Sleeper hit or near miss? We’ll know soon enough.
I just wanted a stamp. At BGG.con, an annual gaming-palooza in Texas, everyone is given a bingo card. It features two-dozen exhibitors, just a smattering of those in attendance at one of the coolest tabletop conventions around. If you buy something from them, get a demo, ask a question – you get a stamp. Get every spot on your card stamped and you’re entered into a drawing for a big stack of games.
So when I came across Mirror Box, a company I’d never heard of, demoing a game I’d never heard of, I was anxious to get my stamp and go. I had no interest in Chaosmos. But, you know what. The game grabbed me. I was not expecting to be intrigued and I certainly wasn’t expecting to spend money, but before the demo was over, I was pulling a few twenties out of my wallet.
Two things sold me on Chaosmos. First, it has some of the ugliest and strangest aliens I’ve ever seen. These creatures are grotesque and bizarre. Quite the opposite of the humanized extraterrestrials found in most board games.
The second was the use of secret envelopes placed throughout the galaxy. You go to a planet and you can put whatever item cards you want into the envelope. No one knows what you took out or what you put in until they explore that planet. It’s a nice twist on a bluffing and deduction mechanic, wrapped in a sci-fi theme.
Chaosmos is shipping in about a month and I’m excited. As with any game I haven’t played, I’m also cautious. It has cool concepts and a really bizarre design style, but it might not be as good as I’m hoping. Still, I got pretty excited when I came across this recent video from Mirror Box, revealing the contents of the Chaosmos box.
Because I don’t want to be the only one excited about this game, I thought I’d write a little something. Check the video. You don’t have to order a copy yet. We’ll review Chaosmos once we get it. Then you don’t have to be wondering if it can live up to its potential. But at least get this one on your radar. It might be something special.