You are the chief editor of a trendy magazine, having an impact in the fashion industry. Your covers will influence the upcoming trends but that’s also the case for your rival magazines, so you have to choose wisely and try to match the current trends. The trends are changing, new aspects come forward and following the trend won`t be easy. Try to raise the most prestige for your magazine to be declared the best chief editor!
As mentioned, the goal of the game is to be the editor that raises the most prestige for their magazine by successfully making trendy covers each month. The game is played over the course of 12 Seasons (Rounds), or 3 years.
You will have a number of Model cards in your hand (9) and each Model card has four types of characteristics, Clothes color, Background Pattern, Hair color & length and hair color. On each Season, you will follow these steps:
- Play model cards from your hand.
On this step, you will choose and play three models in total, one at a time, face down, simultaneously with the other players. After each card played, they will turn face up and influence the trend according to the active traits (Three are active each season).
- Select the trendiest model for every magazine.
After the third model is played, each player will keep and score the trendiest model out of the ones they played.
- Evaluate the season special and replenish hand.
Models will be placed in front of players or in the “influence row” depending on their trend value calculated on the previous step. Models on the row will influence the fashion trends of the next season and models in front of you will be scored at the end of the game.
Then, players replenish their hand, drawing back to 9 cards and will prepare for the next season.
- Start a new year.
You will follow certain steps in order to set up the game for the next year, only after a whole year has passed, thus, after Fall.
At the end of the game players will score their face down cards and the player with the most Prestige points will be the winner!
First of all, “Cover Me” has a unique and interesting theme that we don`t see in board gaming. I believe that many people will not get it thanks to its “feminine” theme but that shouldn`t be the case at all. The game seems to include solid mechanics with card management and the aspect of reading your opponents. So, even if you are not interested in the theme (which I find pretty interesting as you can`t find something relevant in theme while being modern), make sure to check out its gameplay.
Featuring clear graphic design, modern and thematic aesthetics, “Cover Me” is a family weight game that is currently live on Kickstarter!