Defeat an evil imp and prevent a demonic invasion in Valor & Villainy: Lludwik’s Labyrinth, an upcoming sequel that adds legacy elements to the series.
Valor & Villainy: Lludwik’s Labyrinth is a game for one to six players set in a fantasy world populated by the Order Without Borders, a heroic society whose latest victory over a dastardly wizard is being celebrated by a visit to a pizzeria. However their celebration is cut short by the arrival of Lludwik Fandango, an imp with nefarious plans to command an invasion of demons into the world. To thwart their schemes, the players must venture into Lludwik’s labyrinth, overcome their gang of Muscleboyz and defeat the villain.
As in the original Valor & Villainy, Lludwik’s Labyrinth is a co-op game in which players will have a selection of different characters to choose from and several villains to face-off against. Of the nine playable characters featured within the game, six have since been revealed - Isabella the Elementalist, Rowan the Druid, Welliam the Warlock, Sir Thaddy the Burglar, Coach the Artificer and Dredgar the Necromancer. All of these characters will be depicted within the game as miniatures, as will the five potential villains players can challenge - including Lludwik Fandango.
In the tabletop title, players take turns to explore Lludwk’s labyrinth by drawing tiles and revealing their different effects. Tiles can trigger multiple choice events that players will need to navigate around in order to progress through the game. As they encounter enemies within the maze, players will roll a collection of dice equal to those shown on their character sheet. should players roll a high enough result - they’ll be able to wound or defeat their assailant. Players will also collect spell and feat cards as they explore the map, which they’ll then be able to use to boost their attacks or gain other benefits.
The more enemies they take down and the further they venture into the labyrinth, players will collect experience points which they can use to level up their character’s abilities. Experience points can also be used to purchase new actions or improve a character’s dice pool. Once the players make it to the room containing the final boss, they’ll have to fight against its AI battle deck and score enough critical hits to be successful.
When players have finished their current playthrough, in a similar fashion to certain legacy games, they’ll be able to retain aspects of their experience to use in a freeplay mode - or one-off battles against the game’s villains which will contain a unique set of repeatable events.
Valor & Villainy: Lludwik’s Labyrinth was designed by James Van Niekerk, the creator behind the first entry in the series and an illustrator for both titles, as well as What’s He Building in There and Banditos.
Skybound Games is the studio responsible for publishing Valor & Villainy: Lludwik’s Labyrinth, alongside the original Valor & Villainy game and the party card game Superfight.
The Kickstarter for Valor & Villainy: Lludwik’s Labyrinth is live until July 10th, with a pledge of $60 (£44) getting backers a copy of the core game in September 2022.