This Anticipated New Project Co-Developed with Instagram Art Sensation Saroush Barazesh and ‘All Time Wrestling’ Studio Cation Arts Will Premier at Storm the Block Next Weekend in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, UAE, NOVEMBER 2023–Sandstorm Comics, a soon-to-be-unveiled Emirati native, but globally minded comics studio and Cation Arts, developers of the Kickstarter sensation All-Time Wrestling, today announce their first partnership release with Primal Showdown, an all-new dueling card game, which will launch exclusively through the Kickstarter platform in 2024.

The game, which is being co-developed by Sandstorm and Mohamed Alqadi, whose previous credits include the massively successful All-Time Wrestling, which has now seen multiple record-smashing expansions, and One Earth; a game widely praised for its mission-centric approach to the fight against climate change, putting players directly into the environmental impacts of their decisions within the game to raise awareness around a global issue. Before that, Alqadi had developed Conqueror: The Final Conquest, which pitted players against each other as some of history’s great empires in a battle for global dominance.

Each campaign was tremendously successful with the international gaming community, helping to put Abu Dhabi on the global stage for tabletop gaming and geek culture. Their unprecedented success today leads to the collaboration with the region’s exciting new comics art studio Sandstorm, led by Mo Abedin, and tapping resident artist Saroush Barazesh (Kings of Nowhere) to take the gaming experience to the next level.

Mo Abedin says “Mohamed is a leading game designer and producer in the region with brilliant ideas for card and board games, so collaborating with him and his company Cation Arts was a no-brainer for all of us at Sandstorm. With Primal Showdown, we were able to combine Mohammed’s ideas and work with the incredible artistic vision of the super-talented Saroush Bazeresh to create something that stands alone on its artistic merit but is also competitive and entertaining. We can’t wait to share it with everyone!

Mohamed Alqadi adds “We are excited to be launching our fifth crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Sandstorm! Not only do we have a fun, exciting game where you can duel with your friends in an action-packed nail-biting five minutes or less, but this game’s stunning artwork and storytelling are simply breathtaking! I can’t wait to bring this game to reality and I hope people will love this game as much as we do!”

Cation Arts’ newest game Primal Showdown is inspired by some of the all-time greatest fighting games, as well as the most beloved parts of the All-Time Wrestling gameplay for an action-packed experience filled with drafting, rock-paper-scissors, bluffing, dice rolling, and push-your-luck elements, all in a battle of wits and strategy that can be played in under 5 minutes. The immersive world of Primal Showdown features over 25 unique characters, each impeccably designed by Saroush Bazaresh (@koteriink), and is guaranteed to delight gamers of all levels of experience with its quick action and easy-to-follow rules of play.

The game will debut at the inaugural Storm the Block event taking place on December 8-10 in Abu Dhabi, and attendees can register now for a tournament on the final day of the event at 3 PM on Sunday, December 10. Sign up here to reserve your spot!

To keep up with the game’s development, grab first looks at the incredible art, and reserve your place in line for the upcoming Kickstarter launch, please visit

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