Loam is a set-matching strategy game about building healthy soils. You are a plant, who for obvious reasons is into that sort of thing. You also have a lot more power and agency over your environment than humans often give you credit for. Sculpt the soil’s weird and wonderful biodiversity to assemble vibrant ecological communities and build the healthiest soil of all!
Just like in nature, Loam is a game of balance. You’ll be tasked with using plant signals called inputs to attract creatures into your root zone and create an environment where you can all thrive. Different creature types contribute to your soil in different ways. Some aerate the soil and stabilize its beneficial pore structure, some release nutrients from decaying organic matter, and others develop a food web that keeps plant pests and pathogens in check. For a healthy soil, you’ll need to attract creatures that provide a balance of structure, nutrients, and food web, as the benefits of one may be lost if the others are not present. Creatures must also be organized into communities, so larger and more impactful organisms can be supported by the presence of smaller ones. These communities also thrive on diversity, acting at their full potential when they contain creatures of many different types or the full diversity of creatures within a type. Building diverse communities while maintaining a balanced soil health, is the center of the Loam experience, inviting players to make tricky decisions about which creatures to attract when.
1-4 Players | Age: 10+ | 20-45 minutes