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Vye for control of the kingdom in this beautifully illustrated, strategy card game for 2 - 4 players.
Vye for control of the kingdom in this beautifully illustrated, strategy card game for 2 - 5 players.
Vye for control of the kingdom in this beautifully illustrated, strategy card game for 2 - 5 players.
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All 12 stretch goals unlocked! Thank you!!! 

Vye has grown in quality and quantity since we first launched this kickstarter. The Kickstarter edition of Vye will now come with 110 linen finished cards, 125 wooden cubes, and a rule book, all in an upgraded awesome box. YOU made that happen.

If you missed out on the Kickstarter of Vye, but would still like to order it, you can do so at our company website: www.SandHatGames.com 

Thank you all again for the support and we’ll keep you updated on the development of the game as things progress. 

Joe, Doug and Vince of Sand Hat Games

“Vye is a kingdom building game at its most beautiful state.” Across the Board Games

“Would I recommend Vye? Without hesitation. It’s a fun and highly competitive card game of positioning and timing.” - Father Geek

Vye is an area control game that plays quickly across an ever increasing, and oftentimes contentious board, usually taking less than half an hour. The game is made up of 110 beautifully illustrated cards and 125 wooden tokens in 5 different colors. It has been favorably compared to Carcassonne, Fealty, Robber Knights and Go.

Vye is a game for 2-4 players, competing to build the largest kingdom... before the Inevitable Empress is drawn.  

Below is a quick "How to Play" video we put together for all of you. 

To play, you take five cards and lay them out as the unconquered lands of Vye. Players choose a color and put their matching house, and tokens in front of them. When played, each family member in a house claims neighboring cards with a unique trait. You’re dealt four cards and during your turn you can play from either your hand or from family. Playing your cards strategically enables you to capture your opponent’s lands and control the largest kingdom, thereby winning the game. Will you see your kingdom fractured or will you remain united and claim the kingdom of Vye before time runs out?

"Vye shines with its original artwork and design and is a terrific game to introduce to new gamers." Across the Board Games

 “Do play Vye the first chance you get and enjoy the challenge of capturing territory in an ever-shifting land dispute for power and control!” - Father Geek

We’ve had a lot of fun playing Vye and we’ve gotten a lot of great feedback and comments about the game. So much so that we wanted to give all of you the opportunity to try out our “pre-release edition” for free. Download the Print and Play of Vye below and if you like it please consider showing your support.

Download the Vye print and play kit here

Vye includes 60 Land cards, 20 Family cards, 24 special cards, 3 legendary cards, and an Inevitable Empress card. It also includes 5 different sets of colored wooden tokens (125 total) all in a beautifully designed box.

Update: Collector's Edition Box - $75 (Early Prototype)

Here's an early sample of the Collector's Edition box and tokens created by Lyris Laser Studio.

For more of an update on the Collector's Edition, check out Update #10.

Update: Release Party V.I.P. ($60) 

We have some more information regarding the "goodie bag" that comes at the V.I.P. pledge level.

 For more of an update on this pledge, check out Update #11.

All stretch goals are designed to add variety and mix up gameplay to keep you on your toes (as you Vye for control of the kingdom)! All stretch goals will be included in every copy of Vye.

Our first stretch goal is to upgrade our standard, and totally acceptable, card stock finish to the much more impressive linen finish. This gives the cards a thicker more durable feel.

Wild Lands: Vye is a magical place and sometimes lands don’t take form until the moment of choosing. The Wild Lands are 4 new bonus cards you can add into the deck. Wild Lands take on the aspect of a neighboring land when played.

Winter's Vale: High in the mountains of Vye, is a place where the snow never melts, called Winter's Vale. Winter's Vale is a new set of 4 land cards you can add to a game as a replacement for existing lands or to extend the length of a game.

Sinkhole: The world of Vye is falling into the earth. Giant, unexplainable sinkholes are swallowing up the lands of Vye making areas unpassable. Sinkholes are 4 new bonus cards you can add into the deck. They are placed on top of any existing land card. No kingdom can ever control that space again.  

Foxwood Marsh: Seeing the Foxwood Marsh, you might wonder why anyone would want to claim this foul smelling place for their kingdom. The creatures who live here are smarter, and more cunning than any animal should be. Some believe there is a Fox King at the heart of the bog ruling his minions with an ancient language only he remembers. The Foxwood Marsh is a new set of 4 land cards you can add to a game as a replacement for existing lands or to extend the length of the game.

Catapult: In the battle for the kingdom of Vye, sometimes it helps have reach. The families have brought their own weapons of war onto the battlefield. Catapult adds 4 new cards to the game. Each player adds a Catapult next to their house at the start of the game and plays it as they would a Family card. The Catapult allows you to claim a land previously out of your reach.  

