Modiphius Brings 'The Elder Scrolls' to Life with New Tabletop Game

The world of The Elder Scrolls is one of the most fantastically detailed settings that digital gamers can explore, with decades of lore that span millennia in game. I've lost over 200 hours in Skyrim alone, and most of that was spend just exploring. Well, and building a really boss house for dragons and giants to fight over, but that's another story.

Modiphius Brings 'The Elder Scrolls' to Life with New Tabletop Game
//Credit: Modiphius/ Bethesda Softworks

Modiphius Entertainment is bringing the world of the Elder Scrolls to life with a brand new miniature based table top game, which will run off of the same game mechanics as their Fallout game… which is a bit of art imitating reality, as the most recent Elder Scrolls digital games run off of the same game engines as that Bethesda uses for their Fallout games.

I can vouch for the quality of Modiphius' miniatures, having assembled and painted minis for both Fallout and Star Trek Adventures. The detail in the resin miniatures tends to be pretty crisp, and they paint up nicely.

Here's the news from Modiphius regarding The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms:



Under License by Bethesda Softworks

LONDON, ENGLAND, May 20th – Modiphius Entertainment is proud to announce a new
narrative miniatures game based on The Elder Scrolls®, the legendary videogame
franchise by Bethesda Game Studios®.

The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms – Tabletop wargaming in the world of Tamriel

The Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms builds on the core mechanics of Modiphius' Fallout: Wasteland Warfare game system, but has been rewritten and reworked by designer Mark Latham (The Walking Dead: All Out War, The Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game, Editor White Dwarf Magazine) to suit the world and inhabitants of The Elder Scrolls franchise. Featuring high quality 32mm resin figures, each with its own unique custom base, the skirmish system sees fan favourite heroes like Hadvar, Ralof, Yrsarald Thrice-Pierced, Marcurio, Mjoll the Lioness, Ulfric Stormcloak, Galmar Stone-Fist, General Tullius and Lydia. The player's heroes lead groups of followers on adventures inside Dwemer Ruins, Draugr-infested Nord Tombs, and through the frozen wilderness. As well as controlling their troops, players will also need to manage the stamina and Magicka resources their models bring to the table, all the while watching out for hostile
AI driven enemies and narrative events that can change the flow of battle. Players can play against each other or team up (or play solo) to take on all manner of creatures and adversaries driven by Modiphius' advanced AI system.

The game will feature scenarios ranging from dungeon delves, where you seek out lost treasure, to running battles across the ruined outposts that dot the landscape of Tamriel, all the while fulfilling quests and narrative-driven scenario objectives that will see your band of heroes grow from game to game. Will you claim the ruined fort as yours and build your own settlement, or wander the countryside clearing out foul ruins of the stench of your enemies?

In the first wave, players will raise their banners in the fight for the future of Skyrim as they lead the forces of the Stormcloaks or Imperial Legion in the battles of the civil war. Forces will typically comprise 1-6 heroes and 3-15 troops. The first wave of releases will be a Two Player starter set and reinforcement sets of resin miniatures for both the Stormcloaks and the Imperial Army, a Dragonborne single player set, but more races and characters from across the Elder Scrolls stories are planned. A host of accessories like metal tokens, deluxe dice bags, settlement journals and more will expand your options. Planned releases will expand on The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, as well as adding releases from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, The Elder Scrolls Online®, and more.

Modiphius plans promotional miniature releases in the lead up to the launch, starting with the iconic Dragonborn miniature, available right now in limited quantities from, or pick one up at the UK Games Expo show in June, or GenCon in August. More special editions will be released through the year and will be available again after release.


That promotional Dragonborn miniature is pretty amazing, check it out:

Modiphius Brings 'The Elder Scrolls' to Life with New Tabletop Game
//Credit: Modiphius/ Bethesda Softworks

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About Leigh Kade

Leigh George Kade is a writer, illustrator, and sculptor who lives in Salt Lake City with his wife and two small Skrulls. Leigh has also been a panelist on the wildly popular Geek Show Podcast since 2008. He has been an Entertainment Writer for Bleeding Cool since 2018.
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