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The Roman legions advance! On the night of Samhain, the Celtic clans gather to decide who will be the leader of the resistance
The Roman legions advance! On the night of Samhain, the Celtic clans gather to decide who will be the leader of the resistance
The Roman legions advance! On the night of Samhain, the Celtic clans gather to decide who will be the leader of the resistance
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This incredible addon (56 meeples, 14 different figures!) is available for all Samhain campaign participants at half price! You can buy it now adding the cost (5.95€ instead of 12.95€) to your pledge or during the pledge manager phase which will start right after the campaign.



First Century B.C., Julius Caesar advances - unrelenting - with his legions. The Romans are now close to the heart of the Celtic lands, where the ancient traditions are still alive and instill courage and determination for the last stand against such a mighty enemy...  

We are proud to introduce you to the campaign for the realization of Samhain, a board game by Alessandro and Mauro Chiabotto, published by Giochix.it, for 2-4 players that lasts about 60 minutes

It will be launched on the next Essen Fair (October 2017, Germany) and Lucca Comics and Games Fair (November 2017, Italy). It's possible to pickup your game there at our Stand.   

In Samhain, you will need to manage your clan the best you can, placing your clan members on the village locations each turn and performing the most suitable actions for your strategy. You must obtain resources and manage them properly in order to expand your clan and mess with your opponents!

Each player will be the chief of a clan who will try to become the most powerful one in order to be placed in charge of the resistance against the Romans. Your clan members must be divided between locations in the village, performing actions, and those who are praying in the temples dedicated to their Gods. The locations will grant you instant advantages, but the temples will grant the power necessary to expand your clan and to lead it toward the glory. 

The Romans must not be underestimated. Before invading the lands of the Celts, they will try to poison the hearts of the tribes, in order to corrupt the clans and to use them for their own purpose.

 

 

 In English by The Chubby Meeple:

In French by SwatSh of Vind'Jeu. There is also the written review available: here.

In Italian by Meeple con la Camicia.
There is also a written review available by Giochi sul nostro tavolo: here.

 

Stretch-goals will be unlocked considering the sum of Kickstarter and Giochistarter websites.

UNLOCKED! 8000€: First player disc will be replaced by a special customized token mace shaped.

UNLOCKED! 11000€: 4 player aids, 1 per player, will be added to the game.

UNLOCKED 14000€: All Horn, Sickle, Rune, Dolmen and Sacred Bonfire tiles will be replaced by shaped tokens.

UNLOCKED 17000€: All cards in the game will have a fantastic linen finish.

UNLOCKED 20000€: All the participants in the campaign will receive the Magic Cauldron, a special token which allows additional clan members movement. 

UNLOCKED 23000€: All the participants in the campaign will receive the Spring, a special action card which allows player to improve the use of items. 

UNLOCKED 26000€. All the participants in the campaign will receive the Gladio, a special token which will influence the availability of the game action cards.

UNLOCKED 30000€. Game action cards will be improved with an unique illustration for action card.

34000€. All the participants in the campaign will receive the Stone Circle, a special action card which allows player to better manage will-o-wisp tokens.

Twitter Stretch-goal. If the Giochix Twitter account will reach 1600 followers, each campaign participants will receive the Hollow Tree card. This card can be used as an alternative to one of the action cards of the game or as an additional card. Provides special items during the game. This card will be available only during the campaign and during the international Fairs for game launching.

BGG Stretch-goal. If Samhain will reach at least 500 fans on its Boardgame Geek page, all the participants to the campaign will obtain the Sacred Oak card. This card can be used as an alternative to one of the action cards of the game or as an additional card. Provides bonus resources during the game. This card will be available only during the campaign and during the international Fairs for game launching.

 

You will able to add some additional elements to your pledge during Pledge Manager Phase, which will be active after the campaign for some weeks. It's possible also to add them now simply adding the cost to your pledge.

3.90 euro. Centurion is the turn marker and the boars are the player score makers. Both replace normal game disc tokens. These token will be available only during the campaign and during the international Fairs for game launching.

1.50 euro. This Magic Potion token can provide instant powers during the play. This token will be available only during the campaign and during the international Fairs for game launching.

3.50 euro. Two 100 sleeves packs to protect your Samhain cards. One pack for little cards and the other for big cards.

5.95 euro. 56 mervellous meeples made in 14 different shapes for Samhain game! For campaign partecipants they are available at half price (MSRP 12.95 euro). They can be used instead of normal game cubes.

 

This project is on two crowdfunding platforms simultaneously: Giochistarter and Kickstarter.    

