The Realms lay divided, their former wonder lost and forgotten. The Tyrant Queen has seized the throne, forcing the rightful heirs deep into exile. You are the sons and daughters of the once-great houses: Foxway, Gorga, Mherzeen, and Spyre. Under the tutelage of advisors, you have gathered your followers, your conscripts. The time has come to take back what is yours.
Path of Light and Shadow is a massive empire-building experience, combining area control, deck management, and civilization customization. As players vie for control of The Realms, they must enlist and promote supporters, outfit their burgeoning empire with powerful technologies, align with powerful leaders, and lay siege to rival exiles after the throne. Above all else, each player must decide what type of leader they will become, cruel or merciful. But choose wisely, for each path has its rewards and perils.
Path of Light and Shadow is a massive empire-building game for 2-4 players that plays in 60-120 minutes. Designed by Travis R. Chance, Nick Little and Jonathan Gilmour, it incorporates a number of unique mechanisms with area control, deck management, and tech trees found in civilization games. For more information, we encourage you to view the videos directly below, or simply read our draft rulebook here.
More information about how to play the game, the unique game mechanics and the design decisions made in the development of the game can be found on Board Game Geek:
- Path to Design Part One: Cruelty, Mercy, and Commonfolk
- Path to Design Part Two: Hordes, Culling, Combat, and Ruin
- Path to Design Part Three: Mercy, Building, and Defend
- Path to Design Part Four: Ambivalence, Ports, Influence, and Leaders
- Path to Design Part Five: Numerai and advisors
We encourage you to watch our video content and read our written reviews and testimonials below.
- Click here for written review from game designer and playtester Adam Daulton.
- Written review from Cardboard Republic.
- Loremaster Reviews Path of Light and Shadow
- A Life in Games Kickstarter Recommendation
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- Path of Light and Shadow is the 37th project from the combined teams behind Indie Boards and Cards & Action Phase Games. With the successful execution of our first 36 projects, we have become experienced publishers with a reputation for great games (in design and production) that are delivered in a timely fashion.
- Path of Light and Shadow was designed by the talented Travis R. Chance, Nick Little and Jonathan Gilmour (Dead of Winter, Dinosaur Island, Vault Wars). This game has undergone two years of extensive testing and development to ensure the best possible experience. We are confident that this game will be in your collection for years to come.
- The game features countless pieces of high quality art from the incredibly talented Beth Sobel (Lanterns, Between Two Cities, and Coldwater Crown).
- Path of Light and Shadow provides an incredible amount of replay value and highly diverse strategies within 90 minutes of play.
- The game scales very well for all player counts, including two-player.
- All of the art assets are complete and ready for immediate upload after the project funds. Prices include US shipping.
- This project is also EU & Canadian friendly.
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