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Bardsung

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🎵 Inspire songs and live your legend in this cooperative RPG dungeon explorer for 1-5 players!
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Dates: Nov 10th -> Nov 27th (17 days)
Project By: Steamforged Games Ltd
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Latest News

An Adventure Worth Singing About

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Well, heroes. We find ourselves at the end, and what an incredible adventure it has been! Now, thanks to your bravery and skill in besting this dungeon, Bardsung: Legend of the Ancient Forge will be brought to life—so that we may adventure through... (Read More)

Bonus Reveal 2 | Pathseeker Sculpt

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! As promised, the second bonus reveal is something you already know of. Some of you even weighed in on its creation during our livestream with SFG sculptor, Tom Lishman. (Miss the stream? No problem! You can watch it back here.) Now, for... (Read More)

Bonus Reveal 1 | Online Card Creator

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! In the last update, we mentioned having two more things to show you before this part of our adventure comes to an end. One thing you know of, and one you don’t. Well, here’s the one you don’t! (Or didn’t, depending on how much... (Read More)

Final Quest Goal Unlocked | Bathed in Gold

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
SFG Note: New to Bardsung? Want to quickly catch up on what this Final Quest is for (and everything else from this campaign)? Then check out this update! Here we are, heroes. The end of our Final Quest. (For this adventure, at least!) Every choice... (Read More)

Your Final Choice | The Final Quest

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
SFG Note: New to Bardsung? Want to quickly catch up on what this Final Quest is for (and everything else from this campaign)? Then check out this update! Heroes, you stand at the precipice of your final choice. The decisions you have made have led us... (Read More)

Our (Kickstarter) Adventure So Far

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, hero! If you’re new to Bardsung, or just want a recap of our adventure so far, this update is for you. Now we’re in the final hours, we’ve been joined by a host of new heroes! So, we’ve put together a handy update to help bring you up to... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Guest Writer: Mháire of Orkenspalter TV

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey heroes! Steamforged here, once again borrowing the mic from Bard to bring you your Daily Unlock. For the new heroes among you: Daily Unlocks are extra content, revealed each day, for free! Today, for making it this far through the Ancient Forge,... (Read More)

Your Seventh Choice | The Final Quest

November 27th - via: kickstarter.com
Well met, heroes! We may be in the last hours, but our final quest is not yet over. Your sixth choice rang clear as a bell, and so Skullsplitter will now work with Swiftclaw to avoid the kryx, and make it safely to the other side of the room. Let us... (Read More)

Your Sixth Choice | The Final Quest

November 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Well, well, heroes. For a moment there, our fifth choice looked to be teetering on the brink! But the allure of the ascent won out, and you have chosen to head up to the next floor and face the dangers. And so we press on. Step back into the world,... (Read More)

Your Fifth Choice | The Final Quest

November 26th - via: kickstarter.com
You spoke ‘friend’, and now we must enter...the next step of our quest! What will become of our hobgoblin allies, I wonder, now we have extended a hand to the dragonkin? Let us find out. Into the story, heroes. See through their eyes. And then... (Read More)

Double Daily Unlock | Mark Hulmes & Custom Wallpapers

November 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here, borrowing the stage to share today’s and what would have been yesterday’s Daily Unlock, had the pesky Goblin Thief not stolen our ability to post images. As a reminder—and for those new to our adventure—Daily... (Read More)

Your Fourth Choice | The Final Quest

November 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Well, well. You are a trusting lot! It seems you have chosen to trust the hobgoblins to lead you into the Mistmurk. How wise a decision, we will soon see. Step back into the story, heroes. See through their eyes. And make your next choice. Here Be A... (Read More)

Your Third Choice | The Final Quest

November 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Our quest continues, and the eight-ayes have it! Together, you decided to look for something to use against the giant spider. Now, let us see what came of your choice… As before, heroes. Step into the world below. See through the eyes of our guide.... (Read More)

Your Second Choice | The Final Quest

November 26th - via: kickstarter.com
Warm greetings once again, heroes, and welcome back to our final quest! A good many of you made the choice to take the dæmonbladed stranger up on their offer. And so, the choice was made, our path set, and now, the next step revealed… What happens... (Read More)

Your First Choice | The Final Quest

November 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Quick update from SFG: Heroes, we’re currently experiencing some technical difficulties with uploading images to Kickstarter. To see this update in all its glory, onward to the Steamforged Blog! A warm welcome to you, heroes! And congratulations on... (Read More)

Gather ‘Round. It’s Time to Watch a Boss Fight!

