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Alex Judd

Over the years, we’ve seen a number of board games converted into a digital release for play on console or PC. From simple card games like Solitaire and Hearts to modern classics such as Catan and Carcassonne, having an automated rule keeper can help to speed the game up, and ensure that even the most complex rule set is easy to follow. But does it work the other way around? Can video games successfully be translated to the table top?

Superhot: The Card Game

It’s a game where time only moves when you move, and comes with an immediately recognizable visual aesthetic. I’ve discussed here already, but it’s back again, this time as a card game! The Kickstarter for SUPERHOT The Card Game launches next week, and it’s being done by , in collaboration with .

The basic premise is the same — time moves when you move. Each move is represented by playing a card, and each card played advances the timeline. Can you take out the enemies without being shot?

While you’re waiting for the Kickstarter to launch, you can check out the full game manual online.

My only question right now is how they’re going to make it chant “SUPER….HOT…SUPER…HOT” when you finish a round!

The Banner Saga: Warbands

worked with tabletop publisher (creators of the MERCS miniatures game) to translate their Viking-inspired RPG to the tabletop as The Banner Saga: Warbands.

I would say there are 2 main hallmarks of : Choices you make will matter, having perhaps unforeseen impact on your band of warriors; and tactical, turn-based combat. Both of these are reflected in the transition to the table. Additionally, Warbands also introduces a multiplayer element to the franchise, with up to 4 players, each taking on a different role within the band.

As combat in The Banner Saga is a turn-based system, already built on a tile-based playfield, it probably lends itself to a tabletop adaptation more than most other video games. Each Skirmish in Warbands takes place on a tile-based map, using beautifully designed miniatures. Megacon have also developed a combat system to focus on the tactical elements of the video game, which means there are no dice involved — it’s pure strategy and tactics!

If you’re interested in learning more about Warbands before you buy, the full rules are available online. And if you want even more Dredge action, the Kickstarter for Banner Saga 3 just launched!

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game

Anyone who has enjoyed Geralt of Rivia’s latest adventures is probably all too familiar with . It’s even possible that some players spent more time with Gwent than with the main quests! In ’s , Gwent is the in-world leisure activity of choice for many characters.

As you travel from town to town, you’ll have the opportunity to wind down in the pub, playing a match or two while enjoying a frothy beverage. Many other characters will challenge you to a game, and victory will allow you to add cards to your deck for future use.

Certain retail releases of The Witcher 3 included physical card decks for , allowing you to bring the game to life in your local bar or pub, or on your own table (though without the collectible nature in the video game). Because of the limited nature of these decks, they are highly sought after, and could fetch a pretty penny.

If you weren’t able to grab the decks yourself, don’t worry, as Gwent is being expanded into a standalone video game!

Announced at E3 last year, Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is currently in closed beta on Xbox One and Windows PC. You can register online at

What do you think? Are these successful translations of the video games to tabletop? What other video games would you like to see make the move?


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