What is The Shared Dream?

The Shared Dream is a 1-4 player cooperative board game set in the world of ODAM Publishing’s tabletop RPG Of Dreams And Magic. It sees a group of each characters wake up from the exact same terrible dream, only to discover it’s coming to life in the real world.

Each time the game is played, a Shared Dream scenario is chosen, with each one providing a different set of objectives, enemy mechanics, and unique Nemesis. Every Shared Dream also contains its own set of Personal Reflections, mini-stories each character must progress through in order to contribute to winning the scenario.

With 5 Shared Dream scenarios to choose from, 10 unique player characters, and a modular city that changes with every playthrough, The Shared Dream combines the strategy and replayability of a board game with the mood, theme, and storyline of a RPG.



How Do You Play The Shared Dream?


Combining the storytelling of an RPG with the strategy of a board game, The Shared Dream contains 2 main mechanics that push the game forward.

First is the Personal Reflection deck. At the beginning of each game, every player randomly chooses a Personal Reflection deck that is tied to the specific Shared Dream scenario they have chosen to play. This Personal Reflection deck tells the story of that individual’s part of the Shared Dream, and their efforts to combat it in the Waking World. Each Personal Reflection deck sees players travel throughout the city, speak with its denizens, and face challenges and obstacles as they work towards completing their part of The Shared Dream.

The second is personal resource management. Every player can only take 3 actions per turn, so they must carefully consider how they are going to best spend their time. Do they rush through their Personal Reflection, helping to reach the final conflict as soon as possible? Do they carefully manage their resources to help slow the tide of enemies? Or do they go all out and defeat everything they can, despite the risks?

In addition to their actions, the main resource players use is Conviction. Conviction is used to channel their dream identities, helping them grow temporarily stronger, gain access to special powers, and defeat their enemies. Unfortunately, every time Conviction is spent, a character’s Nightmare track is increased. At the end of every turn, players must roll a Nightmare check that grows harder the more Nightmare they have.

Once this Nightmare check is failed, that player spawns a new enemy whose strength is dictated by the amount of Nightmare the player has. In this way, players must always consider when and how to use their Conviction. While spending 3 Conviction to channel at full power may be helpful now, it will inevitably have consequences down the line.

Combining the storytelling of an RPG with the strategy of a board game, The Shared Dream contains 2 main mechanics that push the game forward.


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About The Shared Dream

Of Dreams and Magic: The Shared Dream is a cooperative board game for up to 4 players. In The Shared Dream, players take on the role of Anima, special people who can make their dreams (and nightmares) real  in the Waking World. All of the players have awoken to find that they all had the same dream and parts of it (good and bad) are coming to life. The players must re-experience their Shared Dream in the Waking World while avoiding or destroying the nightmarish creatures that have sprung from that same dream.

Object of the Game

The players must follow the instructions on the drawn Shared Dream card in an attempt to prevent the nightmares from that dream from spreading to the innocent Sleepers of the city. This generally includes traveling through the city to find clues, destroying Shadows and Reavers, and taking on a Nemesis born from the Shared Dream. In a competitive game, the first group to achieve all of these goals is the winner.

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ODAM Publishing

ODAM Publishing LLC is an independent game company that is dedicated to producing high quality traditional game products such as tabletop RPGs and board games. ODAM Publishing released their first tabletop RPG, Of Dreams and Magic, in 2015 and its followup, Dreamscape: Laruna in 2016.

You can find more information about ODAM Publishing, and purchase their products, at www.odampublishing.com