GTM #272 - Bardsung: Legend of the Ancient Forge
by Steamforged Games


Bardsung box art


The call to adventure rings through the hills and valleys once more!

Released to widespread acclaim in May, including an ENNIE nomination for Best Production Values, Bardsung: Legend of the Ancient Forge is now back in stock to meet the dreams of adventurers everywhere.

 Bardsung miniatures

I Need A Hero

Bardsung’s story begins with you sallying forth to confront a horde of hobgoblins who’ve been plaguing nearby villages. Rumour has it these pesky raiders are taking refuge in the mysterious Ancient Forge.

To undertake this quest, you’ll step into the hobnailed boots of a colourful band of adventurers reminiscent of roleplaying classes. Every character is at the beginning of their own path but, as you progress their story, you’ll add new strings to their bow — or should that be harp? Decide what kind of hero you want them to be by upgrading their stats, unlocking powerful new abilities, and enhancing their existing skills.

Without giving too much away, you might find more than you bargained for as you plumb the murky depths of the Forge... Get ready for epic campaigns full of excitement, discovery, and high adventure!

Bardsung rulebook

Dance To Your Own Tune

Don’t expect to see everything the Forge has to offer on your first adventure.

A Bardsung campaign starts with a single tile and a destination. Then, through the choices you make, you’ll gradually build a branching, labyrinthine dungeon of dangerous enemies, wandering monsters, challenging puzzles, and valuable treasure.

Heavily inspired by choose-your-own-adventure classics, Bardsung emphasises player agency. You and your party will always have a say in where you go, what you do, and how you respond to the obstacles the Ancient Forge will throw your way.

And these choices aren’t as simple as just picking one door or another. Your decisions impact how the game unfolds, with some ramifications only becoming clear further down the line.

A choice in Bardsung is like a stone cast into a pond, causing ripples that spread outward. So, tread carefully! Or be loud and brazen. The journey is yours — it’s up to you how you make it.

With the myriad paths in front of you and multiple endings, no two campaigns will be the same. You’ve got countless hours of fun ahead if you want to unravel Bardsung’s many mysteries.

And if you’re a fan of amazing storytelling, you’re in for a real treat. Your Bardsung adventures and escapades will unfold with lush narrative from the legendary Rhianna Pratchett, as well as the best storytelling Steamforged Games has to offer, including writing by ENNIE award-nominated Richard August!

Bardsung contents

What’s In The Box?

We’ve gotten so carried away talking about the incredible lore and mechanics we haven’t even said what you get in the box! Bardsung brings a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘big box game’.

Firsty, we need to talk about minis. There’s a whopping 68 minis, including 32 unique enemy models, in the base game.

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It’s not just hobgoblins you’ll find. The Ancient Forge is home to creatures of all shapes and sizes: from ravenous wolf packs and mutant cave sharks to a gargantuan gargantuan demon mini on a 120mm base (if you can even call it a mini at that size)!

Each mini is highly detailed and ready to take pride of place in your collection!

And, as we explained earlier, the ‘board’ of Bardsung is created by tiles laid one-at-a-time as you explore, so the core game includes 20 dungeon tiles for you to build your campaign.

On top of that, there’s a full set of RPG dice, and over 900 cards (yep, you read that right… 900!) crammed with information, lore, and everything else you need for unforgettable campaigns.

Bardsung miniatures

The Adventure Of A Lifetime

What are you waiting for? The chance to tell your own tale of bravery and derring-do awaits! The songs won’t write themselves, you know…

Vanquish your foes, discover the secrets of the Ancient Forge, and become the hero you always dreamed of.

Become Bardsung.

Bardsung: Legend of the Ancient Forge is available now!