The game, the stretch goals and addons are the same on both platforms. The total funds raised by the campaign (which will determine the stretch goals that will be unlocked) will be the sum of the amounts raised on both websites. This sum will be automatically shown on Giochistarter. In the upper-left of the page, you will be able to see the total number of the backers and the total funds pledged.

Samhain will be on Tabletopia - the greatest online board game platform there is - too! This will allow you to try the game before purchasing it! click Here  

And that's not all! You can help us improve the game! Ideas, critiques, and suggestions are welcome! You can contact us about the game at samhain@giochix.it.  

Samhain English rulebook is available as pdf format: click here

 

  • Samhain is a modular game; every game is different
  • You can buy Samhain at half the retail price (suggested retail price: 20 euros). 
  • You'll receive a really strategic board game for gamers. 
  • Thanks to its wonderful illustrations, Samhain will take you into the mystical atmosphere of the Celtic life and rites during the Roman military campaigns. 
  • Samhain will surprise you every time with its depth, without ever being too difficult. You will receive exclusive components that you will not be able to find after the campaign ends. 
  • You can help us make Samhain richer and more beautiful. 
  • Thanks to its pocket size, you can easily take Samhain with you and play it everywhere. 
  • You will receive your copy of Samhain earlier than the normal distribution to retail stores. 
  • Samhain comes with our warranty, which allows you to return it if something is wrong. You can be sure of what you're buying! 

 

Samhain is a language independent game. However, every backer will get the English version of the rulebook. 

The rulebook will also be translated into various languages. If 1,000 € is collectively pledged by backers who speak a particular language, the rulebook will be translated into that language. Actually we unlocked Italian, French and German languages. You can check the language progress bar on giochistarter (left column after the SG list).

Last update: 2 June
Last update: 2 June

 

When the campaign ends, during the Pledge Manager phase, if there are enough backers of a specific language, the rulebook will be printed and will be made available as an inexpensive add-on.    

 

Samhain is a medium complexity game with few - and simple - rules. It is not long, with a board that changes in every game. Samhain is suitable for those gamers who want a game with good longevity that plays differently every time and has an easy learning curve.

 

First Century B.C., Julius Caesar advances - unrelenting - with his legions.  

The Romans are now close to the heart of the Celtic lands, where the ancient traditions are still alive and instill courage and determination for the last stand against such a mighty enemy.  

It is the night of Samhain, the most sacred night of the year. Celtic tribes gather to ask the ancient Gods for help. This time they will ask not only for the strength to sustain themselves, but also for the courage to fight the invaders and - most importantly - for the name of the one that shall lead them to war.  

The council of the druids has spoken. A leader will rise from this night.

Will you devote yourself, or will you sacrifice yourself to the Gods to remove the Roman threat? Will you succeed at saving your people and lead them against the army of Caesar? Will you see the sacred places of your land and your village fall under the enemy's legions? Or will you be corrupted and start the invasion yourself?  

The clans must stop the enemy's invasion, but not even this is a purpose great enough to unite them all. The clans will compete among themselves for the honor to lead the others. Some of them, in order to save themselves, will let the Romans corrupt them, giving Caesar the access to the village. Which side will you take?  

The Romans are not the true enemy here, but the corruption they bring with them is.” - Fil Ux Dor

 

Place the action (large) cards on the table to create the board. On the left side of these cards, place the temple (small) cards. The temple card will be used to track the devotion scores.

The game is divided into a fixed number of rounds, based on the number of players.  

Odd rounds represent the day, and even rounds represent the night. During their turn a player can:

  • Place / move one of their own clan members on an action card devoted to a specific deity, invoking the available day or night power (depending on the round). The left side of the card represents the daytime power, the right side represents the night power. This allows the player to resolve a specific action, such as producing resources, increasing his or her devotion value, changing an opponent's devotion score, spending resources to gain items or effects, score points, or influence other players. 
  • Place / move one of their own clan members on the “wrong time” side of an action card, allowing the player to use the daytime power during a night round (or vice versa). This option will cost additional resources, but allows the player to resolve a specific action even when it is not possible to do so. 
  • Expand their own clan by spending resources. When all members of all clans have completed an action, the round ends. At this point, Victory Points (VPs) are awarded for the any devotion achieved. At the end of the scheduled number of rounds, the player with the most Victory Points (VPs) wins the game.

