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New Game Round-up: Explore Fallout Underground, Spike Top Guns, and Revisit The Thing

W. Eric Martin
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• The video game series Fallout has already been the inspiration for one tabletop design from Fantasy Flight Games — 2017's Fallout — and now a second standalone game is coming from FFG courtesy of designer Andrew Fischer: Fallout Shelter: The Board Game. Here's an overview of this February 2020 release:
Build a better future underground in Fallout Shelter: The Board Game, a post-nuclear worker-placement board game for two to four players. Based on the hit mobile game from Bethesda Softworks, Fallout Shelter sees you take on the role of a vault officer fostering happiness among the citizens of your vault. With the election of a new Overseer looming, the officer who can gain the most happiness among the dwellers is sure to lock up the election and attain victory.

As an officer, you'll have to direct your dwellers to where they'll spend their time in the vault, whether it's spending some time relaxing in the lounge, gathering vital resources like food in the community gardens, or battling a radroach infestation in the game room. The choice is always yours, but remember, you'll have to balance happiness and efficiency to lead your people to a brighter future underground!
• For another case of tabletopus sequelitis, let's look at the 2017 release The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, the debut title from Mondo Games in co-operation with Project Raygun. The movie that inspired that work — John Carpenter's The Thing — is also the inspiration behind The Thing: The Boardgame, a design from Giuseppe Cicero, Andrea Crespi, and Pendragon Game Studio that shares nothing with that earlier game other than a love of the source material.

Pendragon announced this title at SPIEL '19, noting that the game originates "from the strong passion that the two authors feel towards Carpenter's movie, passion that led them to work for years on a title that would be able to capture and transport to the game table the same anxieties and sensations that the movie transmits to the viewer". Pendragon plans to Kickstart this title in 2020, but for details we'll probably have to wait until we travel to the Spielwarenmesse trade fair in late January 2020.

• For even more game industry nostalgia for the 1980s, let's turn to Top Gun Strategy Game, which is due out from Mixlore in January 2020, reaching retail shelves a few months ahead of the Top Gun: Maverick movie sequel due out in June 2020. Here's an overview of the gameplay:
Top Gun Strategy Game puts players in the pilot seats of Team Maverick/Goose and Team Iceman/Slider. Each team takes on the other during a intense air-combat training exercise. Pilots must strategically maneuver their planes and coordinate with their Weapons System Operator. Conducting intense gravity-defying aerial maneuvers and securing a valuable target lock on their opponent will secure a swift victory.

Being "Top Gun" is a mental challenge as well as a physical one. When they aren't in the air, pilots will face off in a volleyball card game in which they strut their stuff to gain rewards or intimidate an opponent. In order to ensure victory, players must succeed at their ground game to increase their education and confidence, giving them the tools and the nerve to excel in the air game.
I have not seen the original movie, so this sounds bizarre, but I'm sure it all makes sense to those familiar with the original work, yes? Volleyball skills improve your piloting abilities? I've heard that learning how to juggle knives improves your ability to speak Polish, so who knows?
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