Quick Takes: 1-6 players* 45-120 minutes Ages 10+* (for advanced gamers looking for a challenge)
*We have a couple of caveats to the info provided by Leder Games. While it's technically possible to play with 1-2 players, you do need to run bots. We think the game is best with 3-6 human players. Also, while the game box says ages 10 and up, this is a complex game. We suggest it might be more appropriate for teenagers and adults.
In Oath, one to six players guide the course of history in an ancient land. Players might take the role of agents bolstering the old order or scheme to bring the kingdom to ruin. The consequences of one game will ripple through those that follow, changing what resources and actions future players may have at their disposal and even altering the game's core victory condition.
If a player seizes control by courting anarchy and distrust, future players will have to contend with a land overrun by thieves and petty warlords. In a later game, a warlord might attempt to found a dynasty, creating a line of rulers that might last generations or be crushed by the rise of a terrible, arcane cult.
In Oath, there are no fancy production tricks, app-assisted mechanisms or production gimmicks. The game can be reset at any time and doesn't require the same play group from one game to the next. A player might use the fully-featured solo mode to play several generations during the week and then use that same copy of the game for Saturday game-night with friends. There are no scripted narratives or predetermined end points. The history embedded in each copy of Oath will grow to be as unique as the players who helped build it.
- We love legacy games, but it's hard for us to muster a consistent play group of more than 2 (ask us about that time we tried The King's Dilemma...). It is great for us that Oath can be reset at any time. Play it with anyone you can convince to give it a go!
- I am Root. This game shares some DNA with Root, one of our favorite games. Ultimately the games are very different, with Root more focused on asymmetric area control and battles versus Oath more focused on long-term political strategy. That said, there's a lot to love about both, and we were thrilled to hear about Oath!