Obsession review

Obsession Board Game Review


Name: Obsession

BGG Weight: 3.10 / 5

Year Published: 2018

Publisher: Kayenta Games

Designer: Dan Hallagan

Number of Players: 1-4

Playing Time: 60-120 minutes

Game Category/Theme: Victorian Era, Romance, Worker Placement

Board Game Mechanics: Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Hand Management, Open Drafting, Solo / Solitaire Game, Worker Placement, Worker Placement, Different Worker Types



Strategy: 9.0

Complexity: 7.5

Player Interaction: 7.5

Replayability: 8.5

Game Rating: 9.0

Cost: 6.0



Weight Rating: = 16.5

Playability Rating: = 17.5

Play Rating Score: = 68.0

Value Rating: = 11.33


Final Score Rating: = 79.33



Obsession is a worker placement game set in the Victorian era, where players take on the role of a wealthy family looking to build their estate and reputation through marriage and hosting events. The game has a strong theme and beautiful artwork, making it an immersive experience.

The gameplay is engaging and strategic, requiring players to plan their moves carefully and anticipate the actions of their opponents. The bidding system for acquiring guests and events adds an additional layer of strategy, making it a satisfying game to play.

Obsession can be played solo or cooperatively, with the option to play against an AI opponent. While the game has a moderate complexity level, the rulebook is well-written, and the gameplay flows smoothly.

The game’s replayability is high, as there are multiple paths to victory and different strategies to explore. The player interaction is also good, as there is competition for guests and events, and players can block each other’s actions.

The only downside to Obsession is the cost, which is on the higher side compared to other board games. However, the high-quality components and gameplay make it worth the investment for fans of worker placement games and Victorian era themes.


10 Games to Consider if You Enjoy Obsession:

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  2. Brass: Birmingham – A strategic game of industrial revolution-era England, where players build industries and improve the transportation network.
  3. Everdell – A charming worker placement game where players build a bustling town of critters.
  4. Concordia – A strategy game set in the Roman Empire, where players build an economic engine through trade and diplomacy.
  5. Architects of the West Kingdom – A worker placement game set in medieval times, where players are competing architects building the city.
  6. Great Western Trail – A game of cattle ranching and trailblazing across the American West, with a mix of worker placement and deck-building mechanics.
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  8. Caverna: The Cave Farmers – A game of farming and mining, where players build and expand their homesteads and amass wealth and resources.
  9. Orleans – A strategy game set in medieval France, where players gather resources and recruit followers to build their businesses.
  10. Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar

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