An interesting looking board game from relative newcomers Sinister Design has arrived and the premise is pretty unusual. In True Messiah, players will pit their “chosen one” in a battle of worshipers, faith, and magic against other messiahs in a truly bizarre dystopian future. The game is for two to four players, ages 13+, plays in around one to two hours, and carries an MSRP of $50.00.
From Sinister Design:
“It is the near future; Earth. Years ago, scientists successfully constructed the Belief Engine, a machine that warps reality based on peoples’ strongly held beliefs. The machine was turned on for testing, but it proved too sensitive: widespread belief in the depravity of man and fears of social collapse suddenly took on the full force of objective fact, and science skepticism rendered the Engine’s creators helpless to intervene. Without resort to a shared external reality, civilization crumbled like a sand castle in the tide.
“From the ruins have now arisen cults led by charismatic, messianic figures possessed of seemingly divine powers derived from the still-functioning Engine. You are one such a figure—the true one, the Messiah. It is God’s will that you build temples and marshal followers, then mold their beliefs to perform miracles and destroy your rivals. They’ll be doing the same, but don’t worry–God is on your side…”
Build temples, recruit followers, and command an array of reality-warping miracles to lay waste to your opponents. A player wins by slaying an enemy messiah, by reducing an enemy to less than 4 followers, by capturing an enemy’s holy city, or by reducing an enemy to less than 8 miracle cards.