Friday, December 8, 2023

Hit Board Game ‘Santorini’ Returns To Kickstarter With Deluxe Edition, New Co-Op Expansion

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Santorini, one of the most celebrated strategy games of the last decade, has been reimagined into two unique masterpieces – Santorini Deluxe Pantheon Edition and Santorini Riddle of the Sphinx – now available on Kickstarter.

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Created by Roxley Games, the new Santorini Pantheon Deluxe Edition adds a sense of splendor associated with the Greek island it’s named after by adding a plethora of new gods and goddesses, revamped rules, and stunning new components that include a 3D island frame, remastered buildings, and modular storage trays. Santorini Riddle of the Sphinx expansion is a cooperative game packaged in an Adventure Book. This book of riddles includes 16 unique Greek maps, illustrated by Damien Mammoliti, and is an endlessly replayable game with new gameplay features such as resource management, tower defense, and even boss battles.

Following are the Santorini Kickstarter exclusives:

  • Santorini Pantheon Deluxe Edition (~$64 USD / $86 CAD): The definitive edition of the worldwide classic Santorini, featuring top, revamped gods and powers and 4 god card packs (Hiding in the Underworld, Soaring Over Olympus, Sailing with Odysseus and Seasons of Chaos).
Santorini Pantheon Edition box
  • Santorini Riddle of the Sphinx (~$49 USD / $66 CAD): Using the same rules as Santorini, Riddle of the Sphinx is a 1-4 player co-op expansion game that comes in a fun storybook that makes setup and takedown a breeze.
Santorini Riddle of the Sphinx box
  • Santorini Pantheon Upgrade Kit (~$49 USD / $66 CAD): For those who already own Santorini, the upgrade kit will include the 3D island frame, modular caddies, revamped gods and powers and 4 god card packs (Hiding in the Underworld, Soaring Over Olympus, Sailing with Odysseus and Seasons of Chaos).

The original Santorini was released in 2004 by Gordon Hamilton as a two-player strategy game and has sold more than 100,000 copies. Santorini has been heralded as a game that can be learned in minutes and played for a lifetime. While the game has been enhanced and revised multiple times over the years, basic gameplay consists of players taking turns moving their builder pawns and constructing buildings. Whoever moves up to the third level first wins – with a few caveats.

In 2016, a new layer of complexity to the game arrived through the addition of Greek gods and heroes. This variant gives each player a chance to “break the rules” and fundamentally change how the game is played. This version of Santorini was released in retail stores a year later, following the most successful Kickstarter campaign to come out of Alberta, Canada.

The Kickstarter campaign for Santorini Pantheon Deluxe Edition, Santorini Riddle of the Sphinx, and Santorini Pantheon Upgrade Kit runs through April 28.

Images via Roxley Games

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  • Dan Arndt

    Fiction writer, board game fanatic, DM. Has an MFA and isn't quite sure what to do now. If you have a dog, I'd very much like to pet it. Operating out of Indianapolis.

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