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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 13 2019
Last updated November 13, 2019

Salt & Sail - A game of discovery during the Age of Sail (Canceled)

Follow the rumors, fend off pirates, and navigate through storms--all in the hopes of beating your opponents to fame and fortune.

Salt & Sail - A game of discovery during the Age of Sail (Canceled)

Follow the rumors, fend off pirates, and navigate through storms--all in the hopes of beating your opponents to fame and fortune.

$3,047
pledged of $26,500pledged of $26,500 goal
50
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 13 2019
Last updated November 13, 2019

About

The Capital is abuzz with strange tales and exotic rumors of ancient cities and remarkable wonders to behold. As the captain of your small ship, you have one goal: to follow the rumors, make the discoveries, and bathe in the fortune and glory that come with it! Will you have what it takes to become the world's most famous explorer?

Salt & Sail is a game of adventure and discovery, set during the great Age of Sail. 2 to 4 players take on the roles of intrepid captains in search of fame and fortune. Along the way, you will hire Officers, purchase new ships and unique tools, and sell goods and treasure to fund your expeditions. But, be vigilant--encounters with pirates and storms aren't your only concerns: the other player captains are trying to make those rare discoveries first and steal the glory for themselves!

As a THANK YOU to our backers, all copies of Salt & Sail will receive 5 promo cards.

Kraken: this difficult encounter will award brave captains with lots of goodies, but at the risk of losing crew and taking heavy damage to their ship.

Mermaids: This set of 3 encounters has one card of each skill type. They provide minor fame and secondary bonuses. But don't let your crew fall victim to the mysterious lure...

Vampire Bat: this unique Discovery provides 6 Fame and 5 Ducats when made.

In Salt & Sail, you attempt to locate and make discoveries, competing to become the most famous explorer at game end. 

To do so, you must follow Rumor cards to locations on the hex board that have discovery tokens. If the symbol on the Rumor card matches one of the symbols on the token, you can attempt to make the discovery completing "feats" in one of three distinct skill sets (Fight, Lore, Observation). These skill checks are performed drawing feat tokens out of a skill bag.

Once complete, collect the awarded gold Ducats, and hold on to the discovery to score at game end.

However, taking on such a task alone is ill-advised. Some skill checks will require additional help to achieve. You can recruit Officers and purchase Equipment to improve your Skill Bag for such situations.

Unlike traditional dice rolling to determine the outcome, you will be able to augment and adapt your skill bag to best suit the situation--and help ensure success!

As you sail in search of fortune and glory, fierce storms and deadly pirates will get in your way. These Encounters will also require skill checks to overcome. Succeed and get rewarded fame and other valuables to help further your expedition. However, failure comes at a cost...

It takes more than just an intrepid captain with a loyal first mate to chart these waters. Allocating your crew to Sails or Hands-on-Deck positions will increase your ship movement or provide draws out of the Skill Bag to overcome encounters, respectively.

With several different maps and scenarios found in the Atlas at the back of the Rulebook, you will be able to cater your game session based on quantity of players and time constraints. Plus, the modular hex tiles can be arranged to fit your own custom map layout! During the campaign, we will be accepting submissions for your own map designs to be added to the Atlas! (See more about fan-based map submissions below)

There is much to discover just beyond the horizon. Will you beat your opponents to fame and fortune?

Discoveries

Players will search far and wide to make these rare discoveries. Salt & Sail features 30 unique discoveries (some of which you may have seen in person yourself). Plants, Creatures, and natural Landmarks are just some of the discoveries to be made.

 Should we hit our funding goal, everyone will be awarded with a fantastic game. That said, we have several component upgrades and bonuses lined up should we get additional funding to support it. Plus, who doesn't like extras?!

Please share this project with as many people as possible to help us achieve these goals. Thank you for supporting us!


For this campaign, we decided to simplify our pledge offerings. There is one box version of Salt & Sail. "But, what about all the shiny?" You may be asking. Well, we haven't forgotten about those who like to elevate their gaming experience.

For those of you who like "Deluxe" or "Collector" editions, we offer you the opportunity to make your own. We have 3 distinct paid add-ons which we feel help scratch the itch of several gamer types (either that, or we are just very itchy ourselves).

Simply include the Add-on total to your pledge, and our Pledge Manager survey after the campaign will allow you to specify which add-on(s) you wish to receive. You will be able to include any additional add-ons via the Pledge Manager as well.

Players who like customization: (Re)writable Discovery Cards 

As the explorer making the discovery, it is only fitting you get to also name the discovery. This set of Discovery cards has a dry-erase coating to allow you to write on the card, then easily erase when finished with the game (the true name of the discovery will be in a small font under the write-in area).

Players who like tactile: Wood Skill Tokens

Drawing chit tokens out of a bag is a fun and rewarding mechanic. But, drawing wood tokens is an experience. This set of wood skill tokens provides a completely different (and quite satisfying) tactile feel to Salt & Sail.

