Anachrony is a deeply thematic strategy game set in a post-apocalyptic 26th century, where Earth is recovering from a devastating explosion. The game is known for its intricate mechanics and immersive storyline.

Setting and Theme

  • Era: Late 26th century Earth, post-catastrophic event.
  • Environment: A planet with harsh, uninhabitable conditions and a surviving city known as the Capital.
  • Factions: Four Paths (Harmony, Dominance, Progress, Salvation) with distinct ideologies, shaping their approach to rebuilding the world.


  • Worker Placement Mechanism: Features a two-tiered system requiring not only specialists like Engineers and Scientists but also Exosuits for protection.
  • Resource Management: Critical for traveling to the Capital and exploring devastated areas.
  • Time Travel Element: Players can manipulate time rifts to aid their progress but risk impacting the time-space continuum.
  • Game Duration: 4-7 turns, influenced by an impending cataclysmic event.
  • Victory Conditions: Paths strive for unique objectives, yielding high victory points. Survival of settlements and potential to become the new Capital is key.

Narrative and Challenges

  • Central Conflict: Imminent threat of an asteroid collision, linked to the ancient explosion, adding urgency to the game.
  • Strategic Depth: Players must balance immediate needs with long-term goals, manage resources effectively, and strategically use time travel.
  • Player Interaction: While Paths are isolated, their actions in the shared Capital and competition for resources drive interaction.


Anachrony stands out with its blend of science fiction and strategy, offering a rich, immersive experience. The game challenges players to think critically, plan ahead, and adapt to dynamic conditions. Its unique narrative and mechanics make it a compelling choice for players seeking a deep, thematic board game experience.

Nominated for 9 awards.

  • 1 - 4 Players
  • 30 - 120 Minutes
  • 15+ years old
  • Hard to learn

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

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