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Terminator board game Kickstarter going live this month

Looking forward to Space Goat’s Terminator board game? Then you’ll be happy to know that the game’s Kickstarter will be going live in just a few days.

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Important note: This game isn’t based on T2, or the Terminator timeline(s) that came afterwards. So, what you’ll find here is a definitively not-so-nice version of Arnold’s T-800. A killer through and through, the original Terminator was sent back in time to eliminate Sarah Conner. Of course, she’s the mother of future human resistance leader John Conner.

Yep, this is the classic Terminator that Space Goat has based it’s tabletop title on. And honestly, that’s a good thing. While the first film isn’t as widely loved as T2 (well, for everyone I know anyway), it’s a film that’s not been as widely explored either. So it’s especially neat to get something interactive out of it.

“Terminator isn’t just pop culture; it’s culture,” said Publisher Shon Bury. “It’s immense,” he continued. “To do a property of this magnitude, so hot on the heels of our Evil Dead 2 board game Kickstarter, we had to bring in the best help we could find. There is no better help than the guys who made the Buffy game, Lynnvander.”

Branching into board game design from production in the film industry, Lynnvander enters 2017 with The Terminator™, Galaxy Quest, Dragon Ball Z, and Cowboy Bebop. “We’re especially excited for Terminator because of the fan base and the unique game we’ve designed with Space Goat,” commented designer Thomas Gofton. “They’re a creative and experience-driven, good-hearted company. That fits Lynnvander’s Canadian motto.”

Originally announced a few months ago, this game is just about ready to head to Kickstarter, and it’s looking AND sounding pretty freaking great.

While you’ll be able to get a peek at some of the miniatures in the gallery below, the game itself sounds like it’ll be a really interesting play. Sessions will run asymmetrically across two time periods, and on two boards. So you’ll play in both 1984 and 2029, before and after the legendary Judgement Day when rogue AI Skynet first decimated the globe.

In both eras, one player will take control of the bad guys as a kind of Dungeon Master. Yes, that means you’ll get t command “Hunter Killer flying machines, Terminator Endoskeletons, and new robots based on the classic 80’s aesthetic”. Everybody else? They’ll play the resistance in both eras, which I assume means human troops and Sarh Conner/Kyle Reese. Cool stuff.

For the Kickstarter edition of the game, there’s a special version called The Termination Box. The “box of accessories and miniatures” is on discount for the campaign. And if you pledged the Evil Dead II KS, also from Space Goat, then you know that there are probably few cool little bonuses in there, that you won’t find in the eventual retail copy.

Ready to pledge? Then you’ll want to mark February 15th on your calendar, as that’s the magic date that the Kickstarter goes live.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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