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Cover of Holding On - an older man lies in a hospital bed, surrounded by memoriesHolding On

I had the pleasure of playing this with co-designer Michael Fox at Spiel '18 and was blown away. To begin with, you've got a clever (but relatively simple, mechanically) co-operative game of caring for a dying patient in hospital. Some rounds all you can do is keep him alive. Of course, if he dies, you lose.

Then on top of this you have this brilliant idea of trying to clarify the patient's history. This is done by getting memories from Billy (the game's full title is Holding On: the Troubled Life of Billy Kerr) in the form of cards. The first set of cards shows blurry pictures with just the figure of Billy himself relatively clear. Then you can try to get the clear versions of these cards (from the second deck), which tells you just what was happening (or does it?).

There are ten scenarios to work through, telling you more of Billy's story as you go. And giving the opportunity to try dodgy Northern Ireland (that's Norn Iron to you) accents.

My copies are a special purchase and I don't know that I'll be able to re-stock at this price.

For 2-4 players, aged 14+, playing time 45-60 minutes: 15.00 (12.50 without tax outside the EU)

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Holding On
was designed by Michael Fox and Rory "Story Cubes" O'Connor and is published by Hub Games

Find out more:
    Holding On at BoardGameGeek
    Pevans's first impressions of Holding On in TWJO 189

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