Is Unconscious Mind fun to play?
Players: 1 – 4 players | Game Duration 45 – 90 mins | Min. Age 12+ | Game complexity: EASY
Solo game mode: Yes | Co-op: No | Online Version: No
What is Unconscious Mind about?
Austria in the early 1900s: Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud established a revolutionary set of theories and therapeutic techniques called psychoanalysis, which are related to the study of the unconscious mind.
During the autumn of 1902, a group of followers who were interested in Freud’s work met at his apartment every Wednesday afternoon to discuss psychology and neuropathology. The Wednesday Psychological Society began the worldwide movement of psychoanalysis. The Wednesday group was reorganized in 1908 as the Vienna Psychoanalytic Society, with Freud as its president, reflecting its growing institutional status.
In Unconscious Mind, a game that blends worker placement, engine building, multi-use cards, and action programming, your goal is to master therapeutic techniques, establish a practice, and grow your clientele. In exploring your patients’ dreams – their unconscious minds – you can help them recover from complexes and traumas. As a result, they will live happier, more productive lives.
Each turn, you use all of the therapeutic technique cards in a row of your notebook, which are marked by your ink-pots. You then send a figure to one of the many action spaces in Vienna – spending time and moving your ink pot to pay the costs, which determines which row of your notebook will be activated at the start of your next turn. As the game progresses, your office will receive numerous visits from citizens of Vienna. Once they have been healed, they can happily resume their occupations, which opens up more opportunities for players to use action spaces in Vienna. Along the way, you can compile your knowledge and submit a thesis for additional rewards. After several rounds, scores are tallied, and the player with the most points wins!
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