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The Wastelanders: 2048
The Wastelanders: 2048
by The Game Crafter, LLC (2015)
Player Count
2 to 4

Player Ages

Playing Time
20 minutes to 2 hours
  • Wargame
  • City Building
  • Environmental
  • Designers
  • Andrew Cox
  • Mechanisms
  • Card Drafting
  • Chit-Pull System
  • Dice Rolling
  • Area Control / Area Influence
  • Press Your Luck
  • Player Elimination
  • Artists
  • Alisha Volkman
  • Tatyana Adzhaliyska
  • Michael Rush
  • Family
  • 4X games
  • Post-Apocalyptic
  • Rating: 6.13/10 from 18 users


    The Wastelanders: 2048 is a lite 4x- (EXplore, EXpand, EXploit and EXterminate) that simulates a Socio-Economic Post-Apocalyptic city using a card draw and hand management system to populate a modular board by laying card tiles called Placements.

    The Wastelanders: 2048 is a game exclusively printed by The Game Crafter and was finished May of 2016. A earlier game "The Wastelanders" was scraped and discarded to make way for the redesigned and vastly superior 2048.

    Players interact with the city using Wastelanders that are recruited and armed using a card drafting system. Each Wastelander once per turn is allowed one Grid Movement. Each Wastelander represents a single Action Point the player can choose to use on that Wastelanders current placement location.

    The list of actions are, Forage, Salvage, Recruit, Assault, and Control. Forage, Salvage, Recruit, and Assault all use Dice Rolls to predict success. Whereas control is Placement specific and is an active or passive bonus earned from Controlling The Area.

    The game at its heart is a Player Elimination Game that revolves around a Take That mechanic where player life is represented by Food, and by Wastelanders alive. The game is lost when all Wastelanders have been killed or starved to death the later dealing with major elements of Player Verse Environment.

    What is a Socio-Economic Apocalypse? Total social breakdown. Think food riots and fighting in the streets, a world on fire without solution. Major cities collapsing under the weight of anarchy. The Wastelanders is based on a future of food scarcity, a very real Soylent Green is People type of society without any solutions. After, empty husks of cities as the world burns unable to sustain its infrastructure or itself any longer.

    Each copy of the game comes with

    54 Placement Cards
    36 Recruitment Cards
    36 Event Cards
    96 Item Cards
    32 Card Stands of 4 Different Colors
    1 D-6
    1 D-20

    And 20 Ammo Tokens, 38 Famine Tokens, 50 Food Tokens

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