Board game powerhouse Cryptozoic Entertainment had so much fun making Ghostbusters: The Board Game that they launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund an expansion, Ghostbusters: The Board Game II. With just under two weeks to go the project has already exceeded its launch goal but it’s not too late for fans to still get involved and pledge for some nice incentives.
LA Fan Cultures Examiner reached out to game designer Mataio Wilson – who also put together the first title – to discuss why now is the right time for a Ghostbusters expansion, what the sequel will have that makes it worth purchasing, and a few hints about the gameplay ahead for board game enthusiasts everywhere.
“Ghostbusters: The Board Game II is a stand-alone expansion that builds on the elements of the original game,” Mataio explained, telling us that you don’t need the original to play the upcoming game. “It can be played on its own or any of the game’s components can be used with the previous game to make it an even richer experience.”
That’s different from most expansion packs, which require players to have and usually well understand the first release to get any use out of the second. With the Ghostbusters sequel Cryptozoic has chosen to make it universally accessible. But they’ve also added plenty of new bells and whistles that will make it worth the extra dough for the core fan base that helped fund the first game last year.
“The game introduces Slime Blower Packs that are required to take on the exciting new Entity types in the game: Plazms and Haunted Humans, both of which were originally part of the Ghostbusters toy lines from Kenner,” Mataio explained, and that’s just one of several fresh features in the expansion.
He continued, “Goo Piles can be investigated to reveal new cards, including Equipment Cards that provide powerful weapons, handy utilities, clever ghost traps, and magical tomes that bolster your busting skills. Some Goo Piles contain Event Cards that provide challenging objectives; depending on how well you do, these cards can be beneficial, devastating, or somewhere in between.
“New Slime types in the game create more hindrances to plague the Ghostbusters,” he added. “Effects range from reducing how far or how well you can shoot or move to dissolving you with Caustic Slime.”
And as before, the fans and the concept of crowd-funding are key to Cryptozoic’s dive into the Ghostbusters universe. It’s not just about taking money. “The beauty of a Kickstarter campaign is that it enables us to keep the community up-to-date on the game’s development,” Mataio added. “gaining feedback and insights that we normally wouldn’t have until after the game was released. So, we can actually make the final game better through the help of the fans.”
To visit the Ghostbusters: The Board Game II campaign and get your pledge in now, visit Kickstarter.