I used to love the days where we sat inside on a rainy day and played a board game. Monopoly, The Game of Life, Mouse Trap – all of them were great fun until someone ended up flipping the board over in frustration. These days I’ll tend to sit on my Xbox 360 instead, but with board games now available based on video games – and vice versa of course – the two hobbies can easily cross over to be enjoyed by a whole new generation. Take this latest announcement for example, a board game based on the upcoming BioShock Infinite.
BioShock Infinite: The Siega of Columbia, a new board game in the works at Plaid Hat Games. Players will either play as the Founders or the Vox Populi and fight for the control over the floating city of Columbia. It will come with 52 miniatures, cards, dice and a gameboard. One of miniatures, the Handyman, is included in the Premium and Ultimate Songbird editions of the video game.
Speaking to Polygon, Colby Dauch, founder and chief game designer at Plaid Hat, described what players will be doing without the aid of a controller;
“What is the point in coming together for game night if we are all going to put our heads down and play solitaire?” he said. “Bioshock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia has players combating one another, stealing objectives from one another, assassinating leaders, destroying strongholds, bidding against each other for control of unfolding events and more.”
It sounds pretty awesome if you ask me, and it may just get me back into board games. However, with a massive backlog of video games to get through it may be a while before I’m sitting around a table again.