November 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes. We still can't upload images, but we didn't want you to miss this! That’s right. It’s finally time to see a boss battle! Mat and Sherwin sat down (virtually) with Alex of BoardGameCo and challenged him to take on the fearsome Crimson... (Read More)

Quest Goal 22 Unlocked | The Final Quest

November 25th - via: kickstarter.com
Quick update from SFG: Heroes, we’re currently experiencing some technical difficulties with uploading images to Kickstarter. To see this update in all its glory, onward to the Steamforged Blog! Heroes, you have done it. You have unleashed the... (Read More)

Quest Goal 21 Unlocked | The Dire Consequences

November 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Once again, heroes, you have faced down the threat and may claim your reward! With a clash of cymbals (that sounds suspiciously like falling armour), you best The Last Vanguard and add them to your pledge. Twice, now, I have cautioned that your... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Guest Writer: Jules Gill

November 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Today, for making it this far through the forge, you’ve unlocked an adventure written by Jules Gill! We’ve unlocked a host of incredible writers so far, and tomorrow we’ll be sharing more insight into what they’ll be contributing... (Read More)

Quest Goal 20 Unlocked | ‘Tis But A Scratch

November 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes, and congratulations on yet another goal achieved! With the notes of an eerie melody still ringing in your ears, you take the strange Cepid and add it to your pledge rewards. You may have thought you’d faced the last of animated... (Read More)

New All-In Pledge & Add-On: The Distant Depths

November 24th - via: kickstarter.com
Good day, heroes! We have not one, but two eye-catching items to present to you today. Let us begin with the Distant Depths. Yesterday, we wandered amongst treasure chests and secret doors in the Upper Levels of the Ancient Forge. Now, as we venture... (Read More)

New Add-On: Set the Scene in the Upper Levels…

November 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here to take a leaf out of Bard’s book and introduce a little theatre to our venture. Now, let us again shrug on the guise of an RPG merchant... “The greatest tales are told on stages worthy of their grandeur. Now,... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Guest Writer: Elisa Teague

November 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Today, for making it this far through the forge, you’ve unlocked an adventure written by Elisa Teague! (And remember: guest written adventures are in addition to the 50 hours of gameplay already included in your core box!) About Elisa... (Read More)

Quest Goal 19 Unlocked | What Flourishes in the Depths

November 23rd - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! Our song is pierced with an unnatural wail as you best the Old Crone, and collect her for your pledge rewards. Caution, now. The deeper we descend, the further our reality bends. There are unnatural creatures here, born of... (Read More)

Twists & Choices: Bardsung’s Alternative Endings

November 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Bard passed us the microphone, so that we could pass Sherwin the microphone, so that he could tell us all about Bardsung’s alternative endings... Turn to 400 by Sherwin Matthews (Bardsung lead designer) You know, this might be the most... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Guest Writers: Dwarven Forge

November 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here, borrowing the stage from Bard to bring you today’s Daily Unlock. Today, for making it this far through the forge, you’ve unlocked an adventure written by Elye Alexander and Nate Taylor of Dwarven Forge! (Don’t... (Read More)

Quest Goal 18 Unlocked | Banished Was She

November 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes! Your legend grows once more! With the unlocking of the Forgewarden, your song gives way to a harmonious verse of friend and foe. (And the Forgewarden is added to your pledge!) You may recall my sound advice to cover your eyes when... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Guest Writer: Ginny Di

November 21st - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Once again, Bard has kindly passed us the mic so we can announce today’s Daily Unlock. But first: how about that Forgewarden, huh?! Okay, back to today’s unlock. And it’s an exciting one! Today, for making it this far through the... (Read More)

