HEXplore It™ is a cooperative, hero building, adventure, board game system. The Sands of Shurax is our third title in the HEXplore It universe. It is both a stand alone game and an expansion for our previous Volumes. Journey into an entrancing land filled with danger and intrigue.
The Ravager has awoken! A titanic creature deposits Crystal Towers on the map while your adventure unfolds. Make your way across the desert to perform Missions, work with Caravan Masters, gain Employment, or even enter the gladiatorial Arenas. Battle through a variety of Encounters during your travels, or move carefully and see what other Excavations you might unearth. Power Up your heroes and choose one of the four scenarios to win. Can you save Shurax from the Ravager?
Players create their hero by combining two character options: their Role and Race. This combination drives your hero's strengths, weaknesses, and defines your special abilities. We've build a bunch of unique choices for you, so no two games will ever play the same.
You'll work together to gather Platinum, Gold, Ravager Crystals, and Power Ups in order to advance your hero's strength while the Ravager wipes out crucial locations on the board. Choose your own path and explore a modular map which changes with each play through. Each game yields substantially different events, some controlled by the players, and others occurring randomly. Fulfill one of four unique game win scenarios, and gather as much power as you can along the way!
The Sands of Shurax Core Box contains everything you need to bring your adventurers into the heart of the desert. As the campaign progresses, we'll add more content! Check out our Stretch Goals section below for more information on the added content.
Nomadic legends speak of a great worm slumbering beneath the sands, stoking the fiery heat of the desert. Tales were told how the beast would awaken when the desert grew too cool, emerging from its slumber to bake the world above. For centuries the desert has grown and extended, proving, say the tribesmen, that the Ravager grows stronger. A storybook is now included in each Core box!
We are beyond excited to bring you an entirely new way to play HEXplore It! These digital chapter books present new, augmented rules to play through an entire multi-session campaign using the same heroes!
You’ll use specific map tiles and play through a ton of new content in these choose-your-own adventure scenarios. Players are presented with several “What do you do” choice branches throughout the course of play. Each decision you make will drive how the scenario unfolds in this chapter and in chapters that occur in later modules. For more info on Campaign Mode, check out this update.
Klik’s Madness follows the rise and fall of Goblin Emperor Klik as hordes of goblins become better organized under his command, raiding and pillaging the Runecrest Valley. Your heroes will have the opportunity to save NPC’s, earn new campaign items, get captured in Under Valley, witness Klik’s transformation into an Undead Lieutenant working for the Dead King and much more!
In the Fall of the Ancients, the heroes will attempt to keep Hathowyr and Urgos' mind safe from the Magi's influence. They'll work for Elowen the Dryad, moving through the forest to stop Adrimon in her tracks. You may come face to face with Sarthowyr the dark dryad, and a cult of humans who feel Adrimon is a goddess. The story can unfold in a myriad of ways, and we can't wait for you to get your hands on it!
In Noko's Ritual, our heroes will find themselves unwittingly woven into the terrible plans of Emperor Noko, who works to summon the Ravager of Shurax. The heroes will begin the campaign working as guards for the City-State of Tarri and will unknowingly aid the tyrant in gathering the resources he needs to perform the ritual. Early in the story the heroes may uncover the terrible truth, and will gain the option to continue to help Noko, or to devise a plan of their own to stop him- possibly preventing the Ravager from even being summoned!
Are you ready for this new way to play through HEXplore It content?
The Black Pyramid: Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the Sands of Shurax Expansion is the inclusion of the Black Pyramid. We've built the Black Pyramid to be its own play-style. You can go through the entire game, gathering power, facing new threats, terrifying versions of the Bosses, and perhaps most importantly, uncover epic new gear! The Black Pyramid is laden with traps and secrets chambers, so beware adventurers!
Familiar Mechanics: Here are just a few of the familiar mechanics you'll find in SoS that also appear in previous volumes.
New Mechanics: Sands of Shurax is no mere reskin of our previous volumes. Here are just a few of the new mechanics we've implemented which makes the Sands of Shurax entirely unique! Check out our videos page for more information on these.
New Game Locations: There are several new location types in the Sands of Shurax. Caravansaries are locations where the heroes can purchase low-value goods and join a Caravan. The heroes can heal Energy and refill their food stores while in an Oasis.
Unlike Quests or Destinations (introduced in Volumes I and II), Missions are not tied to specific locations on the map. Instead, Mission locations are grouped into three terrain categories: Desert, Highland, and Silt Sea. Heroes may go to any Mission location that matches the terrain type to attempt to complete the Mission there.
Arenas & Scarabs: We’ve built in 2 new mini-games into HEXplore It: the Sands of Shurax. The heroes can now earn fame and fortune in gladiatorial arenas and can gamble away their fortune playing Scarabs. For more info on each system works, check out our videos page.
The Wastes & Caravans: The Wastes is an area at the center of the board that is separated from the four quadrants and the other HEXtiles. This simulates a great distance between the City-States. To cross from one section to another, the heroes will need to travel with Caravans (or find the Magic Carpet!). Work with Caravan Masters to move into and out of the Wastes. Each journey will present unique challenges, risks, and rewards. Check out our videos on the Wastes for more info.
Remnants & Mutations: Remnants are 3-hex map tiles that are placed on the board when the Ravager disappears back under the earth, leaving huge Crystal Towers in its wake. Crystal Towers are dangerous places where heroes become Irradiated and gain Mutations. Mutations reduce your maximum Energy ranks, but also grant special bonuses and increase the Power Up reward you receive for a particular stat.
Both the heroes and their opponents can gain Mutations, but Opponent Mutations function a little differently than Hero Mutations. Check out our Mutation video below for more info on these.
