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Ghostbusters Cross the Kickstarter Stream Thanks to Cryptozoic Entertainment

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Ghostbusters: The Board Game
Board Game: Ghostbusters: The Board Game
In a BGG News post about the forthcoming injection of something from the Predator universe into Upper Deck Entertainment's Legendary Encounters game based on the Alien movies, one commenter wrote, "Legendary Ghostbusters I desperately want that to be a thing".

Turns out that won't be possible since the Ghostbusters license has been trapped and transported to the Containment Unit at the headquarters of Cryptozoic Entertainment, which on February 10, 2015 launched a Kickstarter campaign for Ghostbusters: The Board Game, a title designed and developed by Matt Hyra, Adam Sblendorio and Mataio Wilson in addition to others at Cryptozoic. What's the game about? Here's an overview from the publisher:

Ghostbusters: The Board Game is an episodic adventure game for one to four players, who are charged with busting ghosts and sealing gates to the Spirit World. In the game, players choose one of the four Ghostbusters character figures — Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz — then select one of the game's pre-written scenarios, beginning a game session that lasts from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the chosen scenario(s) and degree of difficulty. Each of the Ghostbusters has unique traits and talents that can assist the entire team, with highly co-operative gameplay. As players gain experience from banishing spirits, the Ghostbusters level up, gaining new abilities that help them take on greater challenges. The team can also hop in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters' converted ambulance, to help them quickly move through the city.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game comes with more than forty plastic figures, including the four Ghostbusters, Slimer, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Indulnas, and numerous Galloping Ghouls, Gruesome Twosomes and Boogaloo. The game board is created with double-sided modular pieces, increasing the game's replayability for scenarios and customization.
In addition to the base game, on Kickstarter Cryptozoic is selling a deluxe Kickstarter-only version of the game that includes the components of the base game along with a limited edition foil-stamped box, a 12"x12" giclée print, glow-in-the-dark dice, four additional game board tiles, an exclusive boss ghost figure, and an over-sized "Impossible Mode" Stay Puft Marshmallow Man figure. The retailer six-pack, on the other hand, consists only of the base game and any stretch goals along with six copies of a "retailer-exclusive glow-in-the-dark Slimer figure", so Cryptozoic had better expect a lot of slime coming its way over these exclusives...
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