Quest Goal 17 Unlocked | The Lone Sentinel

November 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! With a blood-stirring swell of music, you face cruel Bloodaxe and defeat the Duergar warrior before claiming your reward—the Mini Boss himself, added to your pledge! Now, the being we face next is a curious sort. Perhaps... (Read More)

New Add-On: Forteller Companion App

November 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Hello, heroes! Steamforged here. We won’t be needing our RPG merchant voice today, because Forteller are here to do it for us! (And, really, who better?) Greetings from the Forteller team. We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Guest Writer: Jason Charles Miller

November 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here with your Daily Unlock. Today, for making it this far through the Ancient Forge, you’ve unlocked an adventure written by Jason Charles Miller! (And remember, guest written adventures are in addition to the 50 hours of... (Read More)

Quest Goal 16 Unlocked | Axe and Bone

November 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Your legend grows! With a clash of chords, the door to Scourge swings open, and combat commences. Then, following an almighty victory, you take this self-styled Mini Boss and add him to your pledge! But alas, our trials are not... (Read More)

Mini Bosses & Wandering Monsters

November 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! As we’ve now entered mini boss territory in our dungeon descent, Sherwin’s here to tell us what they are, and how they work in the game... Mini Bosses and Wandering Monsters in Bardsung By Sherwin Matthews Ah, so we’re on to mini... (Read More)

Daily Unlock | Lore and Background

November 19th - via: kickstarter.com
Good morrow, heroes! Before we delve into today’s unlock, a note: Many of you fine folk have raised the point that our ‘Daily Unlocks’ would be better named ‘Daily Reveals’. And yes, you’re right that these dailies don’t require... (Read More)

Two Daily Reveals | Playable Online Demo & Rulebook!

November 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here with TWO reveals in place of your daily unlock. It took us a little longer than expected (you may have noticed yesterday’s unlock was suspiciously absent—pesky Goblin Thief!) but the team pulled out all the stops to... (Read More)

Quest Goal 15 Unlocked | Scourge of the Dungeon

November 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! And now our melody has some BITE. You have unlocked the door to the Cave Shark, and the creature will now be added to your pledge! Now, heroes, we have already faced many enemies and you have proven yourselves beyond... (Read More)

New Add-On: Open the 3D Doors to Adventure!

November 18th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here with a little something for those of you who’d like to (literally) open the door to adventure. Activating RPG merchant voice… *slaps doors* “Why, we’ve seen many wandering monsters in these parts of late! What... (Read More)

Quest Goal 14 Unlocked | They Have a Cave Shark

November 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! And I am very glad indeed to see you weren’t petrified by the Basilisk (although for a moment there, it did seem like a close call). Now, our next foe is a little on the ‘unusual’ side...  If we reach £455,000 a... (Read More)

Quest Goal 13 Unlocked | Don’t Look it in the Eyes

November 17th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! And by the looks of it, the hunter became the hunted. Well done on defeating the Predator! Now, eyes closed and weapons at the ready. Something petrifying this way comes... If we reach £431,000 a Basilisk Wandering Monster... (Read More)

Sixth Daily Unlock | Extra Treasure Cards

November 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! We have a shiny Daily Unlock for you today. As a reminder—and for all the new heroes who’ve joined us—Daily Unlocks are new items, unlocked daily, added to all Hero and Legend-level pledges, for free! Here’s a reminder of all the... (Read More)

New Add-On: Hobgoblin Box

November 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Good morrow, heroes! Steamforged here, once again channelling our inner RPG merchant. *taps mic* Is this thing on? Your Bardsung core box already features 8 Brigands, 4 Raiders, 4 Brutes, 2 Reavers, and 1 Butcher. But you look like a hero that loves... (Read More)

Chosen Hero Winner | You Have Chosen Your Path…

November 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your votes have been counted and your decision cast in stone. The Pathseeker will now join our party as a new hero, and will join us in our descent through the ancient forge! But what of the others? Well, in this world, choices so often have... (Read More)

Quest Goal 12 Unlocked | Stronger Than Iron

November 16th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Your legend grows! Our song transforms to a metallic melody as you open the door to the Blitzer, and defeat the machine-like enemy! (SFG Note: As with all unlocked Quest Goals and Daily Unlocks, the Blitzer enemy will now be added... (Read More)

