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BGG.CON 2015: Game Preview — Chronicles: Origins

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Chronicles 1: Origins
Many games were previewed at BGG.CON 2015, and one of the biggest was Chronicles: Origins, a co-design between Rob Daviau and Artana's Dirk Knemeyer that is scheduled to debut at Gen Con 2016. Here's an overview of the game, which is due to hit Kickstarter in February 2016:

Players build a new version of the world in the Chronicles Series, starting with the first game: Chronicles: Origins.

First, players take the role of leaders of a small and emerging tribe in the early Stone Age, collaborating to avoid threats, exploit opportunities, and build the tribe to a position of growth and stability. Then, once a variety of tribes have been created, players take leadership of a city-state that evolved from an original tribe and contest the region with their opponents who are the leaders of city-states of their own. Using Legacy mechanisms, the world evolves as the city-states use exploration, conquest, culture, and religion to out-compete their opponents and try to establish the most enduring enterprise. Not every tribe created in this game will survive to the next...

Each game in the Chronicles Series uses Rob Daviau's Legacy System within the game itself, but will use the new Echo System to allow the world you create in Chronicles: Origins to be continued in the second game of the Chronicles Series due out in 2017.
Yes, Daviau's Legacy System has the results of one game affecting elements in future games, while Knemeyer's Echo System has the results of Chronicles: Origins carrying over into game #2 in the series. As he explains in the video, you won't need to play Chronicles: Origins to play game #2 as that title will give you the ability to start from scratch, but if you have played Chronicles: Origins, then you can carry over results from that title to customize the experience of game #2, in effect creating your own history of the world.

At BGG.CON 2015, Phoebe Wild spoke with Knemeyer and Daviau about Chronicles: Origins and the Chronicle Series in general:

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