Preliminary PnP fulfilled, previews, and painted minis

Hello dragonbonded, we are back!

I would like to start with an apology for the silence in the past weeks. Some of you are aware of the Covid situation our family went through because Pam and I explained in a few threads at the comment section before the campaign finished.

The past month has been the most challenging in our work lives because we had to juggle between messages, emails, and calls for both, work and hospital, combined with the rush of activity from the end of campaign, which we are deeply grateful for. Your support and the last days of the campaign, was the only positive thing in the hard times we were going through.

Our family members are now at home recovering and we have regained peace of mind to focus again. Thanks again for your patience and for all your support!


Development hasn't stopped. We are a large team and the game development + pledge manager setup has kept going. Only the communications, which Pam and I are in charge of, was not as usual, but we are back. So let us share what's happened in the past weeks.

PRELIMINARY Print & Play PDF files sent

Only 10 days after the campaign funded we sent the preliminary PDF PnP files to all backers from tiers $15 and higher.

This are not the final files! But we wanted to share them in case you are eager to play and even share feedback in our Discord

You should have received a redeemable code via email from DriveThruRPG; if you did not, look in your SPAM folder or send us an email to kickstarter@dracostudios.com with the subject "Missing LoV PnP" and Ana or Pam will help you out!

Note that shortly after we first sent it, we uploaded an update because the Arcane Harvest card from Allaria had the wrong icons. We also included the latest version of the rules and Example of play.




For your convenience here's the timeline with the digital rewards:

  • September: Base Game preliminary Print & Play PDF files (SENT)

  • October: Access to our MyMiniFactory store for your Base Game & Armies of Blood & Dreams STL files

  • November: Base Game FINAL version Print & Play PDF files

  • December: Expansions Print & Play PDF and STL files

  • February: Translated versions of the Base Game & Expansions Print & Play PDF files

The final version of the Print & Play PDF files will include an A3 or A2 version of the game board, plus any modifications of the rules or game content. The cards will be arranged to print, cut & fold so the front and back are alignment is more convenient.

If you have printed the game and played already, feel free to rate, post pictures or start forum threads in BoardGameGeek's entry of Lords of Vaala.

About the final stretch goal

Even though we didn't reach the $250.000 stretch goal that could allow us to accelerate development to unlock the new expansion as an add-on, we have figured out how to bring it to life.



Design not final.


In a few weeks, you will receive an email to access a personal survey on Backerkit, the chosen pledge manager for this project.

You will be able to let us know your mailing address to send physical rewards, pay for shipping and VAT, choose your language version, AND include any optional buys (add-ons).

This expansion will be set up as a stretch goal add-on, meaning that to make it a reality we will need enough orders for it; if the goal is not met, this add-on won't be charged by the platform.

We have received dozens of requests for this expansion in social media, Discord, personal messages, Kickstarter comments (maybe near a hundred). So we believe we can easily achieve 500 orders, but we will need your help.

We are still thinking about the best name for this expansion that introduces new dragon broods and realms with their own player boards, action cards (new art) and characters + vaala cards. If you have any ideas, feel free to share in the comments! (You can learn more about the realms of Nahuac and Ysval, and the draconic broods Coatl and Exxor in the World Primer).

Here's a special preview:



Tetzcoatl by Adam Wesierski


And of course, the miniatures will receive the same special treatment as the ones from the base game and other generals, with more table presence for generals and younger version of the dragons to fit in the box.



Pose thumbnail for Erandi by Aldo Dominguez


Answers to a couple of frequently asked questions:

  • If this becomes a reality, you will also unlock the add-on Armies of Nature & Light for players who prefer to use minis instead of cardboard tokens.

  • The Big Box of Holding will be able to hold these expansions as well.

  • If this add-on is unlocked, their digital files will be added to the add-on for the expansions Print & Play files.

Art & Sculpt previews

Enough reading! Time for some updates with images instead of words.



Onatella Pai by Todd Ulrich




Pose thumbnail for miniature of Onatella Pai by Todd Ulrich




Tripod sculpt progress by Roberto Chaudon




Onatella Pai sculpt progress (not posed yet) by Roberto Chaudon




Baryen concept by Todd Ulrich



And here's another entry from our Dragonbond lore guide and visual guide:

Maghyr sorcerers lead every Tyverian army, save for a few smaller or emergent battalions. In battle, they feed on the blood spilled by both allies and enemies, using it to feed their dread powers. A single maghyr blood sorcerer can turn the tide of battle in an instant, draining opponents of their blood and using it to impale the survivors, or stopping their enemies’ hearts and strengthening the blood of their allies with a single hand wave.




Maghyr concepts by Aldo Dominguez


Speaking of lore guide, we are getting ready for an extensive Dragonbond release in 2023 and we have plans to release a Playtest document to invite our dragonbonded community in the development with feedback. If you are a fan of fantasy RPGs with 5e, let us know! We would love to hear from you.

Painted minis

During the campaign, we had collaborations with very talented painters, we would like to share some of the Lords of Vaala painted miniatures with you.

Angel Giraldez YouTube channel / Instagram - Warm Colors (color scheme)




Simon Sikora / Zumikito Miniatures Youtube channel / Instagram - Want To Improve? STOP Using Colors.



Steven Oaks (Instagram)



Ferellon painted by Steven Oaks




Fell Knight painted by Steven Oaks

Alan Castellanos / Bicefalo Art Studio - Instagram / Other social media links



Waada painted by Alan Castellanos

And last but not least, MIMI Painting Studio (Instagram) who painted the miniatures used for the campaign graphics.



Elyse painted by MIMI Painting Studio



Adrael painted by MIMI Painting Studio




Ferellon painted by MIMI Painting Studio




Nagasha painted by MIMI Painting Studio



Fai Hydra painted by MIMI Painting Studio

We are exploring with MIMI Painting Studio the possibility of offering some limited copies of pre-painted copies of Lords of Vaala and Dragons of the Red Moon. These would be available in the Pledge Manager.



Baastherox painted by MIMI Painting Studio

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We are very glad to be back. Thanks again for your patience and support, for funding this fantastic game which we all feel extremely proud of. If you are at Gen Con you can visit Hall E to check Lords of Vaala. We don't have a booth this year but we are running demos of Lords of Vaala and our other games with the help of heralds from the Envoy program.




We will be back soon with more development previews and news. We are getting closer to the pledge manager!

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