“They be called the Dead Seas for a reason laddie,” the grizzled dwarf known only as Sarge scoffs. “If you don’t know why, then you ain’t worth the cheap ale you’re swigging.” The keeper of the Rusted Ogre Tavern drops heavily onto the empty stool at your table. After helping himself to a mug of your ale, he begins his tale…

“It starts with the elves, doesn’t it always start with the damned elves?” He chuckles to nobody in particular. “An eon ago, this world was not so covered with water, like it is now. There were continents of land, expansive mountain ranges, and endless plains. Dwarf, men, and even the perfidious elves, worked together to create a world where war, strife and suffering were no more. Magic and reason ruled, together. Nobody wanted for a thing. Nobody that is, except for the Conclave.”

The bearded innkeep takes another swig of your ale and continues, “Velaloris and his group of damned elf wizards got mad with power and ruined it all. They blew the damn world up…”

Sarge continues to tell you the story of how Velaloris and his conclave of wizards reached too far in their quest for knowledge over the magical tides that flowed through the world. He recounts the ages old tales of how their hubris shattered that world, toppling cities in mere minutes, crumbling mountains and causing the seas to rise. The breaking of the magical fabric left the world in chaos. He slowly and methodically recounts how men, dwarves and elves slowly rebuilt their worlds, and how these new nations were drastically changed.

Sarge finishes his story, and your ale with a statement, that is perhaps a warning, “Rest well tonight laddie, tomorrow you join your crew. Welcome to the Dead Seas…”

Dark Masts is a 2 player deck building card game of high fantasy, in which players take control of powerful captains and mighty war ships in order to rule the seas. The game uses a unique three deck system where players compete for the scarce resources they will need to build their ship and destroy their foes.

In this 1 v. 1 game each player chooses a nation and places the captain and ship in play. Drawing up to 5 cards from any combination of common deck or the nation specific deck players will draw cards to upgrade their ship. Available upgrades are stronger cannons, thicker and stronger hulls, and crew members with special abilities.

Players declare an action during the action phase that can include boarding the enemy ships, attacking with the ships crew and cannons, or batton down the hatches to give a temporary defense boost. Shaman and mages can be used to cast spells giving boosts to your crew, damaging enemy ships, or repairing your own ship. Dark Masts: A Dead Seas Card Game is a fast moving (20-30 minutes per game) hard hitting game that is fun for all ages.

Each game comes with:

46 card common deck

14 card Human Deck

14 card Orc Deck

14 card Elf Deck

14 card Dwarf deck

2 Stat cards for keeping track of the various effects and damage in the game