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A new board game from Small Box Games featuring unique art and theme, simple mechanics, and multiple paths to victory for 2-4 players.
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This is a short 10 day project.  It was funded on the first day.  All Stretch Goals have already been unlocked.  Check out the full play through video below!

Soulfall is a barren land brought back from the edge of destruction by a mysterious group of entities known as the Lords. Preventing the destruction of the land, the Lords gained the devotion of the remaining survivors of Soulfall. Now, various Nomad tribes begin to expand across the land, eking out a new life in the ruins of an old world, establishing outposts and living in the shadow of the powerful - and often unpredictable - Lords of Soulfall.

This is a short, 10 day project with a modest goal and obtainable stretch rewards.  Whether you're a veteran Small Box Games fan, or you've never heard of us before, I'd love to have Soulfall become a part of your game collection.  I don't think you've ever played a game quite like Soulfall, and I'm fairly confident you've never seen a game with similar art direction.

The rewards for this project are as straight forward as the project itself: a copy of Soulfall, at less than the projected MSRP, shipped right to your door (projected MSRP will be $30.00USD).  Just pick where you live and back at that level!  While this project doesn't bear the "EU Friendly" title, international backers pledging for a single copy of the game shouldn't be required to pay any customs.

There are some great stretch goals and KS Exclusives I'd like to see added to this game - most have already been unlocked!  You can read about those below!  Please note that each copy of Soulfall obtained through this project will come with all stretch goals and exclusives.

Check out the backer badges located at the bottom of this page to show your support of Soulfall!

Soulfall is a board game for 2-4 players designed by John Clowdus and illustrated by Sandro Rybak.  Game time is roughly 10 minutes per player.  Each player is the leader of a Nomad tribe, leading his Nomads across the barren landscape of Soulfall. Along the way, each player will expand his tribe, build Outposts, try to gain the favor of the Lords, and collect Shards, all while preventing the other players from doing the same. The player with the highest score at the end of the game wins.

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The four tribes of Soulfall.
The four tribes of Soulfall.

You can view the full rules here (please note that these are not the final, final rules).

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In Soulfall, each player begins the game with 1 of his Nomad Markers on the board, 9 additional Nomad Markers, a Nomad card, 4 Lord cards, and a single Shard.  The game is played over a series of turns.  Each turn, the active player takes the 3 Actions cards and performs 3 different actions. Players continue taking turns until one of the game ending requirements has been reached and the Tower card has been awarded (please note that the graphic below isn't a game component, it's just a visual reference for this project):

The Lord cards, when played, grant the player additional abilities.  Each card has two abilities: one that always happens and one that is situational, allowing players to plan their actions to get the most out of their played Lord cards.

Each Lord has 3 Unique cards. The top card of the discard pile determines the Current Lord.
Each Lord has 3 Unique cards. The top card of the discard pile determines the Current Lord.

Check update number 2 for a full Lord Card Gallery!

Each Lord also has a unique Devotion card.  If a player has a Lord's Devotion card, he is Devoted to that Lord and gains a passive ability.
Each Lord also has a unique Devotion card. If a player has a Lord's Devotion card, he is Devoted to that Lord and gains a passive ability.

I designed Soulfall to be mechanically light and strategically rich, with multiple paths to victory and variable scoring to cater to different play styles and situations.  Soulfall offers a lot of game in a very small box.

Sandro did an amazing job with the illustrations in this game, and as such, I've used a very minimalistic graphic approach to present as much of the art as possible on each gaming component while presenting the needed in-game information.

All stretch goals for this project will be backer number based, and all of them, aside from the final stretch goal, add actual game content to Soulfall.

Alternate Kickstarter Exclusive Game Board (UNLOCKED!!!)

Kickstarter Exclusive!  All Kickstarter copies of Soulfall will come with an alternate art, alternate layout, double-sided game board - The Island, in addition to the game board included in the game.  Unlocked early because you guys got this thing funded in just over 12 hours.

500 Backers - Sixth Lord Added to All Copies of Soulfall (UNLOCKED!!!)

The sixth Lord, Zsrizer, The Edge has been added to all copies of Soulfall.  This will include 6 Zsrizer, The Edge Lord cards and 1 Devotion card.

Srizer, new board Image, Myop, Maast, and Minos.
Srizer, new board Image, Myop, Maast, and Minos.

750 Backers - First of the Three Tyrants Added to All Copies of Soulfall (UNLOCKED!!!)

The Tyrants are the beings responsible for Soulfall's near destruction.  These Tyrants are shuffled into the Lord deck and offer new, interesting abilities.  Myop, The Visionary will be added to all copies of Soulfall.  This will include 2 copies of Myop, The Visionary's card.

1,000 Backers - Second of the Three Tyrants Added to All Copies of Soulfall (UNLOCKED!!!)

Maast, The Forgotten will be added to all copies of Soulfall. This will include 2 copies of Maast, The Forgotten's card.

1,250 Backers - Third of the Three Tyrants Added to All Copies of Soulfall (UNLOCKED!!!)

Minos, The Tyrant will be added to all copies of Soulfall. This will include 2 copies of Minos, The Tyrant's card.

1,500 Backers - Art Booklet (UNLOCKED!!!)

Kickstarter Exclusive! Each Kickstarter copy of Soulfall will come with an art booklet featuring Sandro's Soulfall illustrations.

Like all Small Box Games' games, Soulfall will be domestically manufactured with the highest quality components.  There aren't any component related stretch goal items because this game is already being produced using the highest caliber of components available to Small Box Games domestically, including black core and linen finish for the included cards and the thickest, non-layered chip board for the board and markers.

Show your support for Small Box Games and Soulfall.  Use these backer badges here and on BGG!

Thanks again for checking out this project!  Hopefully I'll see your name when I send out the backer reports next month!

Risks and challenges

For Small Box Games, the challenge is hitting a number that allows me to continue presenting quality games, with outstanding art, manufactured in the United States. Soulfall is a solid game that has been thoroughly playtested, and glowingly playtester approved. While not every game is for every gamer, I do hope you consider adding Soulfall to your gaming collection.

I do my very best to mitigate any risks associated with manufacturing games. I've built solid relationships with several state-side manufacturing companies, and know what to expect regarding quality and turnaround time. Of course, there's always the risk of something unforseen happening during the production process. Kickstarter gives me the tools to keep in contact with backers, so I can keep them abreast of all aspects of production, each step of the way.

I'm already working with the manufacturers prepping and proofing files, so that when this project ends, all I'll have to do is tell them how many copies I need manufactured, helping to streamline the production process and hit the project's reward delivery deadline.

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