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Dawn of the Peacemakers was created by Sami Laakso Who has been playing and developing board games his whole life. In 2015 he ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for Dale of Merchants, which became his first commercial board game. Sami focuses on creating and publishing his own games in hopes of bringing happiness to people all over the world, Dawn of the Peacemakers is his third game. He also created Dale of Merchants and Dale of Merchants 2. He has a cat named Eddie which you may see the influence of in his work. Sami first got into game creation when he wanted to create a game for his friends and family to enjoy. When he created Dale of Merchants he received such a positive response to the game that he decided to try selling it commercially.  Sami does both the illustrations and design for his games.

After his first campaign was so successful, Sami decided to run his next game on Kickstarter as well. He came up with the unique idea to have a game where instead of fighting, that players were trying to establish peace. Sami launched the project on November 2, 2017, and was successfully backed by December 2, 2017. During his campaign Sami actively engaged with his backers by sharing different modes of play for his game, talking about the story behind the warring factions in his game, and sharing components as they were finished.

Dawn of the Peacemakers takes place in Daimyria, the world of animal folks. The player is allowed to take the role of an adventurer and cooperate with fellow players in order to reach peaceful conclusion between warring sides. As the peacemaker you are not allowed to control the armies but you can influence them by using schemes. Dawn of the Peacemakers is unique in that it has a different perspective of trying to create peace instead of war. The game has lots of diverse scenarios that keep the players on their toes. The game has a high replay value because it can be used in various ways and the players can encounter different situations every time.

One thing that adds excitement for the players of this game is all of the hidden components. The game comes with multiple sealed containers that hold parts of the game marked “Stop, do not open these until told to do so!” Players are only allowed to open these special instructions when the approach that part of the game. These hidden components along with different modes of playing adds a lot of variety to what could happen in Dawn of the Peacemakers.

The graphics and miniatures in the game are well made, and the story lines of the characters are well developed. Players work to establish peace by lowering the motivations of the Scarlet Macaws and the Ocelots. The objective is to lower the motivations of both armies and exhaust them so that they are willing to negotiate a truce. The game is played in rounds and adventurers use resource cards for various effects like influencing armies, moving around, and scheming. After all of the adventurers have had their turn, the armies resolve their orders. Dawn of the Peacemakers can also be played in skirmish mode where the two sides attack one another.

The game comes with a lot of parts for all of the various modes of play and contains 6 different sealed secret decks, 3 rule booklets, a double sided game board, varying terrain tiles and so on. You can view all of these elements and their Kickstarter campaign by visiting the links below. The Kickstarter campaign also allows you to get a sneak peek at some of the secret components, but be careful not to spoil the fun.  

Game Information:
Number of player: 1-4 players
Suggested Play Time: 60- 120 minutes
Suggested Age: 14 and up

Included in the box:
Collectible metal sloth coin (this won't be part of the retail version and will have limited availability)
1 double-sided game board
2 information boards
420 cards (6 sealed secret decks)
30+ custom miniature figures
30+ custom miniature insignia bases
30+ double-sided terrain tiles
30 damage tokens
30 fortification tokens
20+ various other tokens
3 glass beads
1 custom 12-sided die
3 rule booklets
1 campaign log sheet
1 welcoming letter
1 sealed secret container
7 sealed secret envelopes

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: November 2, 2017
Ship Date: March 13, 2019
Website: Snowdale Designs