At this month’s New York Comic Con, established properties stole the show when it came to merchandise. Cryptozoic Entertainment unveiled the first look at their upcoming Ghostbusters: The Board Game, while in celebration of the next Star Wars film, new products from the venerable franchise were everywhere. LA Fan Cultures Examiner got the inside scoop on the making of Ghostbusters and an early look at some of AllPosters.com’s Star Wars swag in our NYCC merchandise roundup.
Ghostbusters: The Board Game features original artwork and designs from Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW’s Ghostbusters comic book. It puts up to four players in the roles of Ghostbusters out to save the day, and its fourth-quarter release times it perfectly for Halloween and the holiday season. We spoke with lead game designer Mataio Wilson last week to find out how he turned Ghostbusters into a tabletop adventure.
“We wanted something specific to the people who were super fans but something recognizable to people who were friends and family with the super fans who they’ll be playing it with,” he told us. “We definitely wanted it to be a cooperative game and we wanted people to sit down and have fun with all their friends without everyone feeling like they were just going in and shooting at things. One of the things I gave when I sat down to work on the game was to have the roles clearly defined, where everyone felt like they were contributing in unique ways while working towards the overall goal of the game.”
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Mataio and his team built a game that any Ghostbusters fan will enjoy. “It takes place in New York City, where gates to the spirit world have opened up and ghosts just ran out of them,” he explained. “It features ghosts that we’ve collected from the comic books, cartoons and the series. While you’re playing you’ll be playing through the story that was actually crafted by the writer from the comics and illustrated by the cartoonist as well. We were able to take all the worlds and blend them together so we could present a wonderful storyline that you and your friends could be playing through.
“By doing so you’ll be assuming the role of the four Ghostbusters,” he continued. “Each character provides a role, like any classic roleplaying game. As you gain experience, you’ll be unlocking levels that let you gain new abilities.” So not only are you banishing ghosts and saving the day, but you’re bonding with your character as you level them up.
Another plus is that the game is set to hit shelves as fans are anticipating another film in the franchise. “It was such a beautiful coincidence,” said Mataio. “We had been chomping at the bit to work with Ghostbusters and Sony for a long time. Adam [Sblendorio, Cryptozoic’s vice president] had been wanting to do something with Ghostbusters for over a year, so when he had the opportunity to jump on it, we just started working as fast as we could to make sure we had something presentable.
“It was during the Kickstarter campaign when Sony announced that they were going to be doing a new movie and Warner Brothers just drove a lot of traffic to the Kickstarter and generated a lot of phone calls,” he continued. “It was truly coincidental. They told us nothing about it and we were completely surprised.” Likewise, audiences will be surprised by Ghostbusters: The Board Game, which should be a great addition to anyone’s game night.
You can check out what the game looks like by using the slideshow included with this article. There’s a lot of detail that’s been put into this project, and given Cryptozoic’s past quality in putting out other board games and trading cards, fans should be adding this one to their holiday wish lists.
For more on Ghostbusters: The Board Game, including to sign up for updates, visit Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Turning our attention to another sci-fi favorite, the hype for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has led to waves of new merchandise hitting store shelves nationwide. At AllPosters.com, that means making it possible for fans to choose from a selection of products from across the universe – not just posters, but also apparel and a selection of novelty items.
LA Fan Cultures Examiner got a chance to sample the “BB-8 Blueprints” T-shirt from The Force Awakens, which features a readable print of these plans on a light blue top. Because of the nature of blueprints, it’s not the most eye-catching shirt, but it’s made of a light, soft fabric that is perfect for a Star Wars fan on a casual day.
There are also – obviously – a variety of posters from the films past and present, including a Darth Vader poster that serves as a takeoff on the classic Uncle Sam recruiting poster. These are low-priced prints, ranging on their website from $9.99 to as low as $1.98, and are a low-cost way to represent your inner Star Wars fandom. If you’re looking to decorate, or just add an extra bit of Star Wars in your life, give their vast selection a glance.
For more on Star Wars, visit AllPosters.com.