Ahead of the launch of Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms in March 2020, the team at Modiphius has given a sneak peek into what fans can expect from the new tabletop RPG.
In May we reported on the launch of Modiphius’ new Elder Scrolls tabletop RPG. Since then, details have been kept more secret than the lair of the Dark Brotherhood, however at last we have a few snippets and it was well worth the wait.
We wanted to ensure that the starting line-up had all the rules, tokens, cards and dice in one place to get you started with the game. We also wanted to include a good selection of scenarios and some simple campaign rules. The Elder Scrolls Rules box provides all of this, with a 104 page rulebook, 44 page Quests book (with 12 missions) and a 16-page introduction that places you in the opening scenes of Skyrim – Escape from Helgen. The boxed set also includes more than 220 cards, two sheets of die cut tokens and a full set of 13 dice.
While the Rules Box looks pretty damn good, what we really want to know though is what miniatures will be part of the first wave. Well, there are three faction starter sets; Bleak Falls Barrow Delve, Imperial Legion and Stormcloak.
Bleak Falls Barrow Delve
For solo and co-op delves the Dragonborn is obviously a no-brainer. What would Skyrim be without the Dhovakin? We also need some opponents for the hero of Skyrim, so Modiphius have included three Skeleton Archers, three Draugr Warriors and a fearsome Draugr Overlord to lead them into battle. These form the Minions, Elite and Master adversaries which are also used in player vs player games.
For the Imperial forces there is a five-figure faction core set, which Hadvar, Hero of Helgen, leads. He’s an incredibly tough opponent and has a special ability that bolsters the defensive abilities of any Imperials nearby.
Accompanying Hadvar is the Imperial Spellsword. She has destruction magic mastery, which means she’s more accurate with her destruction spells, and we’ve had enormous fun flinging Fireballs and Flames around the battlefield. As a Legion soldier, she’s also proficient with one-handed weapons, so she lives up to her Spellsword name.
The Imperials are then rounded out by three Imperial Legionnaires. These are good, solid, multipurpose troops with decent damage and protection. They work best when they act as a unit and stay close to Hadvar to benefit from his abilities. You can also use them as AI adversaries!
To oppose the Imperials, the Stormcloaks have five true sons and daughters of Skyrim. Yrsarald Thrice Pierced leads the Stormcloak forces. He is a true combat monster and has abilities that can make him terrifying in combat, preventing enemies from engaging him and allowing him to pick apart enemy formations piecemeal. He also has the Wind Walker ability, allowing him to regenerate his Stamina faster than other models, meaning he can use the game-changing Boost actions more often. Supporting Yrsarald is another veteran of the dragon attack at Helgen, Ralof, Warrior of the Resistance. Ralof is a handy, multirole character effective with both ranged and melee weapons who is also able to sneak and pick locks. Ralof can swap between an equipped bow or a single-handed weapon at will and benefits from his Fighting Stance which grants extra accuracy with melee weapons when attacking from a Ready Action.
Three Warriors with Greatswords complete the Stormcloak forces. Stormcloak Warriors are hard-hitting troops but are not as resilient as their Imperial counterparts. They are best used aggressively with Yrsarald to strike hard, whilst Ralof skirts the battlefield securing objectives or takes advantage of cover and concealment to pick off enemies through stealth attacks.
Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms is released in March 2020. For more information visit modiphius.com/elder-scrolls