Arena: The Contest is Now Available at The Wandering Dragon!

Arena: The Contest, the highly anticipated, tactical combat boardgame for 1-8 players is now available at The Wandering Dragon!


Arena: The Contest

In a world unified by the Empire, it is forbidden to raise armies and make war. All major conflicts get solved in the ARENA, where the best fighters represent entire Nations. Such fighters, with good reason, are called HEROES.

In this turn-based tactical combat boardgame, players recruit teams of three or four from a wide pool of Heroes, all of them experts in a Combat Role, like Tactician, Healer and Bruiser. There are countless combos, counterpicks and strategies to explore in the attempt to build a powerful and synergistic team.

Each Hero is granted a Move and an Attack action per turn. Its governing rules are intuitive, meaning even beginners will find ARENA easy to learn; however, the game will forever remain challenging, as it is impossible to reproduce two equal matches, all attacks are unique, and there are optional ‘advanced’ features to implement in order to refresh and deepen the experience, such as Artifacts and Scrolls.

In Competitive mode (PvP), both teams fight each other until one eliminates all opposition and wins the battle. Matches begin by strategically positioning highly-detailed miniatures in an infinitely customizable battlefield featuring optional elements that change the dynamics of combat, such as walls, debris, altars and lava. You’re required to plan ahead, consider your enemies’ moves and work in harmony with your team in order to find the best possible action when your turn comes.

In Cooperative mode (PvE), the Player(s) build a team of 4 Heroes to travel the fantastic world of Tanares in order to solve an ancient mystery, facing Missions with different problems, hazards, and goals. Campaign Cards present players with challenging events, requiring tough decisions that shape the course – and outcome – of an adventure that find its climaxes in the difficult Dragon Boss Fights.

The Campaign is meant to be conducted through the course of several sessions, in which Heroes gain experience according to the number – and quality – of accomplished Mission objectives. Experience Points can be spent to Level UP and acquire minor permanent boosts, or to purchase Items that grant major – but provisory – boosts to any Hero.

Players are free to tweak and adjust their experience according to their personal preferences, making Arena a highly diverse and replayable game. Players can make tournament tables and play simultaneous Matches on different boards; add or subtract different advanced rules and strategical features at will; try the game on custom boards or design their own missions. Players that enjoy immersion and storytelling can maximize adventure in PvE-Campaign Mode, while players adverse to that can even play the Quests individually, in any sequence, with minimum reading required.

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A game with more than 100 miniatures, bosses, scenarios, 30 heroes and many hours of solo, cooperative and competitive gameplay. Shape the path of your journey and achieve one of the multiple endings.

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One of the biggest bosses ever released for tabletop games. At nearly 25 centimeters in height, this is your biggest challenge. Prepare for a deadly and unforgettable combat!


Limited Edition Core Set and Expansion Bundle Includes:


Kickstarter Exclusive Imperial Box

The Imperial Box contains the exclusive Stretch Goals including  Heroes from the Bruiser Combat Role, the feared Emperor, and the even-more-feared Baleroth huge miniature.

Heroes & Dungeons Expansion Box

The Heroes & Dungeons Expansion Box brings more fun, variety, options and immersion to the table. Exponentially increase your teambuild options in both PvP Matches and Cooperative Quests with 12 new Heroes, all with unique miniatures and attacks. You can also build incredibly immersive scenarios with 3D versions of Tiles found in the Core Box, such as the walls and doors seen below.

Gargantuan Elder Dragon Miniature

A gargantuan-sized Boss with a 5-square base diameter, the Elder Dragon is not simply decorative, as there is a super-hard special Quest Dragori designed to make your toughest, bravest heroes fight him on the board!

Hydra & Bruisers Box

Increase your teambuilding and strategy options with two intense Bruisers and face this terrible Boss that promises to challenge the fiercest hero groups with its multiple attacks and chaotic positioning. Also includes the Ascaran and Vanarus Exclusive Heroes!


Art & World of Arena Hardcover Book

This is not just another artbook. With 200 full-color pages, our hardcover book contains all pieces of art made for the game, and you will also get to know a lot about the World of Tanares, created specially for Arena: the Contest.

From historical legends to contemporary culture, there are many interesting things to learn about the world before your epic game campaign. You will also learn about each of our heroes’ stories, with commentaries on character design and background/concept images and sketches.

Harun, the Shapeshifter

He is the ultimate versatile hero. He has the only ability you execute before the match even begins: you may choose what /Combat Role he is to perform! Your Team could use a Healer? Needing another melee fighter? No problem!

Extra Game Boards


With these boards you can play simultaneous matches (did I hear tournament?), save time setting the game up, and increase you immersion with new settings and scenarios for your PvP and Cooperative matches.