Catalyst Game Labs announced they have licensed rights to the hit drama series “Vikings” from MGM Consumer Products, a division of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.(MGM), which holds worldwide merchandising, licensing and consumer products rights on behalf of the show.
The first game will be Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, based on the critically-acclaimed game The Duke. This exciting new game brings a slew of new tiles for players to master, even allowing players to place their Vikings tiles directly against The Duke tiles determining the real conqueror! Catalyst Game Labs will publish Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game at the end of this year.
In the long winters between raiding seasons, warriors keep their intellect sharp through games of wits and chance. Ragnar, Rollo, Floki and even the Earl challenge each other to this game of stone placement filled with tactics and subtle maneuvering for victory.
In Jarl: The Vikings Tile Laying Game, players move their tiles around the board and flip them over after each move. Each tile’s side shows a different movement profile. If you end your movement in a square occupied by an opponent’s tile, you capture that tile. Capture your opponent’s Jarl to win!
“We’re big fans of Vikings,” said Randall N. Bills, Managing Developer for Catalyst Game Labs. “It’s been incredibly exciting to look at different ways to bring the show to gaming tables. From the Jarl that almost anyone can sit down and enjoy, to our boardgame focused on the Lords of Waterdeep-and-beyond crowd waiting for a great game with a strong theme. It’s simply been fantastic to be apart of this new endeavor for Catalyst.”
Following the Jarl‘s publication, Catalyst Game Labs will release Vikings: The Board Game.
Vikings: The Board Game is a strategy game of exploration and raiding for 2-5 players based upon the hit dramatic series that allows players to embrace their inner Viking. Each winter players will scheme to acquire appropriate resources while convincing heroes such as Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, Rollo and Floki to support them as they put their longships in the water to raid each summer. Plunder treasures and foreign resources across modular tiles that ensure a different game each time you play, while completing offers to the Seer will ultimately lead a player to victory!
“Vikings” centers on Ragnar Lothbrok, a restless warrior and family man who longs to find and conquer new lands across the seas and claim the spoils as his own. The series portrays life in the Dark Ages, a world ruled by raiders and explorers, through the eyes of Viking society.
“Vikings” was created and written by Michael Hirst—one of the premier historical story-tellers in the industry (Academy-Award winning film Elizabeth; and the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated series The Tudors)—who serves as Executive Producer along with Morgan O’Sullivan of World 2000 (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Tudors), Sheila Hockin (The Tudors, The Borgias), John Weber of Take 5 Productions (The Tudors; The Borgias), Sherry Marsh, Alan Gasmer and James Flynn (The Tudors, The Borgias). Dirk Hoogstra and Julian P. Hobbs are the Executives in Charge of Production for HISTORY.
“Vikings” is an international Irish/Canadian co-production being co-produced by World 2000 and Take 5 Productions. HISTORY broadcasts domestically in the U.S. MGM Television brought the series to the network and brings “Vikings” to the global audience, serving as the worldwide distributor outside of Ireland and Canada. “Vikings” is produced in association with Shaw Media, and the series also airs on HISTORY in Canada.
About Catalyst Game Labs
Catalyst Game Labs is dedicated to producing high quality games and fiction that mesh sophisticated game mechanics with dynamic universes-all presented in a form that allows beginning players and long-time veterans to easily jump into our games and fiction readers to enjoy our stories even if they don’t know the games.
Catalyst Game Labs is an imprint of InMediaRes Productions, LLC, which specializes in electronic publishing of professional fiction. This allows Catalyst to participate in a synergy that melds printed gaming material and fiction with all the benefits of electronic interfaces and online communities, creating a whole-package experience for any type of player or reader. Find Catalyst Game Labs online at www.catalystgamelabs.com.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is celebrating 90 years as a leader in the entertainment business and as an innovator in the industry. Today, MGM is an entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in domestic and international television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.