Get ready to adventure through the ZONE in a new board game based on the video game S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Awaken Realms, the developers of popular board games such as Nemesis and This War of Mine have revealed their latest project: STALKER: The Board Game. A crowdfunding campaign for the game is launching on Gamefound by the end of June. An official release date for STALKER: The Board Game has yet to be announced.
For those unfamiliar with the STALKER franchise, the video game series is a first-person shooter set in a fictional world where armed factions occupy the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine. The game is celebrated for its open-world gameplay and immersive storytelling, and is often cited as the pioneer of the modern first-person shooter genre.
STALKER: The Board Game
STALKER: The Board Game is a cooperative strategy game that accommodates 1-4 players, offering a “zone-crawling” experience. The game is co-produced with GSC Game World, the creator of the STALKER franchise. Although early materials for the game include placeholder text, the developers promise an immersive and engaging experience for fans of the series.
The video game series “S.T.A.L.K.E.R.” also takes place in the fictional Zone, a dangerous and unpredictable area that is filled with anomalies, mutated creatures, and other dangers. The player takes on the role of a “Stalker,” a person who illegally enters the Zone in search of valuable artifacts to sell on the black market. The games are heavily influenced by Roadside Picnic, which you can read more about in our book profile.
In 1972, the Soviet Union was at the height of the Cold War, the space race was in full swing, and the world was still grappling with the aftermath of World War II. Against this backdrop, brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky published a novel that would become a classic of Soviet science fiction: Roadside Picnic. First published in 1972, this novel has captivated readers and inspired countless works of fiction, film, and video games. Roadside Picnic transcends the science fiction genre and speaks to something deeper that resonates with our understanding of the world and our place in it. Read more in our profile of Roadside Picnic.