Designed by Matt Fantastic (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency) X-Files: Conspiracy Theory is the second game to release in Fantastic’s Everything is Connected series (see “Solve Mysteries the Holistic Way”). Players take turns in the role of Special Agent Fox Mulder, who is trying to earn the respect of the other players (who are FBI Directors), by presenting a plausible theory that matches the evidence at the scene. The game takes scenarios from the X-Files episodes and puts players right in the middle. There is also a second game mode, based on the episode “Jose Chung’s From Outer Space.” Most players act as witnesses to a paranormal event, while one player takes the role of Jose Chung who must create a complete narrative that ties everyone’s stories together.
The game is for 3 – 8 players, ages 16 and up, and plays in 20 – 60 minutes. MSRP is $29.95.
IDW Games released another X-Files game in 2015 (see “Review: 'The X-Files' Board Game”).