Randy Pitchford returned to the stage at PAX East to unveil a somewhat surprising new game, largely because it wasn't a video game at all. Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party is a Borderlands board game and also happens to be the very first tabletop game produced by Gearbox. Of course, this card game also happens to have a Shift code in the box for players of the video game to enjoy.
Primarily, players in this Borderlands board game are seeking to build their very own Claptrap by gathering a collection of the correct cards. Throughout the game, they'll try to acquire parts for themselves or screw over their opponents by placing incorrect parts on their robots.
After a short explanation, Randy Pitchford then performed a magic trick using the card game, right there on stage. No, really. Sure, we could have used this time to explain the mechanics of the game, but no — we got a completely unrelated card trick.
As for the Borderlands board game, ResetEra reports some details about the game, mainly through images of the game itself which we've reproduced below:
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Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party will take 15 minutes to play and can be played by 2 to 5 players. Created through a partnership between Gearbox, Nerdvana Games, and XYZ Game Labs, the game is the first venture of the Borderlands universe outside of video games. The game includes 80 cards in total: 5 Claptrap Bodies, 54 Parts, 21 Actions, and a rulebook.
It's unknown if the game will be available for purchase online, but it is available for sale at a booth at PAX East. If you're there, go ahead and pick one up for yourself!
What do you think of the Borderlands board game? Do you think Tiny Tina's Robot Tea Party will make for a fun tabletop experience or do you prefer the classic Borderlands gameplay? Let us know in the comments below!