Arrakis – a desert world seemingly dead and barren. Yet, here lies the most important resource in the galaxy: Spice. Without Spice, space travel is impossible, and humans become little clusters on isolated planets. The noble House that controls Arrakis and the production of Spice wields great power — the Emperor gave Arrakis to House Atreides, but then he conspired to replace them with their old rivals, House Harkonnen. Baron Harkonnen crushed the Atreides in a treasonous attack, and now rules the planet with an iron fist. But Paul and Jessica, heirs to House Atreides, are alive, and are mounting a rebellion with the aid of the formidable Fremen, the mysterious inhabitants of the barren expanses of Arrakis.
Only one House will emerge victorious from the coming struggle, while the other will be lost in the desert sands. It’s into this grim reality that players will be thrust in DUNE: WAR FOR ARRAKIS, the strategy board game set to launch on Kickstarter in 2022.
In this asymmetrical strategy game, players fight for the control of the planet, maneuvering troops like the Fremen, the Fedaykin and the fearsome Sardaukar, while sending Spice Harvesters into the deep desert, daring to challenge the great Sandworms. Renowned creators Francesco Nepitello and Marco Maggi, designers of the best-selling WAR OF THE RING strategy game, are reteaming to create a brand-new tabletop experience powered by an action dice system and featuring numerous event cards that will enable players to retell the Dune saga differently with each playthrough. The game will be a new, grandiose entry point for gamers into the vast Dune universe.
Nepitello, who also serves as CMON’s Head of IP and RPG, said, “Dune: War for Arrakis has allowed Marco and me to once again do what we love the most: look at a story in-depth to find the best way to capture its spirit and put it into a game. And we’ve been able to do it at a grand scale befitting the source material, working with the best developers, artists and producers on the market. We aim to provide an epic experience, while still putting a spotlight on the many individual characters found in the Dune universe.”
The game will feature scores of new pieces of art and sculptures based directly on the book’s text, and it will bring many of Dune’s characters to the tabletop for the first time.
CMON’s VP of Crowdfunding & Production, and producer on the game, Thiago Aranha, said of the project, “Working on Dune has been an absolute dream come true, as this series has captured my imagination like no other ever since I devoured the original book as a young teenager. To bring these iconic characters to life and see them clashing on the desert board is a very special thing I am very excited to be able to share with the fans. From art to sculpts to design, I don’t think there’s ever been such a large undertaking to bring the world in the books to the tabletop.”
CMON obtained the worldwide rights in a sub-license agreement brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who is serving as a producer on the game and managing the master tabletop gaming license for Dune in partnership with Legendary Entertainment, Herbert Properties LLC, and Gale Force Nine. It covers the full scope of the Gale Force Nine master license, which includes the films and TV series from Legendary, as well as the classic literary series from Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Anderson.
Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new game. And remember, fear is the mind killer.
CMON Limited is an international publisher and designer of board games, tabletop games and card games. Beginning from small hobbyist roots, CMON Limited has grown into a multinational group that publishes multiple award-winning games including Zombicide™, Death May Die™, Arcadia Quest™, Rising Sun™, Blood Rage™, The World of Smog™, Marvel United™ and many more. Known in the hobby industry for working with the top game designers, artists, and sculptors in the world, CMON Limited has built an impressive portfolio of both original, best-selling IPs, as well as licensed material, RPGs and graphic novels. In addition to having worldwide retail distribution, CMON is also the #1 fundraising company of any type on Kickstarter, having raised over $90 million from 50 projects on the platform since the debut of Zombicide in 2012. To learn more visit www.cmon.com.
ABOUT LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT
Legendary Entertainment is a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television and digital (Legendary Television and Digital Media) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to worldwide audiences. Legendary has built a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment including some of the world's most popular intellectual property. In aggregate, Legendary Pictures-associated productions have realized grosses of more than $18 billion worldwide at the box office. To learn more visit: www.legendary.com
ABOUT HERBERT PROPERTIES LLC
Herbert Properties LLC is managed by the Herbert family, and is the copyright holder for the Dune series. The brilliant Frank Herbert first published his classic bestseller DUNE in novel form in 1965, and he wrote 5 popular sequels to it. After Frank’s death in 1986, his son Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson continued the series with 14 additional novels, extending the audience of the series with new international bestsellers. Brian Herbert, Byron Merritt, and Kim Herbert, officers of Herbert Properties LLC, are pleased to share in the exciting announcement of this new game set in the fantastic Dune universe. Website: www.dunenovels.com.
ABOUT GALE FORCE NINE
Gale Force Nine, LLC (GF9) specializes in creating hobby gaming products with rich strategic play based on licenses from fan-favorite media properties such as Dungeons & Dragons, Star Trek, Dr. Who, Dune, Firefly, and Aliens. With a global sales network and a specialized multi-lingual team of in-house game designers, we specialize in offering properties in over a dozen language markets around the world. Gale Force Nine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Battlefront Group. Visit www.gf9.com for more information.
ABOUT GENUINE ENTERTAINMENT
Genuine is a leading producer and pop cultural consigliere for the best media companies and beloved entertainment properties. A genre expert in global brand management, corporate development, and media partnerships across all corners of pop culture, we specialize in growing franchises and fandoms in strategic markets through authentic adaptations and premium licensing & merchandising programs alongside best-in-class partners. Managing a A-list portfolio of best-selling, award-winning stories, games, and unabashed geekery for top licensors & licensees alike, our credits & collabs include the Alien RPG; the Altered Carbon RPG; the Batman: Detective tabletop game series; the Blade Runner RPG; The Art and Soul of Blade Runner 2049 art book; the Dune master tabletop gaming program; the Hello Neighbor party game; The Dragon Prince master tabletop gaming program; WEBTOON's master licensing & merchandising program; and the World of Darkness comics program. Come play at genuineent.com .