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Charterstone has been one of the most popular "legacy" board games since that style of game first emerged. (A legacy game alters rules and board state permanently across multiple playthroughs, often based on an overarching storyline.) It's also a standalone legacy game, not an extension of previous brands, like Pandemic (the massive hit), Risk (the original), and Machi Koro (the unnecessary).
Acram Digital just released its digital adaptation of Charterstone (read our review of the tabletop version), and it's a strong one, with outstanding graphics and competitive AI players—but a very crowded screen that, on Steam at least, made it hard to see the entire board.