Ever wanted to experience a relationship without having to go to the hassle of actually having to go out and meet people or do things? Well, now you can with Fog of Love!
But seriously, Fog of Love is a new two player game from Hush Hush Projects. It initially started out on Kickstarter a year or so ago, but this is the proper retail release.
To quote the blurb on their website:
Fog of Love is a game for two players. You will create and play two vivid characters who meet, fall in love and face the challenge of making an unusual relationship work.
Playing Fog of Love is like being in a romantic comedy: roller-coaster rides, awkward situations, lots of laughs and plenty of difficult compromises to make.
Much as in a real relationship, goals might be at odds. You can try to change, keep being relentless or even secretly decide to be a Heartbreaker. It’s your choice.
The happily ever after won’t be certain, but whatever way your zigzag romance unfolds, you’ll always end up with a story full of surprises – guaranteed to raise a smile!
Fog of Love is a game where each player controls a character (partly generated by the player, partly by the game) who enters a relationship with the other. The players guide their characters through the ups and downs of a relationship, hopefully to a happy ending. It consists of several chapters with a certain amount of scenes within, where players acquire satisfaction points and more to try and fulfil a Destiny card. Playtime is an hour to two hours, depending on how fast you can progress through the turns.
The first thing I want to mention is the packaging, because it’s truly something to appreciate. The box and its contents are of phenomenal quality. The box itself is thick, sturdy cardboard, and instead of being a normal base with a lid, the storage box slides into the outer section from the side.
The cardstock is a good thickness and quality, though the non-standard size of the cards will make it harder if someone wants to sleeve them.
The best part of all this is the storage tray and the accessories. Included with the game are two plastic storage containers for the tokens, a stand for cards and a whole bunch of dividers. The tray itself is molded to have a place for everything. The large cards have a couple of areas that can be used in conjunction with the dividers to store and separate all the different types of cards. The small cards have their own pre-divided section for the three types and the whole thing has extra space, so cards can be sleeved, or maybe to leave room for expansions later.
Now onto the game part of Fog of Love.
Normally I am the rules guy, the one who gets lumped with the book and must figure out how to play the game. Didn’t have to this time; I got some respite instead. Fog of Love came with an inbuilt tutorial, one of the first I’ve seen in a board game.
The rule book informed us of a basic setup, told us not to shuffle any cards, but just to read the first tutorial card and go from there. We did exactly that.
As we played through, the tutorial cards came up through the decks of cards, telling us what we needed to know for what we were doing at a given time. Learning through playing the game is significantly easier than just trying to read a book of rules. The tutorial is well thought out and makes it so simple to learn.
As for the gameplay itself, it is quite simple. There is some minor setup, the ‘Making of the Character’ if you will, but the game progresses very easily after that.
A typical turn consists of a player playing a Scene card (Sweet, Serious or Drama) and the players resolving the effects of that scene, such as changing Personality Dimensions and adding or subtracting Satisfaction points, depending on the choices the players make within that scene. Scenes are played back and forth by the players until the card limit for the current chapter is reached. Once that happens, a new chapter is set up, and the process repeats until all the chapters are finished and the finale is resolved.
The rules are basic enough that non-gamer types can learn it easily. My partner and I got into it very easily and had a blast. The nature of Fog of Love is variable. Whether it is competitive or cooperative depends on what Destiny card you are trying to complete. Part of the game is trying to ascertain what Destiny your partner is trying to achieve.
One thing I did learn while playing Fog of Love is that it isn’t so much about the end, it is about the journey. With other games, the game itself is a method to get the desired result (usually termed a ‘Win’), but with Fog of Love, it was more fun experiencing the trip through the relationship, while not worrying about whether or not we fulfilled our Destinies. We had a good laugh, made up some very silly things and had a good time.
Juan the nerdy, glasses wearing, slow speaking TV Star from ‘Latin’ and Stephanie the short but muscular, seductively smelling ‘Wedding Planner’ will live on within our memories forever, or until we start a new game.
Fog of Love is available now from a number of different retailers both online and here in Australia for around the $80 mark. It has already been spotted being played in the wild.
Check out the official website here – https://www.fogoflove.com/
If you don’t have access to a local gaming store, head on over to the Good Games Website and pick up your copy online.
A huge thank you to Let’s Play Games Distribution for supplying us with this copy of Fog of Love for review.