While the franchise has fallen on some hard times in recent decades, James Cameron’s original 1984 Terminator film remains one of the most celebrated sci-fi/action films in history. Almost a horror film at heart, The Terminator told a fairly basic story, albeit with a sci-fi twist: boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy sacrifices his life to protect girl from unstoppable cyborg killing machine that’s traveled across time for the specific purpose of preventing the existence of their son. Standard stuff really.
The sequels would quickly establish a much denser mythology surrounding said cyborg, but that simple launching pad is where the Terminator dynasty all started. While fans now wait and hope that the return of creator Cameron can somehow successfully rejuvenate the flagging franchise, it appears that Terminator devotees will soon have a cool new piece of merchandise with which to indulge their urge for some simulated killing machine mayhem.
According to Mental Floss, Space Goat Productions is teaming up with Lynnvander Studios to develop a Terminator board game, based directly on Cameron’s original film. The game’s creation and release will be funded via a Kickstarter campaign, as many such specialty games are nowadays. The Kickstarter will go live on February 15, for any Terminator fans interested in slapping down some of their hard-earned cash to help make the game happen.
Described as “an asymmetrical strategy game played across two boards, one in 1984 and one in 2029,” The Terminator board game allows one player to control Skynet’s machine army, while the opposing player controls members of the human resistance. Skynet’s forces will consist of things like the flying Hunter Killers (a.k.a. HKs), Terminator Endoskeleteons, and a few original robot designs. It’s unclear how exactly the human side will be visually represented, as Space Goat has yet to specify whether the game includes the likenesses of actors like Linda Hamilton or Michael Biehn.
This Terminator project is but one of many recent film and TV-based board games released by Space Goat and/or Lynnvander, with the former having recently published an Evil Dead 2 board game. On the Lynnvander side, the developer has worked on games for both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Galaxy Quest. With that kind of collective pedigree, signs point to The Terminator getting a worthy board game treatment. No word on if discounts will be offered to buyers named Sarah Connor.
Source: Mental Floss