John Carpenter's The Thing inspires new board game
Want to play something that’s weird and pissed off?
Movie merchandise company Mondo announced today that it is creating a board game based on John Carpenter’s classic 1982 horror film The Thing called Infection at Outpost 31. In the game, players will race to discover who among them has been infected by the movie’s famously monstrous creature.
Infection at Outpost 31 is the first fruit of a partnership between Mondo and Project Raygun, a new initiative from board game company USAopoly to combine iconic properties with what is being described as “visionary art and design.” Art duties on the game are being handled by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative.
“When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was; what film property would we go after?” Mondo Brand Director Jay Shaw said in a statement. “So many of the films we celebrate at Mondo would be an absolute blast in game form. As soon as John Carpenter’s suspense masterpiece The Thing was mentioned it very quickly became our top choice. The next step was to figure out how to actually make a game. We all love playing them, but none of us had designed one before. Game mechanics are an incredibly complicated art form and we didn’t want to enter this space unless we were going to get it right. Luckily our dear friends at Project Raygun were completely up to the challenge. They’ve built an incredibly challenging fast paced game of paranoia that transports players directly into the film.”
USAopoly, Inc. and Project Raygun will be at Toy Fair in New York City, Feb. 18-21. The division’s inaugural product line is scheduled for release starting Fall 2017.