15 May 2020
The realities of the alien invasion isn't quite what they expected
You may know Inside the Box Games from games such as Sub Terra, and Crypt X, but maybe soon you’ll also know them for Seize the Power, a new game they’ve announced will be launched on Kickstarter next year. Created it’s by game designers Tiz Creel and Bez Shahriari - the latter you’ll recognise from games such as Yogi, and Kitty Cataclysm – it’s sure to be a thought-provoking one to watch out for.
The game is a competitive card-driven game, where you’ll play as aliens in the midst of a power struggle with a world (that bears some similarity to our own). Problem is, you’ll experience some very human problems. You need an education, a job, money, and somewhere to stay, but you’re not starting on an even footing, because in life who does?
Instead, you’ll find discrimination at every turn – have you got no eyestalks? Have you got fewer arms? You may have less money to start with as a result, and you’ll need to work harder, smarter, and better than anyone else.
The game has deliberate parallels with our own, exploring real-world issues and concerns in an accessible way – you can enjoy the game, whilst perhaps gaining a new perspective too! It’s described specifically as “A game about privilege, bigotry, negotiation, and subjugation of power. Some characters will be discriminated against. There is no balancing. Life is just harder for some”.
The game will come to Kickstarter in 2021, with no further details at this time, but it feels like one to watch. Bez Shahriari confirmed on Twitter it’s a long way from being ready for release, (with a year until it’s Kickstarter this is no surprise!) but we’ll keep an eye out for any updates in the meantime.
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