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The Thing: The Board Game Slated for February 2022

The Thing: The Board Game (Ares Games)Following a successful Kickstarter Ares Games will release The Thing: The Board Game in early 2022. The game is based on the cult classic film from director John Carpenter as players try to avoid infection from an alien being. The Thing: The Board Game is for one to eight players, ages 13+, plays in around an hour, and will carry an MSRP of $59.99 when it arrives in February 2022. Also available at that time will be a set of miniatures representing the humans at Outpost 31 for $29.99.

About the game:

The Thing: The Board Game is an intense game experience based on the 1982 cult movie directed by John Carpenter. It is a game that mixes different mechanics to create an experience that is as faithful as possible to that of the original film.

This is a hidden-role game in which one player is initially the Thing and the other players are humans. The purpose of The Thing is to infect others, to prevent the survivors from escaping from the base (which can happen in three different ways), or to try to escape with them by behaving as a human.

In addition to these elements, players also have to manage Outpost 31. The game board shows the same rooms as seen in the film, and each of these rooms allows players to perform a different action. Human players have to feed themselves and keep the boiler and the generator on to avoid being in the cold and dark. The Thing will try to sabotage these places to make life difficult for the humans…or not, trying to camouflage itself among the humans and infect them when the perfect opportunity presents itself.

You must cooperate to survive—but who is really on your side? And if you reveal The Thing, are you ready to fight it? The road to victory is truly hard, but not impossible.

The Thing: The Board Game Contents (Ares Games)

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Written by Jeff McAleer

Founder/Editor-in-chief of The Gaming Gang website and host of The Gaming Gang Dispatch and other TGG media, Jeff tackles any and all sorts of games but has a special fondness for strategy, conflict sims, and roleplaying games. Plus, he's certainly never at a loss for an opinion...

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