Fantasy Flight announces a brand new Fallout board game, and it actually looks kind of brilliant.
Tie-ins and licensing opportunities are everywhere. From t-shirts and apparel, to posters and art books, and soundtracks and vinyl, and toys and action figures – and yes, the dreaded Funko Pops – almost every vein of video game fandom is being drained for all its worth.
And that includes board games.
There are some brilliant ones, that really lend themselves to the format – like X-Com, The Witcher and Civilization – and, you know, others (we’re looking at you, Street Fighter). Then something comes along that’s pretty much perfect for the format, and that game, friends, is Fallout.
Having already made the successful transition to a mobile builder game, Fallout Shelter, a Fallout board game makes sense. So what does it involve?
Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce Fallout, a post-nuclear adventure board game based on Bethesda’s blockbuster video game series. In Fallout, one to four players take on a role within an irradiated landscape inspired by those in Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and their downloadable content expansions. With just a few locations pinpointed on their map, the players choose whether to work together or individually to explore these mysterious regions that lay before them.
Along the way, each player will face a wealth of choices, deciding whether to pursue experience or Caps, collect loot or loyal companions, and progress the main questline or veer off to the vaults. As the players move around the board, building their skills and filling their inventory, the area’s warring factions will gain power, forcing the players to pledge loyalty or defy conformity, all in pursuit of gaining the most influence of anyone else in the wasteland.
So there you go, then. Unlike the best free solitaire apps, it’s a Fallout board game for one-to-four players, and will make use of core elements from the games, like S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats, caps, combat, companions, factions, and agonising over which conversational option is the right one.
The Fallout board game launches in Q4 2017, and also comes with some really neat figurines which, if you’re feeling imaginative, you could also re-use for a Fallout-themed session of Dungeons & Dragons.