This War of Mine: The Board Game is a game with a strong focus on the narrative and player decisions.
The gameplay is divided into in game days, during which players are designing their survivors to various tasks. The food and water supplies are sparse, there’s no basic furniture and the shelter is a collapsed ruin – so players have to choose their actions very carefully.
Each encounter offers something new and players’ choices may have a long lasting consequences for the rest of the game. Unlike other games, This War of Mine: The Board Game explains the rules to the players while they are playing. There is no need to know the rulebook by heart – the rules are introduced with every passing turn.
The board is intuitive and all the cards tell the players exactly what they can do and what choices do they have. Moreover, there is a book of scripts, which hold hundreds of narrative excerpts, describing the characters’ journey. Players work together to survive in a war-torn city. This means that they are all responsible for the choices made. If there is a disagreement between the players, the current Journal-holder decides. In this game players as a group are responsible for all the characters – it is a true cooperation, rarely seen in the other games.
What is more, many decisions have an effect on the game in the in-game days to come. The game remembers the options that the players chose and puts them in front of them in the least expected moment. This War of Mine: The Board Game can be a very long game, full of strong emotions and shocking experiences.
That is why the save game system was implemented. It is still possible to experience the full story in one long session. However, if the players would prefer shorter sessions, they can easily return to the game at a later time thanks to the save game mechanism.
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