Classic space shooter Freespace has been reimagined as a board game by Chris Taylor, the lead designer of the original Fallout.
Freespace Tactics is an officially licensed tabletop version of the open-world space sim and is a tactical miniatures board game for two to four players. The game appears to draw heavily from tabletop games X-Wing: Miniatures and Wings of War which are focused on outmanoeuvring your opponent. The project is currently trying to raise funds on Kickstarter.
Talking to Kotaku
, Taylor admits that he is a fan of other tactical miniature games and that he has been playing them for years.
’Without the success and popularity of X-Wing Miniatures and other hobbyist games in general, I don't know if we would even be attempting to do this project,’
The project is seeking $75,000 and has already raised $11,400 at time of writing with approximately one month to go. A physical copy of the game will be given to backers who pledge $45 or more.
Stretch goals for the game include adding additional pilots, more miniatures and extra tactical cards. Freesapce Tactics is expected to ship to backers in 2015.
The video game Freespace was released in 1998 and was the first game developed by Volition. Technically, the game is part of the Descent series with its full title being Descent: Freespace - The Great War.