Pendulum Board Game by Stonemaier Games

Pendulum Board Game by Stonemaier Games

Unique nobles vie to rule Dünya in this turnless strategy game. Command workers, expand provinces, & climb victory tracks. The most strategic ruler at the final Council becomes the Timeless Ruler! Prioritize effective time use over speed for victory.
Base Game

Setup Time
5 Mins
Play Time
60-90 Mins
1 to 5
Age Level
12 and Up
$45.00 USD
$45.00 USD
Details What's in the Box? Rule Book Reviews and Questions


When the gods first created the world, Dünya (Deun-ya), they gave it no order. Violence reigned, and only the strong eked out a desperate survival. This was the Time of Chaos.

The dragons grew into a terrifying power, and eventually they stood unmatched and claimed dominion over Dünya. They instilled an order on the world, though one of suffering and misery. This was the Time of Darkness.

Finally, one man, Surcil, caught the affection of Gahael, god of the changing seasons and the keeper of time. Gahael bestowed a portion of his power to Surcil, making him immortal, and Surcil threw off the oppressive rule of the dragons. He became the Timeless King and ruled Dünya for centuries, maintaining the peace. This was the Time of Order.

Now, the Timeless King has vanished, and his empire is in disarray. Why he left or to what fate he came, no one seems to know, though mysterious rumors have circulated. The political strings he so subtly pulled over the years have begun to unravel into an unstable power vacuum. This marks the Time of Change.

When Gahael gifted the Timeless King his power, he also forged a great iron clock that was placed in the Grande Plaza of Montbrielle. Gahael declared that the clock would continue to run as long as the Timeless King ruled. With his disappearance, the clock has come to a stop, the iron pendulum hanging perfectly still below the etched glass of its face. It is immovable by any hand that attempts to restart it. Legends hold that when a leader truly succeeds the Timeless King, they will visit the Grande Plaza and swing the pendulum, restarting the iron clock, and marking the beginning of a new era.

In Pendulum, each player is a powerful noble vying to succeed the Timeless King as the true ruler of Dünya. Each noble in the game is unique. Players command their workers, execute stratagems, and expand the provinces in their domain in real time to gain resources, votes, and move up the four victory tracks: power, prestige, popularity, and legendary achievement. Use your time wisely, as the player who has shown themselves the most fit to rule during the final Council will be declared the new Timeless Ruler!

Pendulum is a turnless real-time strategy game for 1-5 players. Players must use real time as a resource in managing their strategy to best their opponents, using time on different action types and balancing it with time spent planning and analyzing. Faster isn't always better! The winner will be the player who manages and invests their time most effectively, not the player who acts the quickest.

What's in the Box

  • 1 box (30x30x7cm)
  • 1 game board (53x50cm)
  • 250 tokens
  • 3 sand timers (45 sec, 2 minutes, 3 minutes)
  • 5 double-sided, frosted character mats (asymmetric) and 4 stratagem cards per character (40 total; 44x67mm)
  • 56 Province cards (63x63mm)
  • 31 council reward cards (44x67mm)
  • 10 achievement cards (59x91mm)
  • 1 legendary achievement token (metal)
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 quick-reference guide
  • 1 Automa rulebook
  • 1 Automa scoring mat
  • 38 Automa cards (59x91mm)

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