Tomb Raider Legends The Board Game

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Remark: This article describes the Board Game Tomb Raider Legends released in 2019. For information on the first Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider game, see Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend.

Tomb Raider Legends

Tomb Raider Legends The Board Game (aka. Tomb Raider Legends The Board Game) is a Tomb Raider themed Board Game by Square Enix Products set to be released in the first quarter of 2019. It was officially announced on 18 August 2019 on social media[1].

The image used for the packaging is reminiscent of the Peru - Mountain Caves level from Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary.


Please Note: The Rules described here are based on the GamesCom 2018 prototype and are subject to change. Also, they are not complete but are rather intended to give a short overview of the game to a person interested in buying it.

The game is playable by 3 or 4 players who are playing different versions of Lara Croft, each from a different Classic or LAU game. The Start Token determines who starts each round and is given to the person who most recently was on an adventure.

Lara has to find a way through six locations - five Area Tiles and one Climax Tile, chosen at random and only revealed on entering the area. For each location Lara has to reduce the Thread Level (marked on the bottom of each the Area Tile) to zero in order to be able to progress to the next and thus from start to finish. On her way Lara also is looking for an Artifact (the Scion); there is only one Artifact, as well as two Artifect Replicas. In order to progress from the Climax Tile to the Goal, thus finishing the game and becoming the true Lara Croft, one has to be in possession of the real Artifact - which means that there is a fierce competition between the different Laras who are trying to steal the Artifact from one another.

To progress through the areas, the player chooses three of his Action Cards and places them in the order he or she wants to play them on their character board. These actions include Explore, Rest, Assault, Steal, Action and Rush.

  • By exploring an area, the player gains Raid Cards that give special powers.
  • Steal can be used to steal Raid Cards from other players on the same tile as your Lara. As the Artifact and the Artifact Replicas are kept together with the Raid Cards, this is the only way to gain these when they are in possession of another player.
  • Assaulting another player deals an Injury to them and additionally allows them to steal a Raid Card OR the Start Marker.
  • Resting reduces Lara's injuries, injuries she may have gained from Assaults by other players, as a result of the Area Tile she currently is staying on, or from played Raid Cards. If Lara is injured it means that the player can hold less Raid Cards in his or her hand. Cards have to be discarded if the player holds too many of them, reducing not only the possibilities to use these cards efficiently during the game, but also the possibility to hide the Artifact from the other players among the stack.
  • Action can be used to reduce the Thread Level of the current tile by 2.
  • Rush can be played to move to the next area (if possible) and reduce the Thread Level by 1. (If the Thread Level is not 0 and the player can thus not move forward, the Thread Level of the tile Lara is standing on is reduced.) There are two Rush Cards in each Action Card deck.

Assault and Steal can only be played against players who are currently on the same tile. All Actions can be boosted with XP a player can gain e.g. through reducing the Thread Level or through Assault. This makes the actions more efficient, e.g. a boosted Assault enables the player to also steal the Start Token from a player.

Whoever reaches the goal first - with the Artifact in their possession - wins the game; only the holder of the Artifact can progress from the Climax Tile to the Goal.

Pre-release History

Social Media Promotion

The game was first teased on social media on 17 August 2018, one day before the actual announcement[2].

On 19 August 2018 an image of the Scion was posted on social media[3], with the instructions to download an image and find the hidden clue in the title. Adjusting the colour curves using an image manipulation program like GIMP or Photoshop reveals a message in the "Artifact" heading of the image: "See it first at GamesCom Hall 5.2 Booth E19".

GamesCom 2018

Members of the 2018 GamesCom Official Fansite Program's Ambassadors had the opportunity to play a prototype of the game at the booth of Square Enix Products on Wednesday 22nd, after a short introduction by Fabian Weber. Reactions were overwhelmingly positive.



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