Black Sands, Intense Fantasy Combat for 2-4 Players
Black Sands, Intense Fantasy Combat for 2-4 Players
Unleash epic attacks and outwit your enemies in this tactical fighting game. A new and highly competitive take on fantasy combat.
Unleash epic attacks and outwit your enemies in this tactical fighting game. A new and highly competitive take on fantasy combat. Read more
About this project
The campaign has been canceled to take a step back and work on our marketing plan for a relaunch in the next few months. We want to give our backers the best experience possible, and are confident that relaunching will be the best move for the game and for our backers.
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Black Sands is a high energy fantasy arena combat game. Designed with realistic combat in mind, Black Sands is a low luck, high strategy game. Players prepare defensive cards to different sides of their hero, and then tactically maneuver on their turn to unleash savage attacks. Victory lies in anticipating enemy actions and landing your own massive combos. Stand alone or alongside teammates. With a second copy, the max player count is increased to 8!
- Choose from epic fantasy Heroes such as the Duelist, Hunter, Mage, or Paladin. Mix and match decks to create hybrid classes.
- Use terrain and strategically position your hero. Leaving your back exposed will always be a deadly mistake.
- Prepared defenses are specific to a direction, how you position your hero is vitally important.
- Modular terrain allows for over 6 Trillion possible map configurations.
At the start of each turn, players prepare defensive cards to one of their three front sides. Because prepared cards can only affect the prepared side, strategic planing and positioning is a major aspect of gameplay.
Prepared cards are then used to block, dodge or counter attack. Any action can be responded to, allowing for deeply tactical reasoning behind all actions. Black Sands is a game that is easy to learn, but almost impossible to master.
Scroll down for a 1v1 gameplay video!
View the full review here: http://www.boardgameresource.com/black-sands-review/
"The discrete movement and positioning scratched an itch for a sound tactics game. Player skill is well rewarded and we found ourselves often unwinding the final few turns of a game and seeing how it might have played differently with our hindsight." -Chris Collete
See Chris Collete's full playtest review on BoardGameGeek here: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1566097/weekend-sands-playtesters-review
View a Q&A with Indietabletop here: http://indietabletop.net/black-sands-kickstarter/
If you are a member of the press, contact admin@ScryGames.com to set up interviews, receive a press pack, or notify us of a new article to link. Bay Area reviewers can also contact us to setup a local playtest.
Did you get to playtest Black Sands? Post about your experience in the comments!
Partner with another backer and you can both receive a Kickstarter Exclusive Support Technique expansion. These will be cards with special effects particularly useful in a 2v2 or larger match! All players who select the Advance Weapon add-on will also receive these Support Techniques. Both of you must post in the comments mentioning the other user by their KS profile name.
Here is an example of one Support Technique: Ward is a Combo Active/Prepared card that can be used either to heal any hero or block an attack made against any hero!
25 Pairs: Each backer in a pair with the Advance Weapon Add-On will receive 2 copies of one unique support technique card!
50 Pairs: Each backer in a pair with the Advance Weapon Add-On will receive 2 copies of two unique support technique cards!
100 Pairs: Each backer in a pair with the Advance Weapon Add-On will receive 2 copies of three unique support technique cards!
200 Pairs: Each backer in a pair with the Advance Weapon Add-On will receive 2 copies of four unique support technique cards!
Backers who purchase multiple copies of the Advanced Weapons add-on will also receive extra copies of the Support techniques!
Funding Stretch Goals
And more to come!
We Need Your Support
When we say that we can't publish this game without your support, we mean more than just money. A game is worthless without a community of players behind it. To show our appreciation to our backers, we will be selecting six backers who have especially distinguished themselves to receive free cloth Black Sands banners throughout the campaign. These banners will come in 1 of 4 styles, and are the same type we featured mounted on a spear at Protospiel San Jose. If you think you might be one of these backers, let us know in the comments!
To get you started, here are some social media avatars and links!
Advanced Weapon Promo Cards: $8
Add 4 Kickstarter Backers exclusive Advanced Weapons to your set to use in custom decks with any character. Select as many copies of this Add-On as you want. Includes Worldwide shipping
Signed Copy of the Game: $45
Receive a signed copy of the game! Because signing the copies will add additional shipping time, they will arrive separate from your order. You may select this Add-On any number of times. Includes Worldwide shipping.