Hungry Seas: The seas of Vye are ripe for conquering. It takes a boldness and bravery to sail these treacherous waters against the leviathans that call it home. The Hungry Seas is a new set of 4 land cards you can add to a game as a replacement for existing lands or to extend the length of the game.

Fortress: Command your ever-expanding kingdom with the indomitable Fortress. Providing you with a strong foothold in the contested lands of Vye, your Fortress can never be captured by your enemies and provides the lands surrounding it an imposing garrison. Fortress adds 4 new cards to the core set. Played from your sideboard along with your other Family cards, Fortress is sure to bring an exciting new dimension to your Vye games.

The Amber Jungle: What lurks in the remote depths of the Amber Jungle? Keep close watch as you explore the reaches of this newly discovered country, for predators known and unknown surely stalk this vibrant jungle land. The Amber Jungle is a new set of 4 land cards you can add to a game as a replacement for existing lands or to extend the length of the game.

 Undermine: Divided realms will be reunited with the powerful Undermine card. While you own Undermine, you may count the score from two of your kingdoms instead of one. Undermine adds 4 new cards to the core set and is sure to bring earth-shattering dynamism to your Vye games.

Drover Reach: The pastoral reaches of Vye are perfect additions to your burgeoning realm. Drover Reach is a new set of 4 land cards you can add to a game as a replacement for existing lands or to extend the length of the game.

The Lost City: The Lost Cities are thriving meccas of culture, influence and power. Long ago the inhabitants chose to remove themselves from society, learning to bend the minds of men to avoid their cities. However, you have found them and claimed their city as your own. The Lost City cards are 4 new bonus cards you can add into the deck. If they are in your largest kingdom at the end of the game, they increase your overall power.

Onyx Coast: Ancient castles stand vanguard over the realm known as the Onyx Coast. Their origins lost to time, these long-abandoned strongholds would be perfect conquests for your kingdom. Onyx Coast is a new set of 4 land cards you can add to a game as a replacement for existing lands or to extend the length of the game.

House of the Entangled Soul: Just who are these upstarts? Do they presume to divide your kingdom and take it for their own? Or will they be allies in your quest to rule Vye? The House of the Entangled Soul is a set of 4 new Family cards and 25 black tokens you can use in place of an existing family or to expand your Vye games to 5 player slug-fests! 

This stretch goal also unlocks an additional Catapult and Fortress card for the 5th family as well as 25 additional custom wooden tokens for the Collector's Edition version of the game.

Earthquake: The earth beneath your kingdom’s feet is not as stable as you might think. A sudden shift in the ground can cause lands you once controlled to slip away to a different part of the kingdom. In its place is a new land and potentially a new kingdom has appeared.

 Sanctuary: There’s a place in Vye, where even enemies coexist. This land is protected by the rulers of Vye and safe passage is always granted. The inhabitants are the castaway children of the houses - bastard sons and moon daughters. Though these children are not allowed in their own kingdoms, no house is willing to shed blood here, for fear that it would be their own.

 Necropolis: All things must die, but you can control who goes first. Watch how a kingdom’s forces, once powerful and mighty, turn to dust with the touch of the Necropolis.

Vye was created by three video game developers. We’ve spent our careers working on games such as inFAMOUS: Second Son, Diablo 3, Warhammer Online, City of Heroes, WildStar and more. Vye was developed in between two of those jobs. We wanted the perfect opener to getting hired: a game you could actually play in the interview, rather than just our resume of previous game experience. We knew the game would need to be quick to learn in order to immediately win over our audience of skeptical game developers. We never imagined that we’d create such a fun and beautiful game. Vye is that game and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Vye is in the final stages of development. The core game is solid and fun. We’re final testing some of the bonus cards to make sure everything flows smoothly. The art is being completed, with only a few cards remaining. We have our quote from our manufacturer and have determined how we’re going to fulfill orders when they come in.

All that remains is getting your support to make Vye a reality. If we hit our funding goal, we’ll be able to do a minimum print run of the game for you, the backers, and get Vye into game stores. We hope you’ll show us your support and back us.
 

The three of us, Joe, Doug, and Vince, make up Sand Hat Games. We are a small company dedicated to making beautiful games for everyone to enjoy. Our professional background is in video game development, where we’ve spent years designing, writing and generally creating a lot of different games (Diablo 2, Diablo 3, City of Heroes, inFAMOUS, WildStar, and Warhammer Online). 

At home, we’ve worked on different projects from pen and paper RPGs to card and board games. Vye marks our first attempt to come together and produce something for everyone at Sand Hat Games, LLC. We hope to continue making gorgeous games that you love to play. Thank you for your support.

If you're interested in ordering multiple copies and are curious about what to add for shipping, please follow this handy chart below. If you are ordering multiple copies of the game please remember to add the proper shipping into the cost of the pledge. If you would like to add an additional copy or copies to an existing pledge, use this chart to determine how much extra to add to your pledge.

