VISITOR in Blackwood Grove – Press



Mary Flanagan and Max Seidman

Release Date:

August 1st, 2018



$20.00 USD
Available at Buy VISITOR at Amazon or your local game store!

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A mysterious Visitor has crashed in Blackwood Grove. Race to figure out the secret rule as the Agent or the Kid in this induction game!

A spacecraft crashes in Blackwood Grove, and the kid is the only one watching. Federal agents hunt down the signal, but no one can get near the craft due to its crushing forcefield. Why can some objects pass through it, but others are repelled? Hiding in the craft, the Visitor hopes the Kid can figure out the rule before the Agents and help it escape. The agents want to dissect the Visitor and keep the ship.

Experiment with what can pass through the forcefield, figure out the rule, and reach your goal.

VISITOR is an asymmetric, 2-versus-many, inductive reasoning game in which one player, the Visitor makes up a secret rule like “Things that contain metal” to determine which objects can pass through the forcefield. The other players, the Agents and the Kid, try to figure out the rule by seeing which objects pass through the forcefield and which don’t. The Agents secretly test cards from their hands to learn what passes the rule and what doesn’t. The Kid tries to predict which cards will pass the rule, and she builds trust with the Visitor if she’s right.

The Kid and the Visitor are on a team—if The Visitor makes a rule that’s too easy, the agents will solve it first and she will lose. If The Visitor makes the rule too hard, nobody will be able to solve it and the Agents will win. If the Visitor makes the rule just right, the Kid will figure it out before the agents and both the Kid and the Visitor win!

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  • 3 asymmetric roles
  • Innovative inductive reasoning mechanic
  • Complete creativity: make up any rule for the other players to figure out
  • 10 minutes per round, deep gameplay
  • 3-6 players (2v1 to 2v1v1v1v1)
  • Stunning illustrations by artist Maggie Chiang


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Awards & Recognition

  • “Honorable Mention – Best Socializer Games of 2018” – Cardboard Republic
  • “Recommended – Casual Game” – Casual Game Revolution
  • “Finalist” – 2018 Geekdad Game of the Year
  • “Geekdad Approved – Tabletop Game – 2018”
  • “Official Selection” – Indie MEGABOOTH – PAX East Showcase 2018
  • “Audience Choice Award” – Boston Festival of Indie Games (Boston FIG) – Tabletop 2017
  • “Official Selection” – IndieCade 2017

In The News

James, Chris. Top 5 Uniquely Designed Party Games (From the Perspective of a Casual Game Designer). Casual Game Revolution. 28 February 2019.
Visitor in Blackwood Grove Review. Casual Game Insider, Issue 26, page 46. Winter 2019.
Obenour, David. Visitor in Blackwood Grove Review. Ghettoblaster. 28 September 2018.
Shipley, Nicholas. VISITOR IN BLACKWOOD GROVE REVIEW. Everything Board Games. 12 September 2018.
Maggs, Derek ‘Dez’. Visitor in Blackwood Grove, a Deduction Game Done Right. 3 September 2018.
Annamous. Visitor in Blackwood Grove. Nonstop Tabletop. 3 September 2018.
Provine, Jeff. Board Game Review: ‘Visitor in Blackwood Grove’ from Resonym. Blogcritics. 1 September 2018.
Davis, Jeremy. Visitor in Blackwood Grove. 22 August 2018.
Theel, Charlie. 80’s Nostalgia Meets Deduction On The Tabletop In Visitor In Blackwood Grove. Geek and Sundry. 15 August 2018.
Giannini, Logan. Visitor in Blackwood Grove Review – Aliens, Agents, and Kids, Oh My! Meeple Mountain. 3 August 2018.
Liu, Jonathan. Visitor in Blackwood Grove is Out of This World. Geekdad. 1 August 2018.
Hoffman, Mackenzie. Review of Visitor in Blackwood Grove. The Meeple Street. 28 July 2018.
Hale, Josh. Visitor in Blackwood Grove. Meeple Gamers. 27 July 2018.
Crowell, Bob. Review: VISITOR in Blackwood Grove. One Board Family. 16 July 2018.
Episode 125- Origins 2018 & Two Player Games, Second Edition. Blue Peg, Pink Peg. 25 June 2018.
LaFlamme, Ryan. Previewing: Visitor In Blackwood Grove. The Cardboard Republic. 25 July 2017.
VISITOR in Blackwood Grove Game Review (prepublished version). Father Geek. 25 July 2017.
Preview – VISITOR in Blackwood Grove. A Pawn’s Perspective. 25 July 2017.
The Visitor in Blackwood Grove – Kickstarter Preview. Board Game Authority. 25 July 2017.

About Resonym

We make exceptional games that players love.

Resonym is a playful woman-led media company in New Hampshire bringing new voices to tabletop gaming and beyond. Our games are a gateway to nifty new types of play. From award-winning party games like Buffalo: The Name Dropping Game and Awkward Moment, to our strategy games Monarch and VISITOR in Blackwood Grove, we make family friendly fun games that inspire the imagination.


Resonym develops board games, card games, sports, urban games, and digital games, plus printed matter and ephemera. Many of the games we publish have been researched at Tiltfactor, the interdisciplinary innovation studio dedicated to designing & studying games that help us learn, founded by prolific game designer Dr. Mary Flanagan.

More Information

More information on Resonym, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Game Design: Mary Flanagan and Max Seidman
Additional Game Design: Jim Kehoe, Joe Macisco
Illustration: Maggie Chiang
Graphic Design: Jack Hagley
Concept Art: Bineshii Hermes-Roach, Spring Yu
Production: Danielle Taylor, Sukie Punjasthitkul
Kickstarter Campaign Planning: Alexis Wallace
Research: Gili Freedman, Sunny Drescher, Sollana Brown-Irvin
Stress Testing: Amanda Herz, Jaki Kimball, Isabelle Nagle
Special Thanks: Tatum, Nick O’Leary, Geoff Kaufman, Melissa Lueking, Elizabeth Hartney, Richard Garriott, Colin McRavey, and our Kickstarter backers







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