SPIEL 2020: XOLLOX GAMES
By Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee on November 18, 2020
Spiel Saturday is always the busiest of all the "Spiel Tage", with the whole of humanity having their days off in the weekend. I usually stay away from the major Halls on this day and try to avoid the big crowds . Often I set up appointments with whoever I found it necessary to make appointments with. The Saturday morning of Spiel.Digital was no exception to this rule, so I went to indie publisher XOllOX Games to try out their game: The Fog - Escape from Paradise.
I didn't know anything about The Fog - Escape from Paradise until a few days before Spiel.Digital. I received a mail from Robert at XOllOX Games, asking if I would be interested in trying out their game? Always on the lookout for awesome board games coming from indie publishers, I ventured out bright and early to make my way to the XOllOX Games booth through Saturday morning Fog. Actually there wasn't any fog and I didn't have to go outside, but that's beside point. Robert had set up a game for us to try on Tabletopia and off we went. After a nice chat about where we came from and how we were enjoying our Spiel.Digital, it was time for the explanation.
In The Fog - Escape from Paradise you will have to get your tribe members from their paradise onto some boats in the harbor to escape from a devastating and uprising fog. Now, why would you run away from fog? Well, in this case because everybody who gets caught in it mysteriously disappears. Your tribe members are scattered across the board and during your turn you are allowed to move them around, but every move will cost you action points so you have to move wisely. After each round, the fog rises from the woods and just when you think you got everything handled, the fog starts rising even quicker during the last rounds.
To start with the inevitable, sorry Robert, The Fog - Escape from Paradise is really, really, really ugly. This, however, actually brings me to a very good point; the game plays really well and I thoroughly enjoyed our game very much. There are quite some different moves to remember, and when we got closer to the end the game got very tense. I found myself frantically planning and strategizing in order to get as many of my tribe members to the boats. A few good men got lost in the fog unfortunately.
Robert ensured us that they are already working on some great artwork for the game and he just wanted to have the basic of the game working well, before adding art, which I think was a very good thing to do. Moving your tribe members around is a great puzzle and I am looking forward to what this game may become with beautiful art and an awesome background story. XOllOX Games is aiming to hit Kickstarter next year and we wish them all the best with their upcoming campaign!