Sponsor Names

One of the amazing things about Kickstarter is that it allows the many to make the dreams of the few come to life. At the $100 and $125 pledge level we offer backers the chance to sponsor a card, much like a piece of art in a museum. The Kickstarter edition of Vye will display the sponsor names on the cards (See example below). The names are integrated well with the rest of the card making them both elegant and unobtrusive to players.

When you zoom in, the name looks like an etched glass plaque that’s been screwed into the card. It makes the card look like a museum piece.

We’re confident this will look elegant and we are testing it with actual cards to make sure the quality is up to our standards.

Risks and challenges

Thankfully, Vye as a game is pretty much done. That leaves the hard part - printing & fulfillment.

Printing: We're going with Magicraft for our printing service. They have been great to work with and have a long list of games they've printed.

Fulfillment: At the current printing level, we're planning on doing the fulfillment ourselves. If we have the fortunate problem of exceeding that, we're considering Amazon's Fulfillment to package and ship the games out to everyone.

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    Come join the party. Along with getting regular updates on our campaign, you’ll receive a beautiful updated version of the game as a printable PDF, complete with all unlocked stretch goal cards. But more importantly, you’ll get an invite to our release party to be held somewhere in the Seattle area once the game is published (exact date and location to be determined). If you can make it up to the Great Northwest to party with us, we’d love to have you.

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    Vye is a land of beauty and legend and we want to share that world with you in a new digital world book called, “The World of Vye”. This book reveals the creation and the history of this magical land in both art and story. At this pledge level, you’ll get the digital download of the World book, a physical copy of the full game along with the printable PDF version, both with all unlocked stretch goal cards. (For each $20 added to this level, you will receive another copy of the game). Also, any pledge above the "The World of Vye" level will get a digital copy of The World of Vye.

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    Become a ruler of Vye by receiving a special thanks within our gorgeous rulebook. We’ll have your name listed beside others who went above and beyond to help make Vye a reality. We seriously (hopefully) couldn’t have done it without you. You’ll also receive a copy of the game along with the printable PDF version, both with all unlocked stretch goal cards. Names for the rulebook must be submitted within 2 weeks of the project funding and are subject to approval.

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    Get the V.I.P. treatment at our backer release party held somewhere in the Seattle area. As a V.I.P. you’ll receive a swag bag full of Vye goodies to be announced later. You’ll also receive a copy of the game, a special thanks in the rulebook and the printable PDF version of the game complete with all unlocked stretch goal cards. Once the exact date and location is determined, please R.S.V.P. 1 month prior to event. Names for the rulebook must be submitted within 2 weeks of the project funding and are subject to approval.

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    COLLECTOR'S EDITION

    Wooden Game Box and Tokens: Enjoy this custom made wooden box and wooden tokens designed by Lyris Laser Studio. The box is a beautiful rendition of everything that is Vye and each set of tokens set represents the different houses in the game. This pledge level also comes with a copy of the game, a special thanks in the rulebook and the printable PDF version of the game complete with all unlocked stretch goal cards. Names for the rulebook must be submitted within 2 weeks of the project funding and are subject to approval.

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    DEVELOPER CONVERSATION

    Talk with the creators of Vye (Joe, Doug and Vince) over Skype for an hour. Chat about Vye, play the game with us, talk about game development or the perfect BLT recipe. This pledge level also comes with a Collector’s Edition copy of the game, a special thanks in the rulebook and the printable PDF version of the game complete with all unlocked stretch goal cards. Names for the rulebook must be submitted within 2 weeks of the project funding and are subject to approval.

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    We’ll throw a private, online release party just for you, and any friends you can fit on the screen. For two hours, we’ll play the game, digitally toast to our shared success and tell many a story of our adventures through the kingdom of Vye. At this level, you’ll receive a Collector’s Edition of the game as well as THREE regular editions to give out to your friends. This pledge level also comes with four special thanks in the rulebook and the printable PDF version of the game complete with all unlocked stretch goal cards. Names for the rulebook must be submitted within 2 weeks of the project funding and are subject to approval.

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    You are a true Patron of Vye. At this level, we (Joe, Doug and Vince) will fly to your town, come to your house, and hand deliver your personalized, one of a kind, Collector's Edition of the game along with THREE regular copies for your friends. We’ll spend the day playing games with you and your friends. We’ll tell tales of our past adventures and give you a peek behind the scenes of Sand Hat Games, which will include prototype editions of games both known and unknown. We promise a fun time will be had by all. For this pledge, we'll need to stay in the United States or Canada otherwise Doug will get stuck in customs again. At this level, you’ll receive Patron level recognition and your name will be featured directly under our own in the credits. As with other pledge levels, you’ll also receive the printable PDF version of the game complete with all unlocked stretch goal cards. Names for the personalized Collector’s Editions and rulebook must be submitted within 2 weeks of the project funding and are subject to approval.

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