Restoration tackles a spy classic - Conspiracy: The Solomon Gambit
January 14, 2019 - 6:58am
Restoration Games has announced they are releasing Conspiracy: The Solomon Gambit at Origins Game Fair on June 12, 2019. This modernized version of the original Conspiracy features a robust rules update by the Restoration design crew and stunning new art from the award-winning Matt Griffin. The original Conspiracy, from 1973, was designed by Dr. Eric Solomon. It featured a unique mechanic: Players move secret agents around the board, trying to bring the mysterious briefcase to their HQ and win the game. However, the trick is that the agents don’t belong to any of the players. Instead, players secretly pay the agents. Other players can challenge a move by revealing how much they had paid off, to decide the outcome. This mingles blind bidding with shared piece control – an intriguing combo. The Restoration Games design team, consisting of Rob Daviau, J.R. Honeycutt and Justin D. Jacobson, kept the core concept from the original intact but made changes to accommodate the tastes of the modern gamer. Some changes include:
- The number of agents has been decreased from 8 to 6 to increase player interaction
- Train stations were added for easier movement
- Each agent has a special power that activates when they are moved
- A significant endgame change
Rob Daviau, Chief Restoration Officer for Restoration Games says: "It's thinkier than most of our other games. You are playing cat-and-mouse the whole time. The core conceit – you aren't sure who you are in control of – is magical."The announcement from Restoration Games was made in front of a packed audience at the Dice Tower Live Show on the Dice Tower Cruise somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.