Game Details

Name Abyss (2014)
Complexity 2.3325
BGG Rank 353
Player Count 2 - 4
Mechanism(s) Auction/Bidding, Card Drafting, Hand Management, Memory, Push Your Luck, Set Collection

The Abyss power is once again vacant, so the time has come to get your hands on the throne and its privileges. Use all of your cunning to win or buy votes in the Council. Recruit the most influential Lords and abuse their powers to take control of the most strategic territories. Finally, impose yourself as the only one able to rule the Abyssal people!

Abyss is a game of development, combination and collection in which players try to take control of strategic locations in an underwater city. To achieve this, players must develop on three levels: first by collecting allies, then using them to recruit Lords of the Abyss, who will then grant access to different parts of the city. Players acquire cards through a draft of sorts, and the Lords of the Abyss acquired on those cards grant special powers to the cardholder — but once you use the cards to acquire a location, that power is shut off, so players need to time their land grabs well in order to put themselves in the best position for when the game ends.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Dice Tower 2018 Zee Garcia 8 Top 100 Games All Time (2018)
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 89 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 71 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 95 Top 100 2019
The Dice Tower 2021 Zee Garcia 7 2021 Top 100