- 1 Game board
- 2 Dual-sided character cards (man/woman)
- 2 Card holders (pink and blue)
- 2 Player aids
- 2 Token boxes
- 1 Custom insert to organize all content
- 18 Card dividers
- 292 Cards
- 88 tokens
Put the game board on the table between the two players. Notice that each player's side has a color: blue and pink.
Take the cardholder
g, the choice tokens hand the token boxes with tokens in your character's color i. Place them in front of you.
Decide which Love Story to play. Pick up the synopsis, chapters, the finale and scenes that come with the Love Story. For your first play, we recommend playing 'Sunday Morning Date' - preferably as part of the tutorial.
Note any special rules in the synopsis. Then place it with the overview side up on the synopsis spot on the board.
If you include any special events (from the Love Story you chose above and/or from other Love Stories), place them below the synopsis card. special events have this symbol in their lower right corner:
Place the chapters and the finale face down in a pile on the chapters spot on the game board. chapter one should be on top, then chapter two, and so forth. the finale should be at the bottom.
Sort any other scenes that come with the Love Story into the 3 main decks (sweet, serious and drama).
Each scene has a symbol in the lower left corner indicating where it belongs:
is sweet, is serious and is drama.
Sort any linked scenes that relate to the special events you included (in step 5) into the 3 main decks.
Shuffle the decks and put them on the game board where indicated. The custom () space will be used in later expansions.
Shuffle the trait, occupation and feature decks, and put each deck on its spot on the game board.
The Love Story specifies which DesTinies to use. Each player receives a set in their color.
The player who last blew a kiss is the first player.
After setup, you should now create your characters. First, however, there are a few concepts that need explaining.
The Right Mindset
This is a game that tells a story. The more you infuse the game with your own imagination, the more rewarding it will be.
To help you with that, some cards will ask you to tell something. In those cases, be as creative as you feel like. If you feel that it is hard to come up with something, just skip it.
As long as you follow the rules for sharing information, the game is designed to support fun dialogue and immersion.
You are each playing an imaginary character involved in an unpredictable romance. It's a comedy, and it might also be a tragedy. As in all stories, your character can change. You can move the story in any direction you want it to go.
In the end, the game is all about creating a good story.
Even though you are representing your characters and acting on their behalf, you are also playing from a more 'godlike' position, exposing the characters to fun and crazy experiences.
You are playing the story as much as you are playing the characters. Whether you fulfill your characters' destinies or not at the end is, therefore, less important than the story you have created together.
The board early in the game. Players have made their characters and have played a chapter card and 4 scenes.
Different Types of Goals
In Fog of Love, you keep track of two types of points: satisfaction () and personality tokens. The fulfillment of your final destiny will depend on these points.
Fog of Love is a game about a relationship and how satisfied your character is in the relationship. Most things you do in the game will influence this.
The number you have marked on your character card is your current satisfaction. Use one of the tokens in your color to track satisfaction on the character card. satisfaction is shown on cards like this: .
The higher the number, the happier and more satisfied you are in the relationship.
Whenever you get an effect that says: +2 or -2 you move your token up or down the relevant number of spaces.
When you reach 10 satisfaction points, place a counter in the middle of the card for each 10 and continue around the track.
You cannot have negative . You can only lose the positive O that you have accumulated. If you are asked to lose more, you'll stay at 0 .
j A personality dimension. There are 6 personality dimensions. k Two aspects related to sensitivity. There are 12 aspects in all.
Most choices you make in Fog of Love are aligned or misaligned with your character's personality. You keep track of your choices by placing personality tokens on the central area of the board.
It contains six personality dimensions (Discipline, Curiosity, etc)., each with two aspects represented by an up and down arrow. You track your choices using personality tokens
i in your color.
The points you receive are signified by a symbol for a personality dimension inside an up or down arrow.
For this: you place your token on the arrow pointing up (the up aspect) next to gentleness.
It's possible (and likely) to have personality tokens on both the up and down aspects within a personality dimension at the same time. You never remove personality tokens unless specifically asked to do so.
Each character will have preferences for choices made in the game. These are represented by traits that have trait goals.
At the end of the game, personality tokens are the way you fulfill trait goals. Fulfilling trait goals gives .
Fulfilling an individual trait goal depends on your balance. This is the difference between the number of tokens on a related up and down aspect.
