Board Game Geek Rating: 5.62 Board Game Geek Avg Player Rating: 7.68 Players: 1 to 1 Published: 2020 Content Notes: Kickstarter Edition of Black Sonata Board Game by Side Room Games. Includes core game and all stretch goals. Also see the new expansion, Black Sonata: The Fair Youth (click here).
Please note: unless otherwise stated paid add ons from the Kickstarter Campaign are not included. All games are in English.
For more than four centuries scholars have argued over the identity of the mysterious Dark Lady of William Shakespeare’s sonnets.
Black Sonata, you will find yourself in Shakespeare’s London, circa 1600, in pursuit of the shadowy Lady. Can you finally solve English literature’s greatest mystery? Or will the Dark Lady elude you too?
Black Sonata combines hidden movement and logical deduction into a unique solitaire steeped in literary history.
At the beginning of the game you'll randomly select one of the 11 Dark Lady cards to be the target of your pursuit. You'll also set up the stealth deck by arranging the cards according to the sequence chosen for the game. There are 8 sequences on the cards, along with 20 included in the rulebook. Each can be arranged in normal or reverse order, meaning their are 56 different paths included in the box!
Throughout the game the Dark Lady will maneuver through London with you hot on her trail. Once you think you've tracked her to your exact location you can conduct a search. Using a location key, you'll peek through the keyhole to see if she is revealed.
If you catch her, you'll reveal a Clue card which provides details on the Dark Lady's characteristics. Deduction is key in puzzling out the traits of your target.
Each Clue revealed will get you closer to unmasking the Dark Lady. If you can successfully catch & confront her you will win fame, respect, and the game. But if you fail, she'll slip quietly from the pages of history once more...
Hot on the trail...
For a full rundown of setup and play, check out the playthrough video from Colin at One Stop Co-op Shop!
-- from the publisher
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