As of August 9, 2017 AD, the world's a bit on-edge because of ongoing nuclear sabre-rattling between two world leaders.
May we recommend a board game to take your mind off current events?
A board game about people trying to scrape together a living after a nuclear war leaves the world a radiation-baked ruin?
You don't even need power to play it.
Fantasy Flight Games is currently at work on a Fallout board game that takes place some time after the Great War of 2077. The carnage is long-past, but the literal and metaphorical fallout still lingers.
Up to four players eke out fortune and adventure in the wastelands. You can work together (practical) or compete against each other (more fun) while you explore camps, look for Vaults, and decide which factions to ally with, or fight against. There's a main storyline to progress through, but as with the Fallout video games, there are also plenty of side-quests to get distracted by.
The Fallout board game also uses the video games' S.P.E.C.I.A.L system for your character's build. You can play as a Wastelander, a Super Mutant, a Brotherhood Outcast, or even a Ghoul. Each character class has its own strengths, e.g. the Brotherhood Outcast can use Power Armor, and the Ghoul is, unsurprisingly, immune to radiation poisoning.
The Fallout board game is tailored for multiple play-throughs. Four scenarios are included: The Capitol Wasteland, The Pitt, The Commonwealth, and Far Harbor. The distinct landmarks and locations are pre-determined, but the map varies with each setup. That means you can expect a different experience – and probably a lot of different deaths – every time you play.
The Fallout board game will be ready by the fourth quarter of 2017. Don't worry, we'll still be around to buy it. Think positively!
This article may contain links to online retail stores. If you click on one and buy the product we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.