Joan of Arc

An age of knights and squires, religion and superstition.

After spending a horrifying amount on this game, and the most shipping I’ve paid on anything in my life, it was with some trepidation I awaited the final product—would the game be worth the money? Well, to anyone who doesn’t enjoy these kind of miniature-heavy battle games it probably isn’t, but I do, and to my great relief, I can say after several games I really enjoy the system. It’s like a medieval Memoir ’44, and I reckon that’s high praise indeed!

Personally I love the small scale of the miniatures because you can get a real sense of large armies clashing on the tabletop, though painting all those little guys can get a bit tedious. The activation system gives you interesting choices, and you can choose between historical battles of the Hundred Years War period, or ones tinged with supernatural forces and monsters. And since your characters can hold ‘conversations’ with various side characters like priests and blacksmiths, stories really emerge from the gameplay. In our last play of the Battle of Crécy, Edward III spent a ridiculous amount of time chatting with the local blacksmith, to his eventual detriment!

I’m really looking forward to the extra stuff I ordered, especially the Siege expansion, which adds siege warfare and castle walls to the mix. And I’m very pleased to hear that Mythic have committed to really supporting this game system for a long time to come. And of course they’ll be another campaign soon, during which I can see myself succumbing to the temptation to get the huge legendary dragon ‘miniature’.

Update Log



Date Version Changelog
Sep 2019 1.4 Bolded rule about characters leaving game after discussion; added clarification of command rule
Sep 2019 1.3 Reordered and identified the actions correctly; colour coded the main orders; changed some heading styles
Sep 2019 1.2 Added token images and reroll token description on the summary’s third page
Aug 2019 1.1 Fixed intrigue timing and discussion section in summary
Aug 2019 1 Original release

3 Comments

  • Ohh man, you keep making my life easier, thank you so, so much! I’m also very happy with the game despite the set-up time being insane and the amount of content and organization being very overwhelming.

    Which expansions/add-ons did you order? The Legendary Dragon is only worth it if you really want the “miniature” because it only adds one scenario, you won’t really be playing with it too much (not that it can really be handled that much because of its size).

    • I got Siege, Apocalypse, and the Compendium, but I may be able to get my hands on the other extras too. Just filming a battle report as we speak! Great game.

      • Awesome, looking forward to your battle report.

        I got the Legendary Dragon, haven’t even opened it, will probably sell it. Now that I know more about the game and have actually played it, I’m only interested in the Apocalypse and Legendary Battles expansions, I will probably get them on Kickstarter 1.5 along with a bunch of extra dice and more bases so I can glue everything to improve set-up time.

        Thanks again for the rules summary and player aid, they are fantastic!

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