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Orcs Must Die! Board Game – unboxing!

Back in March last year, Petersen Games announced in collaboration with Robot Entertainment to launch the first Orcs Must Die! board game. The project went live on Kickstarter and was quickly funded within 24 hours of going live. The huge wave of passion for the board game saw Petersen Games add additional stretch goals. The result was a comprehensive offering of an awesome board game complete with two versions for the Order and Unchained and a raft of extra bonus heroes and boss packs.

Looking awesome

If you have been backing the campaign you will have no doubt been eager to have your board game delivered. The good news is that in todays Kickstarter update we now have some provisional shipping times for US based backers. Not only that we have our first look of the actual product in the flesh! Sandy has put together the first unboxing video showing both the Order and Unchained sets along with all the Kickstarter sweet sweet bonus content! Check out the unboxing video below to see the treats that will soon be heading your way in the mail!

Patch 2.1 is live in EU. Matchmaking changes and last push for board game!

Hot on the heels of the 2.1 patch being released in NA, Gameforge and Robot Entertainment have been able to release the patch in the EU in less than 24 since it first landed in North America. This fast turnaround should put some of the concerns EU players have had about the delay for patches to arrive at ease. Commenting on the EU forums, Community Manager, Justin Korthof said:

There was a LOT of concern voiced about having to wait extended periods of time again for the 2.1 update to hit the EU servers. As was noted before, we’ll always do everything we can to reduce the time between the NA and EU releases, and I think you can see that in full effect today, when Gameforge has released the 2.1 patch to the EU servers less than 24 hours after it hit the NA servers.


Matchmaking changes

In other patch 2.1 related news, some players have been finding it more difficult to find PvP matches since the patch made adjustments to the grouping of PvP players by level into matchmaking “buckets” and the removal of the number of players searching counter. Robot who are attuned to community feedback have announced that they are making some further adjustments to the matchmaker taking place from now. There are now just two matchmaking buckets, one for Levels 1-6, and the other for all other levels 7+. This should help alleviate issues where players have been finding it tricky to get in games.

The final push

Its now just the last few hours until the Kickstarter campaign for the Orcs Must Die! Unchained the Board Game closes. Now sitting at over $260,000 at time of writing this has been an incredibly successful campaign. The community have spoken in volumes!

If you havn’t yet pledged, now is the time! Just head over to Kickstarter on the link below:


Sandy Petersen talks Orcs Must Die! board game on Insider Access

Did you catch this weeks Insider Access on Twitch? If not, be sure to catch up on VOD below. This week Robot community manager Justin “SixOkay” Korthof sat down with Sandy Petersen, the man with the plan to being Orcs Must Die! Unchained to tabletops!

The on-going Kickstarter campaign has raised over $100,000, far exceeding the original $40,000 goal. We are now steaming through the stretch goals for even more content for Kickstarter backers.

On Insider Access, Sandy talks us through details about how the game works, the figures and some background of the project and Sandy himself.

Remember by backing the campaign on Kickstarter you will be able to get the stretch goals at no extra cost! Visit the Kickstarter page to make your pledge.

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Orcs Must Die! The board game launches on Kickstarter – Funded!

As first revealed at PAX, Robot Entertainment have been working with Sandy at Petersen Games to bring Orcs Must Die! to table tops. Sandy has close ties to the studio having previously worked at Ensemble Studios.

We were told the game would soon be making it to Kickstarter for crowd funding. Just under 24 hours ago the project launched on Kickstarter. I am very pleased to advise that overnight the project has already met its funding target! This is an outstanding achievement and is a testament to Orcs Must Die! as a franchise and the talented minds at Petersen Games.

Be sure to check out the Kickstarter and pledge your support for the stretch goals and secure your copy of either the Order or Unchained board games, or both! Details of the stretch goals to go can be found below. I’m confident we will be able to see these come to light.

The Kickstarter page has all the details about the board game.

Stretch Goals



Orcs Must Die! Unchained board game coming to Kickstarter

Eagle eyed fans who have been keeping track of the Orce Must Die! Facebook page this week may have noticed that there is a new game coming to the Orcs Must Die! series.

Can you see it? Just look to the bottom right hand corner. Its the Orcs Must Die! Board Game!

Thats right, Orcs Must Die! is coming to table tops! The board game will be a new Kickstarter project which will be launching soon headed up by Sandy Petersen of Petersen Entertainment. We can’t think of anyone better to run this project than Sandy. He has very close ties to the studio and many fans of Ensemble Studios will remember his name from his many “Ask Sandy” features he did for the Age of Empires community.

It’s great news to hear Sandy is working with Robot Entertainment on this addition to the Orcs Must Die! brand. Sandy has had great success launching board games on Kickstarter. His Cthulhu Wars board game Kickstarter achieved funding of $1,403,981 from its original goal of $40,000. That’s a huge success.

The board game will consist of two different versions – one for the Order and the other for the Unchained. Describing the game on the Petersen Entertainment website:

Orcs Must Die : The Boardgame  actually consists of TWO separate games! One is based on the heroic Order, while the other is for the Unchained. Both are complete stand-alone games. In Order, you’ll play your favorite heroes such as Maximilian the War Mage, Gabriella the Redeemed Sorceress, and others, while fending off the villainous orc onslaught. In Unchained, you play opposing heroes, such as the Kobold King or Midnight the assassin, facing down assaults by human soldiers, lions, elves, bears, dwarfs, and the like.

If you or your friends own both the Order and Unchained versions of Orcs Must Die : The Boardgame , you can go head-to-head, leading your armies into the citadel of your enemy! Up to 8 players can team up against each other in the combined game, which boasts well over a hundred large-scale high-quality figures.


To find out more about the game and how to play be sure to check out the website. We’ll let you know as soon as this project lands on Kickstarter. I’m sure we’ll be able to reach some very cool stretch goals!