BOARD GAME – Legion: The Siberian Story

Our unique board game will transport you to Siberia in the midst of the Russian Civil War. The Czechoslovak legionnaires are trying to get home; the Reds and the Whites are fighting for dominion over Russia; and local militias are struggling for survival.

Author: Rolling Group

One of the cornerstones of our new game lied in its CHARACTERS, of which we have almost 140!

Apr 6, 2021

Characters are the main tools in the hand of the commanders who deploy them to deal with plots: to fight, collect cues, spy, make dignified eulogies, or win over hearts and minds with a motivational speech.

INSPIRED BY HISTORY

In the making of our game, we were significantly inspired by history: from great political events to individual diaries and current research (for example as part of the project http://legie100.com/krev-legionare/). The heroes in our game intentionally do not include any real historical figures. You will only encounter real people in second-hand mentions, or as characters requested by legionnaire families who explicitly consented to having these real figures in the game. Our reasons for this are mainly ethical. The game is a fictional alternative history, and the characters will experience things that will depend purely on the players’ decisions. 

Texts attached to the characters will tell you more about what they were inspired with. These stories did happen and belong to real people, and we want to use them to share the ordinary and extraordinary stories of people who found themselves in the middle of a civil war, whether they be soldiers, clerks, or spies.

GRAPHIC DESIGN

The hardest and most expensive task that we are collecting money for through our HitHit campaign, apart from the printing, is the graphic design of our characters. This is how we bring them to life:

  1. Every character has a basic personality, abilities, and a set of personal circumstances. We want to make them authentic, most of all, rather than complicated or epic at any cost. Our game will let you encounter a private turned PoW, a seasoned Brother Rifleman, a scheming noble lady or a desperate civilian. 
     
  2. Based on our instructions, Tomáš, one of our team members, researches all the facts, comes up with proposals and shows authentic gear and clothes to out graphic artists. The illustrations are based on period photographs, surviving artefacts, and scholarly literature.
     
  3. After that, Honza, another member of our team, transforms these proposals into computer graphics and draws it in our unified style.

Then, for example, you might get this calm and reliable smoker. :)  

CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES

The numbers and symbols on the cards represent the characters’ attributes. Every character in the game is unique. Every card therefore contains their name and their fraction - Antonín Kalvoda here is a legionnaire. In the game that means that it is easiest to draft him for the player who plays as the Legionnaires, harder for the White Army and the Warlords, and impossible for the Reds.

In the game, you will gradually build your own little group of characters that belong to your fraction. Every day in the game (one round) starts with an auction, with the commanders bidding their resources (money, cigarettes, sugarloaves...) to get the best characters. In general, it is easiest to draft characters from one’s own fraction, but we’re in a civil war: Sometimes you’ll bribe someone, sometimes someone might defect. Card prices are not given, they depend on the players’ interest in the auction.

The top left corner contains a number. The character number might be the most important feature of a card: it tells you how capable Antonín is when deployed to a plot. His 4 is pretty decent. The strongest character in the game has 9, but at a dire price; the average is around 4. 

On the other side, you can see a bullet icon. Icons determine the plots Antonín can participate in. Plots can have three requirements (combat/intrigue/charisma). Antonin’s one icon means he can only engage in the combat ones. Some characters have two icons; certain extremely capable individuals might even have three. Antonín, as a soldier, is obviously pretty specialized on fighting.

But if you look under his name, you will see one more thing: an ability! Some abilities are described right on the card, but some are so frequent that they’re included in a glossary. Brotherhood, for example, is a typical legionnaire ability. Should any other legionnaire at the same plot get wounded, Antonín can jump in and take the wound instead. 

All of that is hidden in one character card: one of the 35 legionnaires and 140 characters in total. 

http://www.legiongame.cz

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  • 32 I want to support you!

    I don’t want a big expense, but I like what you’re doing. We are very grateful and will send you a custom wallpaper as a thank you.

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    EUR 5
  • 190 I want to play already!

    One full game with a signed draft letter. ENJOY!

    –  PICK IT UP IN PRAGUE

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    EUR 40
  • 210 I want to play already and get it delivered

    We will send you a full game package, shipping and delivery included.

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    EUR 49
  • 37 I want to share!

    You’ll get two games, shipping and delivery included.

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    EUR 80
  • 9 from 10 Sleeping in the Legionary train

    In cooperation with the Czechoslovak Legionnaires' Association, we also offer a special reward: the possibility of sleeping in the LEGIONARY TRAIN during its summer stay in Prague.

    We will prepare two dates for you during the holidays, which you will be able to choose. Arrive by 18:00, you will have a dinner and then you will spend the night in the train.  
    You will get a complete game pack as well! 

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 150
  • Sold out!! I want to be in the game!

    You’ll get a full game package, and your face will forever adorn one of our cards. Shipping and delivery included.

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 170
  • 2 from 15 I want to be in the game! (vol. 2)

    You’ll get  a full game package, and your face will forever adorn one of our cards. Shipping and delivery included.

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 170
  • 10 from 10 The special EDITION

    You will receive a unique version of the game in a handmade wooden box, which was created by Maty (https://matymoves.com/) only in a limited number for Legion: Siberian Journey.

    The price includes postage and packing.

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 200
  • Sold out!! I REALLY want to be in the game!

    You’ll get a full game package. You will also get the chance to tell us something about a character that the game really needs. They might be your relative or somebody else. We will design their card together over a video call. Shipping and delivery included.
     

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 305
  • 2 from 5 I REALLY want to be in the game! (vol. 2)

    You’ll get  a full game package. You will also get the chance to tell us something about a character that the game really needs. They might be your relative or somebody else.  We will design their card together over a video call. Shipping and delivery included.

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 305
  • 3 from 5 I want to come and meet you!

    We’ll spend a day in Prague with you. We’ll take a tour through the most important legionnaire-related sights, show you important documents and period equipment, play the game, and enjoy some good food and drink that fits the setting.

    And of course, you’ll get the full game.

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 570
  • 2 from 3 I want to be the PRESIDENT!

    You will help us raise awareness about the Legions and their history and we will be immensely grateful to you. We will put your name and photo on our website and all game materials.

    You’ll get TWO full game packages.

    Reward delivery: In a year

    EUR 950