So if you have this on your trait card:
...you'll need at least three more personality tokens in your own color on the aspect pointing up (gentleness up) than you have on the opposite aspect (gentleness down).
Below is a fulfilled trait with the above trait goal:
Example: Your trait goal says that you need:
This is pretty kind. You have, however, been a bit rough and have accumulated:
To reach your trait goal you therefore need: to balance this roughness out.
Shared Trait Goals
With a shared trait goal you should count the combined balance of both players' personality tokens. So with this trait goal:
...you'll barely succeed if your and your partner's personality tokens are distributed like this:
When you have a shared goal, you don't just care about your own behavior but about your partner's as well.
If you have 2 trait goals that share the same aspect, the balance requirements for the second trait goal are doubled.
At game end, you decide which trait goal will be first and second. Requirements are tripled for the third similar trait goal if you (most unlikely) happen to have one.
Most destinies - but not all - rely on your .
You get by making the right choices in the scenes you play throughout the game and by fulfilling your character's trait goals.
If neither of the characters end happy, it's very difficult to fulfill any destinies. Just one happy character is, however, enough to make some relationship constellations tick.
Unconditional love can, for example, be fulfilled if just your partner is happy. You don't need to care about your own .
Besides , several destinies require a certain balance of personality tokens. In order to fulfill unconditional love, your character must make sincere choices.
With unconditional love, you'll stay in the relationship. You also need your partner to stay.
Some destinies do, however, result in a breakup. They will be introduced in one of the included Love Stories. Such destinies can have a large impact on your partner's ability to fulfill their chosen destiny. Use them with care.
You will stay in the relationship - but you will only be happy if your partner is happy.
You will fulfill your destiny if... You have an individual balance of
and your PARTNER'S is 40 or more.
and your PARTNER does NOT BREAK UP.
Select your gender by flipping the appropriate side of your character card up. Gender has virtually no influence in this game, but it is important for the purpose of role-playing.
Your traits represent your character's inherent personality traits. As explained earlier, your character becomes happier in the relationship if these are ultimately fulfilled.
Traits have trait goals, which give you incentives to make certain types of choices in the game. For example, As a Worrywart, you must seek a shared balance of or more.
Traits do not bind you. Like in any romantic comedy, your character might change their personality later in the game.
You can play against one of your traits because you hope a scene later in the game will allow you to change it. This, of course, involves some risk but also a great reward in terms of storytelling.
This is what your character does for a living. Your occupation gives you 1 personality token. A few scenes allow you to change your character's occupation later in the game.
For example, Politician gives you .
Features represent what others notice about your character. They are defined by the other player. A few scenes allow you to change your character's features later in the game. Each feature gives you 1 personality token.
For example, Body Odor gives you .
Creating your Characters
After you've setup the game, you are ready to create your characters.
Each player selects the gender of their character by flipping the appropriate side of their character card up. Put the character cards on the game board where they belong.
Deal 5 traits to each player. These may only be seen by the player who received them.
Select 3 out of the 5 traits you received, and place them in your cardholder, hidden from your co-player. When selecting traits, it's a good idea to avoid choosing cards with opposite trait goals (having aspects that point in opposite directions), as these can't all be fulfilled.
You should also avoid cards with the same symbol in the same direction. They are harder to fulfill as explained earlier. Place the leftover cards beneath the traits deck.
Deal 3 occupations to each player. Each player selects 1 occupation, which are revealed simultaneously. Place them face-up on the occupation spot near each player on the game board. Place the leftover cards beneath the occupations deck (e).
Deal 5 features to each player. Think of features as the things you first noticed or fell for in your co-players character. In turn, select a feature for your co-player's character. The first player starts. Place the feature on your co-player's side of the board.
When placing the card, try to tell what it was about this feature that your character fell for (e.g., "When we first met, I immediately noticed your 'broad shoulders' and knew you would be the kind of person I'm looking for").
Don't make up how you met. This will be done later. Just tell what you noticed about the other.
Continue this back and forth until you each have selected and placed 3 features for the other player's character. Then place the leftover cards beneath the feature deck.
Each feature and occupation gives you a personality token, as indicated by the symbol in the lower right corner of the card. Place the 4 tokens on the relevant aspects on the board.
Choose a name that is not your own name. Remember, you are playing fictional characters.
