Let it be known that when it comes to board games, I love immersion and storytelling. Thematically, I often veer towards “Sword and Sorcery” style fantasy games because they generally make it easier to enter into role-play and therefore provide some of that aforementioned storytelling immersion.
I’ve only played Fog of Love a few times now, but in just those three plays, the game has told some of the most immersive and touching stories I’ve ever encountered in a board game.
Allow me to walk you through those stories. I’ll touch on some of the mechanics, but I’ll be mostly focusing on the different narratives that were created during the three games I’ve played thus far. One is a typical romantic comedy story, another is an open-minded and inspirational tale while the third is a surprisingly disturbing narrative. As the rule book states: “In the end, the game is all about creating a good story.”
I JUST DIED IN YOUR ARMS TONIGHT
Fog of Love is a triumph. I love game mechanics and designs that challenge me to think and burn my brain to no end. My favorite games, however, tend to be those that offer soft incentives outside of the mechanics that allow me to have some fun and immerse myself in the story and characters of the game while exploring its design. Fog of Love provides this experience in spades. It begins in the imaginative space of character creation and the improvisational manner in which you respond to the Features assigned to you by the other player. It continues as you play scene after scene, trying to stay true to your character while attempting to figure out who your partner is and what they want. It culminates in the Finale as you witness the Destinies your characters have fulfilled while looking back at the stories that unfolded on your dining room table.
When you sit down to play Fog of Love, you start out as players but quickly become the people you have created. Unique individuals that have come alive through your choices. The game takes you on an immersive journey that has you exploring the depths of relationships. Along the way, it also provides an engrossing story that creates lasting memories and a one-of-a-kind board gaming experience.