In continuing yesterdays theme of games for grown ups, we would like to share with you this fresh new offering to the table top market. It’s so fresh it isn’t even out the oven yet…or even in the oven…ok, so their still kneeing the dough. Nonetheless, we’ve seen the ingredients and love the recipe and cant wait to taste that sweet “prison” pie. Welcome to The Oleg Story. A prison survival game….Just watch out for a files & other sharp objects before you take your first bite.
TOS tells the story of a Bradley Manning meets Julian Assange type character named Oleg D. Tyler, who hacked and leaked sensitive information about the US government to a third-party. Unfortunately for Oleg, he’s now been strapped with a double homicide charge and has been incarcerated in the most sinister prison known to man. Chock-a-block, full to the brim with nasty people. No doubt a measure by his accusers to silence the whistleblower for good. I know what your thinking. This is some edgy stuff. Real close to the bone like.
See here’s the thing. TOS is a co-operative game at heart…well…almost. Oleg affiliates himself with the “Non-Gang Members” of the prison and refuses to join any of them. So you know he’s a nice guy. The tricky thing is he’s forced into a world of violence, which is going to prove a challenge to his pacifist tendencies. However, the other inmates are not so friendly and probably have no qualms about meeting you in the shower for a little discussion. The game takes up to 6 players and sees you negotiating, allying, and betraying your way to the top with a mixed bag of contemporary prison gangs. Now, we appreciate this subject matter may prove to be a bit too sensitive for some people, but we don’t believe this game to be a glorification of gang culture, rather the designer has created a compelling “what if” scenario. In fact Latest Pursuit has gone to such lengths to create a mythos around our beloved protagonist that the game will come with a back story DVD and a comic book series is even in the works. Its clear this is going to be a deeply character driven game and we hope to see some tough decisions with steep consequences before any violence erupts between the feuding factions. We love games that pose moral dilemmas and hopefully this game will scratch that itch.
Like we said, TOS is still in the making and is due to launch on Kickstarter as we speak, but with the game being 80% completed there is little to worry about in the component and mechanic department. What you’ll get in the box is loads of expertly and beautifully crafted miniatures representing all the different factions of the warring gangs, plenty of cards with items to barter and use, and a tiled board that seems quite expandable allowing for many more future Oz like scenarios for you to reenact in the comfort of your own home. A simple dice mechanic also keeps you on the move around the prison allowing for strategic and tactical character placement, making the game appear easily accessible for gamers of all levels. So don’t worry about reading a rule book for weeks wondering if trading cigarettes for a makeshift toothbrush shank is legal or not. You can just get stuck in…..excuse the pun. All in all this looks set to be a memorable kickstarter project and we’ll hopefully get a great thought-provoking and entertaining game out of it. We’ll keep an eye on this one.
- The Oleg Story heading to Kickstarter (geeknative.com)
- Incoming – The Oleg Story: Survival from The Dread Gazebo (dreadgazebo.net)
- Crime and Conflict Research Centre hosts conference exploring perceptions about gang culture (mdx.ac.uk)
- Prison Inmates Continue Hunger Strike (hispanicbusiness.com)
- Advice to parents and carers on gangs (swprofessional.wordpress.com)
- Gang Sets Up Office In Prison To Conquer The Baltimore Drug Market (businessinsider.com)