Update: The Runelords Board Game is live on Kickstarter, and the campaign will run for 29 days. Every backer who follows the company's newsletter will receive 16 foil Runelord and Legendary cards. Miniatures are available as add-on, and the game can be played either competitively or solo or cooperatively with 2 players.
Our preview post below was published on January 30.
The Runelords Board Game is a 1-4 player deck building and hex-based combat game set in a Medieval fantasy world. It is planned to launch on Kickstarter on February 3.
The game is divided in two distinct stages: the Sovereignty stage and the Might stage. In the Sovereignty phase, you prepare your forces for the ensuing battles. You will be setting up a market with available vassals and equipment to purchase, and recruiting reinforcements for your runelord's army by spending influence.
In the Might stage, you will enact the face-off with the enemies on various location tiles. The game comes with solo scenarios that specify which other runelord you will be fighting, the forces that accompany him, and the way they react on the map. Combat is conducted by rolling a D20 and applying any modifiers shown on the cards.
The prototype version shows standees, but the final game may come with minis (remains to be seen).
The Hungry Gamer has previewed it: