Sovrano, A Handmade Game of Strategy & Cunning
Capture objective spaces, earn points, and lead your emperor to the throne and victory! Sovrano is handmade with 100% wood components.
"I'm a big fan of abstract strategy games and Sovrano doesn't disappoint. After roughly 14 plays, I'm still finding new strategies to try. Rules are easy to learn and teach, which makes it accessible for most players. Game play is well paced and the strong base game invites room for meaningful expansions. Last, the full wood components complete the overall quality of the game." - Jeff Large, Happy Mitten Podcast
Sovrano is an abstract strategy game made with 100% wooden components. Each aspect of Sovrano was meticulously designed and everything is handmade; many hours and a lot of care is put into each and every game in order to make sure the final product is amazing! We are very proud of Sovrano and excited to share it with you!
This is Sovrano's relaunch. We have made some adjustments to how we are doing things. Firstly, we will only be offering Sovrano in cabinet-grade birch plywood and hardwood lumber (instead of 3 different woods). The reason being that we are very small and we wish to provide the best service and game we can, this means some simplicity in how we offer Sovrano is necessary. Secondly, we will now offer shipping to the EU. Lastly, delivery time for pledges at the Archer and Deluxe level have been pushed back to a more reasonable time frame.
The object of Sovrano is to be the player that scores the most points by capturing one or both of the tower-spaces located at opposite ends of the middle row. Players must also protect their emperors and attempt to move them to the board’s center space – the throne. Each player has 1 emperor, 8 guards to protect him and capture towers with, and 2 archers that supply support fire from a distance. A typical game of Sovrano will last between 15 and 30 minutes and is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Sovrano is a straight-forward and easy to learn game of strategy and cunning. However, beneath the relative simplicity lies a depth of complexity that will keep the game interesting and re-playable.
Each game includes the game board, 22 playing pieces (11 per player), 30 point counters, and the rulebook. The Sovrano rules can be found in PDF! Here!
"I had an absolute blast playing Sovrano. I hope that you won't look at it and think "It looks too simple." It's not. I hope you won't think "It's just a smaller game of chess." It's not. It's stress-inducing, anxiety-causing fun made from a tree..." - Thomas at 2to4players
"It’s a game with depth not that of chess perhaps, but in the realm of Camelot and International Checkers, both classics, so mark this one worth grabbing, and just maybe you will discover something special." - Calvin at First Comic News
Sovrano is the premiere game of Cambium Games. Sovrano is handmade with 100% wooden components (the point counters and rule book being the exception, of course) and we hope to be able to continue producing original games that are produced the same way. The game was designed and developed by myself - Nick Chira - while all of the woodworking is completed by my father, James. However, we are both involved with all aspects of final production (sanding, finishing, quality assurance, etc).
Sovrano Deluxe is our premium version of Sovrano. It includes everything from the base game and also features storage drawers and our own designs on the sides!
We plan to produce the game board with cabinet-grade birch plywood. This keeps production costs and the final cost of the game lower for our fellow gamers! It also means there will be considerably less worry about a board warping. No one wants to have a game arrive to their house warped or find that - two days after arrival - it doesn't sit very flat on their table. The pieces will be made of hardwood lumber, matching your board. Each game will be unique, as all wood and grain are slightly different.
You will also be able to choose between a solid color game board or two tone game board. The two-tone board is stained and then cut so that the natural color of the wood shows through.
We need funds in order to produce Sovrano and spread the word about its existence. Cambium Games is meant to be a father-son business and Sovrano is to be hand-made, not mass-produced. This means we need funds for materials (wood, stain, finish), as well as funds for tooling.
We would also like funds for tools and machines (such as an industrial-quality CNC mill) that will enable us to produce Sovrano in a more precise and efficient manner.
Important Note for Overseas Backers: Customs charges may or may not apply. Cambium Games can not be accountable for these charges. Shipping will be charged according to USPS International prices. I wish there was a better option available to us, but at the moment it is the best price I have been able to find.
Risks and challenges
Sovrano is the first project that we are undertaking as Cambium Games and the only project that we are currently working on. Being that Sovrano is hand-made and made entirely of wood, there is room for error. Tooling could break, a computer could crash, pieces or the board may not cut properly, etc.
Fortunately, James (the woodworking end of Cambium Games) has over 30 years of experience in woodworking. He knows the ins and outs of the tooling, how to fix things, and above all he is the hardest working man I will ever know. And as most of the challenges would likely present themselves in the production of Sovrano - there is no better person to have in his position.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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