Salt & Bones Press Kit

Brought to you by The Pen & Dragon


Designer: David Cairho
Artist: Duski
Artist: Saranit Klinklaykun

Kickstarter Details

The Campaign Link

Campaign Date: May 26, 2020 11am EDT to June 25, 2020 11am EDT

Pricing: Standard Edition CA$35 (US$25)
MSRP CA$40 (US$30)

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The Game

A captain’s duel on a crumbling ship…

Salt & Bones is a 2-player competitive duelling board game where you are locked in a captain’s duel on the ship’s main deck during a boarding action. Conquer your opponent by out-thinking and out-maneuvering them on an ever-shrinking battlefield.

Two rhythms play each round, one of strategic preparation and the other of fast-paced area control.

Our design ethos was simple: no plan, no matter how perfect, survives contact with the enemy, so the one with the better Plan B wins… 

Game Features


The 2-player combat system using shared decks creates highly competitive duels. Your best tools will be your wits and the plans you’ll devise. Play slowly and methodically…or go straight for the throat.


Drawing your shared decks leads to constant competition in planning your approach, so play constant mindgames. It’ll come down to your ability read and counter-play your opponent’s strategy. Your cards paint a picture of what you’re planning – make sure to paint the wrong picture.


Simple to set-up – shuffle the cards and you’re good to go. Each game is a quick 20min on average. While it’s easy to learn, it’s also packed with tremendous strategy – one match won’t be enough.

Development of the Game

Salt & Bones has been in development since January 2018, with countless iterations playtested by dozens of gamers. The game has been launched on Kickstarter fully designed with the full artwork completed.

Inspiration of the game came from the desire to distill some ccg key mechanics into a non-ccg, competitive board game. Mechanics like area control and marketplace further emphasize the importance of planning and decision making aspects.

What was created was a game that focused on potent drafts and playmaking, with the same strategic play-arounds and value trading of ccgs, but in a board game.

About the Studio

The Pen & Dragon is a Toronto-based studio by David Cairho and Ariel Lui. Their goals is to create board games with deep meta mechanics that facilitate and reward strategic thinking and counter-playing.

Cairho brings to the table considerable informal and formal design experience. He has attempted to redesign every game he’s ever played. His experiments can be seen in the activities of his gaming group, from video to tabletop gaming. When he DMs, it’s usually with homebrewn DnD campaigns.

Ariel brings a ton of experience from the games tables – thought strictly as a player. She enjoys competitive and cooperative games alike; her shelf is full of crunchy euros and whimsical artsy works. Outside of that, she has extensive experience in project management and logistics, especially on the international scene.

Salt & Bones is The Pen & Dragon’s debut production to market.