While Ghostbusters came out over 30 years ago, the logo is highly recognizable.  Maybe it’s because the movie resonated with people, or it just looks cool.  Whatever the reason, with the recent news of female-centric and male-led Ghostbusters movies, people are clamoring for more Ghostbusters.  Maybe that’s why the recent Ghostbusters The Board Game Kickstarter raised over six times it’s goal, coming in with a final result of over $1.5 million.

GHOSTBUSTERS™ TABLETOP GAME FROM CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT AND SONY PICTURES CONSUMER PRODUCTS SUCCESSFULLY FUNDED, SHIPPING THIS FALL

Officially Licensed Ghostbusters™ Board Game Kickstarted with over 8,300 backers pledging over $1,500,000

Lake Forest, CA – March 12, 2015 – The internet has spoken, and they say “bustin’ makes me feel good!” Cryptozoic Entertainment, creators of board and collectible card games, today announced the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign for Ghostbusters: The Board Game. The game has been successfully funded with 8,300 backers pledging over $1,500,000, exceeding six times the original funding goal of $250,000. The first officially licensed Ghostbusters tabletop game in nearly 30 years will begin shipping to backers worldwide in October 2015.

A variety of stretch goals and bonus add-ons were revealed over the past month, which were made possible by the successful crowdfunding campaign.

Extras include:

  • Original backstory written by Erik Burnham and illustrated by Dan Schoening of IDW’s Ghostbusters comic series
  • All four “New” Ghostbusters playable character figures including: Kylie Griffin, Ron Alexander, Melanie Ortiz, Janine Melnitz and The Rookie
  • Additional ghosts including Gozer, Zuul, Ivo Shandor, Vinz Clortho, Boogieman, Grey Lady, Samhain, Zombie Taxi Drivers, Fearsome Flushes, Spawn of Cathulhu, the Spectral Ghostbusters and the ultimate thorn in the Ghosbusters’ side, Walter Peck
  • More game board tiles for new areas including the library and Shandor Building rooftop
  • “Tobin’s Spirit Guide” box for Ghost and Scenario Card storage
  • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Boogaloo and Cathulhu figures upgraded from standard 50mm to giant 100mm
  • Ecto-1 game piece

Ghostbusters: The Board Game is a game for 1-4 players, ages 15 and up. Players choose one of the four Ghostbusters character figures (Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz) and then select from one of the game’s pre-written scenarios, beginning a game session that lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the chosen scenario(s) and degree of difficulty. Each of the Ghostbusters has unique traits and talents that can assist the entire team, with highly cooperative gameplay. As players gain experience from banishing spirits, the Ghostbusters level up, gaining new abilities that help them take on greater challenges. The team can also hop in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ converted ambulance, to help them quickly move through the city.

Developed by a talented group of board game professionals with decades of combined experience, the team is led by Matt Hyra (Lead Game Design & Acquisitions), Mataio Wilson (Associate Game Designer) and Adam Sblendorio (Creative Director) along with additional developers and support from skilled playtesters and the passionate family of Ghostbusters fans.

Ghostbusters: The Board Game comes with plastic figures of the four Ghostbusters as well as Slimer, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Indulnas and numerous Galloping Ghouls, Gruesome Twosomes and Boogaloo. All figurines are based on the artwork and designs of Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW’s Ghostbusters™ comic book. The game will come with over 40 figures, with the opportunity to purchase add-ons and exclusive figures. The board itself is made of double-sided modular pieces illustrated by Robb Mommaerts, increasing the replayability for scenarios and customization.

Cryptozoic will be offering a few options for backers. The “Paranormal” base version of Ghostbusters: The Board Game is available for $80 and includes four Ghostbusters figures, 40 ghost figures, 10 double-sided game board map tiles, instructions and scenarios with art from Dan Schoening, various tokens, cards and dice. The exclusive $125 “Mass Hysteria” Deluxe Edition comes with everything from the base game, along with a limited edition red foil-stamped box, a 12”x12” giclée print, glow-in-the-dark dice, four additional game board tiles, an exclusive boss ghost figure and an over-sized “Impossible Mode” Stay Puft Marshmallow Man figure. Additional pledge levels add exclusive ghosts, new figures and much more to expand the game further.

The Ghostbusters: The Board Game Kickstarter follows Cryptozoic’s first wildly successful crowdfunding campaign for HEX: Shards of Fate, the MMO Trading Card Game which raised over $2 million from backers eager to take part in the digital trading card / Massively Multiplayer Online game.

To learn more about Ghostbusters: The Board Game, visit the Kickstarter page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cze/376823796?token=8fc6289c

Watch Ghostbusters: The Board Game videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhufXXnzeTRMOPz-_l8kpkpz9rBV5v_gC

Visit the game’s official website: http://www.cryptozoic.com/ghostbusters%E2%84%A2-board-game

It looks like a great game, and I can’t wait to see the final product when it is released.  Be sure to visit the Kickstarter page for updates.