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This War of Mine is getting a board game adaptation

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

This War of Mine, the multiplatform wartime survival game from Poland's 11 bit studios, is coming to the tabletop. The board game will be playable straight out of the box without any familiarity with the rules and also utilize a companion app.

Michael Oracz, the designer of Neuroshima Hex, will partner with Jakub Wisniewski (who was translator and story designer for Earthcore: Shattered Elements and Dying Light) to create a tabletop version of the successful indie game for up to six players. A press release issued today said the game would also be designed with solo play in mind and that it's scheduled for release some time in 2016.

Curiously, the game will not require players to have any knowledge of the rules before sitting down to play.

"All we can say thus far," 11 bit wrote, "is that this project will be extremely ambitious because it aims to omit the usual boardgame threshold — This War of Mine The Board Game will be an instant-play game, with no need to read the manual before starting the adventure.

"The additional app with digital content will enrich the player's experience with features like the soundtrack, live story updates, scenario-triggered scripts, cutscenes, game-related puzzles, mini-radio plays, hidden secrets, unlockable content, hand-drawn concept art for in-game locations and much more."

Another successful board game implementation of a companion app was XCOM: The Board Game, published by Fantasy Flight Games in 2014. You can read more about our impressions here.