About this project
Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, spectre, or ghost? If the answer is "yes," then don't wait another minute. Pick up the phone and call the professionals . .
Ghostbusters: The Board Game is an episodic adventure game for one to four players, who are charged with busting ghosts and sealing gates to the Spirit World. The game is customizable, cooperative, and highly re-playable. It features unique illustrations and figures based on original artwork and designs by Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW's Ghostbusters comic book series. Each Ghostbuster has a distinct role and unlocks unique abilities by gaining experience. The game offers modes for different levels of players, making it accessible to beginners and challenging to experts. Now is your chance to save the world!
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• Box Dimensions: 12.125"W x 12.125"H x 4"D
• 48 Custom 32-50mm Plastic Mini Figures
• 10 Double-Sided 5.5" x 5.5" Game Board Tiles
• 6 Dice (5 D6 & 1 D8)
• 43 Tokens (Streams, Slimes, Gates, XP Trackers)
• 1 PKE Meter
• 4 Player Cards (4"H x 6"W)
• 6 Ghost Cards (4"H x 3"W)
• 1 Ghostbusters Operations & Field Manual
The Paranormal level pledge will get you the base game box, along with all applicable stretch goals unlocked during the campaign.
The Mass Hysteria level pledge will get you the deluxe game box featuring Kickstarter-exclusive packaging with foil stamping, exclusive 12" x 12" giclée print, exclusive glow-in-the-dark dice, 4 exclusive double-sided game board tiles, exclusive Sandman boss figure and ghost card, exclusive "Impossible Mode" angry, super-sized Stay Puft Marshmallow Man boss figure and ghost card, and additional scenarios, plus all applicable stretch goals.
The Retailer level pledge is for verified retailers ONLY. We will message you to verify your sales license and store info. If we cannot verify your retailer status, we WILL refund your pledge. You get 6 copies of the base game box, 6 retailer-exclusive glow-in-the-dark Slimer figures, plus 6 copies of all applicable stretch goals.
Cats and dogs living together! That’s how amazing the planned stretch goals are. Hurry up and unlock them!
Here's a look at some of the Ghost Cards. Take a look at how they react when hit or missed and all of the things that differentiate them from each other.
The Grey Lady may be shy, but she's not afraid to stop your roughhousing in its tracks. If this librarian has paid your scenario a visit, she won't go quietly! If you do manage to get her attention, she leaves you only with your thoughts, waiting to cramp your style in the next adventure! The Grey Lady will add a challenge to many scenarios, especially if playing more than one in a single session.
Sandman will include a custom scenario specifically designed for him.
Zombie Taxi Drivers are eager to take the Ecto-1 on a joy ride around town! Once one of them reaches your ride, he immobilizes it until you get rid of him, but not until he sends it speeding off, ghost rider style!
The Zombie Taxi Drivers will come with a scenario specifically designed for them. However, they can also be used as Class 1 replacements and companions in base game scenarios.
Note: When differently named Ghosts share a Class, roll a d6 for each, with the higher roll making an appearance. Impossible Mode versions get +3 to this roll!
Up to 4 players take on the roles of the Ghostbusters and attempt to return balance between the Spirit World and ours, busting ghosts and sealing the gates from which they’re invading. Completing a scenario requires teamwork, planning, and resourcefulness.
- Melanie Ortiz keeps a watchful eye on her coworkers, and a closer eye on her targets. Her selfless acts bring her closer to knowing herself, and in turn, in how to deal with the approaching end game of the other worldly intruders.
- Janine’s quick response time is her key attribute at the front desk and as a Ghostbuster! When she spots a newly summoned Ghost, she acts fast, and when she sees a fellow Ghostbuster in a tight situation, she leaps into action!
- Kylie thinks things through, to the point where she anticipates what's coming! Her research into the forbidden arts has granted her insight into the dark intentions of her enemies, whose actions seem entirely random to everyone else.
- Ron is always trying to prove he has the chops to be a better Ghostbuster, even if that means putting himself in danger. He's no schlub when it comes to tech and the closer he gets to a threat, the more brazen he becomes.
- Peter Venkman is a risk-taker who does his best work in close proximity to ghosts.
- Ray Stantz excels at removing slime from his fellow Ghostbusters.
- Egon Spengler is a wild man with his proton pack, but learns from his mistakes.
- Winston Zeddemore aids the team by being the best at depositing trapped ghosts.
Featured ghosts from the movies, cartoons, comics, and toylines have unique abilities as well, in terms of how they move and react to your actions.
