From the award-winning team behind Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game - the sell-out game from Tabletop Gaming Magazine's Top Ten Games of the Year - and 1066, Tears to Many Mothers - the beautiful historical card game, nominated for a Golden Geek Award, an Origins Award, and winner of a 2018 Best Art Award - 1565, St. Elmo's Pay is the ultimate card game of war and history that recreates the Siege of Malta, "the Greatest Siege in History"!
In 1565, St. Elmo's Pay both players race against each other to overcome a series of asymmetrical historical objectives that Mustafa Pasha of the Ottoman Turks and Grandmaster Jean de La Valette of the Knights of St John had to overcome in order to battle each other at the Siege of Malta. The stakes are unbelievably high as the Turks are set to take on all of Europe and the fate and the shape of the settled world is in your hands!
1565, St. Elmo's Pay is an asymmetric, competitive tactical card game in the style of Magic the Gathering but non-collectable. In other words, whilst other theatres of conflict will appear in future stand-alone sets (which will be cross-compatible - see Future Plans below), you will receive the complete game in the box. Each player, as either the Knights of St John or the Ottoman Turks, musters troops and resources to overcome the various obstacles in their way before their two armies clash in the Siege of Malta.
1565, St. Elmo's Pay - the Great Siege of Malta is underway (with a couple of borrowed components)!
Gorgeous artwork complements sumptuous production values that will appeal to young people and seasoned gamers alike. Character names are taken directly from history and every card in the game is inspired by a real person or unit or event from the Great Siege of Malta.
To combine with other games in the series, such as 1066, Tears to Many Mothers, each player simply chooses a faction from any box to play as, so the Knights of St John from 1565 could battle the Saxons from 1066, for example!