Abyss plunges players into a deep-sea realm of power struggles, where they aim to ascend the throne and rule the underwater city. This game intertwines development, combination, and collection strategies in a captivating underwater setting.

Gameplay Overview

  • Strategic Control: Players vie for control of key locations in an underwater city.
  • Three-Level Development: Begin by collecting allies, then recruit Lords of the Abyss, and finally, gain access to city parts.
  • Drafting and Power Utilization: Acquire cards through a draft system. The Lords on these cards provide special powers, but using the cards for territory acquisition nullifies these powers, requiring strategic timing.

Special Features

  • Underwater City Theme: Offers a unique and immersive deep-sea environment.
  • Balanced Power Management: Navigating the use of Lord powers versus territorial control presents a complex strategic challenge.
  • Endgame Positioning: Timing and positioning are crucial for success, adding a layer of strategic depth towards the game's conclusion.


Abyss is an engaging game for those who enjoy strategic planning within a rich, thematic underwater world. It's especially suited for players who appreciate a blend of development tactics and timing-based decisions.

Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

  • 2 - 4 Players
  • 30 - 60 Minutes
  • 14+ years old
  • Easy to learn

We like Abyss so much that we recommend it in the following board game recommendation lists 2024

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