All a board
Forget dinner – pull up a chair and take over the world
Fallout and Civilization reimagined as board games – get your dice bag ready.
Fantasy Flight Games, maker of the X-Wing Miniatures Game and its black-hole-for-cash expansion packs, is launching two new boardgames in its ongoing quest to pull videogame franchises out of the digital world and into a strange, boxed dimension of cardboard and plastic. Fallout and Civilization are being run through the analoguiser this time, following Doom and The Witcher, and the latter game manages to keep its signature hex grid during its transition to tactility. Called Civilization: A New Dawn, it’s actually the second boardgame based on Sid Meier’s series produced by Fantasy Flight. It follows the classic Civ structure of taking over the world through the course of history, with players using Focus cards to gain influence and completing set Agendas to achieve victory. Military conquest of the globe is played down in the announcement, but you can always play Risk for that.
Fallout, meanwhile, sadly doesn’t task players with disarming a nuclear bomb, Operation-style, but instead sets them exploring a map and taking over the wasteland by manipulating warring factions or simply becoming very rich. The four playable scenarios in the box are inspired by Fallouts 3 and 4 and their DLCs, featuring the Capital Wasteland, the Pitt, the Commonwealth, and Far Harbor, and the games’ SPEC IAL character development system ports over too, appearing in the form of cards. Lots and lots of cards. There are plastic miniatures too, but sadly no build-your-own Deathclaw.
Fallout can be played solo, or with up to four players, while Civ: A New Dawn requires at least two because it’s no fun ruling the world if you’re the only one in it. They’re both slated for release by the end of the year – Fallout will cost about £50, Civilization around £40.
The Fallout boardgame’s playable characters include a Ghoul, a Super Mutant, and a member of the Brotherhood Of Steel.
Models, dice, maps, tokens, and more are all included with the game.
The boardgame will be the second based on Sid Meier’s Civilization series.