The game features 3 campaigns, each with 4 unique scenarios. It’s a fast-paced game: each scenario takes approximately 30 intense minutes to play. Every campaign concludes with an epic battle against an iconic boss character.
The game uses dice to resolve a lot of the action, so it’s never the same game twice! The three types of dice represent the proton packs and ghost traps, the unpredictable movements of the ghosts, and the chaotic activity of the gates. During each turn, players move, shoot proton streams, deposit trapped ghosts, use unique character abilities, and drive the Ecto-1 to complete objectives.
Each scenario’s map is constructed using double-sided tiles, featuring street and park imagery by the talented Robb Mommaerts. With a starter mode and a challenge mode, Ghostbusters: The Board Game will keep you enthralled for hours!
Here is a link to a Rules Primer to give you a bit of insight into specific scenario gameplay! https://bit.ly/1vGYVAl
Here is an introductory video that goes through the basic elements of the game!
The video below features a full playthrough of one of our several introductory scenarios!
And if that wasn’t enough, here is Part 2 of the playthrough!
To create the best game possible, we’ve collaborated with some incredible people: game designers, avid game players, and Ghostbusters fans. This project is on Kickstarter because we want to make this game extra special for you. We want to provide you many ways to customize your experience with a selection of cool add-ons and Kickstarter exclusives you can't get anywhere else, including a snazzier version of the game box design. And we can’t wait to announce some of the amazing stretch goals! Basically, you get the version of the game you want, and you get it before anyone else.
Risks and challenges
The estimated delivery date for Ghostbusters: The Board Game is October 2015. However, please keep in mind that this is a projected date. As an experienced board game company, we at Cryptozoic know that unexpected delays can occur during the production and shipping of a game. We are committed to producing a high quality game and we will not take any shortcuts to make a specific date. Our goal is to send you the most amazing, perfect board game you’ve ever played.
In the highly unlikely event that we are not able to deliver the game for some unforeseeable, calamitous reason, we will refund all pledges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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Increase your pledge above the tier you choose by the amount of the add-ons you want. Click on the "manage your pledge" button at the top of the project page and increase your pledge accordingly. When the campaign ends, a survey will be sent and you can select the add-ons that you paid for at that time.
Besides your shelves lined with beguiling blue baddies peering down at you with menacing intent, we hand crafted special scenarios exclusively for the additional Ghost Add-Ons.
The Base Game is balanced as it is and does not require additional Ghosts to get the full value out of it. But if you are like us, and we like to push the envelope of paranormal danger, you’ll want to put your team in the middle of an outbreak of epic proportions!
Yes, we ship everywhere.
Any add-on with the "Kickstarter Exclusive" graphic will only be available through Kickstarter.
Yes, the Base game will be available no later than the end of October, at your local game store/retailer! If you'd like to keep updated like us on Facebook and look for updates on Cryptozoic.com.
Yes! Every enemy is represented on a "Ghost Card". So while Vinz Clortho is technically a demi-god, the game treats him as a Ghost in game mechanic aspects.
There have been some insightful questions about how Ghost Traps are represented during gameplay.
Ghost Traps are an integrals device in the busting business, without it, we could only momentarily hold a Ghost at bay.
During the many months of play testing, having a trap represented on the play area felt authentic, but it also slowed down the action to the point of getting lost in the mechanics. We tested versions that had a physical Ghost Trap on the board that you activated, when a Ghost moved over it, where you could activate it on someone else’s turn, with only one trap for the party, where everyone had a trap, it went on and on. One of the most heartbreaking moments was when we factored in that spending an Action using a trap meant there was a possibility of “missing” and failing to trap the Ghost you fought so hard to wrangle.
In the end, as much as we strived to make it happen, it eclipsed the flavor of the fast action game play and critical decision making moments that really lifted the game above acceptable to exceptional.
In the final version, your character automatically throws out their own Ghost Trap once the Ghost has enough Proton Streams on it, traps the Ghost, and pulls the trap back to them.
We love how the game shaped up and are confident in the exciting moments you’ll share with your team.
When Vinz Clortho or Zuul join the scene, things can only get worse!
Designed to be dropped into any scenario, each Terror Dog exhibits unique abilities that wreak havoc while you and your team attempt to secure the area.
To make it more thrilling, we've created a new scenario that teams up the demi-god minions of Gozer the Destructor for you to challenge. Will you take up the trial, sub-creature?
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