A card driven wargame inspired by “A Few Acres of Snow”. Players take over the role of Rome and Carthage, during the First Punic War.

Inspired by A Few Acres of Snow, Hands in the Sea 2nd Edition features several new elements, including navies, naval battles, cavalry superiority, mercenaries, field battles, sieges, manpower, strategy cards, random events, turn based scoring, bribery and tactical bonuses.

HitS Cards

The name of the game is based on a quote from a Carthaginian commander, who claimed at the outbreak of hostilities that the Carthaginian control of the seas was such that the Romans would not even dare wash their hands in the sea. We have hired the talented Naomi Robinson to do the cover for Hands in the Sea. Hands in the Sea is a two-player deck building war game set during the First Punic War between Rome and Carthage from 264-241 BC.

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Each player uses their deck of cards to perform up to two actions per round. Actions range from colonization to naval movement, to battle, with most activity centered in Sicily, Sardinia, and Corsica. Players may also purchase additional cards to bolster their decks and provide them with more choices. There are also Strategy cards that players can purchase to give them additional advantages. The game is played over the course of several turns, up to a maximum of twelve. At the end of each turn, players resolve random events, collect income and score victory points. There are several paths to victory, from simply having the highest score at the end of the game, to capturing the opposing player’s capital.

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Hands in the Sea 2nd Edition has 22 days to go and right on the cusp of funding, with stretch goals planned to upgrade your gaming experience. If you’ve been looking for a wargame with a deck building element, this is one for you!


Find out more about Hands in the Sea 2nd Edition on their Kickstarter Page.

Kickstarter: Hands in the Sea 2nd Edition


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