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The Dark Alliances cards start the game in the deck with the other cards. You can use these powerful cards to help one of your fellow players...for a price!

 

The Collector's Edition includes additional Treasure and Conquest cards to add even more variables to A War of Whispers.  The Treasure cards act as wild cards to allow for more card combos during play.  The Conquest cards represent unique events that take place and are acted upon immediately once drawn. 

The pieces in the Collector's Edition are truly marvelous including over 175 plastic pieces to enhance the visual experience of the game. One hundred banners to use  (used instead of the wooden cubes from the Standard Edition), 3D custom-sculpted pieces for the forts, cities, farms to make your board truly impressive! A heavy-duty metal first-player marker is included along with a 3D miniature hourglass piece to track the turns with more style.

New and updated collector's components

You start the game with 5 Loyalty Tokens, each corresponding to one of the 5 different empires, placed randomly on your five loyalty values.

Your goal is to ensure that when the game ends, the empires you are most loyal to control the most cities across the map. You will influence the actions of these empires by placing spies in their ruling councils, which will give you control over certain functions of that empire: attacking, unit placement, etc.

Gameplay consists of turns broken down into the following phases:

  •  Deploy Agents — Each player deploys their agents to empire council positions. Sheriffs solidify an empire, Stewards draw cards or boost a single region, the Marshall prepares for battle, and the Chancellor exercises their authority by copying other agent positions.
  •  Empire Turns — Each council position on each empire council will take an action such as attacking, drawing or playing a card, or marching your banners. Cards are empire-specific but can be combined with cards from other empires for devastating combos. The combat resolution is diceless and brutal — forces exchange at a 1:1 ratio.

In the above example, the player takes the Sheriff action by placing 2 banners, and then the Marshall action by attacking with 2 banners into an enemy territory.

  •  Mark the Turn — Pass the first player marker clockwise and advance the marker on the turn track. The game will end immediately when the marker hits the final spot on the fourth round.
  •  Swap (optional) — Each player may swap 2 of their unrevealed loyalty tokens. If they choose to do so, they must reveal both of the swapped loyalty tokens and leave them revealed for the rest of the game.
  •  Cleanup — Each player discards down to 5 cards.

How do I play cards?

You play cards during your Empire Turn. To play the card, you must discard cards of the empire in quantities shown in the cost listed beside the chosen ability.

The card being played counts as one of the cards being discarded to pay the cost. For this reason, the first ability on each card can be played without discarding any additional cards.

In the above example, 2 cards are discarded to take advantage of the Bear Empire's Mercenaries ability: destroy 3 banners in any region.

How do I win?

To determine the winner, players reveal all of their loyalty tokens that were placed secretly at the start of the game. Multiply the loyalty bonus by the number of cities each empire controls. The graphic above represents a sample final scoring for the Pale Raven player:

  •  Lion — 2 Cities x 4 Loyalty (Devout) = 8
  •  Elephant — 3 Cities x 3 Loyalty (Dutiful) = 9
  •  Bear — 1 City x 2 Loyalty (Affiliated) = 2
  •  Eagle — 4 Cities x 0 Loyalty (Unallied) = 0
  •  Horse — 2 Cities x (-1) Loyalty (Opposed) = -2

The final score for the Pale Raven player is 17 (8 + 9 + 2 + 0 - 2).

The player who scores the most points is the winner. If two players are tied for equal points then the player that swapped loyalty the least during the game wins. If both players are still tied, the player with the most empire cards in hand wins.

Game and Expansion Design: Jeremy Stoltzfus

Game and Expansion Development: Dann May, Brenna Noonan

Illustration: Tomasz Jedruszek, Dann May

Art Direction & Graphic Design: Dann May

Modeling and 3D Rendering: Greg May

Rules Editing and Proofing: Petra Schlunk, Charlotte Jones

Marketing Coordination: Avery Freniere

Production Management: Tim Schuetz

Producer: Skye Walker

Executive Producer: Dan Yarrington

Published by Starling Games

Available Rewards:

$75USD + Shipping

Collector's Edition and Dark Alliances

1 copy of the Collector's Edition of A War of Whispers and 1 copy of the Dark Alliances Expansion.

Only ships to the United States, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe.

Includes:

  • A War of Whispers Collector’s Edition
  • Dark Alliances Expansion
$7USD + Shipping

Dark Alliances Expansion

1 copy of the Dark Alliances expansion.

Only ships to the United States, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe.

Includes:

  • Dark Alliances Expansion
$39USD + Shipping

Standard Edition and Dark Alliances

1 copy of the new Standard Edition (2nd Edition) of A War of Whispers and 1 copy of the Dark Alliances Expansion.

Only ships to the United States, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe.

Includes:

  • A War of Whispers Standard Edition, 2nd Edition
  • Dark Alliances Expansion
$59USD + Shipping

Loyal Spymaster's Special Deal

1 copy of the Collector’s Edition of A War of Whispers and 1 copy of the Dark Alliances Expansion, for existing owners of the game. This level enables loyal Spymasters, those who currently own the 1st edition (Deluxe or Standard), to acquire the Collector’s Edition for a special price.

We will verify this by our previous backer list, so if you got your game by some other means, please email your proof of purchase to awow@starling.games so that we can approve your order in advance. Orders that cannot be verified will NOT be eligible for a refund (we will consider that a donation).

Only ships to the United States, Canada, Australia, and most of Europe.

Includes:

  • A War of Whispers Collector’s Edition
  • Dark Alliances Expansion

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