Box_ArtThe Witcher, in case this is the first you've heard of it, is a Mac, PC, and console RPG that is based on the similarly named book series. It uses BioWare's Aurora Engine, so while it's not developed by BioWare, a whole lot of the depth and complexity you expect from BioWare games has transferred over. Focusing on the character Geralt of Rivia, you initially set out to cure the daughter of the local king who has a terrible curse, but, of course, tons more happens along the way.

Well, The Witcher developers CD Project RED has teamed up with Fantasy Flight Games to release a brand new board game set inside of The Witcher's universe. The game's site has an exhaustive description of how it all works, but it basically sounds like a highly refined board game versions of Dungeons & Dragons, in a way. The drawback of these insanely complicated board games is always the complexity of the rules and gameplay as well as keeping track of the (in this case over 350) pieces.

The great news here is that there's an iPad version of the game that's also in the works which presumably manages all the pesky rules and undoubtedly manages all the game's pieces. Information on the virtual port of the game is ridiculously scarce and basically amounts to a "coming soon" banner on the game's site. Regardless, we're keeping an eye out for both versions of the game, but if you want to subscribe to the mailing list to get pre-ordering information for the physical copy mash this link and put your info in.

  • nimu

    What do people see in board games?

    • Eli Hodapp

      What's the deal with airline food?

      • Amenbrother

        Like those small peanut bags they give out....

      • Cleafus

        And those little wafers, are they biscuits or crackers?

    • diemer

      If all you've ever played is games like Trouble and Monopoly, I could understand that sentiment. There are some amazing games out there that run a gamut of interesting situations and rulesets.

      Free your mind!

      • ste86uk

        I always found it easier to play Monoploly with others on my phone although people tend to be less involved.

        A digital version of this sounds good though I love deep and complex games.

    • dizko107

      Yea, how could anyone like what I don't like! How stupid.

    • Vicente Ragal

      Calm and strategic thinking.

    • kikemenendez

      I only play board games on my ipad. And this are great news.

      • Ash1138

        You are missing out.

    • abodi

      I see a great deal of fun and social interaction.

    • REkzkaRZ

      Games that don't require buying a $300+ device to sit alone in the dark?
      But rather games that you can gather your friends around, drink and eat, and laugh? You know, "IRL" "F2F".
      There's no acronym (yet) for sitting alone in front of a screen like an Otaku (SAIFSLO?).

    • androsynth

      And what's the deal with homework? You're not working on your home.

    • dboyz

      "true gamer" see 1 thing in them =)

  • Taclys

    I much prefer virtual board games to real ones, especially ones that support multiple iOS devices being played at once. My whole family have iOS devices, so it's a fun way to play in that aspect.

    • vicsark

      It's indeed great playing a board game like Ticket to ride with 4 or 5 players in the same room, each on its own iPad or iPhone 😉

      • REkzkaRZ

        Some board game imports seem to require someone to have played the actual game.
        I'm a boardgamer, but I just couldn't grok Ticket to Ride on iOS.

  • JRaynor

    if there is not an iphone version, i already see this without much future

  • DeInit

    Only the first Witcher game is on the Aura engine, the other two are on CDPR's own technology, which is years more advanced. That being said, the first game was so great I invested nothing short than 180 hours on it.

  • Pocketnova

    I've recently been playing the likes of Eldritch Horror and other complex full board games, and sometimes thinking that sometimes I'd almost prefer an iOS version to save time both with the set up and it preventing cheating by mistake (Which can certainly happen with so many rules and extra bits), etc.

    To sum it up, I'm effing excited for this!

  • Odulin

    I'm very excited.

  • Haanden

    Excellent post Eli, thx. I'm up for the board game and the iOS version - hopefully well done in each their way.
    I also hope you/TA will bring even more posts on board game iterations, even plagiated ones. There are so many variations of how the companies choose to convert their boardgames.
    Le Havre is in my oppinion an awful iOS game that looked well on paper and works fine as board game. On the other hand is Bang! a solid experience (more card game though), and it really shouldn't be working as seeing other players expression is a huge part of the game.

    Anyways, hope you will elaborate even more on the whole matter of bordgames on iOS in future.

    Ps. It may not seem like it eith my critisism, but I really enjoy every bit of TA. I'm just like the fat kid that doesnt want a piece of chocolate, but the whole damn box...!

  • jontas

    I couldn't help but laugh at the male rogue character named Dandelion.. He is quite intimidating, I'm sure.

    • DeInit

      Oh but he's not supposed to be, he's the bard, friend of ales and storytelling more than fighting. And if you think Dandelion is silly, consider his original name in Polish is Jaskier, as in "Buttercup". Not that it's his given name, that is Julian Alfred Pankratz (possibly Viscount of Lettenhove).

  • kjmathew

    Please let there be a Universal update for iPhone users!