Dice Are Go!

FAB board game be­ing Kick­started

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

Li­censed boardgames are a mixed bag; for ev­ery bril­liant Bat­tlestar Galac­tica there’s a Star­craft Risk, which is lit­tle more than an ex­ist­ing favourite given a fresh lick of paint. With the 50th an­niver­sary of Thun­der­birds just six months away ITV Stu­dios has part­nered with man­u­fac­tur­ers Modiphius and ac­claimed Pan­demic cre­ator Matt Lea­cock for a co- op­er­a­tive boardgame set in the world of In­ter­na­tional Res­cue, and Lea­cock prom­ises his Thun­der­birds will re­main faith­ful to the Su­per­mar­i­on­a­tion clas­sic.

“The de­sign was a jug­gling act. In ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing a game that gen­er­ates new, en­gag­ing sto­ries, each el­e­ment needed to stay true to the spirit of the show. For ex­am­ple, we had many dis­cus­sions on how many char­ac­ters could be in Thun­der­bird 1,” Lea­cock says. “De­tails like this need to be right for play bal­ance [ and] to be con­sis­tent with the world.”

As­sum­ing the role of the Tracy broth­ers or Lady Pene­lope, play­ers work to­gether to foil the Hood’s evil schemes while com­plet­ing global res­cue mis­sions. The chal­lenge comes in trad­ing off the dan­gers of short- term emer­gen­cies with the Hood’s long- term threat.

Un­usu­ally for a li­censed game, Thun­der­birds is tak­ing the Kick­starter route. “We are us­ing Kick­starter to help cover the cost of the moulds for the plas­tic ships as well as fund much nicer print qual­i­ties, cus­tom dice and a 3D Hood fig­ure. Stretch goals will in­crease the choice of char­ac­ters, pro­vide lots of other ex­cit­ing ve­hi­cles, plus a few more sur­prises!”

Thun­der­birds: The Co- op­er­a­tive boardgame will be avail­able later this year. Visit www.thun­der­birds­boardgame.com for the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on the game’s Kick­starter.

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