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John Wick brings 7th Sea back in a 300-page, full-color, hardbound book. Revised rules, revised Nations, updated for the 21st Century.
John Wick brings 7th Sea back in a 300-page, full-color, hardbound book. Revised rules, revised Nations, updated for the 21st Century.
11,483 backers pledged $1,316,813 to help bring this project to life.

War of the Cross is Live on Kickstarter!

Posted by John Wick (Creator)

Hey folks! After more than a year of development, hours and hours of playtesting and twenty years of waiting (for me and Dave Williams, at least)... War of the Cross is now live on Kickstarter:


Dave and I worked together a lot in “the old days” at AEG, and working with him again has been like a trip into the past. The chemistry and magic—in other words, “the alchemy”—is still there. Of course, I don’t want to cut out Luke Peterschidt because he’s been an incredibly important part of this project. Luke’s experience with producing board games has allowed us to avoid all kinds of land mines we wouldn’t have normally seen.

War of the Cross started as a dream, a hope that we could make a game that would stand next to my favorite strategic diplomacy games like Dune and Diplomacy. But thanks to advancements in printing and 3d modeling, it’s also become a game packed to the gills with miniatures, cards and so much more. 

Here are a few of things that I’m most excited about: 

  • Eight 40mm Heroes, special units from each of the Théan Nations 
  • More than eighty army and naval units! 
  • Dozens and dozens of cards and tokens 
  • A beautiful board designed by Mark Richardson and Thomas Deeny 

I’m not only excited about doing a board game with Luke and Dave, I’m also excited to tell the story of the War, something I’ve wanted to do since the game first came out in 1999. We’ve populated the game with heroes and stories that have been waiting for their opportunity to be seen... and a few Heroes you might find a bit familiar.


And we get to tell the story of those Heroes thanks to every last one of you amazing backers. Last year, the 7th Sea: Second Edition Kickstarter changed my life. It let us hire developers and artists and writers and designers to make the version of the game that’s been in my heart since Jennifer and I first pitched 7th Sea to AEG. We’ve still got a ways to go before we’re done shipping every last book, novel and accessory, but I’m so excited about everything you all have already made possible. I hope you join us on this next journey to Théah.


Schaeffer Tolliver, Major Pain, and 31 more people like this update.


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    1. Nathan Thompson on

      I wanted to make the statement here not on the actual Kickstarter page, but I think you should replace the pieces with basic pieces, offer that at half the cost, then allow people to buy a special edition one with the actual mini (which I backed no problem), but $100 maybe too steep to get good traction (and I REALLY want this to succeed).

    2. Netobvious

      This is a lovely heart-felt message from the creators. Thanks.

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      Major Pain

      @John I'd second the request for mini photographs (and also stretch goals for extra minis, maybe?).

      At first I thought this was a kind of side-show to 7th Sea, but after watching the video for how it's supposed to run I'm jonesing to try it. It reminds me of Diplomacy but with extra backstabbing opportunities and the "Supply" and card mechanics offering more layers of strategy.

    4. John Wick 10-time creator

      @Diego - We'll be posting a full rulebook soon. What do you mean by final look of the minis? Do you want to see photographs of resin molds?

    5. Diego Espina Souto on

      Well, I could be interested in the miniatures but, this far, with just one no-retailer pledge option and no way to see the final look of the minis I won't back the whole board game. 100$ may be too much for a project with not clear mechanics and production quality not shown yet, I think.


      Whilst I am not into board games like this I wish you guys lots of luck and success.

    7. John Wick 10-time creator

      @Kevin - Thanks! We're excited to bring the game to fans. Please help us spread the word!

    8. Kevin Brown on

      I backed this a half an hour before I even got the email for this update. And I'm once again sad that I have not achieved my dream of owning a game store.