A Witcher Board Game Is On The Way

Need more Geralt of Rivia in your life and the third Witcher game doesn't look like it'll be enough? CD Projekt Red and Fantasy Flight Games have you covered with — wait for it — a board game based on The Witcher. Far from being a dodgy cash-in, at first blush it appears intriguing.

Players can choose from four characters: Geralt, Triss Merigold, Yarpen Zigrin and the deceptively-named Dandelion. The game will provide you with different ways of handling problems, from the regular method of swinging one's sword until the noises stop, to talking your way out of perils unknown. So-called development cards will allow you to build your character in myriad ways offering additional replay value with the same person, and quest cards add variety to each session as a whole.

As for Fantasy Flight Games, which is responsible for designing the core game, it has a good reputation on the board / card game front. I think the designers get carried away with mechanics sometimes — just look at Arkham Horror, which was eventually streamlined into Elder Sign — but at least they put a lot of effort into replayability and depth.

For those who don't like the social interaction that comes with playing a real board game, there are iOS and Android versions in development.

On a related note, I'm not entirely sold on the choice of voice-over guy for the trailer. There's something about his tone and cadence that makes the clip feel like a parody.

The Witcher Adventure Game [The Witcher, via Rock, Paper, Shotgun]


    Will it have the "collectable cards" as well? xD

    The downside to it being a Fantasy Flight game is that it will take 3 times as long to play through as they say on the box and the manual will be written in such a way as to make it impossible to figure out how to play properly without running through it a half-dozen times, constantly flicking through pages and pages of the booklet in order to find the answer to simple questions. Assuming you can at all, since often their stuff is so poorly worded it won't make a difference.

    Thankfully their games are usually good enough once you get through the awful documentation and learn to play them that there's fans out there who will construct FAQs and player aids (eg Arkham Horror has some great fan-made turn flowcharts which take most of the ambiguity out).

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