I've been playing this game for the past couple weeks and I have to say, it's probably one of my favourite writing experiences ever. I really enjoy how everything is set up, with it being super easy to follow!
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You were assigned to one another. Neither of you had a choice in the matter. Perhaps you have had a hundred pilots before, perhaps you are fresh off the factory line. Maybe you are a seasoned fighter, maybe you have never seen combat outside training. Whatever the case, the powers that be who keep you in this bitter war have decided it is unnecessary for you to communicate. You will do your jobs, never quite knowing if the other is there, or how they might feel…
Beyond Reach is a two person play by post game about falling in love with someone unattainable to you. One player is a mech, the other their pilot. You will write letters that the other character may never see, but will inform your epilogues in compelling, and often heartbreaking, ways.
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- safety updateFeb 05, 2019
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Beyond Reach is a letter-writing game about unrequited love for (and from) a giant robot.
It's very niche, but also very good.
Weirdly, there is a lot of communication, but it's very restricted. You only see part of what your counterpart is doing or thinking, and it's generally just the surface of it. This is a super effective device, and it makes the reveal at the end when you (maybe) get to see each other's letters hit harder.
The game text doesn't push too hard into the tragedy (you, as the players, supply that, as much or as little as you'd like,) and there's a neat gameplay chart at the back of the book that explains the rules extremely clearly if you get stuck anywhere.
If you enjoy letter-writing games and you don't mind a bit of sadness, I would highly recommend giving this a try.
This game is sad and gay and I recommend it for anyone who wants to have a good sad gay time. I got to play an existential robot, which, ideal tbh. I did die at the end but hey thats just how it goes sometimes. Great times to be had all around. 5/5 stars.
Beyond Reach is a tidy, gorgeous game. It allows two players, as a mech and its pilot, to tell a bittersweet epistolary story of love and longing in a time of war.
The two letter-writers don't know whether their words will ever reach their intended recipient; maybe they're just talking to themselves after all. Beyond Reach's beauty lies in the emotional drama of that uncertainty.
Annie establishes the setting and the structures of play with a masterfully evocative style. Playing Beyond Reach feels like working with your fellow player to contribute one small, sad story to a varied, yearning constellation. I can't recommend it enough.