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League of Legends board game Tellstones: King’s Gambit shows off champions Jarvan and Xin Zhao in teaser trailer

Demacia luck.

Tellstones: Kings Gambit trailer screenshot
Image credit: Riot Games

Tellstones: King’s Gambit, the next board game from the creator of Mechs vs. Minions, has revealed its Demacian origins in a new teaser trailer.

A real-life version of a fictional game played across Runeterra, the world of video game League of Legends, Tellstones sees players attempting to outwit their opponent using stones showing various symbols on them. The newly-released reveal trailer shows the tabletop game being played by various characters from the League of Legends universe - and from its digital card game spin-off, Legends of Runeterra - including champions such as Jarvan, Xin Zhao, Garen, Lux and Fiora.

Played throughout the Demacian region of Runeterra, Tellstones has one player arrange the stones in a facedown sequence, leaving their opponent to place the last stone somewhere in the line. During the trailer, a young girl attempts to distract the other player by asking them to explain the philosophy behind playing Tellstones, before her opponents realises that he can no longer remember which stone he placed in the sequence.

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Tellstones was revealed by Riot Tabletop - a branch of the developer behind League of Legends, Riot Games - earlier this year. The bluffing game for two to four players is based on one played in the universe of League of Legends, the popular MOBA - multiplayer online battle arena - in which players compete as different champions to gain control of the opposing team’s territory.

The League of Legends series has already received one tabletop game based on the series - 2016’s Mechs vs. Minions - which saw players working together as a team of Yordles, creatures from the Legends of Runeterra spin-off. The co-op board game for two to four players challenged players to pilot their mechs against armies of minions in a story-driven campaign featuring a total of ten different missions.

Tellstones: Kings Gambit box art
Image credit: Riot Games

Unlike Mechs vs. Minions, Tellstones is designed to be a more straightforward competitive game that can be played in 10 to 20 minutes, and is apparently one of many tabletop titles that Riot Tabletop plans to release.

Tellstones: King’s Gambit is yet to receive an official release date or confirmed retail price, though the first images of the upcoming board game appear to show it comes in a portable box.

Edit: A previous version of this article spelt Jarvan and Xin Zhao’s names incorrectly. This has been corrected.

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