Action Phase Games and Indie Boards and Cards have announced plans to produce a stand-alone expansion for the cooperative deck-builder game Aeon’s End called War Eternal, releasing on September 6.

Like the original game released last year (see “Cooperative Deck Building Game of Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy”), War Eternal combines deck-building game mechanics with cooperative style play.  In the new title, players must work together to defend Gravehold from invaders from another world known only as The Nameless.  Each player assumes the role of a powerful mage, each with unique abilities, and uses their spells and allies to hold back the invaders.

War Eternal adds a new game mechanic to the Aeon’s End system called “Link.”  Cards with this ability can be joined together in a single breach, allowing for more flexibility in strategy and the creation of more variable spells.

The new set was created by Aeon’s End designer Kevin Riley, and can be played on its own or combined with earlier Aeon’s End games.  All components feature a revamped graphic design, but the card backs remain unchanged so all sets are compatible.  War Eternal comes with 8 mages, 231 player cards, 4 nemeses, 67 nemesis cards, 24 breach cards, a set of card dividers to help sorting, 2 life dials, and tokens. MSRP is $49.99.  A $10 upgrade pack will be offered to owners of the original game who want cards with the new graphic treatment.

The project is being funded by a Kickstarter campaign which reached its $30,000 backing goal in less than two hours, and broke the $200,000 mark with 24 days remaining in the campaign.