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HarryHotspurEsq17 Jul 2013 1:54 p.m. PST

It gives me great pleasure to announce a new stand-alone set of rules to join the Ganesha Games family. Based on the Song of Blades and Heroes rules by Andrea Sfiligoi, Song of Shadows and Dust (SSD) is inspired by the breakdown in civic order which plagued the great cities of the Mediterranean in the first century BC such as Rome, Antioch, Jerusalem or Alexandria – however, they are perfectly appropriate for any pre-modern urban setting from Babylon to Bruges.

SSD seeks to reflect the gritty reality of urban violence and civil disruptions while preserving the keep-it-simple, play-as-you-want, no-book-keeping-required spirit of the original rules system. All the rules needed to play the game will be provided in the book, however, as the rules and points values are compatible with both Song of Blades and Heroes and Song of Arthur and Merlin, players can expand them using the other rulebooks or their supplements as sources of ideas, scenarios and additional special rules.

Players control factions on the tabletop of between five and ten models each. The table itself is covered with buildings to create an urban setting and also includes a wide variety of different civilians. The players are given objectives such as stealing a particularly valuable item, assassinating an enemy leader, rescuing a captured comrade or avoiding the local militia/police whilst having to foil the objectives of their opponents. Faction members can be anything imaginable in this sort of environment – from Roman senators or Arab sheikhs, to beautiful courtesans, blind prophets, zealous priests, gladiators, drunks, common henchmen, street urchins or assassins and so on.

Further details are available on my blog. The rules are currently written and in the early stages of playtesting.

If you are interested in helping to playtest these rules and have access to a range of different buildings and miniatures suitable to represent faction members and a number of civilians, I encourage you to get in contact.


Nic Wright
irregularwars {at} gmail {dot} com

Personal logo PatrickWR Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2013 2:02 p.m. PST

Sounds great! And with a tiny bit of tweaking, this could be a great way to play Mordheim using the SBH core rules!

ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2013 7:44 p.m. PST

Ooh, I think I'll be getting this one.

However you have not answered the most important question for any SBH Version/Expansion…

Will this add any new special rules to the SBH cannon?

HarryHotspurEsq18 Jul 2013 2:19 a.m. PST

SSD adds 'many' new special rules to the SBH canon – although nothing about a cannon…

zippyfusenet Inactive Member18 Jul 2013 5:31 a.m. PST

So, would this be a good rule set for gaming conflicts between, say, the Judean Peoples Liberation Front and the Peoples Front of Judea? And the Womans?

Must resist buying 1/72 plastic Woman civilians…sweating…credit card twitching…must resist…

HarryHotspurEsq18 Jul 2013 11:07 a.m. PST

Why does it always come back to the Peoples' Front of Judaea with you people! Bunch of splitters.

Or to put it another way: yes.

HarryHotspurEsq12 Aug 2013 8:56 a.m. PST


An example of a 'Civic Militia' faction in SSD link

HarryHotspurEsq22 Aug 2013 8:16 a.m. PST


And a faction of ruffians – the Kybiosaktoi link

HarryHotspurEsq30 Sep 2013 2:04 p.m. PST

I took Song of Shadows and Dust to its first convention over the weekend. The weekend was aimed at catching the kids while they were young and opening their eyes to the large variety of different boardgames and wargames out there. I've a report on how it went on the blog.


Included is a Youtube interview about SSD that I did with one of the chaps who organised the event (and runs WeeGamersNI). A direct link to the video can be found below:

HarryHotspurEsq03 Nov 2013 7:46 a.m. PST

In case anyone missed it, Song of Shadows and Dust has now been released as a pdf through the Ganesha Games website.

The TMP announcement was here: TMP link

A hardcopy should be available in the next few weeks.


Ganesha Games Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Nov 2013 7:30 a.m. PST

the hardcopy is available on Lulu for $14 USD: link

HarryHotspurEsq11 Dec 2013 8:53 a.m. PST

Hardcopy also now available through Createspace and Amazon! (just in time for Christmas…?)

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