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this war of mine comp

This War of Mine, the critically-acclaimed and heart-wrenching survival game from 11 bit studios, is now “a board game experience, carrying an important message: In war, not everyone is a soldier. Can you survive to see the end of the war?”

Awaken Realms and 11 bit studios introduces a board game adaptation of This War of Mine by Michal Oracz, designer of the much-loved Neuroshima Hex!, and Jakub Wisniewski, the storyteller behind Dying Light.  This new game will include features such as:

  • 430 high-quality components, including 12 figures
  • a companion mobile app
  • over one thousand unique stories
  • an open & play system that makes it easy to start playing without previous learning the rules
  • a save-game mechanism
  • the innovative Reality Impact system, introducing an enormous amount of meaningful plot, choices and consequences.

The Kickstarter for this project is now live, and the following is an excerpt form the Kickstarter game summary:

This War of Mine: The Board Game is a fully co-operative, open and play, survival experience. In this challenging, story-driven game for 1-6 players, you will play as group of civilians trapped in a city torn by a military conflict.  To survive, you will need to make tough moral choices, delivered in a role-playing style.

The start of the campaign will be accompanied by an extraordinary event via livestream on May 10 at 3pm PST.  Artists for major tabletop and collectible-card-game franchises like Star Wars, A Game of Thrones, and Magic: The Gathering will unite as an ArtistsOnBoard group to create a large-format acrylic painting that will grace the cover of This War of Mine.  Click here for the link to the live streaming.

For more information on this project, visit the Kickstarter page and the game’s official website.

dipomacy

Diplomacy is a game known for taking a long time and destroying friendships. In Diplomacy, 7 players each play one of the Great Powers in World War I, trying to gain single control over Europe by making and breaking alliances with other people. Players can talk in private to other players, and each turn everyone submits orders simultaneously, so you won’t know if you’re getting back-stabbed.

Since Diplomacy takes so long to take in real life, many people opt to play it online on sites such as webDiplomacy. This way, you don’t have to dedicate a whole chunk of time to play the game, but the game can last months.

Recently, the longest Diplomacy game ever came to a conclusion. The game started in the 2012 webDiplomacy World Cup, taking 3 years, 7 months, and 10 days to finish. In game years, the war lasted 105 years, bringing World War I to the year 2005. For perspective, the previous longest game of Diplomacy only lasted until 1964 in game years! Unfortunately, this game ended in a 4-way draw with Italy in the lead, not a solo victory.

For more information, check out the Reddit post by /u/CaptainMeme, and his post one month ago explaining the game.