This new board game reminds me of Dungeons & Dragons for photographers.

I really like taking pictures, and I’m also interested in board games. You can imagine how excited I was to hear that a tabletop game was being made in which you play as a wildlife photographer trying to get the best shots.
This is the idea behind Redwood by sit down! It sounds easy and fun to play games.

Redwood is a game of movement estimations and angle of view where players have to take pictures of wild animals to compose the most beautiful panorama.

Google showed me news stories that were just right for me. That’s how I learned about Redwood. Since I’ve been playing Dungeons & Dragons again, Google recently showed me articles about photography and tabletop games. I liked the idea right away, and when I saw the drawings of the little people, I was even more excited.

Redwood isn’t out yet, but at Gen Con this year, people from Dicebreaker got a sneak peek at it. In the fall of 2022, the game will be on Kickstarter. They played a version that didn’t have those cool-looking miniatures, which was a shame.

Redwood is a tactical simulation of competitive photography, according to Die Breaker. It uses mini figures and field of view templates to show how the focal length of different lenses affects the picture.

The game is already good in many ways that interest me, and I really hope it does well enough to be released in full.

With the help of curved movement templates, players can move their characters around the map. They have to be careful not to scare away animals or other photographers. The most exciting part is the rules for moving.

You can’t measure your movement before you start moving, and once you touch the movement template, you have to start moving. Players will need to use their eyes to figure out how to get into the best position for their chosen camera setup.

The next part, figuring out how to frame the perfect shot, is just as interesting. A template of a clear cone shows your camera’s field of view. Any landmarks or animals the template covers are considered to have been captured and counted toward the player’s goal. There are different field of view templates that make it look like the player can choose from different lenses.

The FOV templates also have small cutouts that show the best range for that camera. If your subject is under the cutout, it is perfectly framed and in focus, which could help you get more points.

The sun, which moves around the playing area, adds another layer of depth to the game by changing the lighting and making it possible to get more bonuses. Each time a player gets a good image, the number of picture cards in front of them grows. The artist Edu Valls will put these cards together to make a beautiful panoramic picture of the park.

Even though Redwood isn’t out yet, it has made me curious about a miniature-based tabletop game with photography mechanics. The art looks great, the renders of the minis look great, and the idea is a lot of fun. It’s nice to see a game made in this style where you use a camera to shoot animals instead of futuristic or fantasy weapons.

Redwood looks like a fun, easy, and family-friendly way to start playing board games. It’s also a great way to share some of the photography experience with friends and family who might not want to spend the night in a national park waiting for deer to show up at sunrise. I’m really excited to see how this game turns out.

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