Enjoying a Fallen Land: I.C. residents receiving warm welcome as strategy board game hits stores

Courtesy Fallen Dominion Studios
Courtesy Fallen Dominion Studios

IOWA CITY — A little more than a year after announcing a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a decade-long dream, an Iowa City duo says their new board game is now in stores and online, and will be available in 30 different countries by the end of October.

Fallen Land: A Post-Apocalyptic Board Game, is a two- to five-player board game that combines the elements of a strategy board game with card building and some role-playing, according to Jon Lonngren, 44, co-founder of Fallen Dominion Studios in Iowa City and the game’s co-creator. The game features adventure, politics, economics and diplomacy in a kind of storytelling that changes each time it’s played.

Lonngren and business partner Sean Cahill, 45, of Iowa City, created Fallen Dominion Studios 12 years ago to create storyboard games, and Fallen Land is their first on-the-market endeavor.

“We are excited to get our game out there and having the world we created ‘come to life,’” Lonngren said. “There really is nothing else like Fallen Land: A Post-Apocalyptic Board Game on the market, it truly is a unique animal. It’s been getting a phenomenal reception from reviewers and the board game community.”

Lonngren and Cahill took the game to Gen Con — the largest tabletop-game convention in North America — in Indianapolis in August with hopes of promoting it and getting feedback from top reviewers. More than 60,000 people attend the four-day event each year.

“People are excited and really loving the game,” Cahill said. “We strive to create exceptional board games and meticulously craft every detail of our products. We did a ton of great interviews and had fun giving people the sales pitch, in addition to kicking back and watching people enjoy themselves as they played the game for the first time. And this year we got the attention of some big names in the business, too.”

Lonngren said he and Cahill worked to ensure Fallen Land was a game anyone could enjoy.

“People from all walks of life have been enjoying it, from teenage girls to 70-year-old veterans,” he said. “It’s a ‘go anywhere, do anything’ game that is completely different each and every time you play.”


“The feedback from our fans is that we pulled it off,” Cahill said. “It’s already made a few top 10 and top 50 ‘games of all time’ lists. And there are hidden connections between stories and cards, and ‘easter eggs’ throughout the game, from William H. Bonney’s Colt .45s to Fred Rogers’ sweater.”

Lonngren and Cahill also have launched the first expansion pack to the game, A Journey into Darkness. The pack includes rules for two solo variations, rules for adding a sixth player and optional and advanced rules section for a 2-6-player game.

Fallen Land: A Post-Apocalyptic Board Game and A Journey into Darkness are both available at Hobby Corner in Iowa City and on Amazon.com.



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