Today Arclight Games announced a Kickstarter campaign for Dragon Gyas, a new miniature board game coming all the way from Japan.
The game features battles between human and dragons in a fantasy setting, and it looks really promising.
What makes it potentially attractive to those who love Japanese video games is that the story is written by Jiro Ishii, whom you may know as the writer behind the recent Sakura Wars, Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors, and 428: Sakura Scramble.
Illustrations are by Kinu Nishimura, well-known for his work at Capcom, on the Zero Escape series, and on Code of Princess.
The miniatures have been created by Good Smile Company, that is also well-known for making a lot of video game figures, including the Nendoroid and Figma lines.
The Kickstarter campaign asks for 5.5 million yen (which translates into roughly $50,000) and the game already gathered $140,000 on the Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake.
Here’s an official description of the game, an introduction video, and a lot of visual materials that came with the press release.
“A distant world, far from our own.
A place known to its residents as Njargrængardr.
Once every 100 years or so, history repeats itself as battles rage with the dragons that appear all too suddenly. The dragons always emerge in chaos, and they always destroy in chaos. To break this cycle, the people built a fortified city surrounded by towering walls, and on the whole, live within them. The only thing they have that can stand against these dragons is a titan mech under the control of a witch.
Powered by magic, this titan—the Hexgyas—was created long ago; the relic of a forgotten century. The knowledge of how to create new titans was never passed down, but the people have somehow kept this titan in good repair, generation after generation. Now, you are either on the side of the Royal Order —duty bound to slay the dragons that have once again appeared in Njargrængardr, or on the side of the Dragon—on a rampage to utterly destroy the fortified city.
Battling against each other for victory, the the Royal Order takes control of the Hexgyas and 7 Knights, while the Draconic side commands the Grandragon and 7 Dragonewts.
Will you carve out a new chapter in the well recounted dragon-slaying chronicle of Njargrængardr? Or will this story become just another rumor fragment among many of the cities that have fallen to the dragons?
The outcome is entirely in your hands…”