It’s official: Hellboy fans are here to play. A board game based on Mike Mignola’s much-loved comic book antihero was recently launched on Kickstarter, and it turns out there’s huge demand to have fun with everyone's favorite half-demon.
Having initially asked for $140,000, the miniatures board game is now at over $1 million, and there’s still a few weeks left to go. Surprisingly, the campaign managed to raise over a million dollars within the first 48 hours, which is clearly far beyond what the creators asked for. Pretty impressive stuff.
Hellboy: The Board Game is billed as a “thrilling co-operative experience” for 1 to 4 players. Inspired by the visionary comics by Mignola, players are invited to take control of an agent from the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) and “explore gothic locations, hunt down clues, discover artifacts, fight horrific creatures and face off against terrifying bosses.” You can choose between playing Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, or Johann Kraus.
Designer James M. Hewitt (who has also created the games DreadBall, Blood Bowl 2016, Necromunda: Underhive, and Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower) seems to have left no stone unturned in bringing the characters to life (in a PVC, miniature kind of way), and the whole game looks incredibly detailed. No wonder fans are going wild for it.
Could the demand be a clue as to how the new rebooted Hellboy starring David Harbour will fare at the box office next year? Interestingly enough, it seems the release of the board game will tie in nicely with the film. The game is set to be ready by February 2019, while the new flick is set for release on Jan. 11, 2019.
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