Rainbow Six Siege is getting an official mind board game at Mythic Games, the same people who made Super Fantasy Brawl and the official Darkest Dungeon board game. Named 6: Siege, the board game adaptation was announced in February, but released Kickstarter today to start pre-ordering. The standard edition starts at $ 70, but can also be purchased for $ 200 to access five planned extensions.
The board game aims to recreate Siege's tactical FPS action in a 1v1 board game, a feat that seems tougher than most board game adaptations. The base version includes the 20 operators with whom the video game was released in 2015, and subsequent expansions will add many more when the game launches next year. As an exclusive bonus to this campaign, support will now also be won by Zero Operator (AKA Sam Fisher of Splinter Cell).
I usually like my board games on the simplistic side, but 6: Siege sounds pretty tricky compared to other multi-hour board games. I'm still confused after seeing the full demo of the Geek & Sundry game (included below if you're curious), but the bottom line is that players previously place their operators on the Battleship-style map and go back to move, tilt, shoot, and use gadgets against the other player's operators. There are even barricades of doors and, I think, a mechanic to shoot through the walls into adjacent rooms.
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As in the video game, each operator has a unique gadget or skill, in addition to some security grenades and an armor classification. Of course, seeing the other player’s operators on the board defeats the goal of stealth, so there’s also a pre-discovery phase where you actually control two versions of your character and only one is real.
If it was hard to follow, we are on the same page. I’m sure I could understand how it’s played after a few rounds of practice, but it’s certainly not the kind of game that would lead to a party. I love the extent to which the game has attempted to emulate elements of the video game, such as the line of sight, but: challenge and kick out the included "line of sight ruler" to resolve the dispute once and for all. I wish I had one of the video games when enemies called me to text chat to shoot when they were around the corner (no).
Not surprisingly, Kickstarter has already surpassed its $ 100,000 goal and stands at more than $ 400,000 at the time of writing. The campaign will only last another ten days, so skip now if you can. The game is expected to be released in June 2022.