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Is Sand fun to play?
Players: 1 – 4 players | Game Duration 120 – mins | Min. Age 14+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No | Online Version: No
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What is Sand about?

  • The game is set in a vast desert, known only as the Desert, stretching from the Akaishi Mountains to the cliffs of Seapaw.
  • The remnants of human civilization survive in ancient, half-ruined cities, with humans foraging for sparse greenery.
  • Desert travelers transport goods on giant Worms, inadvertently helping to restore life by carrying small plants from artificial greenhouses to distant parts of the world.


  • Players take on the roles of desert travelers.
  • They navigate the board, visiting various towns to collect and transport goods for gold.
  • Players travel on Worms, which can grow and assist them more effectively if well-cared for.
  • Along the journey, players can be joined by Companions who provide help and can undertake Missions that offer significant benefits when completed.
  • The objective is to accumulate the most money by the end of the game to win.

Key Mechanics

  • Resource collection and transportation.
  • Companion and Mission mechanics add layers of strategy and potential rewards.
  • A little bit of luck: Rolling four different colored dice at the start of each workday introduces significant variability, impacting your game plans.
  • Strategic Depth: Initially limited to 3 action spaces, upgrading your worm unlocks a 4th space. Players must use action dice wisely, as they can only be used once per round.

What Makes It Fun

  • Interesting gameplay with chunky dice
  • Strategic depth in managing resources and actions

Some Cons

  • Poorly written rulebook and challenging learning curve
  • Initial setup complexity
  • Potential game imbalance if a player upgrades worm early


Find out about Sand

Rulebook and How to Play Guides

Official Rule Book

How to Play Sand and Review Videos

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