League of Legends is a well-known title mainly due to its massive player-base. The game boasts 100 million active users every month and its e-sports world tournaments have had some of the biggest cash prizes and viewer rating. Now, League of Legends will be inching closer to the real world by having its very own themed board game.
The board game is titled Mech vs. Minions and it was in development for over twice the original estimated period of time. The reason behind this extended research and development stage does not have to do with funding. Chris Cantrell spearheaded the Mechs vs. Minions board game and he loves the genre too much to just have created a League of Legends themed monopoly.
With over 1,200 board games in his personal collection, Cantrell had the knowledge and skills to design a unique and enjoyable user experience. After all, Riot Games does not make board games on a daily basis and no matter how well or poorly it is received, Cantrell knew he was most likely looking at a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Mechs vs. Minions, the League of Legends Board Game
In the colorful and vast world of Runeterra, there are Yordles. They are a race of brilliant, yet frail minds tucked away in short fuzzy bodies. Their size and engineering brilliance makes them resemble the now-stereotypical fantasy Gnome. Corki, Heimerdinger, Tristan, and Ziggs are all Yordles and the plot of this board game revolves around them.
In order to counter their diminutive size, the Yordles decide to begin using mechs, a practice currently employed by another Yordle within League of Legends, Rumble.
However, as the four protagonists are just still learning how to control their mechs, something strange and unusual happens to the minions of Runeterra. Minions are known for mostly being individually weak but plentiful in numbers.
It is now up to the four Yordles and their mighty yet sometimes unpredictable mechs to stop the minions’ advance.
The game sounds fun and after the initial 3rd party critic review, Cantrell made further adaptations. The board game now features a fully modular 10-episode campaign, which genuinely sounds like a lot of playtime, especially the first time around.
Mechs vs. Minions looks like it has had a lot of love put into it. It features many detailed game elements. Only 30,000 English-translated copies of the game will be available. Even if they sell out in the first week, nobody knows if Riot Games will plan to make more. Mechs vs. Minions will be priced at $75, a hefty price tag for a board game.