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Defenders of the Realm
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“Our Liege is in desperate hour! From what grievous cause have these accursed races arisen? Orcs, Dragons, Demons and the Dead make haste towards Monarch City. The King and Countryside of Monarch City is in need of valiant Heroes!”

Will you answer the King's call?

In the ancient Citadel of Monarch City, the King calls to arms the finest Heroes to defend against a Darkness that engulfs the land. You and your allies must embark on a journey to defend the countryside, repair the tainted lands, and defeat the four creature factions before any of them enter the City. And they approach from all sides! Fast populating Orcs! Fierce Dragons! Undead that bring Fear! And Demons! All tainting the land in their wake. There are several paths to defeat, but only one path to victory, and only the most valiant Hero will be named King's Champion.

Defenders of the Realm is a cooperative fantasy board game in which 1-4 players take a role as one of the King’s Champions (Choose from Cleric, Dwarf, Eagle Rider, Paladin, Ranger, Rogue, Sorcerer and Wizard). You, as one of the King's Heroes make use of strategy, special abilities, cooperation, card play and a little luck in Defenders of the Realm for a unique experience every adventure. But be forewarned! There is never time to rest. As each Enemy General is struck down in battle, the remaining dark forces only grow more difficult to vanquish and their march to Monarch City gets faster with each Hero victory!

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  • Rulebook
  • 24" x 30" Game Board
  • 8 Hero Character Cards
  • 8 Hero Miniatures
  • 4 General Character Cards
  • 4 General Miniatures
  • 100 Minions: 25 Black (Varkolak’s Undead);25 Blue (Sapphire’s Dragonkin);25 Red (Balazarg’s Demons);25 Green (Gorgutt’s Orcs)*
  • War Status Board
  • Deck of 56 Darkness Spreads Cards
  • Deck of 96 Hero Cards
  • Deck of 24 Quest Cards
  • 12 Tainted Crystals
  • 5 Magic Gate Tokens
  • 12 Dice – 3 per color (Black, Blue, Red, Green)
  • 7 Status Tokens (1 War Status; 4 General Wound Markers; 2 Eagle Rider Status)
  • 42 Life Tokens


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Orc Hunter
Demon Hunter
Undead Hunter
Dragon Hunter
Scout the General x 4
Amazon Envoy
Duke Envoy
Elf Envoy
Ancient Tree of Magic
Find Magic Gate
King of the Gryphons
Organize Militia
Amarak's Blessing
Amulet of the Gods
Boots of Speed
Crystal of Light
Helm of Power
Unicorn Steed
War Banner of Valor
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Defenders of the Realm
English First Edition
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Artist: Larry Elmore
Year: 2010
Product Code: 101253N
Size: 15.50 x 12.50 x 3.80 inches
6.20 pounds
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5 DotR vel HoMM3 custom made board
DotR custom board based on Heroes of Might and Magic 3 theme. Recommeded is to print it on white plexiglass and cut like gigantic jigsaw puzzle as I did, 2x3=6pcs. Original size is 94x70cm. Decreasing by more than 30%. is not advised. This board makes always a huge impression on literally anyone, on every convention I have it taken with me. Together with decent minis on it, is hardly comparable with aby other board game on the market. I wish you great joy, as I have using it for this wonderful game. My permission for printing is granted - for personal use only.
8 DotR Hero Chronicle v1
This pdf file contains 4 different game logs you can use to record the end state of your games. Each log is different than the others. One provides room to record lots of stats and notes at the expense of only 2 records per page. Another provides opportunity for minimal notes but can fit 9 games on one page. I may upload the publisher file if some of you would like to tweak the file to suit your own tastes. Comments and suggestions are welcome.
10 "Personal Drama quest card" deck
New Hero cards with personal drama, that gives to the game an RPG feeling and lot of fun. Every player draws one card at the start of the game (or if you have to pick a new hero). They must be read by the player that picked them in secret. Please feel free to contribute and make better this variant in any way you like!
4 Redesigned Level Tokens for Forging of Heroes
I redesigned the original level tokens in Forging of Heroes variant by matching the style of the action tokens in the game.
3 Genius Generals - variant for playing the generals
Genius Generals is a variant for Defenders Of The Realm where the Dark Lord is taking a more active role in the war. This is represented by a Player controlling the Generals' actions in each Hero Player's night phase. The General Player have less resources than usual but always have a choice how to act. He can also let his Generals perform new special skills and order minions to move or even attack Heroes. This makes for quite a different game than usual.
1 Scaling Difficulty Variant - Excel Sheet
This is the Excel Sheet used in my Scaling Difficulty Variant. More information can be found regarding this variant in the following link:
8 Cards & Special Abilities Translation in Chinese
Revised version. Errors corrected.
6 Custom heroes Project. ( Rise of the Eastern wind! )
This is a custom heroes project that I spent some time coming up with and cos I am a computer idiot, I would like to thank chromaticdragon who helped greatly with edits, ideas and all the photo shop illustrations and fonts. NOTE: This pack consists of 6 heroes. There are TWO Ronins because the armored version and normal version are meant to be front and back. Start with the normal Ronin, when her conditions are met, flip over to reveal armored ronin. These characters require certain proxy tokens. But shld work with pretty much the whole bunch of stuff you already got from the base game. The Shogun overlord well requires 4 other tokens that act as his samurai soldiers. The monk starts with a limit of 2 buddha tokens....
51 Defenders of the Realm Heroes Expansions FAQ
The attached file covers all questions communicated to date on the Heroes from the 3 Heroes Expansion Packs. Thanks to David Knepper for coordinating this information and Keith Blume for proof reading support. And last, but not least, thanks to all of you that play the game. Richard
20 Before the Golden Age manual
Here is the manual for the Before the Golden Age Expansion. I have higher resolution files available. See the thread in the Variants section.
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