Apr 19, 2021
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The Initiative review: A genre-bending board game with plenty of tricks up its sleeve

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At-home escape room games have exploded in recent years, with series like Exit: The Game simulating the experience of being locked in a room to solve puzzles with your friends. The Initiative is a new tabletop game from a veteran designer who wants to take that model to the next level. The result is a multi-layered board game masquerading as a found object, complete with a mystery all its own to solve. It’s an esoteric experience unlike any that I’ve had before.

The Initiative is a big deal. It’s the inaugural release from Corey Konieczka’s Unexpected Games. He is known for 13 years of prolific design work at Fantasy Flight Games, crafting absolute classics such as Star Wars: Rebellion and the Battlestar Galactica: The Board…

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