New Expansion for Fallout: the Boardgame Coming

What, it’s July 13 and I haven’t posted anything in July yet?

My apologies for my tardiness.

How about some Fallout news?

I played the base Fallout boardgame at the Terminal City Tabletop Convention back in March, and it was a fun game. Went on a bit too long, but I think with more plays it would be very great and cut down on the time issue.

Being a big fan of the video game helps.

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new expansion for the game coming out in the fourth quarter of 2018!

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All images taken from the FFG article

The New California expansion appears to go back to the original Fallout video games, with new factions such as the New California Republic coming along to join, or perhaps spar with.

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Another Civilization Game Coming?

Every year, just before GenCon, Fantasy Flight Games makes a bunch of new announcements that get the game world buzzing.

Last week there were two: the Fallout: the Boardgame announcement (for which I’m pumped) and the announcement of Twilight Imperium 4th Edition (which didn’t do much for me since I’m not into 10-hour games…and yes, I exaggerate….a little).

This week, just a couple of days before GenCon opens, you can add another game to the list.

Also arriving in late 2017, Sid Meier’s Civilization: a New Dawn is another world-building civilization game (hey, maybe that’s why they named it that…you think?)

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This is a cool-looking title with a map of the world that you create every time you play.

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Fallout: the Boardgame Coming in late 2017

Video games and board games have often had a bit of cross over (though I’m waiting for the First-Person Shooter version of Catan, myself).

Titles like XCom: the Board Game come to mind as games based on video game franchises that actually end up being pretty good games (or so I’ve heard, as I haven’t played this particular one).

So imagine the shouts of glee upon seeing the Fantasy Flight Games announcement that Fallout: the Boardgame is coming in 4th Quarter 2017! I know I did a double take, and started drooling a bit after reading more of the announcement on their site.

(Hat tip to Boardgame Blitz podcaster Crystal for pointing this out on Twitter)

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What a cover! (Ok, it’s basically the video game cover, but at a much larger size and thus a much larger “ooooooooo” factor).

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It’s All About the Insert

One of the really fun things about board games, besides playing them if they are really good, is that wonderful feeling when you first get a game. It’s all in shrink wrap, pristine, nobody has touched what’s inside. It has that new game smell.

What’s waiting for you when you take off that lid? You know that there are going to be a bunch of counter sheets and a board, or some cards or something, but what will it look like? And what will it look like when you have spent the time punching out everything and bagging it up?

Is there a nice place to put all of the stuff you just punched out or the cards from which you’ve removed all the cellophane? Is it an empty box without even any baggies (like the first edition of The Castles of Mad King Ludwig)?

Some games come with beautiful inserts that fit everything perfectly.

Others are Fantasy Flight Games.

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(Planet Steam insert above)

Don’t get me wrong. Fantasy Flight Games isn’t the only competitor in the crappy insert tournament. But they would win a lot of years.

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