M.U.L.E. The Board Game to come to Table, Soon

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Finnish board game publisher Lautapelit.fi announced its latest release — a board game adaptation of the classic video game M.U.L.E.   M.U.L.E. was first published as a computer game in 1983 by Electronic Arts. Inspired by board games, it became a breakthrough, then a classic,  appearing recently in an iOS version.  Now this beloved game of cut-throat capitalism will finally be available as a board game!

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In M.U.L.E. The Board Game, you are one of the pioneering and industrious species of a Galactic Federation. Together with your fellow colonists, you attempt to settle the distant Planet Irata with the so-called help of a mule-like machine you all learn to hate. But for now, he’s all you’ve got. Well, him and your fellow colonists. I wouldn’t count on their help, though — not unless there’s profit. Good luck. You’ll need it.

In more detail, on Irata you claim plots of land, fit M.U.L.E.s (Multiple Use Labor Elements) for harvesting of food, energy, or  mining ore as well as the  elusive and valuable crystite. The most cunning settler and trader receives fame, fortune, and the honorary title of first colonist!

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While the video game always felt like a board game, adapting it to the table top is not as easy as it might seem.  The market in M.U.L.E. is complex, adjusting prices based on the average price of commodities that were traded the previous round along with a projected supply and demand for the current round. If players arbitrarily sold their goods at a high price due to a shortage, the game remembered what that price was and had the Store adjust accordingly.  Then there was the infamous, “Hunt the Wumpus,” action.  It will be interesting to see how the board game adapts these elements.

Due in November, 2015, M.U.L.E. The Board Game is for 3-4 players, aged 14+ and plays in 2-3 hours.

UPDATE 9/29/2015: Overview of the comparison between the board game and the video game is HERE.  Also, the rules are available to download HERE.

Lautapelit.fi is a Nordic games publisher and distributor, based in Helsinki, Finland. Their releases include Eclipse, Nations and Nations – The Dice Game. In addition to publishing and distribution, Lautapelit.fi has also a brick and mortar game store in down town Helsinki, as well as a web shop.

Ed. Source: boardgamegeek.com

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