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Fallout Shelter: The Board Game Lets You Unleash Your Inner Overseer

Tabletop article by Robert N. Adams on November 8, 2019 at 7:05 AM
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Fallout Shelter is a game that was originally revealed as a surprise during a Bethesda E3 presentation. Now, Fantasy Flight Games has an equally-surprising announcement of their own: Fallout Shelter: The Board Game is on the way.

If you're unfamiliar with Fallout Shelter, it's a free-to-play game that originally launched on mobile devices but is now available for PC and consoles. Players are put in charge of their very own Vault and must build it up, providing food, water, and power to their Vault Dwellers. You'll also have to fight off Raider and Deathclaw attacks, complete quests, and discover legendary Vault Dwellers like Piper Wright and Moira Brown.

 

Now, the fun of building your own vault is getting a tabletop adaptation — Fantasy Flight Games have announced that they're making Fallout Shelter: The Board Game and it'll arrive in the first quarter of 2020.

Fallout Shelter: The Board Game pieces

 

Fallout Shelter: The Board Game Lets You Build a Vault with Cards

The plot of Fallout Shelter: The Board Game starts with a frightening scenario: the Overseer has died. A total of 2–4 players take on the roles of Vault Officers who are doing their best to keep everything together in this Worker Placement game.

Players will start every game with two Pip-Boy bobbleheads representing the Dwellers you command. Careful management of your resources can increase this number up to a total of seven Dwellers!

 

As you can see from the image of the game bits and pieces above, there's a lot going on in Fallout Shelter: The Board Game. You'll be able to level up the Dwellers, ultimately going for a goal of making them as happy as possible. Each of the 2–4 officers will command their own level of the Vault, representing on the table by a track of cards. Once you build the sixth room, the game will end and the scores are tallied up!

If this seems like the sort of thing you'd like to play, you won't have to wait too long to get it — Fallout Shelter: The Board Game will be arriving on March 1, 2020.

What do you think of Fallout Shelter: The Board Game? Do you think it will do a good job of adapting the gameplay of Fallout Shelter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Robert N. Adams

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!