical in all of them (no extra cards etc). The least expensive pledge includes wooden meeples, while the next tier adds their plastic versions.
Higher pledge rewards were made with the biggest (and wealthiest) fans in mind. At $200 you can get the game with a special board made of cherry wood. It’s actually a game changer, since the mechanic of turning tiles over becomes less chaotic. Most expensive pledges feature limited, handcrafted boxes to hold all the game elements, some of which were also made from cherry wood.
The campaign looks like one of the heaviest hitters of the month. It’s getting close to one million dollars pledged, with over 2 weeks left. The creators don’t focus on stretch goals too much, as there were only five created so far. Unlocked bonuses include Homestar Runner characters in meeple form, improved game tiles and alternative designs for Trogdor himself.