Swords & Sails, Rewrite History in 1000 AD

Created by Jason R. Williams

Swords & Sails is an epic game of strategy, conquest, diplomacy and intrigue about leading your armies and fleets through medieval Europe in 1000 AD. Take on the role of one of the major political factions; the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Fatimid Caliphate, the Kievan Rus' Empire, the North Sea Empire, the Kingdom of France, or the Anglo Saxon Kingdom of England. Make alliances and win as a team or win individually Using military might, political intrigue, and diplomatic savvy.

Latest Updates from Our Project:

S&S 48"x36" Prem. Neo Game Map, Last 70 minutes
30 days ago – Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 06:51:04 PM

We are on the last 70 minutes of the campaign to Make 100 more of the Swords & Sails 48"x36" Premium Neoprene Game Maps.  I have decided to get a bit more aggressive with the stretch goals to try and encourage a few more people to join before the curtain falls.

Now if we get to the $2500 funding level, all award levels will get an additional Minor Player Add On of their choice, a $20 MSRP item (you will be able to choose in the pledge manager).

And again if we get to the $3000 funding level i will add in another Minor Player, to each and every award for free.

We are very close to reaching the $2500 level, come help us reach this goal if you would like to get one of the Extra Large Neoprene Maps and you did not get it the first time.

Jason.

Swords&Sails: Last 48 Hours for the Make 100 KS for S&S Extra Large 48"x36" Premium Neoprene Game Maps
about 1 month ago – Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 11:35:43 PM

We down to the last 48 Hours on the Make 100 campaign to reprint more of the Swords & Sails Extra Large 48"x36" Premium Neoprene Game Maps.  The campaign had funded in 1 day and we have unlocked our first stretch goal.  We are close to unlocking the second stretch goal.

To recap, the cost for ordering a reprint of the Extra Large 48"x36" Premium Neoprene Game Maps, is the same as it was in the Swords & Sails campaign, however to show thanks, we have decided to give everyone a free S&S Minor Player expansion as a way to say thanks, you choice of which of the 6 original made ($20 retail value).

Also, if you missed getting the game or have friends / family who would like to get the game as well, I have added a few awards which will include the game and the Neo Map.  still with you choice of a free Minor Player expansion.  I have even made a few available awards to include the 7 Player Historic Metal coins and an additional Minor Player Expansion.

The first and now unlocked stretch goal was to add an extra Orange or White Extra Units Pack to each minor player expansion included with your pledge.

We are very close to the next stretch goal of adding an additional Minor Player to the Top reward level.   The next stretch goal will add an additional minor player to both the top two reward levels.  

Check out the campaign.

http://kck.st/2tg4Ku9

S&S Updates:
about 2 months ago – Fri, Jan 31, 2020 at 02:13:28 PM

High everyone,

Wanted to give everyone uodates on what is going on with Swords & Sails and VRGames.

We have just launched a Make 100 campaign to reprint more of the much acclaimed S&S Extra Large 48"x36" Premium Neoprene Game Maps.  We are coming very close to running out of thr original stock which was made for the initial release.  So we have decided to give KS backers an oppurtunity to help us finance making more of them.  And to show thanks, we have decided to give everyone a free S&S Minor Player expansion as a way to say thanks, you choice of which of the 6 made ($20 retail value).

Also, if you missed getting the game or have friends / family who would like to get the game as well, I have added a few awards which will include the game and the Neo Map.  still with you choice of a free Minor Player expansion.  I have even made a few available awards to include the 7 Player Historic Metal coins and an additional Minor Player Expansion.

http://kck.st/2tg4Ku9

Other News,

We are still working on developing and play testing the expected Solo rules for Swords & Sails.  This will be a free update once I have completed enough playtesting and do a full release.  I am looking for additional playtesters to help with this, so please message me if you are interested.

Swords & Sails is slowly growing in the retail markets and you might find it at your game store.  If not, please ask your favorite retailer if they plan to stock it as it is so cool!  Tell them they can order it direct from VRGames /VR-Soft.com LLC (https://vr-soft.com) or from Hit Point sales, GTS Distribution, or ACD Distribution in the US.  In EU, Blackfire distributors.  

For the alternate language versions of the rules as pdf versions.  We had an issue with getting the translationa completed before the fulfillment and release. We had a German version if the rules before we had finalized rules and completly missing is the Intrigue and leader cards.   We are looking for new volunteers to help with this as our previous ones are no longer able to do this.  I had a volunteer for the spanish version, but they have not come through.   I am still looking for a French translator, I thought I had one but they wanted to much money to translate all the pages, and nay not know game speak enough which is the main issue in getting good translations which have the cirrect meaning for gaming lingo.   Volunteers for any of the alternate languages are most welcome, your work will be credited and the free odf will be placed in the Contrib  section of the S&S web page.

Some have asked what is next.  I have several possibilities in mind.

  • Add more Intrigue cards including the Mercenary Pak which will allow one battle use soldiers added to any battle.
  • Add additional Minor Players, Kingdom of Armenia and the Kharzarian Empire would make sense.
  • Could generate a Swords & Sails Asia.  This would connect the map to Europe for a potentially combined game.  Factions and Empires maybe a little messy for 1000 AD but, maybe a different time frame and then an alternate setup for Europe.

Please let me know what you think.

For those that are following the Tali Knucklebone campaign, we are getting ready to ship to backers within a few weeks.  We are just trying to deal with a factory mistake of not including the customized Dice bags fir the Knucklebone only awards.  See the Tali campaign for more.



Swords&Sails: AU & NZ Orders
6 months ago – Fri, Sep 27, 2019 at 03:10:27 AM

All Australian and New Zealand  backers should be recieving a shipping address verification message from Aetherworks.  The orders should be shipped next week October 2nd, and are being treated as high priority.

Jason.

Swords & Sails: Update on Australian / New Zealand Orders
6 months ago – Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 02:57:10 AM

I have confirmation on the Aetherworks Australian / New Zealand shipments. I thought the shipment would be much quicker, but the ship left port with all the AU / NZ orders Sept. 6th and is expected in Port Sept. 23rd. Not sure why they took such a long route. Also it was supposed to have left in late July / Early August, but I found out VFI had some staff turn over that had a huge impact on this shipment. Anyway, Aetherworks should be able to send the rewards out within a week or so of recieving the shipment. When I have ground tracking info, I will send this out to everyone.

If any non AU/NZ backer has not recieved thier rewards, please message me.

Also check out the rich forums on Board Game Geek, on backers first games, rules questions and other Swords & Sails information.

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/forums/thing/182736/swords-sails

Jason.