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Join the Battle for Nethervein

2-6 players

2-6 players

60-90 minutes

60-90 minutes

10+ years

10+ years

In development

In development

Set in a dark fantasy world full of steampunk inventions and Lovecraftian horror, Battle for Nethervein is a modern board game inspired by MOBA computer game genre. The main feature is an action packed gameplay.

Players divide into two teams fighting for either The Syndicate or The Swarm. During the game a player controls a hero, who gets stronger and gains new skills as the game goes on. A player's actions influence what happens on the battlefield. He can fight on the frontline and push it to the opposing tower. He can fulfill quests around the board to gain advantage. Or he can just go head to head with opposing heroes.

The game focuses on smooth action game-play, utilizes simultaneous movement choosing and combat planning including bluffing and deception. It's for 2-6 players and takes 60-90 minutes.

Inside the Box

Look at what you get

The game includes following English and Czech components:

  • Game box
  • Rule book
  • 6 Cardboard hero figures
  • Demon cardboard figure
  • 7 Plastic figure stands
  • 6 Hero sheets
  • 6 Movement wheels
  • 72 Combat cards
  • 90 Hero skills
  • 30 Soulshard tokens
  • 66 HP counters
  • 6 Shield counters
  • 12 Skill counters
  • 23 Locations discs

Gameplay

Enjoy the game

Battle for Nethervein is a team-based adventure game for up to 6 players heavily influenced by MOBA genre. As a mighty hero you fight in an epic battle and your goal is to destroy your opponents stronghold.

Each turn is divided into three phases: movement, encounter and regroup.

During the movement phase you secretly plan where you want to go on your movement wheel and then all players simultaneously move to the desired locations.

During the encounter phase you gain benefits from your location and fight with an enemy heroes contesting the area. In a fight, heroes secretly play their cards onto the combat pile. After all heroes pass, the cards are revealed and resolved. Each card has a price and an effect. To pay the price you have to discard appropriate number of cards from your hand in order to do its effect. You must consider player order and cards your opponent plays to use your resources (cards in your hand) to the full potential. You try to outwit and outbluff your opponent and ultimately kill them and steal their soulshards.

During the regroup phase heroes rest, re-spawn and level up using powerful soulshards.

One of the key mechanics is front-line disk. You have to contest it and push it around the battlefield in order to siege opponents structures and destroy enemy stronghold in the end. If the heroes prolongs the game too much, the Ancient One arrives, triggering epic last stand.

Characters

Meet heroes of the game

Thaddeus

Thaddeus

The Fallen Angel

You've killed all my brothers. You've broken me. You've banished me. Now I’ve returned and the only thing I seek is a vengeance.

Thaddeus was once an angel guarding the realms of men against horrors from other worlds, after the demise of his noble race he has fallen to spite and hatred. He is a powerful warrior with high damage output skills but he often end up harming himself and teammates in the way.

Elsevira

Elsevira

The Forest Sprite

The life of an individual does not matter. I will kill those who are many. I will aid those who are few. The balance in the forest must be preserved.

Elsevira tried to maintain balance in the nature for many decades but ravaging monsters from other worlds and constant mining by the human Syndicate left the world in a dire state. Elsevira’s main role in the game is supporting other teammates. Her core skills revolve around manipulation of shields.

Ramplpanker

Ramplpanker

The Walking Tank

Ka-boom! That’s how it’s supposed to sound. Not rump-rump. This way it doesn’t hurt anybody. Sigh. I’ll have to fix it. Or maybe I can make a rat-tat-tat machine instead.

Ramplpanker is an obsessed tinker making many inventions and augments. His masterpiece is a battle suit in which he embedded himself. Ramplpanker can be played as a brute tank that takes damage from the enemies or he can focus more on his damage skills and unique weapons.

Ys

Ys

The Wanderer in Yellow

They laughed at me. Despised me. Abused me... I’ve changed. They didn’t... Now I can kill them with a single thought. And I think I will.

His journey through other worlds changed him beyond recognition. Ys has gathered many powerful artifacts and he draws a lot of his power from his weapons: the Sword of Dawn and the Sword of Dusk. In the game he has access to many abilities that allow him to draw cards and refill his hand quickly.

Kalmaron

Kalmaron

The Scourge of the Sea

Are you in distress? Say no more! I will come in a heartbeat and help... Yes, I will help myself to your treasure. Or is there anything else you can offer?

Kalmaron is infamous pirate feared by many. He seeks even more fame and plunder in the ongoing conflict. Killing, looting, raiding - nothing is off limits. Lots of Kalmaron skills are focused on dealing damage which makes him great at dueling with enemy heros.

Mechanics

Learn how the game works

Movement

Movement

Each turn during the movement phase you secretly decide where you want to go using the movement wheel, then all players reveal it at the same time and move to the desired location. During the encounter phase you resolve your location. Each turn there are different neutral locations that you can visit and encounter. But also there are many static location like towers, fortresses or altar.

Combat

Combat

In combat you try to outwit and outbluff your opponent and ultimately kill them and steal their soulshards. Heroes secretly play their cards onto the combat pile according to the initiative order. Each hero starts with the same combat deck consisting of 4 types of cards. After all heroes pass, the cards are resolved. In order to resolve your card you have to discard the appropriate number of cards from your hand.

The Ancient One

The Ancient One

I traveled through the infinite darkness. I consumed every creature I have came across. They screamed in madness without even knowing my name. And you are not any different. I will devour all.

As the game progresses players come to the point where the Ancient One descends upon the world of Nethervein and mayhem follows. When he arrives the game escalates to it’s final point, heroes lose their superhuman ability to respawn and are forced to a final struggle for the victory.

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