Relationships Are Tricky
Relationships are tricky because people are far from rational when it comes to love.Which is alright but certainly not something to take lightly. So maybe that’s why everybody just knows that you have to bring all your intellect and determination to a relationship and not just rely on emotions to carry the day. For almost all of us this means stumbling and falling down and getting back up as one tries to navigate a romantic relationship. But for those looking for a faster route, albeit not so real, there's the Fog of Love relationship board game.
Just like a new love, this game is beautiful add and a joy to behold and intricate in its details and unknowns. Physically it consists of a board to play on (hence being a “board game”) and because it is not a small board there is plenty of space for moving around it and for its many parts; an array of game parts providing inputs and narration to the love storylines being played (one at a time obviously). Being a two player game, each gets their own dual sided character card, a holder for same, choice and personality tokens and a box to hold them. There’s also going to be found occupations and destinies and traits and —- okay there’s a lot of stuff to unpack. So read the manual, oh wait you don’t have to because the game actually teaches you how to play it as you play it. Too bad this philosophy can’t be applied to that bike my niece expects me to assemble for her birthday.
Fog of Love has each player assume a new identity which includes personality traits both good and not-so-much (these hidden traits could prove worse than just a distraction because at its core the ‘essence” of each of the 2 characters are not transparent to the other). And as in reality a first impression could sabotage what otherwise would have been a goo first act between the two. Acting out scenes in a role playing environment on the board moves one on a path of the love story in which the two interact, argue, agree and so on as in real life — things might work out one way or the other and there’s some control the player has but there is also a lack of control because of the other player and also the vagueness that can occur in a relationship (chance and fate being replaced by the mechanics of the game creators).
There’s going to be plenty of ups and downs but a sense of fun is baked in so this is not going to be a morose game mimicking the effect of the lonely person at a grubby bar drinking by themselves and contemplating playing some horribly sad tune on the jukebox. There’s nothing saying you can’t play the game with being cooperative in mind and acting as such either — as in real life you may not have control over everything, but that doesn’t mean you have no control over yourself at all. Sometimes it’s not all about you and maybe sometimes it is, but navigating through a relationship means knowing when to put on and when to take off those rose colored glasses (or contacts, as the case may be). Compromises and difficult choices are going to show up, you betcha! And to be fair a happy ending is not guaranteed — but at least it all being fictional your significant other playing with you shouldn’t take umbrage and bore a hole through your chest with their eyes.
Designed for 2 players 17+ and above due to mature themes but not R-rated, gender specifics are not pushed, although the male/female cover indicates one kind of relationship. But there are also covers canvassing other types of gender relationships (with tweaking of game elements to make it more viable for this) so nobody need feel left out (warning: picking one type of gender related cover is no guarantee of success over picking another because it’s about how people react to each other and not the glossy reflection in a mirror). Also while playing through all the scenarios might mean losing out on new surprises and moving on to other things, the creators have made expansion sets available as well; Paranormal Romance making one wonder just what is going on; It Will Never Last having a real downer in the name, duh; Trouble With In-Laws which seems to agree that the universal truth is that you don’t marry one person but their family as well. Oh - it's available in a number of languages too. For more details on Fog of Love go to https://www.fogoflove.com/