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Review: The Fallout Board Game

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Fallout: The Board Game Review

There’s a certain semester of college that I fondly remember as the “Fallout Semester.” I was taking relatively easy online courses, living in an apartment with my best friend, and separated by distance from my girlfriend (now wife) who was in her home state. Aside from Board Game Resource, which was in its formative stages, there wasn’t a lot keeping me busy.

And then Fallout 4 came out.

Hours became days, days became weeks, and weeks became a solid month or two — a month or two of just me and Fallout. Responsibilities be damned — I roamed, I explored, I blasted the heads off of super mutants, I built elaborate bases, and I got ripped apart by Deathclaws.

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It was a good time. Am I proud of it? No, but it suffices to say that I’m a pretty big Fallout fan, and I was elated when I heard the news that an official board game was being made, and by Fantasy Flight Games no less. I knew I had to get it, and I was at Gamestop on day one, fortuitously on time to pick up the sole copy they received.

So, does Fallout: The Board Game live up to its expectations? The answer is, well, it’s complicated. The game fires on many cylinders, creating an exceptionally enjoyable experience in many ways, but it also has some puzzling design decisions that will bring the game down a notch or two for many players. I will say upfront that the Fallout Board Game will be a worthwhile purchase for many gamers, and that it has many praiseworthy aspects. But it’s hard to recommend it to everyone. Keep reading if you want a detailed, comprehensive look at Fallout: The Board Game.


Fallout: The Board Game delivers a Fallout experience on all cylinders, and will be thematically satisfying to those who are familiar with the games. However, seasoned tabletop gamers may find themselves vexed by some of its mechanics, which at times feel half-baked and unbalanced. Fallout: The Board Game should be thought of as an experience first, and a competitive game second. On that front, it delivers well, and it can even be introduced to casual players who have no familiarity with the series.

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About the Author

Zach Hillegas

Zach is an avid tabletop gamer, and he created Board Game Resource out of his love for the hobby, and his desire to see more people come into it. When he's not writing for or managing BGR, Zach might be hanging out with cats, hiking a mountain, spending time with his lovely wife, or writing about video game stuff for Insert Gamer. Zach has also enjoys creating digital character art. You can check out his (long neglected) gallery here, or follow him on Instagram at @artworkbyzach!

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