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Obsession 2nd Edition

Original price £72.99 - Original price £72.99
Original price
£72.99 - £72.99
Current price £72.99

You are the head of a respected but troubled family estate in mid-19th century Victorian England. After several lean decades, family fortunes are looking up! Your goal is to improve your estate so as to be in better standing with the truly influential families in Derbyshire.

Obsession is a game of 16 to 20 turns in which players build a deck of Victorian gentry (British social upper class), renovate their estate by acquiring building tiles from a centralized builders' market, and manipulate an extensive service staff of butlers, housekeepers, underbutlers, maids, valets, and footmen utilizing a novel worker placement mechanic. Successfully hosting prestigious social activities such as Fox Hunts, Music Recitals, Billiards, Political Debates, and Grand Balls increases a player's wealth, reputation, and connections among the elite.

Each turn, players choose a building tile representing a room or outdoor space in and around their 19th century British country house. The tile chosen dictates the event that can be hosted and the guests to be invited. Players must carefully plan, however, to have the proper staff available to service the event and support guests as needed. The reward for success is new investment opportunities, permitting further renovation of the estate (acquisition of more valuable/powerful building tiles), an increase in reputation in the county, an expanding circle of influential acquaintances, and a larger and highly-trained domestic staff.

Throughout the game, a competitive courtship for the hand of the most eligible young gentleman and lady in the county presents specific renovation and reputation objectives. The player who best meets these objectives while accumulating victory points will win the hand of the wealthy love interest and the game.

Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Colin Reed
Euro Game at Downton Abbey

I’ve never seen the actors in Downton Abbey play any sort of board game which is a shame as there is so much room and such large tables in their house. If they were to play one then I suspect this would be it.

Obsession is a great game with a number of interesting mechanics and a lovely ambience. It’s an interesting combination of a worker placement and deck building game, focus on your gentry at the expense of your servants and you will come to grief. Also the turn track has a number of highlights (eg national holiday) which invite careful planning.

It’s not a perfect game and I have the following criticisms. The reputation mechanic is interesting but once you’ve played a couple of times you will know what to do to make sure you always get to the top. The randomness of the game is something I like but will irritate others, particularly in relation to the tiles that are available and the gentry that you pick. In the prestige guests there is a huge variation in the worth of the guests you get at random.

These are minor picky points and if you are looking for something to add to your collection this is a good buy.