Fifth Daily Unlock | KSE Marching Order Coin

November 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here with your fifth daily. As a reminder, and for those of you new to the dungeon, Daily Unlocks are new items, unlocked daily, added to all Hero and Legend-level pledges, for free! (After all, who doesn’t love a daily?)... (Read More)

Quest Goal 11 Unlocked | Harder Than Iron

November 15th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! And our song is blessed with a fiery refrain. Firesoul has agreed to join our party! And not a moment too soon. One imagines it took great heat to forge an enemy such as this. If so, then let us fight fire with fire… And... (Read More)

Quest Goal 10 Unlocked | Small in Size, Big in Sorcery

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Your legend grows! You have unlocked the door to the Cloaker, and defeated the masquerading monster. (My thanks for saving me from that rather embarrassing mishap. Perhaps we leave that one out of our song, hmm?) Now, our next hero... (Read More)

Fourth Daily Unlock | Expanded Lore Sections

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Time for your fourth daily. There’s more to the world of Bardsung than dungeon exploring. Today, just for being here, you’ve unlocked expanded lore. Unlocked: Expanded Lore!  (Read More)

Quest Goal 9 Unlocked | Cloaked in Darkness

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, you have truly surpassed yourselves. You have successfully unlocked a new Chosen Hero for our party—and we don’t even know which one of our contenders it will be, yet! Whether Pathseeker, Lionsoul, or Skullsplitter, your Chosen Hero will... (Read More)

Hero and Legend Pledge Levels Explained

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes. Now there are two pledge levels, we thought we’d write a quick update explaining the contents of each level, and how to change your pledge. First, a quick note on pledge contents: Once a pledge level has been made live on Kickstarter... (Read More)

Quest Goal 8 Unlocked | A Second Chance to Choose!

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! You have unlocked the door to the wandering Grell and soundly defeated the monster! In recognition of all you have achieved thus far, I have something rather special for you today, friends. When the Lost Levels were... (Read More)

New Add-On: Exclusive Lost Levels Expansion

November 14th - via: kickstarter.com
Good morrow, heroes! Steamforged here. Although the sun doesn’t rise when you’re underground, Bard’s sweet music keeps our spirits high… ...but today, we must go lower. Into the Lost Levels. Yesterday, we spoke of the journey—indeed,... (Read More)

Quest Goal 7 Unlocked | A Songworthy Foe

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Is that sweet music I hear? It is! Well done, heroes. You have convinced Fatesong to join our party! Your legend grows! Yet ahead lies a foe whose music is not so sweet—and who would surely put your name on the lips of every bard, were you to... (Read More)

Encounters & Adventures: Bardsung’s Campaign System

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
We’ve got something special for you today, heroes. In the run-up to the campaign, Bardsung’s lead designer, Sherwin Matthews, talked us through everything from Exploration to Wandering Monsters. (If you missed those blogs, you can check them out... (Read More)

Third Daily Unlock | Jonathan Green (Fighting Fantasy Author)

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here again with your third daily. As a reminder—and for all the new heroes who’ve joined us—Daily Unlocks are new items, unlocked daily, added to everyone’s Hero pledge, for free! Unlocked: Guest Writer, Jonathan... (Read More)

Like Magic, Your Paper Mat Becomes a Board

November 13th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes. Steamforged here with an announcement on the paper game mat included in your Hero pledge. We’ve said it before, but one of the best things about Kickstarter—and the awesome Bardsung community you guys are creating—is that we can... (Read More)

Bardsung board game preview - Gloomhaven and HeroQuest should watch their backs

November 13th - via: gamesradar.com
Even though similar RPGs like Gloomhaven or Talisman are some of the top board games for adults, setting them up is a bit of a slog. Bardsung hopes to break the trend by enabling players to start playing as quickly as possible, and that's why it features a procedural map. (Read More)

Quest Goal 6 Unlocked | Fate is a Fickle Friend

November 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, your legend grows! You have unlocked the door to the wandering Wolf Pack, and successfully overcome the beasts. Alas, what would our adventure be, without sweet serenade? If we reach £258,000 a ninth player character will be added to your... (Read More)

Second Daily Unlock | Luke Gygax (Guest Writer)

November 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here again with your second daily. As a reminder, Daily Unlocks are new items, unlocked daily, added to everyone’s Hero pledge, for free! Unlocked: Guest Writer, Luke Gygax! Today, heroes, just for being here, you’ve... (Read More)

New Add On: Neoprene Mat | Set Your Stage!

