Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Game Profile: Origin

Evolve, migrate, innovate, and score!



Classification Family Strategy Game
Mechanics Area Influence, Hand Management, Set Collection
Publication Matagot/Asmodee, 2013
Ages 8+
Time 45+
Players 2-4
Description

We had a chance to play Origin for the first time last night. This new game from Matagot features some great looking wooden pawns used to designate three tribes. These tribes will evolve and migrate from central Africa across the world. Players use village tokens to designate which tribal pawns belong to them. Tribal pawns are introduced to the board via evolution. Once on the board players can move their villages with respective tribal pawn across the board or swap places with weaker pawns of another player. The pawns have three characteristics: color (tribe), width (strength), and height (speed).

The object of Origin is to gather more victory points than anyone else.  Points are scored for achieving objectives from the purple deck of cards, for hunting animals, for controlling straits between continents, and for developing innovation technology trees.  Along the way players will use green cards for one time benefits and orange cards for game-long benefits.  Cards and innovation tiles are acquired by evolving on or moving to a country of the matching deck color. Therefore, players will gain something on every turn.

Origin is a game of tactics.  Goal cards will drive actions because they can require certain combinations of countries, tribes, etc.  But, the key will be outmaneuvering everyone else.  A two player game will be a real chess match trying to position your tribal pawns without setting up your opponent.  In a three or four player game players will need to be able to shift gears quickly.  The board can evolve and change between your turns making your next move definitely different than the one you were planning on when you finished your last turn.  Origin has great components, quick game play – 45 minutes, and enough decisions to definitely deep your head in the game.



We have an open copy of Origin available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try out.


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