Terminator Is Back! Time For A Tabletop Game Then?

December 4, 2014 by brennon

So Terminator is heading back onto the silver screen and the trailer above is certainly something worth checking out if you’re a fan of all things Skynet, Cyberdyne and everything in between. While it’s great to see the film franchise return and hopefully better than before it still makes us think about how cool something for the tabletop could be…

The Terminator

Terminator II Judgement Day

Terminator III Rise of the Machines

The synopsis for the new film…

“The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John’s fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when TECOM spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever.”

The trailer shows another time hoping adventure where Kyle Reese is sent back in time to ‘end things forever’ (as they usually do) by saving Sarah Connor. Difference is there’s already a Terminator looking over her in the shape of Arnie. The trailer shows off a lot of futuristic fighting and plenty of chase sequences reminiscent of Terminator II.

The immediate thought could be to make for a wargame of some kind that features the two factions of the far future. For the sake of it let’s have a look at how it might work.


With a miniatures game you have two rather clear factions in both the human resistance and Skynet itself. The human resistance, more well detailed in Salvation, would appear much like many post-apocalyptic resistance fighters and you’d have plenty of ramshackle vehicles with a smattering of cool looking future weaponry splashed in for good measure.

Skynet has plenty of interesting options too. As well as the actual Terminators in their various guises you’d have loads of flying and land vehicles (again more well detailed in Salvation) that you could take to the battlefield. It would be rather interesting to see someone attempt a very asymmetrical wargame where the Terminators have a lot of the power and it’s up to the human resistance players to outwit their opponents.

Terminator Salvation

Terminator Genisys

The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Could we maybe even see the game take a different route from full on wargame with mass battles and instead focusing in on the idea of a skirmish game more similar to The Batman Miniatures Game? I could potentially see that being an interesting angle to cover and it could tell a bit of a story much like The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Genisys Cast

With quite the range of time periods to play with Terminator is an interesting one and the new movie is sure to bring people back into the fold with The Terminator. I wonder if we’ll see something soon on this front for us tabletop gamers…

What do you think?

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