November 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here again, channelling our inner RPG merchant to tell you all about our fine wares. *Clears throat* Ahem. “What better way to play Bardsung, than on the hide of your defeated enemy?” Just kidding, of course. It’s not... (Read More)

Quest Goal 5 Unlocked | Hungry Like The Wolf

November 12th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Your legend grows! The hero Dæmonblade has joined our party, and brought with them a song of whirling steel and magical fury! But what’s that? Beneath the sound of our melody, I hear a distant howl... If we reach £234,000, the... (Read More)

Bardsung Videos from OnTableTop & The King of Average!

November 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Just borrowing the microphone from Bard to share some awesome video content from OnTableTop and The King of Average... Let's Play Bardsung | OnTableTop From the description: Gerry is joined by Matt and Sherwin from Steamforged Games for... (Read More)

Quest Goal 4 Unlocked | At What Price My Soul?

November 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Another (slightly sticky) string in your bow! The door to the Effervescent Ooze has been unlocked, and the Wandering (slithering?) Monster soundly defeated. Still, our party could always use the help of more heroes, could it not?... (Read More)

First Daily Unlock | Linen Card Finish

November 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Hey, heroes! Steamforged here. Bard kindly passed the mic so we could tell you all about your first Daily Unlock! (After all, who doesn’t love a daily?) Wait - Daily Unlocks? What Are Those? Daily Unlocks are new items, unlocked daily, added to... (Read More)

Quest Goal 3 Unlocked | An Oozing Encounter...

November 11th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Your legend grows! Another verse in your song. The Swiftclaw has joined our adventuring party! Now, in the case of oozing, a visit to the physician would usually be in order. But we are descending the depths of the ancient forge,... (Read More)

Quest Goal 2 Unlocked | A New Hero Appears!

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes. Your legend grows! A quest goal unlocked, and a new enemy encountered. A fine—if light-fingered—addition to our song. And who’s this? Well, this is a turn up for the books! Another hero, so early into our quest! If we reach... (Read More)

Quest Goal 1 Unlocked | Thief in the Night!

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes—your legend grows! With our preparations complete, we’re ready to step into the dungeon. Has anybody seen my coin purse? If we reach £130,000 the Goblin Thief Wandering Monster will be added to your Hero pledge!   (Read More)

FUNDED! | Into the Ancient Forge...

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Heroes, you have funded our quest and, in doing so, have unleashed the formidable Oni! Now, let us give the bards something to sing about! It’s time to begin completing quest goals.  (Editor’s note: they’re like stretch goals, but much... (Read More)

Introducing Three Legendary Guest Writers! | ICYMI

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
In case you missed the announcement, Bardsung will be blessed with three legendary guest writers:  Rhianna Pratchett (Lara Croft reboot; Fighting Fantasy: Crystal of Storms), Ian Livingstone CBE (Fighting Fantasy books; industry founding... (Read More)

Unlock the Door to Release the Oni! | 48 Hour Quest Goal

November 10th - via: kickstarter.com
Greetings, heroes, and congratulations on answering the call to adventure. Welcome to the adventuring party! As with any proposed venture, we must secure the necessary funds in order to embark. And so, we have not yet descended into the depths of the... (Read More)

Tabletop Kickstarter Alert: 'Bardsung'

November 10th - via: geekdad.com
Steamforged Games is back with another Kickstarter. This time the makers of the Resident Evil 2 and Dark Souls boardgames are back (again) with a game entirely of their own making. Prepare to delve deep into treasure-filled dungeons and have songs written about your exploits in Bardsung. (Read More)

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