Gears of War: The Board Game coming this fall

The Gears of War franchise is coming to your tabletop by way of a new board game from Fantasy Flight Games. Finally: all the thrills, chills and heart-stopping Locust-killing action... in cut-out cardboard form!

Gears of War: The Board Game is the brainchild of tabletop designer Corey Konieczka, whose previous works include board game versions of Battlestar Galactica, StarCraft and Lord of the Rings (aka Middle-Earth). His latest creation based on Epic Games's third-person shooter is advertised as a "cooperative board game of fierce firefights" wherein one to four players carry out various team objectives in seven different scenarios inspired by events from the series. These objectives are dictated by Order cards, and include an assortment of heroic actions that range from laying down suppression fire and planting sonic resonators to finding cover and simply surviving an onslaught of Berserkers, Drones, Boomers and other Locust uglies. The map itself is built randomly at the beginning of every game, forcing teammates to adapt their strategies with every session.

The game will ship with over 30 plastic figures; over 200 action, tools and Locust AI cards; 17 double-sided map tiles; roughly 75 tokens and markers; a line-of-sight ruler; multiple sets of attack and defense dice; and reference material.

The game is slated for release in Q3 2011, and will retail for $79.95 USD.

[Source: Fantasy Flight Games]

May 18, 2011


  • ymala1 - May 20, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    FFG, as mentioned earlier, does make some decent games. When I initially saw titles like starcraft, warcraft, battlestar etc., I thought they were just trying to slap a name on a generic game, but they really put a lot of thought into their games. I still haven't worked up the nerve to play the starcraft game, it's crazy complex and apparently good fun, I wouldn't be surprised seeing a number of blizzard people listed in the credits of the game. But a game supposedly lasts 5 hours or so, and this board game cafe I play these games at charges by the hour :s BTW $80 is most likely only the retailer recommended price, sites like Amazon and boardgame revolution regularly charge less than what you'd pay for the sets if you got it directly from the manufacturer, you can look at paying up to $25 - $30 less.
  • R-ape - May 19, 2011 12:50 a.m.

    Wow, $80? I guess the economy hasn't recovered afterall, haha. I'd sooner make my own replica of this boardgame than dump a good chunk of my wallet into it.
  • zkt111 - May 18, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Looked fun until the $80 dollar price tag
  • Austin_SJ - May 18, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Fantasy flight made Arkham Horror which was (briefly) mentioned a few podcasts ago, and it's an excellent game. My friend says Battlestar Galatica is good as well, so I wouldn't write this off.
  • Stabby_Joe - May 18, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    @EnragedTortoise1 That was B1 Games.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 18, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Because the Halo board game worked out sooo well.
  • Stabby_Joe - May 18, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    Some people don't know Fantasy Flight Games. They made a Doom (of all things) board game once with mechanics so good they later applied it to a whole new game, Descent which has been very popular ever since. They're not for quick churned out cash-ins, FFG do make and/or publish really good board games; big games with plenty of proper rules and well made pieces... ...which, yes does usually end up towards the more pricey end of things.
  • jackthemenace - May 18, 2011 8:29 p.m.

    I love Gears, but this is surely too much, and completely useless. Seems a huge waste of money, and resources. Just another generic Tabletop game with the Gears logo plastered on it. Oh, and "Small, waist high concrete walls sold separately".
  • renkun67 - May 18, 2011 8:12 p.m.

  • ItsBetterThanStickingYourCockInABlender - May 18, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    $80!!! Im a HUGE gears fan and was thinking about buying this, but $80 for a BOARD GAME in the 21st century. what a joke. im already spending $150 on the epic edition
  • Bladex206 - May 18, 2011 7 p.m.

  • Baron164 - May 18, 2011 6:56 p.m.

    Can't be any worse than the Halo Board Game :-)
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - May 18, 2011 6:51 p.m.

    This actually looks pretty good.

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