All a board

For­get din­ner – pull up a chair and take over the world

Games Master - - Upfront -

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.

SPE­CIAL de­liv­ery

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.

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