Return to Gielinor with a new RuneScape and TRPG board game in 2022
A RuneScape board game and a tabletop RPG are on the way, and both are eyeing a 2022 launch.
Developed by Steamforged Games (the company behind adaptations like the Horizon Zero Dawn board game) in partnership with RuneScape creator Jagex, the RuneScape board game is coming to Kickstarter later this year. Meanwhile, the tabletop RPG RuneScape will go straight to retail and is compatible with the current edition of D&D. This means it will play well with the best Dungeons & Dragons books.
We don’t know much about either project just yet, but both are deeply rooted in Runescape’s fantasy world, Gielinor. Because the official press release notes that they offer “fresh yet faithful adaptations of classic quests and characters,” it looks like players will be revisiting fan-favorite RuneScape missions drawn from the franchise’s 21-year history. They will also be able to “create and improve equipment, improve their characters, cook special recipes, interact with NPCs and test their skills while exploring different regions of the world”.
According to a quote from Jagex CEO Phil Mansell, miniatures should also be part of the experience. To be specific, Mansell noted that: “RuneScape and Old School RuneScape players will be thrilled to get their hands on the planned miniatures to create their own adventures with other ‘Scapers and board gamers.”
As for the RuneScape TRPG, it’s a “lavishly illustrated” hardcover tome that allows players to create characters that will travel across Gielinor. Dungeon masters can also use its rules to create their own quests.
Oddly enough, the RuneScape tabletop RPG is called a “basic” book. This would imply – or suggest, at the very least – that others might be on the way.
With the addition of these two projects, it’s shaping up to be a busy year for Steamforged and video game board games. Alongside these projects, the studio is also releasing a Monster Hunter World board game and has suggested via a now-deleted blog post that a Sea of Thieves adaptation may be coming in the near future.
While you wait for these RuneScape experiences to launch, take some time to browse the top board games for adults or good board games for 2 players (they are part of best board games the low). It is worth stopping at the best tabletop RPGs also if you want to try your hand at role-playing.