1. What type of game is The Stonebound Saga?
The Stonebound Saga is a card game mixed with board game elements. In 'The Stonebound Saga' you're building a simple deck of 3 characters. These 9 cards (3 character cards and 6 ability cards) have multiple uses and options so while you don't have a standard deck size of 60 cards; you have a myriad of options with less cards and less setup to play. We aimed to create a game that had a quick setup and quick learning curve, but had a deep level of strategy once the base rule set was learned.
Players can choose from three exciting ways to play in The Stonebound Saga. The various formats are below:
Constructed Play (Standard Play) -
In constructed play each player creates a deck of three characters from the ‘Character Deck’ that can have a max star value of five (total) as well as the matching ability card for each character. Each character has a star rating that specifies the rarity of the card from 1-3 stars. There are 35 characters to choose from across 7 different classes, each with their own role to play in battle. Players can craft a team that suits their unique play-style and strategy. There are close to 150 unique abilities between the characters in The Stonebound Saga, and a myriad of synergies between the various characters.
A three-character per player game played at a steady pace takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete. For team play we recommend 2 players against 2 players, or 3v3. Each player would have 2 character cards and up to 4 stars of rarity.
Draft Play -
In draft play each rarity of character cards are separated into piles and shuffled. Character cards are placed face down on the table. One player then takes the top 5 cards from each pile and places them face up on the table. Players alternate turns choosing their teams from the available cards that were flipped over. In a 1v1 game each player could pick 1 common character (1 Star), and 2 uncommon characters (2 Stars) OR the player could pick 2 common characters (1 Star) and 1 rare character (3 Stars).
In a 2v2 or 3v3 game each player could pick up to 4 stars of rarity and a max of 2 character cards.
Free Play - In free play players can create a deck of characters with a star value of any amount.
2. Are there any alternate ways to play like a single player campaign, and what type of expansions are planned?
The initial release and 'Standard Play' for The Stonebound Saga will be PVP (player vs player - games can be 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or up to 6 player free for all, but we are developing a single and multiple (team based) player campaign. This version of the game will include non-character class type enemies and boss battles using the same ability system as the base game and will not require a GM to administer. Further details on this expansion of the game will be revealed on our Kickstarter in May. This version of the game will be a future release after the base game releases next year.
One of the expansions or add-ons we are planning is adding a new card called a 'Terrain Card' to the gameplay. These cards will be part of the deck building process and add a small handful of cards to each player's deck (no more than 10 cards). The new card type will be used to modify different spaces on the game board and add another strategic part to the gameplay. All of these new cards will be based off of locations in the world of Telios and add an element of story to the game. We plan on releasing more information about this new card type at our Kickstarter launch in May.
4. How much will the game cost and when will it be available for purchase?
We will be offering the base game for around $39 for backers. If our campaign is successful we hope to manufacture and ship the final version of the game out by December 2017. We anticipate an earlier shipping time frame, but we would rather under promise and over deliver to make sure enough time is given for manufacturing and logistics.