Hellboy: The Board Game has made it’s presence known on Kickstarter by raising 4 times the project’s goal on it’s first day. It’s already hit the million Dollar mark with 26 days to go when the project ends on May 25th, 2018. Hellboy: The Board Game is published by Mantic Games and designed by James M. Hewitt (known for DreadBall, Blood Bowl 2016, Necromunda: Underhive, and Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower) and features artwork by Mike Mignola.
Hellboy is a fictional super-hero created by writer-artist Mike Mignola and published by Dark Horse Comics. He’s a half-demon who works for the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) that battles Nazis, witches, Lovecraftian horrors, and other dark forces. He started off in comic books, starred in 2 movies, and will now appear in his first board game.
Inspired by the legendary tales of horror, myth and folklore by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a fully cooperative experience for 1 to 4 players. You become a member of the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence (BPRD), ready to investigate occult threats that threaten our very existence. You will explore gothic locations, hunt down clues, discover artefacts, fight horrific creatures and face off against terrifying bosses. [source]
Players can take on the roles of BPRD investigators, each with their own special abilities, such as Hellboy, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, and Johann Kraus who they equip with items before each mission. Each mission in the core game begins with a BPRD case file which players read to discover clues about the potential enemies they may face in the mission. The BPRD agents gather clues and information, which they need to keep ahead of the Impending Doom track, or rush to find and defeat the final monster before they’ve gathered their full strength.
The project lists two expansions which will also be available at retail. The Conqueror Worm expansion adds new tiles, a new boss to defeat, and Nazi miniatures in addition to the Conqueror worm itself. The BPRD Archives expansion allows you to build your own, custom scenarios to tackle and includes 18 beast and monster miniatures.
Hellboy: The Board Game has a base pledge of 95 British Pounds (about $136) which includes the core game, extra miniatures from the stretch goals, the Conqueror Worm expansion, and the BPRD Archives expansion.
Estimated delivery is February 2019 though there is a caveat mentioned on the project page that shipping delays may occur resulting in backers receiving their shipments later than the retail stores. However, backers would benefit from a generous number of stretch rewards so this should be a worthwhile trade-off. You can view more details on the Kickstarter project page.