Tabletop Spotlight: Orcs Must Die – The Boardgame


The Tabletop Spotlight is on Orcs Must Die – The Boardgame!

Orcs Must Die! is a fun PC game that has made the successful transition to the Boardgame Realm. Our friends at Dragon’s Lair have brought over a copy for us to take a look at and see exactly what we’re getting:

If you’re a fan of the PC game you’re going to instantly recognize how this one plays out. Players assume the role of heroes and must defend their rift from waves of invading enemies. At your disposal are your tools of destruction: weapons, traps, and other magically infused goodies. In this particular box – aka the Order Edition – you’ve got your pick of the 4 “good” heroes from the game. All the heroes have their own unique abilities and slightly different stats so you’ll have to change up your play style to match the right hero.

If you get the Unchained Edition you’ll get a whole new set of “heroes” and invaders to fight with. The core mechanics are the same and you can actually combine both sets and play a head-to-head version of the game which is pretty cool.


The Gameplay consists of 3 levels with varying waves of enemies. You can tweak that to the number of players you have as well – plus there are Boss cards too. I really liked how they combined the FPS and the Tower Defense game styles in the PC game and they did a similar thing with this board game. Obviously, you can’t get that first person experience but you can try to go for the more direct damage with your hero or the trap damage with all the traps. I think a coordinated team would probably get you the best results however.

The invading hordes move in with a set pattern. That’s based on the board layout and also the tiles placed. Each tile has rules that effect the invaders so be sure to double-check to see what effects are in place! That can lead to victory or defeat…


Overall, Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame! is a pretty great representation of the PC game in analog form. It captures the spirit of the game and distills it down to something that works on as a boardgame. If you get a chance to play this one do it – those Orcs need to die. It’s in the title.

Orcs Must Die! The Boardgame!


The award winning game Orcs Must Die has at last made its way to the table top! Orcs Must Die : The Boardgame dares you to preserve your stronghold sieged by orcs. You have traps & weapons galore, and can team up with your friends to obliterate the nasty orcs and their grotesque allies. Robot Entertainment has joined forces with award-winning designer Sandy Petersen to create Orcs Must Die : The Boardgame.

Orcs Must Die : The Boardgame  has been designed for the tabletop environment. It includes scores of great plastic figures of all your favorite heroes, plus hordes of orcs, crossbow orcs, kobolds, gnolls, trolls, ogres, and more. Build an exciting fortress using our tile-based system, then watch as swarms of baddies plunge through your defenses to abolish your Rift.

To protect the rift, the Orcs must DIE!

  • hokiecow

    How does it play?

  • dave long island

    Cool! Love the video game! His funny comments crack me up. Never finished the Orcs Must Die 2. It’s somewhat more involved.

  • Golden Yak

    I desire pics of the minis!

  • Honestly curious how this actually plays out. The game was interesting and better with Co-Op, so hopefully making it a social tabletop game works with the recipe.