The City-States & Reputation: In the Sands of Shurax, your heroes will gain Reputation, which is a bit like their alignment. The four Reputation regions are: Righteous, Rebellious, Cruel, and Corrupt.
The City States are each aligned with two of the four Reputation regions. You’ll earn rewards for interacting with City-States whose Reputation matches your own, and encounter dangerous scenarios when interacting in a City-State whose Reputation does not. Each City-State gives the heroes access to a new way to gain power.
The heroes can also find work in each of the City-States, spending time to earn both Gold and Reputation. Earn more Gold based on your Role type in certain locations. For instance, Strikers earn more Gold while Employed in Tarri, while Healers earn more Gold while Employed in Phorora.
We've built in systems to prevent an entire game being spent in a City-State, however clever heroes can find ways to focus play there, instead of in the Wastes. Check out our video below for more info on the City-States.
New Opponent Subtypes: We're introducing a few new subtypes of opponents in the Sands of Shurax. Our heroes will now face Swarms and Hordes, opponents which have a new Vital called Outlast. Your normal attacks are largely ineffective against them.
In addition to Swarms and Hordes, we're also unveiling Titanic opponents. The Ravager is our first. These foes have more than one Health stat. Some opponents can even Mutate to gain the Titanic subtype. For more information on these new systems, click the video link below.
A beta version of the HEXplore It app is now available for download for both Android and Apple users. Check it out:
We are excited to announce that a new print cycle for both previous Volumes and their Expansions has been unlocked. These boxes will arrive at the same time as our Sands of Shurax products (they will not ship out early). Check out our new pledge levels to gain bundle deals! Here are some things our previous backers are saying about Volumes I and II:
Check out our hero randomizer on our website. Click away to create your next hero!
If you have the Valley of the Dead King or the Forests of Adrimon, you can play along with Sands of Shurax in one session. You'll have two main bosses on the board (aside from the other 18!), both main bosses will be gaining power, and depending on how your game progresses, one or the other will take the upper hand.
Imagine if the Dead King came to control an undead version of the Ravager, or perhaps just as bad, Adrimon mindwiped the Ravager! You'll need to defeat both in order to win this game. Your group will have access to all content that both games offer:
Dice & Dice Bags
*These highlighted sets can improve your play experience for the Sands of Shurax. Both the six-sided, and each four-sided die are shared between the players. If you invest in extra dice, we suggest getting these. Refer to the below table for more information on extra dice usage:
Living Card Decks: Our Living Card Campaign for the Valley of the Dead King is now complete, our Forests of Adrimon Living Card campaign is well underway, and our Sands of Shurax Living card campaign will begin when the games begin to ship.
We are offering new content for each of these volumes in the stand-alone decks shown below. Find the 36 Living Cards from our Living Card Campaign, as well as 24 new Peril cards which are played in an entirely unique way. Peril cards become an optional draw when the group rolls a hex on the Circumstance for the turn. When you roll a hex, you may choose to draw from the Circumstance deck normally or from the Peril deck. If you do, the revealed Peril card will have you play a specific set of two or more cards.
The HEXplore It Hero Chest: We’re now releasing a premium storage box for the HEXplore It system. This box has three independent containers inside. It will hold all Roles, Races, Traits, and Legendary cards that we’re planning to release in the HEXplore It gaming line, and it comes with a bunch of extra content!
Previous Volumes & Expansions: We are excited to announce that we have unlocked a new print cycle for both of our previous volumes. These products will arrive at the same time as our Sands of Shurax products (they will not ship out early).
Full Play Through Video: Check out a one-player, two-hero, full play through.
Kickstarter Card of the Day Videos: Each day of the campaign we're showing off a new card that appears in the game. Click the video link below to watch them all.
Hero Reveal Videos: Click the video link below to watch all of our Hero Reveals, or click the one you're interested in here: Races | Commander | Gambler | Gladiator | Merchant | Psion | Templar | Artificer | Defilist | Dervish | Whip Master | Assassin | Expansion Races | Expansion Roles
HEXplore It Video Tutorials: We've developed a number of videos to walk new players through various game processes. Click the video link below to watch them all, or click the specific one you're interested in here: Anatomy of a Role | Anatomy of a Race | Anatomy of a Trait | Reading Masteries | Game Board Explained | Stat Tests | Currency, Food, and Items | Game Turn Sequence | Game Difficulty | Combat Rounds
We wanted to take a moment to say thank you, and to tell you a little about our company. We are a small team who greatly desires to bring you all fun and fulfilling content that can be used in a multitude of ways (even ways we haven’t dreamed up of yet!).
The HEXplore It line was developed because there is a sort of fierce enjoyment that comes from telling a great story. The kind of story that evolves and changes because of the people telling it.
We are not a large company, and we rely on your help and support to make these games a reality. Thank you for your consideration!
The Legionnaire's pledge will get you the Sands of Shurax Core game and the Sands of Shurax Expansion box, along with all stretch goals unlocked for both, as well as 1 copy of each of our Living Card Decks.
The HEXplorer's pledge will get you the Sands of Shurax Core game, along with all stretch goals unlocked for the core game during the campaign.
The Mutant's pledge will get you the Sands of Shurax Core game, along with all stretch goals unlocked for the core game during the campaign, and 1 of each of the 3 Living Card decks.
The Heroes' pledge will get you the Sands of Shurax Core game and the Sands of Shurax Expansion box, along with all stretch goals unlocked for both.
The Monstrosity's pledge will get you the Sands of Shurax Core game and the Sands of Shurax Expansion box, along with all stretch goals unlocked for both, and a copy of the Sands Living Card deck.
The Sunscorched Mind’s pledge will get you all items included in the Heroes pledge, as well as a Forests of Adrimon Core box and a Forests of Adrimon Expansion box.
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