 Alessandro and Mauro Chiabotto are two brothers from Valle d'Aosta, a north-Italian region where they live and play. Alessandro is the owner of a computer company, while Mauro is an application developer. They are both volunteers of "Iacta Aosta Est", a Ludic association that organizes the "GiocAosta" event, which brings together thousands of players from all over Italy every year. Thanks to this event, in 2012, they began to create board games. Samhain is their second board game, presented to Giochix during the meeting of the authors of Italian games IDEAG 2015.

 

This project is USA-Friendly, EU-Friendly, Canada Friendly and therefore no additional charges or fees will apply regarding taxes or customs.

Shipping costs will be calculated during the pledge manager after the end of the campaign. There will be different solutions available (Postal service, Courier, UPS pickup). 

These are the approximate shipping prices for 1 game copy for different Countries (other options will be available):

  • USA, Canada: 5.90 euro (postal service)
  • EU: 5.90 euro (postal service) or 7.90 euro (courier UPS pickup)   
  • Japan, Iceland, China, South Korea, Israel, Swizerland: 5.90 euro (postal service)
  • Brazil, Russia 10.29 euro (postal service)
  • Australia, New Zealand, 15.89 euro (postal service)
  • Other countries: <20 euro (postal service)

It is possible to pick up your copy - free of charge - at our pickup point in Rome or at Lucca Comics and Games (Italy) and Essen Spiel fair (Germany). 

Games will be shipped from November 2017. 

Still have doubts or concerns?  

1) If you are not satisfied with the game, you may return it for a refund.

2) Should there be any problem in the production schedule, after 90 days of delay you may cancel your order and ask for a refund ... no questions asked.

Giochix realized more than 40 board games in 10 years. It did so by working together with the most important board game factories from all over the world. Among these are Ludofact, Cartamundi, Panda games, Longpack, NSF and many others.

All of these companies are well known for the quality of their products. Samhain will be produced in the same manner, with great attention to detail and materials used, probably using one of the companies mentioned above.

 

Michele, Federico, Luigi e Mattia 4 crazy boys in love with board games :) This is Giochix.it! A small publishing company, full of passion and initiative. We are in Rome, Italy!

We love how board games bring people around the same table, letting each player find their own way to play and try to win. We love to create something new, to bring fun and passion to other people. Developing games is the most interesting part: exploring new ways to play and new ways to think while having fun is fantastic!

For nearly 10 years, we have realized many board games, trying to do better with each successive project! We made Virus, VEC, Bomarzo, The Foreign King, Historia, CO2, Romolo o Remo, De Vulgari Eloquentia and, for the Italian market, Race for the Galaxy, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Princes of Renaissance, Fief, Mare Nostrum, Kanban, Tesla vs. Edison, Tiny Epic Kingdoms and many others. Check our web site for more info: www.giochix.it.

We have worked with many international partners, learning many things from them and improving our contribution to the production of many other games: Rio Grande Games (US), Stronghold Games (US), Zman Games (US), Eagle Games (US), Elfinwerks (US), Gamenyl Games (US), Arcana (US), Mercury games (US), MYBG Co. (CN), Heidelberger Spieleverlag (DE), Lookout Games (DE), Juegamos Games (ES), Black Book Editions (FR), Gigamic (FR), Matagot (FR), Artipia Games (GR), Arclight (JP), BardCentrum Gier (PL), Lacerta (PL), NSKN Games (RO) and Hobby World (RU).

 

Teacher at "Scuola Superiore d'Arte Applicata del Castello Sforzesco", Fabio Porfidia has illustrated novels for many publishers in Italy: Armando Curcio Editore, Astro Edizioni, Plesio Edizioni, A.Car Edizioni, Linee Infinite Edizioni, Astro Edizioni, Watson Edizioni, GDS Edizioni, Nocturna; for scholasticism with Fabbri Editore. In games he worked with Triple Aces Games (England), Alluria Publishing (U.S.A.), GRAmel Justyna Korys (Poland), Wyrd (Italy), Serpentarium (Italy) and Eleven Aces (Italy) for roleplay games; with Uplay.it, Loquendo and il Barone Games, Eletria Games for board and card games.

We'd like to support game stores around the world by offering Samhain to retailers during the campaign. Giochix does not have a distributor in the USA/Canada and probably, Samhain will not be distributed: the only certain way to have the game is to order it now. The minimum order is one case (12 copies); you can contact us to have your retail price or go on Giochistarter website to register there as retailer and buy there the Shop pack.

Risks and challenges

Production. The shipping date that we have indicated in the project will be a reasonably safe deadline. While we are confident in our abilities to meet the designated timing, unfortunately, delays are always a possibility and this must be taken into account.

