Runewars Video Review

What’s Cool:

  • Random board every game
  • Both a War and a Quest game ( 2 in 1)
  • Nice production quality
  • Great battle system
  • Each race has a  different alignment
  • Heroes’ items are hidden from others until used
  • Four seasons with different effects

What’s Not:

  • Typos on the board, cards, and in the rulebook.
  • No separators in the box to separate all the pieces
  • Figurines are a little small
  • The dials and mountains increase the price and are unnecessary.

Neutral Information:

  • Needs a lot of room.
  • Big, half-empty box.


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    • Vlad on May 26, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I never played a 3p game but i really like it 4p and 2p , the game is very well designed . If the miniatures were bigger , the tiles would´ve been bigger , and the ¨game¨ is big enough already.

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    • nando on March 16, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    My friends and I have played this game several times and have enjoyed it every time. I think the best part of this game is it plays on several levels. It’s not just a wargame, you have heroes on quests, diplomacy with neutral units, resource management and the different seasons effecting your turns. I strongly recommend if you buy this game to get the expansion as it adds to the fun of playing.

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  1. This is a great game, it’s like a light version of Twilight Imperium. My only problem is the combat, it’s silly to say the best and a little two much of a luck factor considering how much strategy and little luck there is out of combat.

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  2. why does this game have the same heroes from an older board game called Descent?
    Was it TOO much to draw new ones?

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  3. Runewars has become my favorite game of all. I don’t agree with the others about the role of the Heroes. With a good strategy, they are one of the best ways to get the runes. If you play the game with the Exploration Tokens, the Heroes become even more important to victory.
    All races are well balanced, I’ve already won with all of them. I love the way how each one works differently and thematically. The Elves tend to rely on influence, the Uthuk trust on their firepower, and so on.
    The interaction is great. You have to pay attention to every move your opponents are doing, in order to figure out what are going to be your moves. There are opportunities to make alliances with other players, define agreements during the bid phases, bargain and even bluff.
    In order to win the game, you have to know all the weaknesses and powers of your race, and know how all the different cards can work in your favor. A good mix of battles and diplomacy usually is the best way to vitory.
    The game is best played with 3 or 4 people. If you played this game with only one person, please try again with more friends. Satisfaction guaranteed.
    Thank you again for the great review of one of the best games around! I can hardly wait for the first expansion.

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    • Tarno on April 11, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    I’ve been interested in this game for a while now. The price obviously a bit of a setback. Components and theme look great. Not sure i like the re-use of Runebound heroes or for that matter the way the heroes work at all in this game. Seems like they could have done more with them.

    I totally agree with your review and a job well done!

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  4. I’d love to try this on someone else’s dime. In the absence of that possibility, I will have to pass.

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    • Squibz on March 9, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    It looks interesting but maybe a bit expensive and overly complicated (I echo what Ja said regarding the Hero stuff) for me

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  5. Thank you for this review! Now I know I MUST buy this one.

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    • ja on February 18, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    the good
    combat system, awesome
    resource management, awesome
    tactic cards, awesome
    seasons, awesome
    player action cards (objective of turn), really awesome
    game production (board hexagons, character peices, card quality, and game dials), awesome especially the dials

    the bad
    The “risk style” gameplay is fun but the Hero objectives (questing) are completely stupid and makes the game longer then it needs to be.It feels like they added a “runebound” game mechanic into this game but If i wanted to play runebound, Id open the box !
    Also, for some odd reason there is a lack of player interaction this is boring.

    the ugly
    game price

    I cant give this game a great score because half the game is awesome and refreshing (new experience) but the other half is a pointless diluted runebound game that isn’t necessary ! remove the hero crap and take off 50% of the game price.

    I’ll give it a 6.5

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