Czech Games have announced their new hack and slash RPG tabletop adventure Sanctum will be coming tabletops worldwide on February 6, 2020. After an initial release at Spiel 2019, the hotly anticipated game is going mainstream and is available for pre-order now.
Level up one of four heroes, optimising their stats, managing their resources and powers and dice rolling their way to conquering the Lord of Demons. From the theme to the art to the mechanics, Sanctum is open about its inspiration. Czech Games want to bring all the things you loved about late-night Diablo LAN parties to your game group’s tabletop. 2 – 4 players will rid the land of the evil that plagues it’s quiet villages, throwing dice and looting gear and leveling up to take down everything that Hell throws at them.
As one of the heroes, you embark upon a quest to rid the land of a demonic invasion, fighting your way through countless enemies and gearing up to face the Lord of Demons himself, Malghazar. In the process of venturing deeper into the land and closer to the Demon Lord, the heroes have to improve their equipment and adapt their combat tactics to face the increasing difficulty of combat.
Playthroughs are expected to take about 90 minutes and with the promise of bringing all the nostalgia of classic ARPG’s back, we’ll be keeping our ears close to the ground to bring you more info soon.
The game’s creators recently fave a quick rundown of gameplay for players on BGG but we’ve summarised the key points below:
During each player’s turn, they will choose one of three actions to perform:
1.Move through the countryside and attract demonic pursuers.
2.Fight demons to gain skills and equipment.
3.Rest and decide how best to use equipment that has been gained.
The Move action progresses a character further along in their journey towards the Demon Lord. The first thing you do is place your miniature into the frontmost empty position on the path. However, as you advance along the path, you attract demons
After moving, demon cards are dealt onto the board from their appropriate decks according to the banner under the space you land on.
Here is where the tough decisions begin. After spawning demons, you must take one of the groups from the board and place that group’s demons onto your battle board. But, which demons are you going to choose?
When deciding which demons to engage, there are a number of important things to consider. For example, do you engage several small demons, or one stronger one?
There is much more than just the level of the loot (and strength of the demon) to consider hero! The icon at the top left of the card indicates the type of loot that you will obtain. You definitely want to be well-equipped before approaching the Lord of Demons, so you want to diversify the items you receive to hopefully get a full set.
Unless of course you have an Item like the one below. We’ll talk in depth about items later, but you will hunt for demons with the number 6 if you have The Stinger as it lets you focus to flip dice to the six face. As you advance, it’s always important to consider what you are capable of doing with your items and skills during future combat as you choose which demons to engage.
Also…this land isn’t exactly friendly. Sure, the other adventurers out there are killing demons and ultimately have the same goal to defeat the Lord of Demons as you do…but you’re not on a team or anything. It might make sense to take that helmet or sword, even if you don’t need it, just to prevent someone else from taking it.
Now that you’ve chosen the demons you will be fighting, it is time to explain how you are going to defeat them. Before you run off into battle though, it’s important to get ready. At the start of each fight, you can drink any number of potions and use any skills that trigger before rolling the dice. Then, when you are ready –you roll the dice!
To defeat the demons on your battle board, you need to assign them dice with the same values as those printed on the demon’s cards. At the start of the game you begin with only two dice, but you’ll grow stronger and gain more dice to roll…if you survive.
If you hit a demon, but haven’t rolled all of the dice needed to kill it, don’t worry. The damage will carry-over, and next time it should be easier to kill the infernal creature. But also beware. Any surviving demons you haven’t killed will deal damage to you at the end of combat. Count the amount of blood drops on surviving demons to get the amount of damage you have to prevent to avoid getting any wounds.
Read more about the game on the official Czech Games site here.