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Board Game News Brief: April 26, 2017

Posted Wednesday, 26-Apr-2017

A Fallout board game (!!!), a new edition of Blood Bound from Fantasy Flight – and a new Dungeons and Dragons card game! Bridges to Nowhere, Chariots of Rome; all this and more, in this week’s Board Game News Brief.

Prepared by Calvin Wong

Announcing Fallout: Wasteland Wars

War. War never changes… But it does come to your tabletop.


Come, boy.
Come, boy.


Modiphius Entertainment, an RPG and miniatures gaming company has acquired the license for a Fallout game, and it will have campaign play, solo, and player vs player modes. The game will be released in November.


Yes, there will be Dogmeat.
Yes, there will be Dogmeat.


From the press release:

players will build their own crew from a wide range of factions, allies and iconic characters from the Fallout series, and play in apocalyptic games of 3 – 30 high quality 32mm scale resin miniatures through a huge variety of iconic scenery and settlement buildings, from the Red Rocket to Sanctuary Hills, Nuka- Cola vending machines and wrecked vehicles. Settlements will include buildings, defenses and resources that impact the crew’s army list and abilities in the wasteland.

New edition of Fantasy Flight’s social deduction Blood Bound

Originally released in 2013, Fantasy Flight’s Blood Bound was critically acclaimed, but never really made too big of a splash. The game has however been updated with a new edition, indicating perhaps the game has been steadily performing well for FFG.


Vampire clans are not usually known for their haircuts.
Vampire clans are not usually known for their haircuts.


The game seems to retain the same basic mechanics – players belong to a vampire clan whose goal is to find and capture the opposing clan’s Elder while trying to identify your fellow clan – but with great new art and graphic design.


dibs on buff vampire.
dibs on buff vampire.


It’ll be here in the 3rd quarter.

New Dungeons & Dragons card game: Dragonfire

A deck building card game for three to six players, Dragonfire will let players explore classic settings in the D&D world; Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter, Waterdeep.


That's a big dragon.
That’s a big dragon.


Level up, gain new gear, abilities, and presumably fight dragons. There’s almost no information right now, although Catalyst Game Labs are behind the very excellent Shadowrun: Crossfire deck building game – maybe this is in the same vein?



Definitely looks like it.
Definitely looks like it.

Quick Kickstarters

One Deck Dungeon: Forest of Shadows is a standalone expansion to the game of running through a really hard dungeon in the style of roguelike video games.


Ready to delve.
Ready to delve.


Forest of Shadows adds tons of new cards, four new hero classes, and is fully compatible with the original One Deck Dungeon – or can be played on its own. You can check out the original One Deck Dungeon here.

Bridges to Nowhere is a really beautiful card game about building, yes, bridges to nowhere.



The sequel should be about selling them.
The sequel should be about selling them.


As you draft and construct these bridges in order to fulfill lucrative contracts, Bridges to Nowhere emerge as a small game with big ideas. Definitely worth a look.


It’s time to break out the Ben Hur quotes, Chariots of Rome has rounded the corner and thundered onto Kickstarter.


How do you fight an idea?
How do you fight an idea?


Frantic, brutal, and fast – Chariots of Rome lets you do more than careen around corners; you can smash into your opponents, and get the gods on your side in this game of ancient racing.

Community Centerpiece

This week’s centerpiece is the very excellent and very funny board gaming website Shut Up & Sit Down. They do reviews, videos, podcasts, and are all around very Stand Up folk (get it because Sit Do- nevermind).


Here pictured with a standard reference pear!
Here pictured with a standard reference pear!


Over the five or six years they’ve been around, SUSD has become a powerhouse in the gaming review scene; their logo appears on boxes to promote the game.

If you’re wondering which review to start with, this one for card game Arctic Scavengers is my personal favorite, with the review perfactly capturing exactly what makes this game awesome – the tension, the cleverness, the sudden gunshots.



I highly recommend Shut Up & Sit Down.



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