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Announcing Gears of War (TM): The Board Game, a cooperative game for 1-4 players
Gears of War: The Board Game | Published 18 May 2011

Humanity’s golden age came to a sudden and violent end on Emergence Day. Within 24 hours, a quarter of all human life on Sera was wiped out, and billions more were lost in the conflict that followed – an unending war that has reduced the planet’s surface to a smoking ruin. Now, one final desperate stand is all that remains to prevent the total annihilation of the human race. Gather your team. You are humanity’s last hope.

Fantasy Flight Games is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Gears of War: The Board Game! This fully cooperative design by Corey Konieczka pits 1–4 players against a cunning and relentless foe, and is based on the wildly popular series of third-person shooters by Epic Games.

Build your team from any of four COG soldiers and face an intelligent game system in one of seven randomly constructed scenarios. In Gears of War: The Board Game, you’ll relive classic moments from Gears of War™ and Gears of War 2™. Roadie Run into cover, spray your enemy with blind fire, or rip him in half with your Lancer’s chainsaw!

Stand together against the Locust horde

Teamwork is essential in Gears of War: The Board Game, as you and your fellow COGs will secure areas in an ever-expanding and randomized map, lay down suppressing fire to support each other’s movements, and rush to the aid of fallen allies – all in an effort to complete your mission objective.

Also essential is the careful use of the tools at your disposal: a range of tactical options and devastating weapons. Your hand of Order cards represents your COG’s spectacular battle prowess, and on each turn you’ll discard one to either use its listed ability, move across the map, or attack.

You can even hold on to these versatile Orders, discarding them to dodge or guard against incoming attacks, or to follow closely behind a teammate. Communication is key, and the most successful COGs recognize that together, they form a deadly machine.

A variety of missions offer vast replayability

The seven included missions deliver a range of objectives, from placing a sonic resonator deep in the Locust-infested earth to escaping the attack of a raging Berserker. What’s more, each mission is randomly constructed every time you play, using an ingenious map creation system to ensure that no two games are ever exactly alike.

Adding to this element of unpredictability is a terrifyingly intelligent game system that keeps the pressure constant, while lending each type of foe an individual style of play. As Drones cautiously fire on you from cover and Boomers lob grenades from elevated positions, you’ll swear that there’s a deliberate and sinister tactical purpose behind every move the Locusts make.

Learn more on our Gears of War: The Board Game website, then gather your team. Humanity teeters on the brink of annihilation, and only you and your fellow COGs can drive the Locust horde back!

Gears of War: The Board Game, designed by Corey Konieczka, is based on the wildly popular third-person shooter by Epic Games. One to four players take on the roles of COG soldiers cooperating to destroy the Locust horde, and must work together to complete missions against an ingeniously challenging and varied game system.

© 2011-2012, Epic Games, Inc. All rights reserved. Epic, Epic Games, the Epic Games logo, Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Marcus Fenix and the Crimson Omen logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Epic Games, Inc. in the United States of America and elsewhere. Board game mechanics and rules © 2012 Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc. Fantasy Flight Games, Fantasy Flight Supply, and the FFG logo are trademarks of Fantasy Flight Publishing, Inc.
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Published: 5/17/2011 8:33:23 PM

Excellent news, glad to see this is finally going to be released!

Published: 5/17/2011 7:50:35 PM

Looks awsome! Only problem I can see is its game length, 1-3 hours... quite possible more. Waiting for the rules! :)

Published: 5/17/2011 7:11:15 PM

First and expansion to TI3 and now this.

At this rate we should see Reins of Power released by Christmas. ;)

Published: 5/17/2011 7:10:54 PM

There is already a glut of competitive games, cooperative are still rare and really competing against other Cogs would go against the background of Gears of War.

Published: 5/17/2011 7:03:51 PM

Oh well, there you go, as soon as you have an opinion someone has the opposite! ;) :) 

Published: 5/17/2011 6:55:32 PM

 I for one am thrilled about the increasing number of co-op games becoming available, and this game is a nice surprise.

Published: 5/17/2011 6:35:11 PM

It looks great, and as big fan of Doom, a must-buy for me, but can I just say, I am so sick of this trend of co-operative games. It's like the industry has become embarrassed about conflict and competition, or is trying desperately to make sure no one's feelings get hurt when playing games! Bring back the 'me versus you' fun of gaming, I reckon - I'd rather play against a determined opponent than a game system any day of the week.

Anyway, great to see this one coming out.

Published: 5/17/2011 5:24:18 PM

Meggypeggs: Depends. If FFG makes the game, shouldn't be a prob.

If FFG distributes the game, it depends on the company that makes it. Eh, Cadwallon fans?

Published: 5/17/2011 5:23:46 PM

No way!  I had written this game off given how long it sat in development.  I'll surely be picking this up!

Published: 5/17/2011 5:13:45 PM

 Another solo/co-op game is great news! The fact that it's sci-fi is even cooler. I've never played the video game, but it doesn't matter, this looks too cool.

Published: 5/17/2011 4:55:58 PM

Like... OMG. Thought this one had disappeared into development hell. Looks sweet.

Published: 5/17/2011 4:32:46 PM

I'll have to demo this one first.  It looks too much like Castle Ravenloft, which I didn't enjoy.  It's probably from the random map building.

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