Created by Luke Laurie (Stones of Fate, co-creator of The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire), Dwellings of Eldervale combines elements of worker placement, area control, and engine-building games. Each player assumes control of an elemental-aligned faction, chosen from 16 different fantasy races. Using their dragons, wizards, warriors, and workers, they choose either to deploy their workers to the variable game board to take actions, or retrieve their workers to activate their personal tableau of Adventure cards.
During the game, they can build dwellings on the board, battle other players for control of regions, or confront the eight elemental monsters ravaging the land, using a dice-based combat system. Magic cards allow them to cast spells and use prophecies to further their goals, all while gaining Elemental Power to gather Orbs, the most powerful magic in the game.
Breaking Games is raising funds for the production of Dwellings of Eldervale through a Kickstarter campaign that has attracted $342,424 in pledges from 3,298 backers (an average of $103.83 per backer) as of this writing.
Earlier this year, Breaking Games released an expansion for its app-driven whodunit game Chronicles of Crime (see “‘Chronicles of Crime’ Goes ‘Noir’”).