Unconscious Mind

2023 · 1-4 Players · 45-90 Minutes
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Unconscious Mind board game
Unconscious Mind board game

Vienna, in the early 1900s… The 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.

From the autumn of 1902, a number of followers who expressed interest in Freud's work were invited to meet at his apartment every Wednesday afternoon to discuss psychology and neuropathology. This group was called the Wednesday Psychological Society; it marked the beginnings of the worldwide psychoanalytic movement.

As a member of this society, your goal is to master therapeutic techniques, establish a practice, and grow your clientele. By delving into your patients’ dreams—their unconscious minds—you can help them recover from various complexes and traumas. In turn, the people you heal will live happier and more productive lives.

Unconscious Mind is a competitive strategy board game for 1-4 players that features a novel blend of worker placement, engine building, multi-use cards, and action programming. Each turn, you will activate all of the therapeutic technique cards you have in a given row of your notebook, marked by your ink-pot. Then, you will send a figure to one of the various action spaces in Vienna—spending time and moving your ink-pot to pay the costs—which, as a result, will set which row of your notebook will be activated at the start of your next turn.

Over the course of the game, your office will be visited by many citizens of Vienna. Once they have been healed, they can happily return to their occupations—which opens up more action spaces in Vienna for players to use. Along the way, you may compile your knowledge and submit a thesis to gain additional rewards. After a number of rounds, scores are tallied, and the player with the most points wins!

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Year Published2023
Number of Players 1-4
Playtime 45-90 Minutes
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Mechanics Action / Movement Programming, Contracts, Engine Building, Resource Gathering, Rondel, Set Collection, Worker Placement
Categories Competitive, Deluxe Edition, Mental Health, Point Salad, Resource Management
Learning Complexity N/A[Vote]
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