Description: A tabletop game for 1 to 4 players that pits the forces of hell against the forces of heaven in an epic battle for the souls of humankind.
The STANDARD Second Edition adds:
- 10 additional Relic cards
- 4 modular mini-expansions that can be mixed and matched as players like
- 4 additional Sin cards
- 4 additional Intercession cards
- An additional set of 7 Soul cards
- Revamped and enlarged rulebook
- Upgraded molded plastic component tray with clear tray cover
The DELUXE Second Edition adds all of the above plus:
- Gold foil accents on the box
- UV spotting
- Cloth player mats
- 2 custom embroidered velveteen component bags
- Metal skull and crucifix charms instead of cubes
- Antiqued custom dice
- Presidential Souls promos included
- Deluxe linen finished rulebook
Michael Barnes: "It?s the right mix of quality gameplay, classic card game values, and compelling subject matter."
Rahdo Run Throughs: "This game, I just think it's brilliant!"
Tom Vasel: "This is a very well designed game."
Game Nite Magazine: "This game joins my shortlist of favorite two player games. The game play is strategic with some depth, while at the same time there is an ease of play and flow that keeps things moving along."
War Diary Magazine: "I urge you to seek out and obtain a copy of this blessed gem."
Dice Tower Seal of Excellence
2013 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
Editor's Choice: Game Nite Magazine
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What's in the Box?
More Than 250 Deluxe Components!
7 Archangel Cards
7 Devil Cards
28 Souls Cards
10 Reap Cards
45 Temptation Cards
45 Virtue Cards
20 Victory Point Cards
18 Sin Cards
18 Intercession Cards
15 Holy Relic Cards
15 Unholy Relic Cards
3 Custom Dice
4 Reference Cards
20 Metal Use Markers
2 Component Bags
7 Presidential Soul Cards
Heaven or Hell
The forces of Heaven and Hell have been locked in a struggle over the eternal souls of humankind for countless centuries. Archangels attempt to influence vulnerable souls and appeal to their heavenly virtues to bring them closer to Heaven while Demons tempt souls to give in to sin so they may condemn their souls to Hell.
In Battle for Souls, players will play as either Heaven or Hell and attempt to influence souls so that they can reaped. Appealing with Virtues or Temptations, your goal is to reap more souls and score more points than your opponent. So, prepare to battle it out with the forces of Heaven and Hell in Battle for Souls!
Heavenly Virtues and Deadly Sins
The forces of Heaven are represented by Archangels, each embodying one of the seven Heavenly Virtues. If the souls on Earth can be influenced by the Archangels you have recruited, you will be able to influence those souls and begin building up Holy Points that can be spent to acquire Intercessions or Holy Relics. If you accumulate enough holy points, you can even recruit more Archangels to assist you in your quest to bring souls to the light.
Meanwhile, Hell calls upon its Devils to tempt the souls of Earth into indulging the Seven Deadly Sins. The same rules apply to Hell as apply to Heaven, but you will be racking up Unholy Points to buy Sins or Unholy Relics and recruit more Devils to your cause.
With similar goals, both factions will play the cards in their hands to take actions and add Holy or Unholy points to souls on Earth, preparing them to be reaped on future turns.
Battle it Out!
Over the course of the game, players will battle over souls until there are no more souls remaining to reaped. The goal of the game is to have the most Victory points and reaping souls is only one way to get there.
Players start with a hand five cards they may play during their turn. Depending on the combination and number of cards they play, players can make use of effects like taking a victory point card, taking and using an Intercession/Sin card, acquiring a Holy/Unholy Relic, adjusting the number of Holy or Unholy points on an Earthly soul. You could work on sculpting your hand for future turns by discarding cards so you can draw news ones at the end of the turn or by drawing a single new card.
Some of the cards in Battle for Souls allow you to reap the souls on Earth if one or more of the following conditions are met. At least one soul in play must have 4 Holy or Unholy Points. All the souls on Earth are Holy, or all the souls on Earth are Unholy. Playing a reap card will send all souls with 4 or more Holy Points to Heaven, all those with 4 or more Unholy Points to Hell, and the rest to Purgatory where they will score no points. Reaped souls give their controllers 3 Victory Points at the end of the game, so fight hard for those souls and hold onto your Reap cards for the appropriate moment!
Play as a Team! Battle for Souls can also be played with four players! Two players will team up and pick one either Heaven or Hell, with the other team picking the other. However, rather than each player having their own deck, each player on a team shares a deck. Additionally, there are ways to share resources with your partner, increasing their options.
Deluxe Components and Extras!
The Deluxe Edition of Battle for Souls comes with higher quality components than the basic game. The Use Markers from the base game have been replaced with metal tokens unique to each side, components bags for storing your game pieces are included, a playmat for each faction, and the extra Presidential Souls expansion from the Kickstarter! Play Battle for Souls in style with the Deluxe version of the game!
Beyond Good and Evil
The souls of Earth are waiting to be swayed, so gather your forces and reap away! Pick up your copy of Battle for Souls today!