Players who like the literal Shiny: Metal Ducat Coins 

The distinct clink and clank of metal coins tumbling onto a game table is music to many ears. And there is no denying the joy of seeing a pile of gold coins next to your ship mat. Feel like Scrooge McDuck--it's okay.

 This is a Kickstarter Limited item: meaning only a limited number will be produced to send out to backers. Any remaining inventory will be available through our website and conventions only.

We think Salt & Sail is a game that will satisfy the craving to go out and explore. But, you don't have to take our word for it. We received great feedback and comments over the months during playtests and demos. Here is what a few people had to say about the game:

"The discoveries were excellent and I look forward to seeing more of them!" - Nick

"A strong focus on exploration. It's competitive without direct PvP. 5 out of 5 for fun!" - Cameron

"I like that most points are scored from non-combat actions. Great theme." - Catherine

 Here is a tutorial video showing the core concepts of the game through a few rounds of gameplay.

We want each of you to get involved with this project. Apart from comments and sharing the project with others, one other great way for backers to contribute is via the game Atlas.

The Atlas is wherein all the Salt & Sail official map scenarios will live. Right now, it is slated for the back of the Rulebook. The game will come with several fun and challenging maps we've played over the months, but we want YOUR INPUT! If you have an idea for an interesting map design and/or scenario, let us know! Our top picks will be included in the game with YOUR NAME as the Cartographer of Record. There is no additional cost to submit. Just your creativity! We hope to hit various stretch goals to add more maps and make it a stand-alone book!

Click on the link here for digital assets of the hexes and Discovery Tokens: 

Atlas Pieces Files

All three of our pledge levels will come with a copy of Salt & Sail as well as all applicable stretch goals. If you want to enhance your gaming experience, please consider the paid add-on options mentioned above.

For our pledges, we have two premium levels for backers who want to go above and beyond in making our project a success. As a thank you, we have a few unique bonuses we think you'll enjoy: 

One of which is for you to get your likeness added to the game as either an Officer or Captain. The captains and officers will be pre-selected, and early adopters will have first choice. Note: you will need to provide a photo for this pledge. All submissions are subject to our approval.

The other option will grant you one of the original hex drawings created by the very talented Giancomo Pantalone. We will ship this to you without any additional shipping charges. Frame it, stick it on your refrigerator, use it as a conversation piece on your coffee table. The choices are endless! Note: Depending on your location, the artwork may or may not be shipped with your game.



Here, you can download the latest version of the rulebook as well as some files for a simplified Print N Play demo in case you'd like to try out the mechanics before you commit. We also have some avatar images for you to use and show your support!

We are partnering with fulfillment services and freight providers to ensure all backers get their copy of Salt & Sail with as few fees and headaches as possible. We are unable to cover all shipping fees around the world--however, we will help off-set the shipping costs and can provide worry-free, customs friendly shipping to USA, Canada, EU, Australia, and China backers. Below is our current estimate of shipping charges for regions around the world:

Add-ons: If you choose to get any (or all) paid add-ons to your pledge, there will be NO ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COSTS. That's right, the base shipping charge will cover everything we can fit into the box. Huzzah!

Our team may be small, but we have great talent working to make the best possible games we can. 

Justin Potter - Founder of Kazoodoo Games and designer of Salt & Sail. Justin has been passionate about games for as long as he can remember. When he isn't busy tinkering with a new game concept or mechanic, he's working behind the scenes in film production. 

Kelsey Wright - Kazoodoo Games' lead graphic designer and magic-maker. Kelsey has spent the past several years in graphic design and has been an integral member of the Kazoodoo team from the start.

Our team of artists have turned a fun concept and theme into something magical on the table. We recruited several individuals with highly specific talents to make Salt & Sail something special. We hope you enjoy their work.

Giancomo Pantalone - Cartography Illustrator (Map hex tiles)

Allison Arnold - Science Illustrator (Discoveries)

Elysios Constantinos - Portrait Illustrator (Captains and Officers)

Abeer Malik - Prop/Item Illustrator (Treasure)

Anna Kulakovskaya - Matte/Scene Illustrator (Box and additional landscapes)

And, let us not forget you, our backers, who provide the much needed funding to make these games a reality. Cheers to each of you!

Risks and challenges

This being our second Kickstarter game, we have come a long way in learning the ins and outs of game production since our inaugural launch of Glyph. That said, there are aspects that we wish we had more control over (Manufacturing, Freight, and Fulfillment). But, we continue to build relationships with those companies and promise to our backers to be upfront and honest about any unforeseen issues that may or may not arise.

Communication is key! This game cannot happen without your support and we want you to feel a part of the process. We will let you know when we hit major milestones or when to expect delays. We commit to informing you of both the joyous and not-so-joyous news when it comes to us.

Please be aware that the examples you see in the campaign are representative of our vision for the game, but the actual game components may differ from what is shown. We strive to make this the best possible product we are capable of.

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    Get your very own original drawing of the hex tiles, by our cartography artist: Giancomo Pantalone.

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