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A card driven wargame inspired by "A Few Acres of Snow". Players take over the role of Rome and Carthage, during the First Punic War.
A card driven wargame inspired by "A Few Acres of Snow". Players take over the role of Rome and Carthage, during the First Punic War.
A card driven wargame inspired by "A Few Acres of Snow". Players take over the role of Rome and Carthage, during the First Punic War.
556 backers pledged $35,874 to help bring this project to life.

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Thanks to all of the Kickstarter backers who helped fund this project. With your help Hands in the Sea will become a reality. If you missed the campaign you can still pre-order a retail copy of the game here.

Inspired by A Few Acres of Snow, this game features several new elements, including navies, naval battles, cavalry superiority, mercenaries, field battles, sieges, manpower, strategy cards, random events, turn based scoring, bribery and tactical bonuses. The name of the game is based on a quote from a Carthaginian commander, who claimed at the outbreak of hostilities that the Carthaginian control of the seas was such that the Romans would not even dare wash their hands in the sea. We have hired the talented Naomi Robinson to do the cover for Hands in the Sea. 

Hands in the Sea is a two-player deck building war game set during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage from 264-241 BC. Each player uses their deck of cards to perform up to two actions per round. Actions range from colonization, to naval movement, to battle, with most activity centered in Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica. Players may also purchase additional cards to bolster their decks and provide them with more choices. There are also Strategy cards that players can purchase to give them additional advantages. The game is played over the course of several turns, up to a maximum of twelve. At the end of each turn, players resolve random events, collect income and score victory points. There are several paths to victory, from simply having the highest score at the end of the game, to capturing the opposing player's capital.

For a prototype copy of the rules click here. (Note: We are working on a revised beta version of the rule book.)

  • Board Game Brawl with Nick Meenachan (Preview Video) - Click here
  • Drive Thru Review with Joel Eddy (Preview Video) - Click here
  • Heavy Cardboard with Edward Uhler and Daniel Berger - (Designer Interview) - Click here
  • Judd Vance Review on BGG - Click here
  • All Us Geeks with Jeff King (Initial Impressions Video) - Click here
  • H.A.M.T.A.G. on BGG - "Top 5 Anticipated Games of 2015". (at 6:30 & 25:00 minutes)

For more information and images check out the BGG entry here.

"Prototype" (Mounted) Game Board - Click Image for Larger Size
"Prototype" (Mounted) Game Board - Click Image for Larger Size

We will be offering an 8-1/2" x 11" full color 24 page companion guide for the Hands in the Sea game. This very special guide will be jam packed with content and will offer insight into the various cards and history behind the First Punic War. This guide is written by the designer, Daniel Berger. Dan will be including a F.A.Q. section, designer notes, and a history behind the turbulent times that this epic conflict took place. This guide will also contain special areas that will offer tips, tricks, and strategies for both new players and players with experience in card driven strategy games. Backers can add this guide to any pledge by including an additional $8.

KICKSTARTER? - All projects on Kickstarter do not charge backers until the project reaches both the end date, and its funding goal. When both of those happen then Knight Works, LLC will receive the funds within 14 days of the project end date. At that point we will begin working with the manufacturer to produce the expansion. Based on previous estimates it will take approximately nine months to receive the game. Once we have the game a survey will be sent out through the Kickstarter website to collect shipping addresses.

Additional Copies? - Backers are more than welcome to add additional copies of either Hands in the Sea (or) Forged in Steel to their pledge rewards. All you have to do is add an additional $45 to whichever pledge you choose, to include the shipping charge for your specific area, and I will add those in your delivery. For example, if you would like 2 copies of Hands in the Sea and you live in the EU you would need to pledge (Games $50+$45) + (Shipping $20+$20) = $135.

Retailers - If you are a retailer please contact me to discuss additional discounts. (Note: You have to provide proof of your physical or online store.)

Signed Copies? - Check the shipping chart below to see the cost of receiving a signed copy, which will also include your name listed in the rule book as a Special Supporter for that specific game(s).

Shipping? - Customers in the United States will be sent the game(s) free of charge. This includes Alaska and Hawaii. (Note: Due to the significant cost to ship a package overseas, we will need to charge International supporters additional funds to cover those expenses. However, both our Knight Works Bundle and 6 Copies Bundle not only offer discounts on the games, but significant discounts on international shipping!)

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We started developing board games back in 2000, but it was not until the introduction of Kickstarter that we were able to mass produce games. We have many titles designed, heavily play tested and ready to go. The number one issue in getting those games produced is the high cost to manufacture board and card games. With your help we can bring numerous fun, high quality and thematic games to players across the world.

100% of the money we gather from Kickstarter will be used to pay for printing costs or for the cost of making/delivering awards (shipping, etc). If we raise significantly more, the extra will go into a larger print run, bringing the cost of the expansion down, and in upgrading the already existing rewards.

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Knight Works, LLC was an early adopter on Kickstarter way back in May of 2011. Our board game Dark Horse was the 43rd successful Kickstarter project in the "Tabletop Game" category. As of today, there have been over 3000 successful campaigns in that same category. Since 2011, we have supported and closely followed many projects on Kickstarter. We feel confident in saying that we understand most of the issues involved with publishing and manufacturing a board game. These issues range from problems with game components, international shipping/customs, manufacturing issues, and even art delays. In short, no one can guarantee a flawless Kickstarter campaign, however we are well aware of the various pitfalls and will avoid them when possible. As with our prior campaigns, we will keep you informed with updates and answer all questions in a timely manner.

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