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WATCH: How to Play – ‘Fallout: The Board Game’

Join host Becca Scott as she breaks out some of the best boardgames the industry has to offer. How to Play videos go live every Tuesday and we post Game the Game playthroughs every Thursday here on Geek & Sundry.

This week, Becca’s teaching us all how to play Fallout: the Board Game by Fantasy Flight Games. In this computer game adaptation, players are competing to be the first to reach a certain number of influence points before everyone else. The twist is that you aren’t always sure how many points your opponents have.

Pick one of the five citizens of the post-apocalypse as your character (these miniatures are amazing and worth picking up the board game for). Each player will start with an agenda card that gives them an influence point and a secret goal to gain more points. Now it’s time to explore the wasteland.

Each game has a scenario that adds its own twist to the game at hand. They introduce the opposing factions at work in the game as well as a global objective for all the players to achieve. Players can help either faction as they choose, but must also keep in mind that if a faction reaches the end of its power track, the game ends. This could result in no player winning.

You move around the board, exploring new tiles, killing enemies, and finishing quests. Doing this gains you experience and levels your stats. Every time you reach the end of your experience tracker, you get to draw two tiles from the SPECIAL pile and choose one to add to your board. These tiles allow you to reroll during combat and skill tests, but add an additional experience point you must get to level again. It’s an awesome way to show that leveling is easier at low levels and gets harder as the game progresses.

One of the really cool things about Fallout: The Board Game is that all of your encounters are choose your own adventure style. Each card has multiple options for you to choose from, so you aren’t stuck helping someone you don’t want to. Don’t want to fight? Choose a peaceful option. Really want a weapon? There are some cards that have an option to access the store to spend all of your ill gotten bottle caps on new gear.

Be careful of the wastelands though, radiation is a big concern. If your radiation tracker meets your health, you die and respawn without your current inventory (what a waste of caps). If your radiation exceeds your health, you go to the great wasteland in the sky.

If you are ready to explore the wastes, grab your Nuka-Cola and watch Becca’s How to Play.

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