News for April 2010
A Savage Wilderness 14
Announcing Mists of Zanaga, an expansion for Runebound
Runebound | Published 20 April 2010

“This was not here before” Annen said, utterly mystified as he stared across the Swamp of Sorrow at a mystical golden city. “It must be true, Nyarik...the ritual worked.”

“Of course it worked,” the mahkim said in his broken common tongue. “I can feel the taint of Tarakhe receding. The grip of chaos is no match for the primal gods.” Nyarik motioned toward the city with one of his four arms, shaking a finger at Annen with another. “Yet do not be deceived. Set is not our savior. He is known as Set the Deceiver, and his gold will shine only to crumble in your very hands.”

Annen barely heard the mahkim’s words. He did not even hear Nyarik’s choked breath as the hanging vines came to life and began to strangle the mahkim. The Mistvine druid that lurked in the shadows laughed as the foolish adventurer waded through the swamp in a daze toward Set’s illusionary paradise. Tightening his sorcerous grip on the struggling mahkim, the druid followed Annen, determined to defend Set’s lost city from annihilation.

Fantasy Flight Games is excited to present the newest Runebound expansion, Mists of Zanaga! This summer, journey to a new and mysterious land. Explore the jungles and ruins of an ancient and forgotten civilization. Face the terrifying power of the primal gods. And be the first to restore balance to Zanaga...

As the Dragon Wars become a distant memory for the people of Terrinoth, adventurers set their sights on new realms of adventure. Ships set sail across treacherous waters for the first time in centuries to open the doors to the forgotten world of Zanaga. Chaos grips the land. The old empire of lizardmen has fallen, its people have become shadows of their ancestors, descending into savagery. The taint of an ancient evil known as Tarakhe corrupts all and the primal gods must be awoken to restore the balance of nature. Only the reptilian makhim have the rituals to summon the primal powers that can purge Tarakhe’s corruption, but heroes are needed to face the primal gods before they destroy more than just Tarakhe...

Mists of Zanaga adds a colorful new board overlay, depicting the wild jungles and swamps of Zanaga. Six brand new heroes will be able to explore this new continent, uncovering the secrets of the makhim’s rituals, encounter wandering monsters, and hunt for the elusive Lost City. Adding all-new gameplay mechanics, a variety of primal gods to face, and over 165 new cards to bring this lush landscape to life, Mists of Zanaga creates a totally new way to play Runebound. Search out the secrets of the primal gods’ power and help summon them to free Zanaga from the clutch of Tarakhe.

Keep watching for previews of this exciting expansion, and this summer, it is up to you to quell the awoken primal god’s fury before they destroy the balance of nature themselves!

Runebound is a fantasy adventure game for 2-6 players in which heroes race about the lands of Terrinoth in an attempt to prevent the resurrection of the evil Dragonlord, Margath. As they encounter the various creatures and traps about the countryside, they will gain new skills and may acquire an exciting array of allies, weapons, and armor to assist them.

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Published: 4/26/2010 10:39:16 AM

Awesome news!  I've been wondering when something was going to come down the pipe, and this looks great.  Thanks Fantasy Flight!


Russ Lewis
Published: 4/23/2010 10:58:37 AM

Fantastic news!  Just when you thought Runebound was being mothballed...

Bravo, Fantasy Flight!

With this, a new Arkham Horror mini-expansion, and now DungeonQuest, FFG are really head and shoulders above all other Games Companies.  It's the quality of product, genuine interest in their customers' wishes (see the abandonment of the 2 packs of AH minis), and long term support for beloved favourites that has left the competition light years behind.  They really are THE gamers' game company.

They can count on my continued purchasing support on many of their lines AH, DESCENT, TALISMAN, RUNEBOUND, BATTLELORE (bit of catching up to do here, but the signs of strong commitment to the range are coming good.  Westeros is going to be interesting, etc..), the new Napoleonic Battles.  Their one offs Fury of Dracula, etc., are likewise impossible to fault.  

I look forward to seeing some more of their 70s and 80s GW acquisition/reprints.

They should make a move on some of the boardgame titles held by Hasbro those acquired from Waddingtons and Parker Bros., in the main.   Since Hasbro gobbled up MB, back in the 80s, their boardgame line has been v.shoddy.  As for Hasbro's acquired titles such as Cluedo/Clue desperately neglected.  The latest version of Cluedo/Clue is a travesty.  Can only imagine what FFG would do with such a legendary title.

Heroquest - or a Descent version of the same - would be a very welcome addition, and a sensible move, as it's such a 'gateway' game for the younger player.

We watch and we wait with bated breath as FFG goes from strength to strength.

Published: 4/21/2010 4:31:52 PM

Good to hear it is quick to get the gameplay down. Hopefully it won't be a case of me being dense!

David Spangler
Published: 4/21/2010 12:58:50 PM

Hooray!  This is most excellent news.  Now if Indiana Jones were one of the new heroes.... 

Published: 4/21/2010 11:15:38 AM

Wow, after a long time no see we have a complitly new Runebound expansion - great news.

After the Mists of Zanaga I hope to see a new expansion for Descent with the jungle and all that stuff that the Mists Of Zanaga will have.

Published: 4/21/2010 10:09:01 AM

@ Torbal:  The way John explained all the new things I felt like I could have sat down right then and played it through.  Less than 15 minutes worth of explaining and everything you need is right there on the cards.  Very excited about this expansion.  It'll get Runebound off my shelf again.

Published: 4/21/2010 12:20:48 AM

This is great news for Runbound fans, with new cards and game mechanics. I'm all in favour of gameplay changes, otherwise the game would get stale and boring, cheers FFG!

Published: 4/20/2010 10:50:01 PM

165 cards! that is almost as much as the core set!

This is going to be added to my collection =)

Published: 4/20/2010 9:17:55 PM

I'm really liking the look of this expansion.  It has tons of cards(more than the other board expansions), a very cool theme (it reminds me of Aztecs/Myans), it has what appear to be really interesting new mechanics (lunar/solar eclipses) etc.


Published: 4/20/2010 7:25:38 PM

"...all new gameplay mechanics"? Is this worded right? If the way you play RB in this expansion is "all new," I may not be too interested.


Took me a couple hours to get ready to play Isle of Dread, which was fine. Then a whole day to get ready for the Frozen Wastes with its many new rules. If Mists of  Zanaga is supposed to have "all new mechanics" I may not want to invest the time in it. Fortunately, I love the base game with just some of the small card expansions!

Published: 4/20/2010 7:11:08 PM

No doubt the 6 heroes from this expansion will be utilised in the next Descent vanilla expansion to be announced shortly...

Published: 4/20/2010 7:03:06 PM

Where Runebound goes, does Descent follow...?

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