Anathema Board Game


Anathema, meaning cursed ones, is a Chutes and Ladders-inspired board game about warring tribes who had abused the land for its natural resources and were cursed by their animal gods for their greediness. This curse caused the tribes to take on the form of the animals they worshiped, and their lands went to ruin. The tribes continue to fight over the remaining bountiful land.


To start the game, each player picks a character and rolls the die. When a player lands on a space, they take a chip that matches their character and place it on that space; that player now owns the space. However, if another player lands on that space, the two players have a dice battle. The player with the higher roll wins the space.

The Chutes and Ladders-inspired section is the statues on the board. If a player lands on a statue, they draw a card to determine which statue they will end their turn on.

The game ends once a player lands on the last space. However, that player isn’t necessarily the winner; it is whoever owns the most spaces once a player reaches the end of the board.