John Carpenter's The Thing, adapted from John W. Campbell's immortal 1938 novella, Who Goes There?, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and man does that make this middle-aged geek feel kinda old. We already told you about a chilling new premium vinyl release of Ennio Morricone's stirring score from the folks at Waxwork Records ... and now here's an elaborate board game from Mondo and the USAopoly subsidiary, Project Raygun.
With Infection at Outpost 31, players bundle up in polar fleece while trying to discover who among them is infected with a shape-shifting alien virus. Okay, the toasty jackets aren't mandatory, but it certainly could add to the overall atmosphere while you listen to the eerie The Thing score and take your turn gathering clues and attempting to ferret out the infected.
Here's how Mondo's Jay Shaw explained the creative process:
"When we set out to create the first licensed Mondo board game the biggest question was what film property would we go after? 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."
There's no box art or exact release date yet, but we'll keep you posted. Would you play a mystery board game based on The Thing, or are you still passing Go in that epic Monopoly game you're still playing?
(via Bloody Disgusting)