Arrakis – a desert world seemingly dead and barren. Yet, here lies the most important resource in the galaxy: Spice. Without Spice, space travel is impossible, and humans become little clusters on isolated planets. The noble House that controls Arrakis and the production of Spice wields great power — the Emperor gave Arrakis to House Atreides, but then he conspired to replace them with their old rivals, House Harkonnen. Baron Harkonnen crushed the Atreides in a treasonous attack, and now rules the planet with an iron fist. But Paul and Jessica, heirs to House Atreides, are alive, and are mounting a rebellion with the aid of the formidable Fremen, the mysterious inhabitants of the barren expanses of Arrakis.
Only one House will emerge victorious from the coming struggle, while the other will be lost in the desert sands. It’s into this grim reality that players will be thrust in DUNE: WAR FOR ARRAKIS, the strategy board game set to launch on Kickstarter in 2022.
In this asymmetrical strategy game, players fight for the control of the planet, maneuvering troops like the Fremen, the Fedaykin and the fearsome Sardaukar, while sending Spice Harvesters into the deep desert, daring to challenge the great Sandworms. Renowned creators Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, designers of the best-selling WAR OF THE RING strategy game, are reteaming to create a brand-new tabletop experience powered by an action dice system and featuring numerous event cards that will enable players to retell the Dune saga differently with each playthrough. The game will be a new, grandiose entry point for gamers into the vast Dune universe.
Nepitello, who also serves as CMON’s Head of IP and RPG, said, “Dune: War for Arrakis has allowed Marco and me to once again do what we love the most: look at a story in-depth to find the best way to capture its spirit and put it into a game. And we’ve been able to do it at a grand scale befitting the source material, working with the best developers, artists and producers on the market. We aim to provide an epic experience, while still putting a spotlight on the many individual characters found in the Dune universe.”