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After Guild Ball and Dark Souls, Steamforged’s most ambitious project yet sees the worlds of miniatures and board games collide. Lead developer Alex Hall reveals why Godtear is the biggest leap for the studio to date – and what we can expect


How do you follow a smash-hit spiritual successor to one of the most influential sports miniatures games of all time? In the case of Steamforged, the British studio behind Blood Bowl rival Guild Ball, it’s with a record-breaking multimillion crowdfunding campaign for a board game based on video game series Dark Souls. With a card game spin-off of Dark Souls and another high-profile video game adaptation, Resident Evil 2, since tucked under its belt, the team is now no stranger to tackling grand projects, but its next undertaking might just be its most ambitious yet.

It even comes with a grand-sounding title. Godtear. Lofty enough to be in the tier of gods. Or to make a deity weep. Or rip them apart, if you ignore the official pronunciation and stick with the visual wordplay. Puns don’t come more ostentatious than this.

True to its name, the game is aiming high. The heart of its action is scenario-based arena skirmishes between two teams of mighty champions and their submissive followers, who gang together as a single warband. The teams battle to wipe out their rivals and claim objectives on a hex-based grid, scoring points over up to five rounds for ultimate victory. Where Godtear breaks away from so many objective-driven skirmish games, though, is in its introduction of one of the hottest words currently in board games: legacy.

The game’s early access kit is being used to help refine its rules before a full release
Rangosh is one of the champions available to play as. He’s… sizeable

That’s right: this isn’t just a miniatures game. It’s a legacy miniatures game, joining the ranks of much-discussed board games Gloomhaven, Charterstone, SeaFall, Pandemic Legacy and more in its use of permanent changes to its rules, characters and board across multiple plays.

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