Brian Barrows writes "As 11bit studios has made clear in its promotion of the game, “In war, not everyone is a soldier.” From the start of the November released This War of Mine you become a direct witness to this fact. From the first moments of gameplay you are thrown into the identity of three civilians turned prisoners, trapped in their own city of Pogoren after a war between a rebel group and the national military causes a long term blockade of both people and goods to the city. Nothing and no one gets in or out. It is under this dire situation that your group must come together and do everything in their power to do one thing and one thing only. Survive at all costs."