Ten years ago, a mysterious burst in the sky gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But every Epic turned out to be evil. Today, in what is know as the Fractured States, Epics rule cities (or what is left of them) as tyrants, and nobody fights back... nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
In Newcago, formerly known as Chicago, a powerful Epic known as Steelheart reigns supreme. He transformed a vast portion of the city and surrounding area into steel and constructed a palace on a now steel-covered section of Lake Michigan. No one dares to challenge him and his legions of Enforcment and lieutenant Epics. This is where you come in...
The Reckoners is a cooperative game: all players win or lose together. During play, you'll take on the role of one of the Reckoners, moving around the city, saving lives, removing Enforcement, purchasing equipment, and eliminating Epics. When you've eliminated enough Epics, you will have a chance to defeat Steelheart.
If the Reckoners manage to defeat Steelheart, then you win! However, if too many civilians die, then all Reckoners immediately lose.
How Do You Play?
The Reckoners board game utilizes a simultaneous dice rolling and re-rolling mechanism, so that all players are performing their turns at the same time. The dice results determine your available actions. Over the course of the game, players will be able to acquire new dice, improve their dice results with Equipment Cards, and earn Plan Tokens to perform extra actions. The players must discover Steelheart's weakness and defeat him in order to win before the population of Newcago is destroyed.
Steelheart, Newcago Enforcement, and other Epics will respond to the players with actions of their own. Each Epic possesses a different array of actions that symbolize their powers, and the players must deal with numerous Epics scattered throughout Newcago in order to be successful. In addition, Steelheart will move around each turn wreaking havoc, deploying Enforcement, and transforming the city into impassable steel. Choose your actions wisely and work as a team to save Newcago.