All these men here know they’re going to die. So, each night when they make it back, it’s a bonus.
Would you survive in the ruins of a war-torn city? This War of Mine by Awaken Realms explores that challenging question.
It can sometimes seem as if board games are stuck in a rut when it comes to their themes – there’s no denying that there are far too many generic fantasy, zombie, and Cthulhu Mythos games out there, for a start. Sadly, instead of exploring new themes and the experiences they could offer, the current trend is to slap an establishing popular IP on top of some old mechanics and call the result new.
Awaken Realms are bucking this trend with the release of This War of Mine, which recently hit my game shelves via a Kickstarter campaign. In this game, you are a group of normal people trying to survive in the ruins of a city decimated by the effects of war. With elements of resource gathering, crafting, survival and a huge amount of story telling, it looks like a challenging, if somewhat grim and depressing, gaming experience. Since this unboxing I’ve played it once and had our four survivors die in a matter of several days (the last committed suicide), so I can tell you it’s not unicorns and rainbows in this one!
Which is good to see – we need more interesting themes in games, and I’m certainly not adverse to learning while I’m gaming, or receiving an insight into different experiences or cultures.
With all that said, let’s unbox This War of Mine shall we?