It’s Sword and Sorcery which will now be published as a Teburu game. Teburu is a digital tabletop, an electronic board that acts as GM, rules keeper, and controls NPC or monster pieces.
A Kickstarter for The Bad Karmas and the Curse of the Zodiac will be the public’s first exposure to the Xplored’s Teburu, the Italian company behind the hardware will crowdfund their launch title.
Sword and Sorcery may not be the second, though. The start-up has already announced a multi-game deal with the World of Darkness’ Paradox game and for a digital tabletop version of Vampire: The Masquerade – Milan Uprising.
Roberto Di Meglio, Director of Production at Ares Games, told the press;
We are excited to announce that Ares Games is finalising an agreement with Xplored to licence Sword & Sorcery as one of the first games launching on the Teburu system. Today, Sword & Sorcery is one the highest-rated dungeon crawler board games on the market, thanks to the depth of its gameplay and beautiful components, but we know that today it is mostly played by expert gamers.
Expanding the S&S range with a Teburu-based ‘phygital’ version is a great opportunity to simplify the game experience and make Sword & Sorcery easier to learn and faster to play, while enhancing further the key strengths of Sword & Sorcery’s deep combat system and sophisticated AI. The digital/physical combination will allow us to bring the system to its full potential, allowing us to enhance gameplay beyond the limits of a purely physical game, and make it even deeper and more immersive.”
Xplored CEO’s Davide Garofalo comments about roleplaying games led people, including this blogger, to speculate whether there would be a World of Darkness RPG (or RPG-like) Teburu game. When it came to the Ares Game deal, though, Garofalo said;
Ares Games and Roberto Di Meglio were the very first supporters of our concept and vision behind Teburu. We like Ares Games’ approach to board game design and production, and love the rich, tactical gameplay that Sword & Sorcery offers. We’re excited to contribute to the evolution of such a beloved title, and our team is working hard to make the Teburu version of the game something both existing fans and new audiences can love.”
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