Pre-order Deadline: 30 Nov 2022 (Wed)
Estimated Release Date: May 2023
The Septima - Deluxe Edition pledge contains:
• Septima: Deluxe Edition
• Shapeshift & Omens Expansion
• Solo Mode
• 100+ Silkscreened Wooden Meeples and Ingredients
• Gametrayz Modular Tray System (fits sleeved cards)
Add-On (To be purchased separately):
• Metallic Wisdom Tokens
Septima is a competitive, highly interactive strategy game of witchcraft. As the leader of your coven, you must prove your worth in the town of Noctenburg to become the successor of Septima, the High Witch. Practice your craft and gain Wisdom by collecting herbs, brewing potions, healing the townsfolk, mastering charms and rescuing your fellow brothers and sisters from the trials. But beware: magic, even if used for good, invokes suspicion in the townsfolk...
Simultaneous action selection with positive player interaction: Septima’s central mechanism revolves around the simultaneous, secret selection of one of nine Action cards each turn: Move, Collect, Brew, Heal, Recruit, Plea, Chant, Rite and Remember. Each Action gets a powerful bonus if it is chosen by multiple players, but performing them together also raises suspicion in the townsfolk and attracts the attention of the Witch Hunters. Decisions of when to do a shared action (and who to do it with) adds a fresh, semi-cooperative touch to a competitive game, and lots of player interaction.
Rescue witches to build your Coven: Heal, enthrall or convince the townsfolk and amass enough support to sway the periodic Witch Trials in your favor. If the hostile witnesses are outvoted, the convicted witch is absolved and joins the coven that rescued them. You start small but you can grow your coven to up to four witches this way, each with their own personality and special ability to help your cause. Reckless Witches caught by Witch Hunters are also put to trial, so with enough support from the townsfolk, even witches from other, less careful players’ coven can end up in yours.
Accessible, intuitive and familiar: Septima is Mindclash Games’ most accessible title to date, with beautiful, hand-drawn art style by Villő Farkas and with the character art of Barbara Bernát, wooden components and intuitive, theme-inspired mechanisms. It is very quick to teach and set up, and takes less than 2 hours to play, even with four players.
In Septima, you play through four Seasons, each consisting of five rounds, to gather a powerful coven of Witches and gain enough Wisdom points to become the worthy successor of the High Witch. You will accumulate Wisdom as you practice your craft in the superstitious town of Noctenburg: gather ingredients, brew powerful Potions, perform Rituals, heal the afflicted, and work in the shadows to turn suspicion and anger into support and acceptance.
Septima uses a snappy card-driven action system where players plan their actions simultaneously each round. You may choose to play it safe on your own, or temporarily work with other players or even the Septima, choosing the same action as they do.
Acting together grants a powerful bonus effect, but such direct displays of witchcraft also raise suspicion and attract Witch Hunters. This creates a world that constantly reacts to you, where powerful moves are both tempting and dangerous. There are plenty of tools at your disposal to mitigate suspicion - how much you are willing to risk for the sake of power is entirely up to you.
Septima includes an engaging solo mode created by Dávid Turczi. Play against the Black Widow, a solo opponent using twisted versions of the Action cards. She will attempt to drain Wisdom from you with each of her actions, and wins the game if it drops below 0. The Black Widow has several difficulty settings, a very streamlined ruleset, and an extremely low upkeep.