Stronghold is a two-player game telling the story of a siege. Players take opposing sides: one has to defend the stronghold, and the other has to break into the castle as soon as possible. The game board represents the stronghold itself as well as the surrounding terrain, where enemy forces are placed and whence they proceed to the walls.

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 single turn. The invaders build war machines, equip their soldiers, train them, and use black magic rituals to achieve victory. Meanwhile, defenders repair walls, build cannons, train soldiers, and do everything they can to hold the castle as long as possible.

If the invader manages to break into the castle before the end of seven rounds, they win; otherwise, the defender wins.

Learn more about the game

Stronghold 2nd Edition
How to Play
Stronghold 2nd Edition
The Dice Tower review with Tom Vasel
Stronghold 2nd Edition
review by No Pun Included
Stronghold 1st Edition
review by Shut Up & Sit Down
Stronghold 2nd Edition
Gameplay Talkthrough by Rahdo
Stronghold 1st Edition
Final Thoughts by Rahdo

Stronghold 1st and 2nd Edition have won prominent awards and nominations, including:

2010 JoTa Best Artwork Nominee

2010 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Two-players

2010 Golden Geek Best Wargame Nominee

2010 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee

2016 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee

2015 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee


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