Play Details: 2-4 Players, 60 Minutes, Ages 12+
“This is a game I can play with my friends and walk away with new enemies. I love it.” -Dave Miotke, tester
The Empire is in shambles after centuries of misrule. The imperial family has left with what’s left of the treasury and old rivalries have flared up in the vacuum. The time has come to determine the future of the Empire and its people. Take command of your faction, lead them to victory, and return York to its former glory.
I’ve long wanted to design a war game. It’s not only my favorite genre of board game, but also one of the most crowded. Not merely crowded, but it’s packed with outstanding games, ranging from the beautifully accessible Memoir ’44, the wonderful 1812: The Invasion of Canada, Heroscape, Shogun, Conflict of Heroes, and recently the ridiculously innovative Risk: Legacy.
Battle for York is accessible, fast-paced, rich with player interaction, and plays with up to 4 players with 4 unique factions, all in a short one hour play period. The game also features a tutorial faction to make it easier for new players to get into the game. The game features no dice and instead gives each player an Army deck using 5 simple card types, each with only a number and symbol: Infantry, Cavalry, Artillery, General, and Scout. That’s it.
“York is a fun strategy war game that plays much more quickly and smoothly than most. As you lead your conquest against your friends, you will need to balance your short and long term goals with the strength of your faction. Personally, I really enjoy the lightweight and sneaky abilities of the Militia to the more aggressive or defensive proper military factions… even when I, rarely, lose.” – Isaac Epp, tester
Cards are played to add Reinforcements to the board, but more importantly, to activate powerful Tactics and Special Maneuvers. These do things like Infantry Charges, Ambushes, or sending the enemy False Orders. The uncertainty of the cards drawn paired with the actions of your opponents will allow for a great deal of variety that’s easy to learn. If you’re put off by war games, here’s a secret: Battle for York is about cube manipulation, area control, hand management, and conflict. This isn’t a typical war-game.
I’m also excited by how expandable the core system is. I already see great potential for small and large expansions that add leaders, new armies (i.e. new decks with new Tactics), new maps, naval combat, and more.
All told, Battle for York is a unique game that works just at well at lunch, game night, or the Thanksgiving table after dinner. The game is finished and has been sent to the printer. It will be available for purchase via Print & Play Productions in the near future.
Battle for York has been tested at GenCon, via the Prototype Penpal Program, and at Protospiel Milwaukee (in additional to countless personal tests). If you have any thoughts, comments, or questions regarding Battle for York, please . I’m also looking for a publisher, so inquiries along that path are also perfectly fine.
Below are some helpful links!
- Visual Reference
- Board Game Geek Page
- Details on Production for Battle for York
- Rules for Battle for York
- The Hyperbole Games Facebook Page
- The walk-through video