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Skyrim Board Game Includes a Prequel to the Original RPG

RPG and tabletop publisher Modiphius Entertainment is creating a Skyrim board game that will include a sequel to the original RPG.

As detailed in an article by Polygon, the upcoming co-operative tabletop game will include two campaigns, each with three chapters. In an interview with the outlet, game designer Juan Echenique explained that fans embarking on the first of those campaigns will be able to take part in events that pre-date the narrative set out in its video game counterpart.

“The first campaign is 25 years before [the events of the video game],” said Echenique. “So you get to meet some of the [non-player characters] from Skyrim, but 25 years before when they were a young adventurer and then they take an arrow to the knee — and that happens!"

While finally uncovering the mystery behind that famous – albeit somewhat overused – stock NPC line is sure to peak the attention of Skyrim fans across the community, campaign two is also sure to turn a number of heads as fans will encounter Skyrim's famous Dragonborn from the perspective of other characters in Tamriel.

"The second campaign starts before the arrival of the Dragonborn, and then ends after the arrival of the Dragonborn," said Echenique. "So you get to see all the events that the Dragonborn causes. You’ll cross paths with the Dragonborn — they’re just a different character — and it’s really fun to watch that from afar.”

Aptly named Skyrim – The Adventure Game, Modiphius Entertainment's tabletop experience is currently slated for release next year, with the company's current planned schedule expecting orders to be fulfilled in August 2022.

As previously mentioned, Skyrim – The Adventure Game will form a cooperative experience for 1-5 players who will need to work together in order to complete quests and challenges thrown at them by the game. Sessions should take between 60-90 minutes and players are able to choose their character's race from a selection of those from the Elder Scrolls video game series (Altmer, Dunmer, Imperial, Khajiit, Nord, and Orsimer).

The project is currently being crowdfunded on Gamefound where fans looking to reserve their own copy can choose from three different tier options. These range from an initial tier including the tabletop's base game to more lucrative pledges that include subsequent expansions and additional luxury items.

For more on Skyrim, make sure to check out this article detailing some of the updates and creations coming with the launch of the game's Anniversary Edition later this month. Skyrim isn't Modiphius' first foray into Bethesda's fantasy universe; check out The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms miniatures game, which is currently available from the company.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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