Sprawling space strategy success Stellaris (opens in new tab) is the latest Paradox Interactive game to get a boardgame adaptation, several years into Paradox's effort to boardgameify everything it publishes (opens in new tab). Academy Games and Paradox are partnering up to make Stellaris Infinite Legacy, a boardgame taking the 4X space strategy experience to the tabletop via a Kickstarter campaign (opens in new tab) that's already at a smooth $860,000 with 24 days to go.
The big change here over past Paradox game adaptations is that this is the first of them to be a "legacy" game. If you're not familiar, legacy boardgames change over time, making permanent alterations to cards, the board, and more each time they're played. In the case of Stellaris Infinite Legacy your alien empire will change over time, gaining new technologies, adaptations, and mechanics from game to game. You can also abandon it, turning it into one of the PC games' Fallen Empires to show up in future games.
It's a two hour game designed for 1-4 players using simultaneous actions, and by the way it's described will be pretty accessible to even inexperienced boardgame players. The design also claims to be friendly to variable player counts and players missing a game or joining partway through a campaign, a notorious problem for legacy games. Academy Games (opens in new tab) is a company with a rather good track record across lots of game genres, known very well for their historical games like 1775: Rebellion, so I'd be truly surprised if this one is bad.
Licensed videogame to boardgame adaptations are a pretty hot topic, aren't they? In the last six months we've seen Monster Hunter World (opens in new tab), Skyrim (opens in new tab), Stardew Valley (opens in new tab), The Witcher (opens in new tab), Slay the Spire (opens in new tab), Darkest Dungeon (opens in new tab), and Frostpunk (opens in new tab) games on the way.