Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game sees the classic late ’80s action movie in tabletop format! This is a one-versus-many game, where one player is lone cop John McClane (Bruce Willis in the movie). The other players take on the role of Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) and his terrorist goons. McClane’s target is to foil the thieves’ plans and save the hostages. Hans and co. want to eliminate McClane or open that elusive vault full of money!
The John McClane player has a bunch of ‘Act’ cards. The Thieves have a combined deck of action cards and each get a hand of three cards. Hand management plays a big part here. If McClane runs out of cards (by getting shot or punched too many times), its curtains for him!
The game starts on the Act 1 board with objectives and hazards in place. There’s coloured minis too, signifying John and the Bad Guys! Each of the cards has memorable quotes and scenes from the film, as well as actions on them. McClane plays one, and the Thieves play one each (so they play a total of three) without communicating. McClane’s cards feature actions such as Sneaking or Moving around the board. Other actions include Punch and Shoot (he needs line of sight to do so). McClane’s aim is to complete his objectives and move onto his ‘Goal’ space. Achieve this, and he advances within Nakatomi Plaza. When he does so, a new Act board gets set up with new Goals, new hazards and new objectives. Like a movie, this game has three acts to it!
The Thieves’ cards get arranged into numerical order. This establishes which cards provide the Thieves with which actions for that turn. The first and third cards contribute towards trying to crack the seven combinations to the hi-tech vault. The FBI shut down the power to the vault in Act 3, so they’re against a timer! The middle card provides the Thieves’ actions for the turn. (Moving, or trying to attack McClane.)
Die Hard: The Nakatomi Heist Board Game provides all the ingredients to play out your favourite scenes from the movie! Now you have a machine gun. Ho, ho, ho…
Player Count: 2-4 Players
Time: 60-90 minutes