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Rise of Queensdale

Sick monarchs, stickered dice and a tiny purple plunger: Inka and Markus Brand’. The Rise of Queensdale is a curious tale told with plenty of quirk. Could it prove to be the best competitive legacy game yet?


Inka and Markus Brand are no strangers to success.

The revered German designer couple already have two Kennerspiel des Jahres wins to their names, for 2012’s innovative worker placement title Village and escapethe- room series Exit. The Game, which began in 2016. But their latest project, The Rise of Queensdale, could pull off an even more impressible feat, hoping to shape the stillmalleable legacy genre into a brand new form.

Exit. The Game experimented with legacylike elements, requiring players to cut up or draw on the cardboard contents of each standalone box as they raced to solve a book of puzzles and decode hidden codes within an hour time limit. Despite their destructible components and single-play-only format, the Exit games lacked the evolving gameplay and narrative core central to the genre defined by games such as Pandemic Legacy and Gloomhaven. As such, Queensdale could be considered the Brands’ first fully legacy game, created from the ground up to tell a story rather than reframing existing gameplay, as legacy godfather Rob Daviau’s Risk, Pandemic, Ultimate Werewolf and Betrayal at House on the Hill spin-offs have done.

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