Coming to Kickstarter this autumn.
Developer 11 Bit Studios’ acclaimed post-apocalyptic city builder Frostpunk is being turned into a board game by the team responsible for This War of Mine’s superb tabletop adaptation.
Frostpunk: The Board Game is a collaboration between 11 Bit Studios and Glass Cannon Unplugged, and, more specifically, is being designed by This War of Mine: The Board Game co-creator Jakub Wiśniewski along with Adam Kwapiński (Nemesis, Lords of Hellas).
Taking its cue from the video game version, Frostpunk’s tabletop adaptation will see up to four players attempting to run a small colony of survivors in a harsh, subzero world. As you’d hope, the aim is to effectively translate the original’s core into physical form, and Wiśniewski describes the board game as a “morally complex and highly, highly challenging” experience full of “tough choices, narrative depth, immersive gameplay, snow, and despair”.
Frostpunk: The Board Game, said to be both deeply strategic and easy to learn, will focus on managing a colony’s infrastructure and citizens, with the latter playing a particularly important role. Society members will speak up as each game progresses, issuing demands and reacting to players’ decisions – which will have consequences later down the line.
“Will you treat [citizens] like another resource?”, asks Glass Cannon, “Are you going to be an inspiring builder, a fearless explorer, or a bright scientist? Is your rule going to be a sting of tyranny or an era of law and equality?”.
Frostpunk: The Board Game will be going the crowdfunding route ahead of release, and its Kickstarter campaign is expected to launch some time this autumn.