Paradox Interactive gets into the board game business

For those who frequent this site, you’ve probably heard me bleating on about how we’re in the midst of a board game renaissance. The industry has seen massive growth in the last few years, potentially in part due to the relative death of couch co-op and LAN parties, leaving older gamers looking for new ways to share their hobbies in person.

Now, Swedish video game publisher Paradox has announced they’ll be adapting four of their biggest titles into board games.

The games in question are Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, Cities: Skylines and Hearts of Iron. The games are a good fit for tabletop adaptations, as they’re grand strategy games with plenty of moving parts. In essence, these shouldn’t be gaming themes pasted onto sub-par board games, as the way the games themselves play is not unlike what you’d see in heavily strategic board games.

The first game in the series, Crusader Kings, is already up on Kickstarter and funded – currently sitting on $150,000. This medieval-themed game will see you competing for military, religious and political power while protecting your dynasty.

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