Now take a moment to introduce the characters you have created. Tell each other who your characters are in a few sentences. You should still not tell about how you met.
Each player draws 5 scenes for their starting hand. The synopsis defines how many cards to draw from each deck.
Now you are ready to play.
During your turn, you do the following:
You may discard a minor scene to draw a new scene. Repeat as many times as you want.
Play a scene from your hand and resolve it (secrets are not resolved, but will stay hidden).
Draw scenes into your hand so you end up with 5 scenes. If you somehow already have 5 or more scenes in hand, you won't draw any additional scenes.
Check for chapter end.
Players alternate taking turns until the number of scenes played is equal to chapter length (which is indicated on the current chapter card).
After the current player has finished their turn, you'll reveal the next chapter card. This does not count as a player action.
What may you NOT do? (unless allowed by a scene)
- reveal your scenes in hand.
- reveal your destinies.
- reveal your traits and your trait goals.
- reveal your secrets in play.
- Openly discuss what would be the best thing to choose in a scene.
What Can You Do?
- Talk about the characters' relationship in overall terms and where you want it to go (not necessarily honestly).
- Indicate that you are happy or unhappy with choices already made.
- Role play the characters and establish the situations that give flavor and life to the game.
The game is structured into multiple chapters, usually 3 or 4. The first chapter is usually the sweet one. More serious and dramatic events come into the characters' lives in the middle chapter(s). The tension increases in the last chapter up to the finale.
The first card played in the game is chapter one. It tells you how the story begins. Place the chapter one card in the play area, right next to the personality dimensions.
Read the card out loud. Then make your choices and resolve any additional effects. How to resolve these will be explained below.
After resolving chapter one, the first player takes their first turn.
The main function of chapters (besides driving the overall story) is to define what deck you may draw scenes from during the game. This influences the dramatic curve of the story.
In the lower right corner are the icons representing the different scene decks. You may only draw from the deck that is indicated on the current chapter card (unless told otherwise by a scene). The icon has no impact on what scenes you may play.
At the bottom of all chapters, you'll also find the length of the chapter illustrated like this:
Once the number of scenes played reaches this number and the player has drawn new scenes, the chapter ends (as explained later, don't count unrevealed secrets or minor scenes in the number of scenes played).
Remove all cards from the play area, and place them in the discard pile next to the sweet deck. Place them face up. This will help you remember who played the last scene when you begin playing scenes again in the new chapter.
The deck types are:
The sweet deck is about romantic and sweet experiences.
The serious deck is about the important events that happen in life.
The drama deck is about dramatic situations, secrets and scenes of personal change.
The custom deck will only be used in later expansions for special Love Stories.
Anatomy of a scene
1 This is the title of the scene. The title at the bottom of the card is similar to the one at the top. Sometimes it's abbreviated slightly. 2 The overall type of card. It defines who choose and might also specify other types of cards. 3 Explains a bit more about the choice you are going to make. 4 The available choices in this scene. Text in bold is what chooser says. A parenthesis is used when there is an exception to this rule. This works slightly differently for chapters. 5 Choice effects on chooser and other. If both select the same, each will be chooser and other. E.g., if both choose option A, nobody will gain or lose . 6 This tells you that the scene belongs to the Drama deck. The symbol is placed in the corner to make it easy to sort the cards when you're done playing. 6 This is what the player of the card says. Explanatory text in parenthesis is used when there is an exception to this rule. This area works slightly differently for chapters, which aren't played by a specific player. 7 The personality tokens gained by the chooser of an option. 8 These additional effects depend on how both players chose. A match in this scene can end very negatively (Match B) or with an okay outcome (Match C). 9 Some cards have effects that aren't explained in the rules. They are always explained on the card, like trade in this example. All the effects are highlighted using red color for easier recognition. 10 You won't use the card ID for now. The * tells you that the card belongs to the tutorial. 11 Some types of scenes have an icon in the lower right corner (not this card though). This icon makes it easier to distinguish the scene when it's put in the play area.
It can also help you find the scene, when a card asks you to scan the deck for it. Then you just need to skim through cards in the deck looking at the lower right corner.
Playing a scene
When a player plays a scene, they place it on top of the last played scene (or chapter) in the play area. place it so that the lower part of the last scene or chapter card remains visible.
