Stronghold Games and Portal Games Announce “Stronghold - 2nd Edition”

Stronghold Games and Portal Games are proud to announce jointly the release of Stronghold – 2nd Edition, a reprinting and reworking of the Portal Games best-selling title, Stronghold, originally released in 2009.

Stronghold – 2nd Edition is a 2–4 player game, which tells the story of the siege of a castle. Players take on the roles of either the defenders or attackers with one side defending the stronghold and the other attempting to break into the stronghold through its highly fortified walls as quickly as possible. 

In Stronghold – 2nd Edition, the game board represents the stronghold itself, as well as the surrounding terrain from where the attacking forces launch their siege against the walls of the stronghold. The defender has a small number of soldiers manning the walls, while the invader has an infinite legion of attacking creatures. A desperate fight takes place every turn. The invaders build war machines, equip their soldiers, train them, and use black magic rituals to achieve victory. Meanwhile, the defenders repair walls, build cannons, train soldiers, and do everything they can to hold the castle as long as possible.

While all of the differences between the original Stronghold and Stronghold – 2nd Edition were not available at press time, some of the changes will include:
• Streamlined rules and enhanced rulebook
• Shorter gameplay, featuring attackers being placed on the board during setup
• Glory Points rules replaced with a more straightforward system of castle defense in 7 rounds
• Improved components, such as a larger game board and new better artwork

Stronghold Games and Portal Games will print Stronghold – 2nd Edition together. Stronghold Games will have worldwide English rights (except Europe) for this game. Portal Games will maintain all other language rights and distribute an English language version in Europe. 

Stronghold – 2nd Edition has a tentative release of 4Q 2015. Both Stronghold Games and Portal Games will premiere the game at the Essen Spiel in October 2015. The retail price for the game was not available at press time.

“The release of Stronghold – 2nd Edition is an extraordinary event for us”, said Stephen M. Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “Not only does this title make obvious sense from a branding perspective within the Stronghold Games catalog, but we are able to work with the great Portal Games on this project. Portal Games has proven year after year, game after game, to be one of the premiere hobby game publishers in the world. We are very happy to be working with them on this project.”

“We are very excited to be working with such a great company as Stronghold Games”, said Ignacy Trzewiczek, President of Portal Games. “Though we are now doing our own distribution within North America for our other titles, partnering with Stronghold Games on this game has obvious good branding implications for both companies. It will be great to put this game back in print in a second edition with Stronghold Games.”