Excalibre Games has an extensive product array including a selection of high quality historical boardgames.
New Direction for Excalibre Games
Excalibre Games is proud to announce a new direction for their company, starting with the forthcoming publication of their first deck-building card-and-dice game, Mythic Wars: Clash of the Gods. Up to 8 players can join in this epic battle game, building factions from among the 72 included gods and goddesses, and pitting those factions against each other in the ultimate showdown — where the gods themselves clash for control of the universe!
In the game, each player controls a faction of 4 deities, built from the mythological pantheons of 6 different ancient cultures: the Aztecs, the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Japanese, the Scandanavians (Norse), and the Sumerians. Players take turns empowering their deities to attack or clash with those of their opponents, until only 1 faction remains. It's a fast-paced game that's part deck-builder, part die-roller, and 100% mythic!
As one would expect, the game features Excalibre Games' trademark devotion to authenticity and quality, with each of the 78 included cards painstakingly crafted to reflect their subject with as much historical accuracy as possible. And part of that accuracy comes from card art itself, much of it having been rendered by some of the greatest artists in history (including Peter Paul Rubens, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, and Mårten Eskil Winge), and the rest coming from the actual temples, pyramids, and settlements of these ancient cultures. It's a history-lover's dream!
Excalibre Games hopes that this will be first in a long-line of Mythic Wars games and expansions, and looks forward to launching it via Kickstarter later this summer.
Stay tuned for more information!
My underlying philosophy for Excalibre Games has always been to maintain AUTHENTICITY in the products produced.
The trend, especially today, is going in exactly the opposite direction, where a game; whether a good one or a bad one will usually have a veneer or superficial layer of flavour or imagery but very little reality.
This is true not only of the typical euro or family game, but also of military games as well, including some of the most popular ones.
Thus whether it is Axis and Allies by Milton Bradley, or for example the two most highly rated games on Board Game Geek: Twilight Struggle by GMT and Through the Ages by Eagle Games; neither has that ring of truth and reality that makes a merely enjoyable game, authentic and a great one.
Whereas Through the Ages is obviously merely a cartoon of history providing only flavour; Twilight Struggle actually does harm by perpetuating many misconceptions.
Thus in contrast Excalibre Games has produced a number of truly great titles including: Ironclads, Wings, To the Green Fields Beyond, Trajan, Kaiserschlacht 1918, Ancient Conquest, A Mighty Fortress and Battle for Stalingrad.
Every one of these games is not only great as a game but also provides an authentic and earnest portrayal of history.
Now that Excalibre Games is branching out to produce family and fantasy titles as well as historical ones; it will be a challenge for us to retain this sense of the authentic.
As a small hobby producer, it is hoped that these efforts will give Excalibre's products the status of timeless classics which will continue to sell well for decades.
Other companies focus upon the short term sales immediately coming after product release and the whole distribution system has also gone this way.
Excalibre Games is taking a different line seeking to produce enduring value.
Excalibre Games is a small boardgame producer which has survived the decades where most of the producers in the hobby industry have failed. The key to our success has been:
- to have a broad enough product line to effectively supply customers and profitably attend conventions, unlike most small producers. And
- to avoid the large overhead of major producers in the industry.
While Excalibre has focused upon producing quality historical titles in the past; now Excalibre Games will be expanding it's horizons and will be entering both the family and fantasy games markets as well as continuing to produce fine historical games.