It is not a stand-alone product, the base set of Innovation is required to play. Figures in the Sand introduces 110 new cards, depicting various figures from throughout history -- leaders, inventors, innovators, artists amongst others. New Decree cards allow players to make strong attacks while claiming achievements to bring them closer to victory. Inspire actions allow the figures to provide unsharable bonus effects. Figures in the Sand is compatible with the Echoes of the Past expansion, and uses some of the rules from it (but Echoes is not required for play).