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Jacob Jaskov’s stirring relationship sim will leave you crying with laughter and heartbreak. A board game with a bigger heart than most all began with Netflix, zombies and his own real-life love story…


At first glance, Fog of Love looks like an unlikely hit. A twoplayer romantic storytelling game inspired by films like Notting Hill and When Harry Met Sally…, it’s a dramatic departure from the hobby’s fixation with elves, spaceships and alien elder gods.

But in the short time since its release last year it’s been met with a rapturous response from players and critics alike. Funny, poignant and creative, it’s one of the most intriguing games released in recent years.

We spoke to its designer to uncover the story behind its success, and his plans to take the gaming medium to new heights of emotional expression.


Fog of Love’s Danish creator Jacob Jaskov had a typical gaming background. Quiet and introverted as a schoolchild, he discovered the hobby at a young age.

“When I was a kid, basically I had no friends,” he laughs. “I was shy, a bit of an outsider. But then I heard some other kids in my class talking about Dungeons & Dragons, and I thought it sounded exciting. I started a group playing D&D, and it was basically transformative in my life.

“After a few years I was playing roleplaying games four or five times a week. I started going to a convention here in Denmark called Fastaval, and I started writing some scenarios of my own.

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