Ticket to Black Sands first Annual Tournament: $40
Black Sands is a highly competitive and skillful game. This add-on will get you admission to the first annual deathmatch, held in the San Francisco Bay Area. Attendants will get to pick up all copies of their game in person, two weeks earlier than they will be sent to any other backers. Prizes will include advanced weapon and technique cards to add to your collection. All attendants will get their copies of the game signed, and get to preview beta version of future expansions. Multiple copies of this Add-On will grant multiple admissions. If you purchased a Bundle of 2 or more games, you may discount this Add-on by $20, so adding $20 instead.
VIP Ticket to Black Sands first Annual Tournament: $150
Includes all benefits of the regular ticket, as well as an additional signed copy of the game, and a 2 days 1 night stay at a local hotel or Air-B&B. Multiple copies of this Add-On wil grant either multiple admission or an extended hotel stay. If you purchased a Bundle of 2 or more games, you may discount this Add-on by $20, so adding $130 instead.
To select an Add-On:
1. Click the “manage your pledge” button on the project’s page. If you haven't backed the project yet it will say "Back This Project."
2. Increase your pledge by the amount needed to claim the add-on(s).
3. Save your pledge. Do not change the tier that you originally pledged. The Kickstarter survey after the campaign will confirm which add-ons you selected.
Our First Distinguished Backer is Marvin Voormann:
Marvin has caught a campaign error, recommended the idea for the 4 game bundle, and offered to translate the rule book to German! Marvin will be getting our most sincere thanks and a fabric Black Sands banner!
We are still going to choose 5 more backers throughout the campaign, so keep involved and help out where you can.
To Mini or Not to Mini
It was a hard decision to not include miniatures in Black Sands. In the end, the added costs in mold fees, manufacturing, and fulfillment would have pushed the game far past the cost of the category we were hoping to fit in. Instead, we have reached a compromise. The standup bases are a custom molded hex shape that in addition to fitting the chipboard standups, it will also snap onto the bottom of most 25mm circular base miniature. This means that if you have your own minis, or would like to select some online, you are free to use them with the game. The same side marking sticker will still work on the base with a mini in it, and otherwise gameplay will be the same.
Though we can't guarantee a perfect fit on all bases, the prototype bases have been very promising and we will work hard to make sure it fits the vast majority of standard 25mm bases.
Meet the Creator
"My name is Alex Westreich, and I'm a Packaging Engineer working in San Francisco. I have also worked in Print Production, and hold a B.S. in Industrial Design. Though this will be my first published game, my past experience has been extremely helpful when communicating with manufacturers and preparing files for print.
Combine that professional experience with my love of tabletop and PC gaming, and experience with real-life medieval warfare. I've been doing Archery for around 13 years and I'm an instructor certified to train instructors. Additionally, I spent some time as an amateur blacksmith crafting armor for SCA fighting. Imagine LARP, but with real metal armor and thick wooden swords that can leave some hefty bruises.
I've got an ideal background to start publishing tabletop fantasy games, and whether or not Black Sands is successful, it won't be the last game you'll see from me."
Notes on International Shipping
Unfortunately, European orders will not be shipped from within Europe. Our distribution system is unlikely to be large enough to accommodate this, but we do have good news.
International orders will be fulfilled directly from China, which has a few major benefits. First, the shipping cost is much lower than having it sent to the U.S. and re-shipped from here with the rest of the orders.
Second, these orders will also take substantially less time than if they were to re-ship from the E.U. or U.S.. In fact, there is a strong chance that international backers will get their games up to two weeks earlier than U.S. backers due to the unique logistics situation.
Third, the big dragon: VAT. The FOB value of a single copy of the game will be below the VAT threshold of many countries. In the cases where VAT will apply, we apologize and hope that the expedited shipping will help compensate for any additional delays or inconvenience. In this case, we would also recommend using the comment section to attempt to locate someone to share a bundle with.
We will continue to investigate our international options, and are happy to hear your thoughts on the topic.
Risks and challenges
In order to bring Black Sands to life and give our backers the fairest prices, we have decided to go with an overseas manufacturer. This inherently comes with some risk. However, we are going with a well liked and recommended printer and have done extensive research into the fulfillment process afterwards to minimize the wait time and risk of damaged goods. Should any products become damaged in shipping we will of course send a replacement.
Video By: Jan Ochoa
Music by: Ross Bugden
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