Board Game Review: This War of Mine

18 Apr 2018
POSTED BY Y Magazine

A dark but thoughtful game that will leave you shaken beyond belief by the horrible realities of real-life wars. Hasan Shaban in survival mode, day and night

Number of players: 1-6
Playing time: 45-180 minutes
Age: +18
Designed by: Michał Oracz, Jakub Wiśniewski

No matter how great your day has been, this game will put you down. This War of Mine is so depressing that it makes you think about every life decision you have made.

Yes, it is a game, but it also serves as a reminder of how inhumane wars are.

In this tabletop adaptation of the award-winning video game that pictures the drama of civilians trapped in a war-torn city, you play as a group of survivors who try to escape the brutal war while struggling to find leftovers of food.

Throughout the game you will follow a well-written narrative that will require taking decisions, some of which might end up in gruesome consequences.

The game is played over multiple phases. During day time you will take shelter in a damaged house where you remove rubbles to search for items, build beds and mini workshops and make tools to reinforce the security of the shelter.

You would also need to keep the place warm so you can survive the unforgiving winter.

During night, you will try to guard your shelter by allocating some survivors to gather resources, risking their lives outside the shelter.

The brave ones might encounter bandits and raiders who will try to steal whatever food you are left with and, in some cases, kill you.

Discovering locations is perhaps the coolest part of the game, as the events depend on a deck of cards. The more cards you draw the more noise you make, attracting unwanted attention.

In these locations, you get to meet different people, each with a unique background story. Your actions will decide what happens next.

There is one mission in the game: survive until the cessation of war.

The board game offers a multiplayer experience for up to six players, as well as a solo option.

The game has deservedly won six awards in 2017:

• 2017 Golden Geek Most Innovative Board Game Nominee
• 2017 Golden Geek Best Thematic Board Game Nominee
• 2017 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
• 2017 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game Nominee
• 2017 Cardboard Republic Immersionist Laurel Winner
• 2017 Cardboard Republic Immersionist Laurel Nominee

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