Frostpunk: The Board Game Revealed, Now on Kickstarter

frostpunk: the board game

11 Bit Studios and Glass Cannon Unplugged have announced a new board game adaptation for Frostpunk, their survival-focused city-building and management game. The new adaptation, Frostpunk: The Board Game, is now on Kickstarter.

While the Kickstarter campaign was set for a 200,000 Euros goal, it blew past that goal within an hour, and is currently sitting comfortably at 702,000 Euros (roughly $824,000). The board game is set to lauch sometime in 2021.

Here’s the reveal trailer:

Here’s a rundown on the board game:

Frostpunk’s uniqueness comes from combining strategy and city-building mechanics alongside society management features and steampunk aesthetics. During the frozen apocalypse, players have to expand the city that is settled around the warmth-giving generator. Shaping society and establishing laws regulating its growth are equally as important as gathering resources and developing new technologies. Moral dilemmas surrounding choices and sacrifices players make will make only add to the grim tone of the gameplay. Ultimately, it’s a game about power where the players’ rule can either be a sting of tyranny or an era of law and equality.

The tabletop adaptation, designed by independent author Adam Kwapinski, presents new challenges for Frostpunk veterans and provides a standalone, entertaining experience for those who aren’t familiar with the video game. Each player’s decisions have both strategic and narrative outcomes as the game supports scenario-oriented gameplay with a strong story layer.

Frostpunk: The Board Game can be played solo or cooperatively with up to four players. As leaders of the survivor’s colony, you will become Social, Health, Generator, and Resource Advisors. Just like the video game, the tabletop adaptation requires a well thought out strategy more than a simple reliance on luck. The key to success is efficiently managing both citizens and infrastructure, including the iconic generator which will be represented by a highly detailed plastic cube tower miniature. But beware – people aren’t a mere resource; they will issue demands while reacting to the current situation.

A one-of-a-kind companion app that allows distant players to enjoy multiple copies of the game together in a shared environment will be among highlighted campaign stretch goals. Further details on the app and other stretch goals will be unveiled as the Kickstarter campaign progresses.

The concept of the companion app is unique and revolutionary in the tabletop gaming space. Kickstarter is meant to fulfill dreams, so let’s reach the goal and see what magic we can unleash.” – Jakub Wiśniewski, CEO of Glass Cannon Unplugged.

Frostunk: The Board Game key features:

  • Different player roles ease the learning curve which allows newcomers to enjoy the game.
  • Innovative heating and generator cube tower mechanics with a custom-designed system of cube-catching and risk management.
  • A worker-placement mechanic where your meeples get sick and hungry and have ethics and social demands!
  • Narrative-driven Dusk card mechanics steer the society using Law and Technology and bear the consequences of in-game decisions.
  • A fascinating mix of snow-apocalypse and steampunk worlds to be discovered through expeditions deep into the Frostland.
  • A companion app that allows for shared playthrough between distant players.
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