Fans of the classic Stephen King novel, 1990 miniseries, and recent 2017 remake alike will be pleased to discover that Pennywise and the Losers’ Club are making their way to the tabletop space with IT: Evil Below, coming this fall from The OP (USAopoly).
IT: Evil Below is a 2-7 player cooperative game in which players take on the role of the Losers’ Club as they traverse their neighborhood in Derry, ME, tempting fate in numerous encounters and using their character-specific abilities to take down the menacing clown and stop the child abductions once and for all. But if just one player runs out of health, the objective fails and Pennywise continues to wreak psychological havoc upon the citizens of this quaint New England town for years to come.
For more information on the game from The OP, click here.
Jim Henson’s Labyrinth was a game meant to hearken back to the classic movie starring David Bowie, and if the score on BGG is anything to go by, it doesn’t quite do it. But River Horse Games is looking to improve, or at least expand, on that experience with a expansion coming in 2019. Not much has been released about it other than the name and teaser graphic above, but it does show that five new figures will be added to the game, with four of them being these mischievous Fireys. Who do you think is the final figure in the middle? Another Jareth model? We will have to wait and see as new information trickles in from the River Horse Games Facebook, and look for the expansion in stores some time in 2019.
Rambo is the quintessential action movie, and no one can mistake who it is when you see the big muscles, black hair, and iconic red bandanna. So turning it into a board game was going to happen at some point, and Everything Epic is taking their shot with Rambo the Board Game on Kickstarter. This is a full y cooperative game where you will take on the guise of Rambo and his special forces friends as they go on missions to raid enemy encampments, recuse POWs, defend a secret base, and more. Each mission has it’s own box of cards, thematically shaped like a machine gun magazine, that contain tactic cards, equipment cards, as well as the objectives and threats associated with that mission. From there it’s up to you to figure out how you want to complete the mission. You can use stealth to try and get in and get out without being noticed, you can lay traps and draw the enemy in to take them out, or you can get go in guns blazing and sort things out later. Any way you choose, card play will be key to success as battle is determined by dice rolling.
The base box comes with everything you need in order to play out the events in First Blood Part II and will run you a pledge of $60. You can add another $40 to get an expansion to play out the original Rambo Movie, First blood, as well as get minis for all the enemies to replace the standees in the base game. And finally, you can back at the all encompassing level of $150 to get another expansion added on to play out the missions in Rambo III. Needless to say, if you ever wanted to live out the dream and be John Rambo (at least in cardboard form), check out the Kickstarter today.
Mondo is best known for the array of geek merchandise, but as of late they have started spreading into the board game world with their first game, The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31. Now they have announced their next game based on another cult classic film, Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene. This new game will focus solely on the first movie and offers asymmetric play because you can play as InGen, the park guests, or up to three Raptors. Personally this has me hooked just on this basic description and so I can’t wait to hear more about it. Unfortunately the announcement was made only at MondoCon in Austin this past weekend, so to find out more check out this post from Jurassic Outpost, and watch here for more info as more details come to light.
Back in the hay day of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, Total Recall earned itself a place as a classic among sci-fi movies, to the point where it still gets referenced in movies to today. So naturally a board game about the movie would be a good way to tap into nostalgia and bring new people into the hobby. Enter Overworld Games and their next board game, Total Recall: The Official Board Game. The original movie was all about the mutant rebels rising up against the tyrannical Federal Colonies, and so what better genre of game to make it into than social deduction. The game has everyone entering a Rekall dream where you are armed with a gun and a mission, kill the leader of the opposing faction. The game will play similar to Good Cop, Bad Cop, but with the added ability of people being able to become Rekall scientists. When you become a Rekall scientist you now have the ability to manipulate the dreams and change the game, even to the point where you can win by yourself. The Kickstarter for the game will launch in August of this year with a retail release in 2018. Also of note for the Kickstarter is that a NSFW (not safe for work) version will be available for pledging, most likely paying homage to the violence and gore in the source movie. You can read the press release below for more information.
Total Recall Announced by Overworld Games
PASADENA, California, June 28, 2017 – Overworld Games announced they will be publishing Total Recall: The Official Tabletop Game, based on the futuristic 1990 Studiocanal film where Rekall scientists promise Doug Quaid a “dream of a lifetime,” which for him, turns out to be a battle over Mars between the tyrannical Federal Colonies and a mutant Rebel uprising.
In the tabletop game, you begin in a Rekall dream armed with a gun, where you are secretly on the Federal Colony or Rebel team. Your objective is to find and eliminate the opposing leader (Kuato or Cohaagen) and you’ll need the help of other players on your team to secure your victory. You can even exit the dream and become a Rekall scientist where you’ll manipulates the dream from the outside to take the win for yourself.
The game uses the engine of the smash hit game, Good Cop Bad Cop®, but adds tons of changes to the mechanics and components to fit the Total Recall universe. “Fans of the movie will truly feel like they are in the middle of a Rekall dream,” says Overworld Games President Brian Henk.
The game will launch on Kickstarter in August 2017 offering a fancy Deluxe version and a “Not Safe for Work pack” while the Standard version will be available in stores in 2018. More info is available on totalrecallgame.com.
About Overworld Games®
Overworld Games publishes light, strategy games full of social interaction that bring out emotion in players. They have successfully funded 8 games on Kickstarter, most recently Leaders of Euphoria: Choose a Better Oppressor™ and Barker’s Row™. Learn more about the company at overworldgames.com.
About Creative Licensing
Located in Los Angeles CA, Creative Licensing is a full service independent merchandise licensing agency that specializes in long-term brand development. Founded in 1982, Creative Licensing currently represents a large catalogue of classic films and properties. http://www.creativelicensingcorporation.com/
Studiocanal is a subsidiary of the Canal+ Group. It is one of Europe’s leading companies in the market for co-production, acquisition, distribution and sales of international feature films and TV series. Studiocanal is the only studio which operates simultaneously in three main European territories – France, the United Kingdom and Germany – as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
Fantasy Flight Games’Dust universe, created by Paolo Parente and set in a steampunk version of the 1940’s where World War II still rages, may be getting the big screen treatment. The Hollywood Reporter reports that producer Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes) is attached to a movie to be directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Dodgeball, We’re the Millers).
Thurber came across Dust as a graphic novel when visiting Hollywood’s Meltdown Comics, subsequently discovering the game and its world. He sought out Parente, optioned the game himself and began developing his own take on it.
The movie is currently seeking writers. Find our more by clicking here.
There have been a couple of live-action movies based on games over the years. Clue in 1985, Dungeons and Dragons in 2000, and Battleship in 2012, where they refused to say, “They sunk my battleship.” Projected movies include Monopoly, Ouija, Magic: The Gathering, and Candy Land.
On July 14, Landmark Entertainment Group filed a lawsuit against Hasbro, stating that toy company does not have the right to license Sony’s Columbia Pictures to make a film based on the board game, Candy Land. It was announced in January 2012 that movie would be directed by Kevin Lima (Enchanted) and starring Adam Sandler.
This lawsuit has currently halted the project but a brief article from Business Insider reveals some insight as to how Hasbro is selecting items to hit the big screen, and reveals that the “next in line is a live-action adaption of the ’80s children televesion series, Jem.”