When Caroline and I were making our rounds through the Gencon convention hall, one of the games that caught my eye was a small card game called The Grizzled. What struck me was the artwork. The game uses stylish cartoonish art. The Grizzled is a cooperative card game. Two to five players can play. The theme is World War 1. This is not a wargame though in the traditional sense. The players represent individual soldiers in a trench in the Great War in 1915. Each player tries to survive the various turns (termed missions) and more importantly, help his fellow players to survive. As a cooperative game, the players all win or lose the game together. I recently got a copy second hand.
The game proceeds in turns. Each turn represents a mission. Each mission is led by the first player and this status rotates around the table as the game progresses. The leader determines the number of cards that each player is dealt. This number can increase as the intensity of the game increases. The goal of the game is play through the deck of cards to get to the Peace card at the bottom of the deck. So in turn each player plays a card from his hand. This will either be a condition card played to the center of the table or a personal trait card to be played on his character. The condition cards can represent things like weather or gas attacks or artillery barrages. The personal traits represent things like superstitions, fear of night or other things that can affect the player.
Basically, there can not be three of any particular threat in the center of the table. So, players have to choose carefully how they play their cards as they go around the table. If they only have cards that would potentially fail the mission, they can drop out of the round. The net effect of this is that this player's cards remain in the game and since the goal is to get through the cards, it extends the game.
I have only perused the components and the rules but I have not played the game as it really does not lend itself to solo play. It looks like it is a fairly engaging game with a strong narrative. The artwork is very nice and I learned that the artist was one of those killed in the attack on the Charley Hebdo magazine office some months ago. This game has gotten good reviews. I'm not convinced that a cooperative game is something the FWGN crew is ready for but this will certainly get played at Red Fern Place in the next few weeks.https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/171668/grizzled