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Back in print for a heavily revamped 2nd edition, Paupers' Ladder sees you returning to Brighthelm for a deeper adventure. 

Filled with new places to explore, people to help, equipment to buy and recipes to learn, this new edition of the game now includes 8 Bird companions instead of the original 4, and adds a new game mode: Survival, where your characters can be injured from fighting hazards. Take too many injuries and it's off to the city healers to restore your vigour.

Paupers' Ladder has had some lovely reviews and awards since it first came out in 2019. It's been a privilege to be able to bring it back for a second round.


Paupers' Ladder is an open world above-ground game of exploration and adventure for 1-4 players. Taking the role of a Pauper in Garolium's tournament, you and your faithful Bird companion travel the length and breadth of Brighthelm, amassing the fame and fortune you need to learn any 3 of the 5 Virtues.

Will you earn Gems to donate in the name of generosity, or take to the wild regions to fight a variety of creatures in pursuit of bravery and magnificence? If the quiter life of a chemist appeals, you can forage for the rare ingredients needed to learn powerful recipes and the virtue of knowledge. And if you're keen to help others in the name of fellowship, you can take on a variety of quests that will take you to one edge of the realm and back again.

Gamewardbound : A review of Paupers' Ladder played solo


Here's a selection of some of the new cards in the 2nd edition.

A comprehensive overview of Paupers' Ladder by The Dungeon Dive


"A game with epic scope that gives players a sense of their own charming narrative." Tabletop Gaming Magazine


"Exceptional playability. Exlporing and seeing what the world of Brighthelm has to offer is a rewarding endeavour." Meeple Gamers


"The beauty of Paupers' Ladder is its simpliciaty and its tribute to classic games. Something truly special." I Play Red


"Paupers' Ladder is delightful. Easily the most charming game I have placed in recent memory." Hungry Gamer


"As a gameschooling mom, I love any games that let my kids work on their storytelling and creativity, and Paupers' Ladder definitely fits the bill."
Everything Board Games


“This is a lovely, gentle game with real depth in the background story and world. The look and feel is fantastic.” Imagination Gaming

"Charmingly straightforward with lots of choices. An excellently presented, vast, neast and tidy adventure game." Northern Dice

“I love the whole feel of Paupers Ladder - a game that is charming, and a world that just encourages me to want to spend time in it and explore it - quite magnificent!" Dungeon Dive


“I have had a great time playing Paupers’ Ladder and would suggest you check this out you’re after a twist on the genre.” The Friendly Board Gamer


“What an incredible outing! I am most definitely returning for more stories very soon!” Gamewardbound

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