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Year Published
2009
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Stronghold
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Stronghold is a 2–4 player game telling the story of a siege. Players take opposite sides, one has to defend the stronghold, the other has to break into the castle as soon as possible. As time passes, defenders get Victory Points every turn for their efforts on the walls.

The game board represents the stronghold itself as well as the surrounding terrain, where enemy forces are placed and whence they proceed to the walls.

The defender has a small number of soldiers manning the walls, while the invader has an infinite legion of attacking creatures. A desperate fight is taking place every single turn. The invaders build war machines, equip their soldiers, train them and use black magic rituals to achieve victory. Meanwhile, defenders repair walls, build cannons, train soldiers, and do everything they can to hold the castle as long as possible.

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More Information Edit | History

Rule changes in Valley Games edition:

  • Gate strength changed from 8 to 6
  • The Fire Ritual now costs 1 Goblin instead of 2 (the card was changed)
  • Poison works differently (now takes effect at the start of melee resolution, see rules)
  • Quartermaster works differently (extra unit move "from" rampart instead of "to" rampart, see rules)
  • Invader bonus Glory Points for breaching: 1 Glory Point for every Breached Wall Section in which 4 or more Advantage points could not be assigned to Defending Units
  • Also note: the first edition does not include Accurate Shot markers (to mark the Invader's flipped Phase 2 ability) or a Ruined Wall tile. It also contains 2 Possession markers instead of 1, and 1 Fire marker instead of 2 (this only affects the game with 2 invaders).

Contents

  • 1 Main board
  • 1 Glory board
  • 200 Invader cubes
  • 41 Defender cubes
  • 13 Resource cubes
  • 24 Hourglass cubes
  • 23 Wall segment cubes
  • 49 phase cards
  • 42 Machine cards
  • 21 Invader Machine tiles (5x Battering Ram, 4x Ballistas, 4x Catapults, 3x Towers, 3x Cover, 2x Altar).
  • 21 Invader Equipment tiles (3x Banners, 3x Ladders, 3x Ropes, 3x Sap, 3x Bridge, 3x Shields, 3x Poisons)
  • 15 Invader Training tiles (3x Quartermaster, 3x Trenchmaster, 3x Firemaster, 3x Drover, 3x Saboteur).
  • 12 Invader Rituals tiles (2x Blood stones, 2x Possession, 1x Fire, 2x Spectres, 1x Panic, 2x Gale, 1x Accident).
  • 5 Invader Order tiles (1x Trolls' Call, 1x Goblins' Fury, 1x Orcs' Detonation, 2x Bluff tile).
  • 6 Defender Equipment tiles (3x Cannon, 3x Poles).
  • 6 Defender Trap tiles (3x Goblins, 3x Trolls).
  • 3 Defender Platform tiles.
  • 3 Defender Special tiles (1x Haste, 1x Marksmen Blessing, 1x Unearthly Glare).

  • 28 Fortification tiles
  • 29 Glory tiles
  • 1 Rulebook

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Awards

2010: International Gamers Award Two Player Nominee

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Publisher: Stronghold Games
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Publisher: IELLO, Phalanx Games B.V., Portal Games, Valley Games, Inc.more»
Artist: Mariusz Gandzel, Tomasz Jedruszek, Michał Oracz
Year: 2010
Product Code: VLY-402
Size: 12.12 x 10.06 x 2.88 inches
3.40 pounds
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Publisher: IELLO, Portal Games
Artist: Mariusz Gandzel, Tomasz Jedruszek, Michał Oracz
Year: 2009
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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2015-05-30
1 Stronghold Übersicht für Spieler Verteidiger
Die Datei enthält ein PDF-Dokument, welche eine von mir übersetzte Version der Spielerübersicht des "Verteidigers" darstellt. Sie ist für die zweite Ausgabe des Spiels von Valley Games gültig, welche bisher nur auf Englisch erschienen ist. Im Gegensatz zur "alten" deutschen Version habe ich einige Übersetzungen geändert, da sie mir sinnhaltiger bzw. griffiger erschienen: - Orte auf dem Spielplan: "Foreground" wurde bisher mit "Vorfeld I" übersetzt, bei mir ist dies der "Außenbereich". "Rampart" wurde bisher mit "Vorfeld II" übersetzt, bei mir ist dies der "Grabenbereich". "Barbican" wurde von mir als "Torbereich" übersetzt und "Tower" konsequent mit "Bastei".
German
2014-06-16
0 Stronghold Übersicht für Spieler Aggressor
Die Datei enthält ein PDF-Dokument, welche eine von mir übersetzte Version der Spielerübersicht des "Aggressors" (des Angreifers - diesen Begriff habe ich allerdings vermieden, da auch der Spieler, welcher die Festung verteidigt, zuweilen als "Angreifer" tätig ist!) darstellt. Sie ist für die zweite Ausgabe des Spiels von Valley Games gültig, welche bisher nur auf Englisch erschienen ist. Im Gegensatz zur "alten" deutschen Version habe ich einige Übersetzungen geändert, da sie mir sinnhaltiger bzw. griffiger erschienen: - Orte auf dem Spielplan: "Foreground" wurde bisher mit "Vorfeld I" übersetzt, bei mir ist dies der "Außenbereich". "Rampart" wurde bisher mit "Vorfeld II" übersetzt, bei mir ist dies der "Grabenbereich". "Barbican" wurde von mir als "Torbereich" übersetzt und "Tower"...
German
2014-06-16
0 Defender's book in Hungarian
Védők könyve magyarul, Valley Games kiadás - Defender's book in Hungarian, Valley Games edition
Hungarian
2014-04-02
0 Invaders book in Hungarian
Támadók könyve magyarul, Valley Games kiadás - Invader's book in Hungarian, Valley Games edition
Hungarian
2014-04-02
4 Stronghold VG Rules Defender Italian
Traduzione in Italiano del Manuale per il Difensore, edizione Valley Games. Per giocare è necessario anche il Manuale dell'Invasore. Offerta dall'associazione ludica Il Verme Jena di Siena.
Italian
2013-12-14
3 Stronghold VG Rules Invader Italian
Traduzione in Italiano del Manuale per l'Invasore, edizione Valley Games. Per giocare è necessario anche il Manuale del Difensore. Offerta dall'associazione ludica Il Verme Jena di Siena.
Italian
2013-12-14
14 Camp Card
I wanted an area to put the invader's new troops and camp that looked more in theme with the board art. The cards are 2.5" x 3.5" with bleed. Yellow tent card for 2 player and the two red tent cards for 3/4 player. Enjoy
English
2013-07-10
2 Stronghold Tuck Boxes
Tuck Boxes for Stronghold Hit Cards and Phase Cards
English
2013-04-06
16 Player aid in Greek. Βοήθημα παίκτη στα Ελληνικα
2 σελίδες (1 για κάθε ρόλο) με τις κυριότερες επεξηγήσεις για μια ομαλή παρτίδα. Προτείνεται για αρχάριους.
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2013-03-02
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