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Gearworld: The Borderlands is a game of negotiation, conquest, resource management, and building in which two to four players compete to gain the favor of the Sky People for their tribe of scavengers in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Based on the classic board game Borderlands designed by Bill Eberle, Jack Kittredge, and Peter Olotka, Gearworld: The Borderlands has streamlined the original rules and re-imagined the game’s setting while retaining its predecessor’s spirit and core mechanics.


First released in 1982 by Eon Products, Borderlands was the original version of Gearworld. Join the BGG fan community for reviews, strategy tips, and conversations.


Lords of conquest

"Nice guys get Madagascar". In 1986 when the Commodore 64 and Apple II ruled the home PC market, Eon Software created Lords of Conquest, based on Borderlands. Published by EA, it included 19 predefined and random maps. Support us on Patreon to see more.


In 1990, Welt der Spiele, published the German edition of Borderlands. 

Photo credit: Shut Up & Sit Down - Mark Wallace

Photo credit: Shut Up & Sit Down - Mark Wallace

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Tribute - Before Borderlands

Tribute is the unpublished predecessor of both Borderlands and Dune. You may recognize the wheel, which became an iconic part of Dune, but not the crown. Support us on Patreon to get the whole story, as told by Jack Kittredge, Bill Eberle, and Peter Olotka.