Vault-tech, for all your survival needs!
|War. War never changes.|
The Fallout board game from FFG, not zombie gaming, but a fairly obvious post-apocalypse game. Fallout has a pretty well known alternate history world with a post-apocalyptic series of adventures set some 200 years after a massive nuclear war has destroyed civilization. Fantasy Flight Games has published a board game based on the various iterations of the game.
|Just out of the box, open rules|
In typical FFG fashion, the components are top-notch. The cards are well finished, the card stock components are nice and heavy and everything has a finish that feels like it will stand up to plenty of playing. The miniatures that come in the game to represent the players are well detailed and represent several iconic characters from the video games.
The game board is made up of randomly placed hexagons to create the 'wasteland' which allows for some variation from game to game. Each game has different factions vying for control of the wasteland, slowly gaining influence as the players each try to increase their own influence by helping or hindering the factions.
|Solo game underway with a vault dweller character|
|oh yeah, enemies will come after you!|
On the surface, it works much like the video game and does capture that feel, at least early in the game. Running around the wastes killing bloatflies, raiders and mutants, gathering loot and caps, trading and interacting at the settlements and exploring ruins all give a nice immersive feel.
|The railroad wins...|
The end game is not as climatic, with one of the factions reaching a milestone on a tracking chart of influence, or one player having finished enough quests to achieve a required level of influence. It doesn't trigger some sort of final quest, the game just ends. Probably the only part of the game I feel actually fails.
It can be played by 1-4 players, so if you have a hankering for a board game and Fallout, this is a good game for you. I enjoyed it, I am curious to see how it compares to the Fallout Miniatures game that is coming out.