Redwood is an upcoming wildlife photography-themed board game where players compete to compose the most beautiful panorama.
How the Game Works
Players use see-through curved markers that symbolize a camera’s field-of-view attached to their photographer characters.
The player carefully maneuvers their photographer around the circular board, steering clear of animals and rival photographers as they search for the perfect vantage spot for a picture.
According to Dicebreaker, which saw the game played at Gen Con 2022, if the translucent cones, that represent the field of vision, falls over any animals then those creatures are “captured” in the player’s photo and count toward a goal card.
Players can score points for taking a photo with a specific number of elements in it. Or if they take a photo from a specific location on the board. A sun rotates around the board which reveals new bonuses as it goes.
Every time a player captures a successful image it is added to a row of cards which gradually form a panoramic image of the park.
The game even simulates focal points by cutting out small holes in the translucent cones which represent the ideal focus point for each player’s lens. If an animal pokes through a hole then that symbolizes tack sharp focus of the subject. Players can choose different field of view templates that vary in length, width, and focal ranges that represent different types of lenses.
Once an animal has been photographed, it will move to another part of the park slotting into the holes scattered around the board. The game ends after five turns with one playthrough expected to take around an hour if four players are present.
The beautiful art for the board game was created by artist Edu Valls.
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