You can read it aloud if you choose. All information on the scene is available to both players (unless it's a secret, but then you don't play it in the play area).
On the cards, the players can be referred to in various ways:
Player & Partner:
- a player is always the player who played the card.
- partner is always the player who did not play the current card.
Chooser & Other:
- chooser always refers to the player who made a particular choice.
- other always refers to the player who is not making the current choice.
- This means that on a both choose card, both players will be chooser for their respective choices and others for the other player's choices.
How Scenes Work
Most scenes and all chapters ask you to make a choice. When making choices, you aren't allowed to discuss what to choose. The choice is based on what you already know - and on your intuition, of course.
There are two types of choices in the game: partner chooses and both choose.
The player who didn't play the scene - which in our terminology is the partner - gets to choose. person- ality tokens awarded by the choice are also given to the partner (which is the one who made the choice).
Both players simultaneously and in secret select one of the options (A, B, C, D). Use a choice token to represent your choice. Place the selected choice token face down on the board on the choice circle and both reveal it simultaneously.
Resolving a scene
When resolving a scene, go through these steps:
Personality tokens: Most choices will award the chooser one or more personality tokens. This is indicated by aspect icons to the right of them (e.g., ). Place your personality tokens on the corresponding places on the board.
In a partner chooses scene, only the choosing player gets personality tokens.
Choice effects: A choice will often impact the chooser or the other in some way, for example by influencing . Resolve all effects before continuing.
Additional effects: Most cards with both choose will have some additional effects. If there are any, it's time to resolve them. These effects depend on what both players chose. Notice that you'll often get more if your choices match (but not always).
Change: Some scenes ask you to change something - usually a trait. When you are changing, you will either randomly or by choice (depending on the scene) discard one of your traits, features or occupations (depending on what you are asked to change).
First, put the discarded card face down under the relevant deck. Then, draw 3 new cards of the relevant type and select one of them. The leftover cards are placed under the deck.
Changing a feature or an occupation will impact your personality tokens. Remove the token provided by the discarded card, and add a new one for the new card.
Tell: When a card asks you to tell something, you must come up with a bit of storytelling to fill in the rest. Be creative!
reveal: When asked to reveal a card, show it to your co-player and then hide it again. If a card asks you to reveal a secret, this will trigger the reveal effect of the secret. Place the secret in the play area.
Discard: Discard the card face down (unless speci- fically instructed otherwise) in the discard pile next to the sweet deck.
Other effects: There will be other effects. They are always explained on the cards.
Besides the both choose and partner chooses, there are a couple of other types of scenes in Fog of Love.
You play a situation on your turn. situations are played in the play area, like most other scenes. Unlike most other scenes, however, they usually don't have any choices on them. Instead they have an impact on the next scene played, often influencing the effects of that card. Two (or more) situations can be played right after each other, but only the most recent one will have an effect.
This carry-over effect is marked by the following icon in the lower right corner of the card:
This icon is used whenever there is a carry-over effect and not just for situationS. It serves as a reminder when playing the next scene in the play area.
A situation will never impact a chapter or the finale. If it is played right before a chapter ends (and thus before the next chapter card is revealed), it will impact the next regular scene played in the new chapter.
When you play a secret, it is placed face down in front of you beneath the edge of the game board. It is kept secret until another scene reveals it or until the game ends.
If it is revealed, you read out the card and resolve the 'reveal' effects. You also give the player the personality tokens indicated on the top of the card (if any).
If the secret isn't revealed during the game, you will reveal it at the finale and will then resolve the 'if not revealed' effects. The player now gets the personality tokens indicated on the top of the card (if any).
A secret doesn't count towards the chapter-length while it remains unrevealed. Playing a secret, however, still ends a player's turn.
If a secret is revealed, place it in the play area as you would with any other scene. It now counts towards the chapter length.
Minor scenes don't count towards chapter length. minor scenes have this symbol in the lower right corner:
Rather than placing them in the play area, minor scenes are placed in the discard pile next to the sweet deck after they have been played. They still end a player's turn.
At the beginning of your turn, you may discard any number of minor scenes face up and immediately draw new scenes to replace them. You may only draw from the deck(s) specified by the current chapter. If you draw new minor scenes, you may continue discarding and drawing new cards.
reveal and resolve a secret played by the other player. reveal secret is a minor scene.
