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Tabletop Summit: Making 'Fallout' for Tabletop (or How to Be Different but the Same)

James Sheahan  (Senior Game Designer, The Multiplayer Group)

Location: Room 3004, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Design

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

Converting a videogame to a tabletop game should be simple - it provides a setting, game mechanics, and an existing audience. But how much should it be like the videogame and/or other games? If it's too similar, players won't need it. If it's too different, players won't like it.

Formed over 4 years of designing Fallout: Wasteland Warfare and all of its expansions, campaigns, AI and RPG (plus 20+ years of game design experience), this talk examines how Bethesda's award-winning Fallout videogame series was converted to the tabletop game of Fallout: Wasteland Warfare.

Using examples, this talk looks at the problems of the task and the methods used to solve them. Plus, the talk examines the deeper, ever-present question during this type of development: When to be the same and when to be different, in terms of the game mechanics, the setting and the competition.


Attendees will gain practical ways to view and solve the issues of converting a licensed game to tabletop, and identify avoidable issues. In addition, the talk will also give attendees ways to approach designing tabletop game mechanics in general.

Intended Audience

This talk is ideal for designers of all types and levels of experience, as well as for anyone interested in the tabletop design process and/or game mechanics. No prerequisite knowledge is required.

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