Fallout Shelter: The Board Game

We'll have a look at Fantasy Flight interpretation of Fallout Shelter, in a board game format.

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Fallout Shelter: The Board Game

Posted on June 5th, 2020 by Jay
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Fallout Shelter: The Board Game

A worker-placement game set in the very famous Fallout universe has been released! We are talking about Fallout Shelter: The Board Game, based on the popular mobile game. The game looks promising with top-notch artwork and some cool mechanics.

Weight-wise it will be on the lighter side, and will play in about one hour. It will support two to four players, which will all take the role of vault officers controlling the population of the vault. This is done by after classic worker-placement fashion where you place workers to receive resources like water, food, and electricity which you can spend on building more rooms in the vault, buying items, and so on. The one that does the best job (getting most points), will be crowned Vault overseer and win the game.

One interesting mechanic is that monsters can sneak into your vault and they are represented on transparent cards which you will place on the room in question, like below. The room can't be used as long as the monster is present, but you can of course fight it off using weapons. Pretty cool.

A room with a Ghoul
A ghoul has snuck into the fitness room!

Here's the theme described by the publisher

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!

Fallout Shelter: The Board Game components
The components for Fallout Shelter: The Board Game. As you would expect by a Fantasy Flight game, they are very nice.
This should cost about 35 bucks.