Reactions can only be played as a response to other scenes just played. The reaction always specifies when you can play it. Reactions can't be played in response to a chapter or a finale card.
Each reaction is different. Some might allow you to skip the scene just played, others might allow you to change the choice your partner just made.
Because they are played out of turn order, they never count as a player turn. You immediately draw a new scene after playing a reaction. reactions are minor scenes.
Some scenes have unique effects. Together they are called special effects scenes. The special effect is specified on the scene.
Special events and Linked scenes
Special events aren't included in the decks but are put aside under the synopsis card at the beginning of a game. Special events have this symbol: or
It's easy to miss that these two symbols are the same, since one of them is placed in a box that looks like multiple cards]
Some scenes allow you to shuffle a special event into a deck. These linked scenes are marked with one of these symbols:
Special events will be introduced in some of the Love Stories included in the box.
You can include the special events in any Love Stories you play. You don't need to play the specific Love Story in which they were included.
When you include a special event, you should also include the linked scenes that relate to it. Sort the linked scenes into the main decks (sweet, serious and drama) and place the special event under the synopsis.
Playing with Destinies
These cards must always be kept secret.
Throughout the game, some cards will make you discard your destinies. You always discard destinies face down in your personal discard pile.
A player can never have fewer than two destinies in hand after a discard. Ignore any excess discards.
Both players start with the same destinies in hand. An important part of the game is deducing which destinies your co-player has kept or discarded. This helps you understand where your partner might be heading in the relationship.
At the end of the game, at the finale, you will have to choose a single final destiny; this is the destiny you will try to fulfill in this story.
Your final destiny also tells you whether you stay in the relationship or break up. In some Love Stories, there won't be destinies that allow you to break up.
Initially, all destinies you have are considered 'in hand' (unless told differently in the synopsis). Throughout the game, some effects will make you move destinies from your hand to your personal discard pile, and from the personal discard pile to your hand.
Effects on Destinies
Swap In: If the mentioned destiny is in your personal discard pile, you add it to your hand from your personal discard pile, and discard another destiny from your hand.
Swap Out: If the mentioned destiny is in your hand, you must discard it and choose another destiny from your personal discard pile to add to your hand.
Discard: Place the destiny in your personal discard pile. This will only take effect if the destiny is in your hand. Remember that you can only discard a destiny if you are left with at least two in hand after you discard.
Retrieve: Pick up a destiny from your personal discard pile. Ignore if you have that particular destiny in hand already.
If there are no destinies in your personal discard pile, you cannot swap in or swap out.
Ignore effects that refer to destinies that aren't included in the Love Story you play.
End of the Game
At the end of the game, when you've come to the finale, you select your final destiny, and score additional based on your secrets and your trait goals.
Follow the instructions on the finale card. There will be slight variations from Love Story to Love Story.
The key pieces of information that might affect game play are also available in the synopsis. In this way you don't need to spoil the finale before your first play-through.
You'll now see if you have fulfilled your characters' destinies and learn whether the relationship between the characters ends with a happily ever after.
However the story ended, we hope you had a good time and had some memorable tales to tell.
A good way to round off a play session is to retell the story you participated in and discuss what happened. This will make the memories of your shared experience even more vivid and meaningful.
Scenes with special Requirements
A few scenes depend on specific gender constellations (e.g., man and woman) or refer to choices specifically for him or her. If you aren't allowed to play a card because the gender does not correspond, you can discard it at any time and draw a new scene instead.
[Spoiler Alert] Customizing "I know what I want"
Don't read ahead if you don't yet want to know about the story in "I Know What I Want".
There are a few scenes in the Love Story "I Know What I Want" that depend on specific genders. That's because the story is - among other things - about having children. If you want to, you can of course ignore these dependencies.
You can shuffle the special scene into the serious deck right from the beginning (rather than place it under the synopsis) to make it possible to have a child even if you are playing a couple of two men (two women can have a child, since one of them can become pregnant. As in real life, this can happen without having sex in Fog of Love).
Remove any linked scenes that don't fit your story, before sorting the rest in. The storyline will then be about adoption rather than somehow becoming pregnant (which all the linked scenes are about) in order to have a child. What you do is up to your imagination.
This of course also applies if you want to use the special event and the linked scenes in other Love Stories. You can customize as you want.