For more than four centuries scholars have argued over the identity of the mysterious Dark Lady of William Shakespeare’s sonnets.
In Black Sonata, you will find yourself in Shakespeare’s London, circa 1600, in pursuit of the shadowy Lady. Can you finally solve English literature’s greatest mystery? Or will the Dark Lady elude you too?
Black Sonata combines hidden movement and logical deduction into a unique solitaire steeped in literary history.
At the beginning of the game you'll randomly select one of the 11 Dark Lady cards to be the target of your pursuit. You'll also set up the stealth deck by arranging the cards according to the sequence chosen for the game. There are 8 sequences on the cards, along with 20 included in the rulebook. Each can be arranged in normal or reverse order, meaning their are 56 different paths included in the box!
Throughout the game the Dark Lady will maneuver through London with you hot on her trail. Once you think you've tracked her to your exact location you can conduct a search. Using a location key, you'll peek through the keyhole to see if she is revealed.
If you catch her, you'll reveal a Clue card which provides details on the Dark Lady's characteristics. Deduction is key in puzzling out the traits of your target.
Each Clue revealed will get you closer to unmasking the Dark Lady. If you can successfully catch & confront her you will win fame, respect, and the game. But if you fail, she'll slip quietly from the pages of history once more...
For a full rundown of setup and play, check out the playthrough video from Colin at One Stop Co-op Shop!
- Rulebook PDF (Spanish Version)
- Print & Play (Spanish Fog Card Replacements)
- Try it for free on Tabletop Simulator (Working on it - it's hard to replicate the keyhole mechanism!)
- Solid Pedigree: Black Sonata was the big winner from the 2017 BoardGameGeek Solo Print & Play Design Contest, winning multiple categories including Best Overall Game.
- Replayability: With 56 different paths of varying difficulty, each path starting at a random location, and 11 different possible Dark Ladies each game will feel like a unique chase through history.
- Solo & Co-Op: While the game was designed exclusively for solo play, many testers and reviewers have taken a team approach and played with partner(s) in order to combine brain power!
For our US backers, our shipping will be fulfilled from the US and shipping is included in your pledge!
For our Canadian backers, all pledges will ship from within Canada!
For our backers from the rest of the world, our shipping will be fulfilled from the EU. This, combined with the small size & small price point, allows us to offer affordable shipping to everyone across the globe.
UPDATE: To order multiple copies, just add $24 to your pledge for each additional copy you'd like!
It would be an honor to have Black Sonata on the shelves of retail stores! Please back our campaign at the base pledge level and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you shortly to hammer out the details.
By day, John Kean is a mild mannered ecologist working to save the world from damaging bugs and diseases. By night he mostly sleeps. And in between he enjoys playing games, making music, juggling, mountaineering, trashy crime fiction and long walks on the beach with his family. Sometimes all at once. He doesn't like Brussels sprouts, but pretends to in front of his children.
Dustin has been playing board & card games since he was beating his family at Pitch back in junior high. He's a highly trained Microsoft Office Engineer. He was also able to trick his wife, Christa, into marrying him and their 3 kids are too cute for their own good.
In the daytime Michael is a Software developer but at night he’s a gamer. He first started playing video games when his parents got him his very own NES for Christmas, and the rest was history. Some of his best memories as a kid was playing Chrono Trigger and Earthbound. The thing Michael looks at the most in a game is a theme that’s rich and well integrated into the mechanics. When he’s not gaming, Michael enjoys spending time at his home in the mountains, as well as kayaking and hiking with his family.
Alan is a software engineer during his day job, that translates into a fascination with game mechanics and the algorithms that power his favorite board games. He has been a life long video gamer and fell in love with the board game renaissance 10 years ago. He enjoys many different board game genres, and a good mechanic above all is his focus.
Brett wasn't born loving board games like the rest of these nerds, but came to realize an affinity at a much older and saltier age. His appreciation for boardgames was born from a long history of video gaming. He may not be able to tell you the difference between an area-impulse euro and a modular board deck builder, but he brings a unique, somewhat outsider perspective to Side Room Games.
Risks and challenges
This is our first published game so we have worked extremely hard to prepare ourselves for the task. We’ve done our research on other Kickstarter projects and board game publishers, contacted various manufacturers/shipping specialists/fulfillment companies, and asked lots of questions to well known experts in the field. While we can’t guarantee problems won’t come up, we are confident we have done what we can to ensure things run smoothly. When it comes to the game itself, it’s ready to go! All of the art and graphic design are complete and we’ll be ready to send the files to the manufacturer shortly after the campaign funds. The game is small and has simple components, so we don’t expect any issues with the manufacturing and shipping process.
Throughout the process we will be sure to inform all of our backers on how things are going and if any issues arise.
Black Sonata is the first of many games we plan to publish and this campaign’s success will help us bring other great games to the community!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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