In this episode, we learn about an upcoming game about building mountains and seeking knowledge in Oros!
Oros is a 2-to-4-player game which takes its name from the geological term orogenesis, the process of mountain building when two tectonic plates collide. In the game, players take turns shifting and colliding tiles on a shared map, representing the movement of tectonic plates in the ocean moving over hot spots and erupting volcanoes. Each player shepherds the development of a group of people inhabiting these new and evolving islands, with the goal of creating mountains for their people to climb and seek knowledge. There are several different ways to attain knowledge in the game, and the player with the most knowledge points at the end of the game, wins.
Oros was designed by Brandt Brinkerhoff, the one-man-show behind Aesc Games. Oros raised almost $300,000 on Kickstarter in 2021, and I spoke with Brandt about the game and its design at the board game convention Gen Con in September 2021.
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Music: “Open Road” and “Summer in Paradise,” https://www.purple-planet.com/.
Images used with permission from Brandt Brinkerhoff / Aesc Games.