The Tabletop Lore Behind Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden [PC Gamer]

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A pig, a duck, and a mutant walk into a bar. Pripp’s Bar, to be precise, located on The Ark, the last safe haven amid the crumbling ruins of a world ravaged by global nuclear warfare and a deadly pandemic. That’s a scene that’ll play out a few hours into Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden, but it just as likely could’ve happened more than 30 years ago. The new game translates the Swedish tabletop RPG Mutant, originally published in 1984, into an XCOM-like tactical strategy game.

Much of the actual RPG gameplay from the tabletop game, most recently published as Mutant: Year Zero in 2014, was changed, streamlined, or abandoned in the genre shift. But the classic 80s post-irradiated setting and lore are much the same. Here’s the backstory you might not get if you just straight in, and how the new game differs from its origins.

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Marry Your Horse in Crusader Kings: The Board Game [Tabletop Gaming Magazine]

I interviewed Paradox Interactive and Free League Publishing on Paradox’s recent board game licensing extravaganza, including the Kickstarter-funded Crusader Kings: The Board Game.

You can read it in the October issue of Tabletop Gaming Magazine, available now in print and digital.