Backers ain’t afraid of no ghosts.
It’s been 30 years since Ghostbusters hit theaters and became a national sensation. Though there hasn’t been a great Ghostbusters film in three decades, fans remain dedicated to Peter Venkman & co. And now, that faith has been rewarded with a new tabletop game. Ghostbusters: The Board Game is coming this year from Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Launching first as a Kickstarter, with an expected delivery date of October 2015, Ghostbusters: The Board Game is a co-op episodic game. Meaning that you’ll have a particular mission each game session, but once completed your characters can spend earned experience points to upgrade their skills. From what little gameplay is actually revealed on the Kickstarter page, Ghostbusters looks a bit like a cross between Mice & Mystics (another narrative-driven, chapter-based fantasy game) and Arcadia Quest (an upgrade-driven competitive dungeon crawler).
This is a miniatures-heavy game. The core set comes with 47 minis, most of them grotesque creatures. And those minis do look pretty good. It’s also nice to see that instead of using images from the films, Cryptozoic hired Dan Schoening to create the art. Schoening is the artist for IDW’s Ghostbusters comic book, so this is a perfect fit.
The base game will run you $80, which might sound like a lot, but is a fair price for a game that comes with nearly 50 miniatures. As of this writing, almost no one is going for the most affordable package. That’s because the more expensive Mass Hysteria package comes with a bunch of other cool stuff, like glow in the dark dice and extra episodes.
Check out the Ghostbusters: The Board Game Kickstarter here.