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Digital Subscriptions > Tabletop Gaming > Issue 12 Oct/Nov '17 > ROLL AND MOVIE


From big screen to big box: why film-based games have never been so popular – especially if they’re from the ’80s…
Ghostbusters II – better than the film?

Early in 2016, erstwhile Ghostbuster Ernie Hudson found himself on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California, zipping up a khaki flight-suit. It had a red-on-black “Zeddemore” name patch stitched above the left chest pocket and came complete with a cumbersome proton pack. This was the first time Hudson had donned the outfit of fourth ‘buster Winston since 1989. But it wasn’t a new Ghostbusters movie that coaxed him back into the uniform. It was the Kickstarter promo for Cryptozoic Entertainment’s Ghostbusters: The Board Game II.

“It was pretty exciting,” says co-designer Matt Hyra. “It was great seeing him back in the gear. He definitely had fun with it.”

As anyone at Cryptozoic would no doubt confirm, movie-based board games have never been so popular as they are right now – especially those based on movies from the peak-geek era of the late ’70s through to the late ’80s. Whether produced by established publishers with firmly rooted licensing deals like Fantasy Flight (responsible for a whole variety of Star Wars titles), or plucky indie outfits like Space Goat Productions (the Evil Dead 2 studio that now has board games of The Terminator and The Howling incoming), we’re seeing more and more cinematic narratives being parlayed into tabletop experiences. And they’re experiences that take us far beyond the days of the banged-out-for-Christmas, licensed crap-ina- box game – or the dreaded Monopoly reskin…

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