When fans were asked to head to Kickstarter to help make a Hellboy board game a reality, they didn’t waste any time. Twenty minutes after the campaign launched on April 25, it had already reached its funding goal of $140,000. By May 1, the total was already past $1.2 million, with nearly 10,000 backers responding.
The game will be based on the Hellboy comic books by writer/artist Mike Mignola, who debuted the character in 1993 and has had a home at Dark Horse Comics ever since. The game lets you control one of four heroes from the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD) including Hellboy, Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, and Johann Kraus, as you “explore gothic locations, hunt down clues, discover artifacts, fight horrific creatures, and face off against terrifying bosses,” according to the Kickstarter page.
The game pits you against threats that could wipe out humanity, and it’s your job to gather enough information about them before Earth’s destruction. But there are choices to make along the way, according to Mantic Games on Kickstarter. “Do you spend valuable time investigating the scene to find a vital piece of the puzzle that could expose a crucial weakness of your foe, but risk the Impending Doom track reaching its devastating finale? Or do you forget the clues and rush through to a final confrontation before the monster has gathered its strength? No one said being a BPRD Agent would be easy.”
The game comes with PVC plastic models of classic Hellboy heroes and villains, as well as giant monsters like the Conqueror Worm. The Kickstarter exclusive box even features artwork by Mignola, along with power-up cards decorated with illustrations from the comics.
You can still back the project and help it move toward its remaining stretch goals, which would unlock better quality cards and a Right Hand of Doom token. Hellboy: The Board Game is expected to ship in February 2019 and is priced at £69.99, or about $95.