It can happen that the deliveries suffer a delay for reason out of our control and this should be considered also.

Components. Game specifications and components are to be considered indicative of the final product and may be changed during final production.

Fairs. It is possible for the game's shipment to be scheduled to occur during a time frame close to a larger game fair, such as Essen Fair in Germany or Lucca Comics and Games in Italy. It is important to note that we will be showing/selling the game at these fairs independently of campaign participant shipment status. Attending these fair events is vital to the game's chances for success.

Order Canceling. An order can be canceled/refunded before the end of the campaign by clicking on the specific button in the order page or within 15 days from the order date by sending us an e-mail with the specific request. Besides these options, the order is considered as valid and is not cancelable/refundable.
Orders paid only partially will be awaiting full payment before being processed and shipped.

No Reward. Participation is bound to buy a reward. It can be done also during the pledge manager phase, if available. We can not accept money as a donation. Any participations that do not end with the purchase of an asset will be canceled and refunded.

Warranty on game delivery. If when the game arrives, you are not satisfied how we made it, you can return it and ask for a refund. First contact us to obtain a RMA number (Return Merchandise Authorization). Then you may send the game at your expenses at the given address (Rome, Italy). The game must arrive within 60 days from the shipment date and within 30 days from the delivery date.
The game must be still in its plastic wrap or, if opened, it must be in perfect conditions, intact on any part and without any missing pieces. The refund will be given only after our verification and our unquestionable approvation. If a refund is not approved we may send you back the game, but you will be responsible for this new shipment cost.

The refund does not include any shipment cost (neither the first nor the following ones) and does not include game addons (i.e. sleeves, accessories, additional contents, expansions, etc.) and/or additional games purchased togerther the game object of that campaign.
Moreover, whether for any reason it were not possible to obtain the refund of the transation costs, these too will not be included. These costs are 4% on Giochistarter and 10% on Kickstarter.

The refund will be available as a credit on Giochistarter, or, after specific request, given as a deposit on your Paypal account.

We suggest to ship the game in a packaging that protects its content and also with a trackable shipment. We will not be in any way responsible for damaged packages or lost shipments.

It is possible to ask for a refund also when the games have not been shipped within 90 days from the announced shipping date. In this case as well you will have to contact us and apply your request. The refund will be equal to the 100% to the amount paid and will be available as credit on Giochistarter, or, after specific request, given as a deposit on your Paypal account.

Our warranty works only for private users, not for companies/retailers.

Shipments. We ship by postal service or by supported courier (UPS, GLS, SDA, etc.)

We reserve the right to separate the contents of an order into different shipments or to merge the contents of different orders in the same shipment to improve the shipment's delivery speed and any required logistics management. If this happens, there will not be any additional costs to you as a customer (nor right to any refund).

Shipments made by courier or by insured postal service can be tracked and are considered insured.

Shipments made by the postal service are not insured and cannot be traced. While rare it is also possible that a package may be lost (0.1-1%). The insurance option for postal services costs an additional 3 euros.

Courier shipments may take about 1-2 days for Italy, 3-6 days for EU/US/Canada and 1-2 weeks for the rest of the world. Postal service shipments require about 1-2 weeks for Italy, 2-7 weeks for EU/US/Canada and 4-8 weeks for the rest of the world. Please note that the postal service in the same case can be slow and may suffer several weeks of additional delay. This happens very rarely but it is still a possibility and is out of our control. If you would like a faster delivery, or wish to avoid any risk of a long delay in the arrival of the package, please use a courier service.

Courier shipment insures against package loss, destruction and package damage. Postal service insurance insures against package loss or destruction. Insurance requires a customer claim to be made when the package is delivered. Ask the postman.

If the game failed to arrive because of your mistake (wrong address, recipient absent, not picking up at courier/postal warehouse, etc.), you will have to pay an additional shipping/warehousing cost for us to re-send/re-deliver your game. This cost will also include the return costs of the game. On the other hand, if the error is ours, we will send it again to you at our expense. If the package is lost or destroyed, we will reship it at our expense only if it was insured.

Important: Please note that we will not reship any game without first having investigated what happened to the first shipment. This can be processeed quickly through the courier service option, but may require an additional 1-5 weeks through the postal service.
We will no longer accept complaints related to the shipments of items of this campaign (package damaged, lost or missing contents) after 6 months from the date of shipment.

If you live outside of the European Community, custom's taxes may be added. This usually doesn't happen for boardgames; however, please check your country's rules and regulations as this aspect will not be our responsibility.

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