Board gamers will likely know the game Fantasy Flight Games very well -- it's a company particularly renowned for beautifully produced, theme-heavy games that are as much about telling stories as they are about getting together with friends, shuffling cards and rolling dice.
Titles such as Arkham Horror, Descent: Journeys in the Dark and Android: Netrunner are the company's bread and butter, putting players in the role of a wide variety of protagonists ranging from 1920s investigators into the Cthulhu mythos to fantasy adventurers and futuristic hackers. Soon, you'll also be able to put yourself in the shoes of four different characters from The Witcher thanks to a new board game adaptation, developed as a collaboration between video game developer CD Projekt Red and Fantasy Flight.
The Witcher Adventure Game, as it's known, allows you to play as Geralt, his part-time love interest Triss Merigold, dwarven warrior Yarpen Zigrin or Dandelion the bard. Over the course of the game, you'll explore the game map and take on various quests to earn gold and progress through the story. Fantasy Flight promises a variety of different possibilities for each time you play, making for randomized narratives over the course of each game much like the Arkham Horror series. You'll also be able to develop your character in a thematically appropriate manner over the course of the game, too -- Geralt specializes in the brewing of potions and magic-style "signs" as well as swordplay, for example, while Dandelion builds up his roguish influence through fair means or foul.
This being the universe of The Witcher, shades of gray when it comes to morality are encouraged; while theoretically cooperative, there's nothing stopping you from playing the game as a lone wolf, reneging on deals or generally being a selfish ass. Survival of the fittest and all that.
The game is the work of veteran designer Ignacy Trzewiczek, whose previous work includes the Neuroshima Tactics miniatures wargame, card game 51st State and cooperative survival adventure Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island. Fantasy Flight is no stranger to video game adaptations, either, with tabletop versions of Gears of War and Doom under its belt as well as some truly excellent licensed board game versions of TV shows Battlestar Galactical and Game of Thrones.
The Witcher is in good hands, in short. Expect it to hit your tabletops later this year -- and for those who don't have a regular board gaming group to enjoy it with, there'll be an iOS and Android tablet version, too.
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