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#312 – Fog of Love: Trouble with the In-Laws [Expansion]

Base price: $15.
2 players.
Play time: 1 – 2 hours.
BGG Link

Buy exclusively at Walmart, I guess?
Logged plays: 3 

Full disclosure: A review copy of Fog of Love: Trouble with the In-Laws was provided by Hush Hush Projects.

Editor’s note: This game is intended for a mature audience and some photos of the game may show text describing “adult situations”. Please uh, I don’t know, moderate yourself? That seems right.

Onto the second one! This December, we’ll be featuring all of Fog of Love’s current expansions because, well, that’s fun. So let’s check out the next one: Trouble with the In-Laws.

In Fog of Love: Trouble with the In-Laws, you and your partner met a year ago and a baby’s on the way, but you’re starting to worry that the kind of person you’re becoming (and want to become) doesn’t quite match up with what your parents want. Even more worrisome, they’re starting to assert some influence over your relationship, and it’s time to figure out how involved you want them to be in your personal life. Can your relationship survive the intense involvement of parents from both sides? More importantly, can you?

Contents

Setup

This game sets up basically identically to Fog of Love, but with one major difference:

These look very similar to your character’s Trait Goal holders, which should be alarming. Not only are you tracking the kind of person you want to become, but helpfully you’ve also got some pressure from your parents! Add three trait cards here (draw five, add three, rather) and track those over the game as well.

There are also new scenes with a 3 inside a pentagon; those are Custom Scenes for this Scenario, and will go on the Custom location. That’s exciting!

And all-new Destiny Cards, just for this scenario! I’ll let you find out more about those when you play.

There are also some new Chapter Cards / a Synopsis card.

I’ll let you discover those, also. You’ll also need to make sure you’re tracking your parents’ influence on your relationship. Have each player take one of these tokens:

And put them on your character, at 0. Once you’ve done that, you should be all ready to start disappointing your parents!

Gameplay

The game plays very similarly, again, to Fog of Love — in this story, there are four chapters, but now certain outcomes can cause your parents’ influence on you to raise or lower.

Who would want their child to be this kind of person?

That doesn’t matter a ton until the end of the game, in which you lose one Satisfaction per influence if you don’t meet your parents’ trait goals, which can be pretty rough.

Beyond that, play normally! Most of the expansion is just additional content with a few new rules. Get to the end, and try to fulfill your Final Destiny! Just for the record, though, this scenario is pretty challenging.

Player Count Differences

Only a two-player game, though the ominous specter of your parents will feel like an extra player you wish wasn’t in the game.

Strategy

Again, like Paranormal Romance, the strategy is going to be somewhat similar to the base game; however, there are a number of places where you can make strategic moves (and you’ll need to, since this is a particularly difficult expansion).

Pros, Mehs, and Cons

Pros

Mehs

Cons

Overall: 8.5 / 10

Overall, Fog of Love: Trouble with the In-Laws is a very good expansion! It fits inside the base box, so there’s no sense not just packing it in there, but it also adds some new mechanics without distracting too much from the fun of the core game. It gives players the flexibility to delve deep into a complex family story if they want, or to just have it affect them every so often if they choose. That flexibility can be an advantage or it can further complicate an already-challenging scenario that’s perfect for veterans of the base game. Either way, I’m a big fan — adding in the parents’ trait goals is a simple wrinkle that adds a bunch of complexity to the game and obfuscates player decisions, making it even more difficult to cooperate and fulfill that Final Destiny. If you’re a fan of the game and looking for a new challenge, I’d definitely recommend checking out Trouble with the In-Laws!


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