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Conspiracy : A "bis" from Abyss.


Under the sea... (bis)

Conspiracy: Abyss Universe is a card game set in the world of Abyss.

If you like Abyss, it is a different game setup in the same universe.
If you don't like Abyss, it is a different game setup in the same universe.

The card deck in the game consists of cards in five colors, with twelve of each color and cards numbered 0–6. Each player in the game drafts cards and builds a reverse pyramid, starting with a row of five cards, then placing four cards in a row below that, then three under that, etc.

On a turn, you can draw 1–3 cards from the deck, choose one of those cards and add it to your current row, then place any remaining cards grouped by color near the deck; alternatively, you can pick up all the cards of a color next to the deck and add them to your current row.

As soon as the cards in your rows show two matching keys or three different keys, you take either the revealed location card or the top card of the location deck, and place it over the last played card with a key. Location cards increase the value of a card and sometimes have special powers. Some cards feature pearls, and when you have as many or more pearls as whoever has the pearl majority card, you take this card from them.

The game ends as soon as someone finishes their pyramid, and all players score their points. For each color, you score points equal to the largest valued card in your pyramid. Additionally, for each color, you look at the largest grouping of cards in your pyramid and you score 3 points for each of those cards. Whoever held the pearl majority card at game's end scores 5 points for it. Whoever has the highest score wins.

You guessed it: Conspiracy does capture the same feel as Abyss in a more compact package.
It still has the same core balancing of how many options you want to give yourself which in turn will give your opponents more options. It does feel like the luck of drawing the color you need to keep your string going and drawing the key you need are significant, but it is short enough and there is enough mitigation to make it work well.

You can play the game by clicking right here:

You can play it in less than 10 minutes.

We would like to thank Bruno Cathala & Charles Chevallier, both game designers on this, as well as the team behind it from Bombyx. You all rule.
We would like to thank our developer thoun for his work and efficiency. Wow- that was an efficient development!

Now it's your time to tell if the Abyss universe is something for you... or not ;)
05/25/2021 7 comments

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