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The Dark Souls tabletop game 'will be the hardest board game you have ever played'

Ornstein and Smough among the game's 'world class' miniatures

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Steamforged Games' official tabletop game based on Dark Souls will adopt the series' notorious level of difficulty, according to the board game maker. Steamforged said in an update, which provides new gameplay details on the board game, that Dark Souls "will be the hardest board game you have ever played."

"Designed from the ground up, the Dark Souls board game is a brutally hard exploration miniatures game for 1-4 players," the company said. "Prepare to die."

Steamforged says it's developing a "fast setup, long reveal" mechanic that will see the playable area expand as players explore the game board. To support its claim as the "hardest board game," Dark Souls will require "deep strategic play and clever management of stamina to survive."

It sounds like Steamforged is drawing upon all three Dark Souls games, including the recently released Dark Souls 3, in terms of its mechanics and enemies. The only confirmed characters coming in miniature form are the infamously difficult boss duo Dragon Slayer Ornstein and Executioner Smough, from the first Dark Souls.

We'll learn more about the Dark Souls board game next week. Steamforged plans to launch its crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter April 19.

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