Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl board game
Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl board game

Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl

Zona is an adventure board game designed for 1-4 players. To win the game, player must reach the sarcophagus of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant before other players. The sarcophagus opens only when player had previously collected 2 Secrets from underground facilities known as Secret Locations. Players must hurry because there is a time limit to the game. When the Final Emission strikes, everything is lost…


Each turn players take 2 Actions (move, explore, combat etc.) and then everyone read an Event Card which contains text for short adventure. At the end of turn, a News Card is drawn by the first player and resolved by him.


This board game emphasis the aspect of survival. Zone depicted on the playing board is an extremely hazardous and isolated area with very limited access to functional equipment and supplies. Players must remember to frequently repair their Items and buy new ones. It is also crucial to rest to reduce Fatigue and heal Damage.


Each player takes role of 1 Scavenger from the 10 included in the game. Each Scavenger has their own Special Skill, set of basic Skills and starting equipment. Values of stats such as Awareness, Agility or Intellect determine how good they are in avoiding dangers and traps, fighting mutants or gathering Artifacts from anomalies. The story of a Scavenger explains his/herPersonal Goal – the reason of arriving to the Zone. Differences between Scavengers makes playing each one of them completely unique.

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    I'll second this.  I wrote reviews for #Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl and #Big Trouble In Little China just recently and neither were in the list.  I mean, I didn't expect them to be that popular but at least show up for a bit. :)

    I can throw out some lesser known games (Or maybe games that didn't stay popular) that I quite enjoy:

    It's pretty hard to tell if any of those would suit your needs.  They aren't all 5 star games but they all have little tweaks or interesting play that I enjoy.

    Got lots of games in this week!

    • #Zona: The Secret of Chernobyl physical solo: I finished painting the miniatures so I had to give the game a whirl.  I am looking forward to getting this one to the table multiplayer.  I had some lucky events and combinations so I won the game pretty handily.
    • #Russian Railroads Tabletopia, multiplayer (x2): Lots of fun!  Played it twice as it runs fast.  I can see this one popping in at the end of game night as it's pretty quick but has lots of details to get down.  I tried two different strategies in the two games and they both had their interesting quirks.
    • #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar physical solo: I recently purchased this one as I really enjoyed it online.  There was a solo variant posted on BGG that I thought I would try out.  It was pretty good but not as good as real players of course.  
    • #Raiders of the North Sea Tabletopia multiplayer: First time playing this one.  It was a lot of fun!  I can see why people like it.  It felt like a bit of a shorter version of...
    • #Champions of Midgard with #Champions of Midgard: Valhalla & #Champions of Midgard: Dark Mountains Expansion Tabletopia multiplayer: One of my favourite games.  I don't think I've ever won one but I always have a blast.  I tried a different strategy this time which just didn't work out but I still enjoyed it.   Great game and my favourite in the "Vikings raid the things" genre. 

    Great week!

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