Riot Games Producing New Board Games in the Future

Riot Games, developer of the popular MMO League of Legends, is working to elaborate on producing within the tabletop board game world.

Riot Games Producing New Board Games
Source: Riot Games

Harping on the popularity of their first board game, Mechs vs. Minions, Riot Games is developing a second tabletop game, called Tellstones: King's GambitMechs vs. Minions was released in 2016, at a $75 price point. No release date or price has been given for Tellstones: King's Gambit at this time.

According to Riot Games themselves:

Our next board game is Tellstones: King's Gambit, a bluffing game with perfect information for 2 or 4 players. It's a Demacian variant of a game played across Runeterra, and it's one of many tabletop games we're developing.

Why is Riot making board games?

We're gamers. That means more to us than just video games. You can tell by the piles of board games, miniatures, and roleplaying books stashed around the office. So it was natural to explore what would happen if we brought the Riot perspective to tabletop games. We call it Riot Tabletop.

Every team at Riot puts player experience first, including Tabletop. For that space, we believe player experience means the following:

  • Design: Is this game fun? Does it deliver a top-tier experience in its genre?
  • Accessibility: How can we make the game easier to get to the table? What can we do to ensure that a player can play this game?
  • Components: Are players proud to have this game on the table? Is their anticipation rewarded when they open it?
  • Innovate When Needed: What pain points exist in these areas, and can we solve them? What conventions should we reexamine?

Our first tabletop game was a huge, cooperative game loaded with miniatures and narrative content. Our second game is competitive, much smaller, and plays faster. They're worlds apart, but united by the focus on player experience outlined above.

And that's what we're so excited about—multiplying player experience across the wide range of games you can play at a table with friends.

Are you excited for this League of Legends developer's new brainchild? Let us know what you think!

Riot Games Producing New Board Games
Source: Riot Games

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