Released during a decade in which board games were one of the go-to sources of entertainment on rainy afternoons and Saturday night sleepovers, the three separate versions of The Real Ghosbusters Game (based on the animated series) brought the proton pack-wearing scientists into the dice-rolling, card-drawing department.

Still, the Ghostbusters franchise has been underrepresented in the world of board games for decades, despite its existing potential for countless ectoplasmic adventures. But that's about to change, as the Kickstarter campaign for Cryptozoic Entertainment's Ghostbusters: The Board Game is now officially a success, with the multi-layered game set to come out this October.

Just launched yesterday with a monetary goal of $250,000, Cryptozoic Entertainment's Ghostbusters: The Board Game Kickstarter has skyrocketed to a point just below the $300,000 mark with 28 days still left before the campaign ends. The folks at Cryptozoic should have a massive amount of bonus money to pour into their project when all is said and done, so it will be interesting to see what upgrades or additions they make to their current board game plans.

The characters and scenery of Ghostbusters: The Board Game are based on the illustrations of Dan Schoening, who worked on IDW's Ghostbusters comic book series. A regular version of the game is available for $80, with a deluxe edition priced at $125. The base version of the game can be played with 1–4 people and has the following features:

• Box Dimensions: 12.125"W x 12.125"H x 4"D

• 47 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

To learn more about the game's Kickstarter campaign (which will continue until March 11th), visit:

Press release from the game's Kickstarter launch - "LAKE FOREST, Calif. The streams have been crossed and the Keymaster and the Gatekeeper have come together! Cryptozoic Entertainment, creators of board and collectible card games, is bringing the world’s most highly respected group of paranormal investigators/exterminators to the table top with Ghostbusters™: The Board Game. The Kickstarter begins today and runs through March 11. The game will begin shipping to backers across North America, the UK and all EU member countries, Australia and New Zealand in October 2015.

Ghostbusters™: The Board Game is a game for 1-4 players, ages 15 and up. Players choose one of the four Ghostbusters character figures (Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz) and then select from one of the game’s pre-written scenarios, beginning a game session that lasts from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the chosen scenario(s) and degree of difficulty. Each of the Ghostbusters has unique traits and talents that can assist the entire team, with highly cooperative gameplay. As players gain experience from banishing spirits, the Ghostbusters level up, gaining new abilities that help them take on greater challenges. The team can also hop in the Ecto-1, the Ghostbusters’ converted ambulance, to help them quickly move through the city.

Developed by a talented group of board game professionals with decades of combined experience, the team is led by Matt Hyra (Lead Game Design & Acquisitions), Mataio Wilson (Associate Game Designer) and Adam Sblendorio (Creative Director) along with additional developers and support from skilled playtesters and the passionate family of Ghostbusters fans.

Ghostbusters™: The Board Game comes with plastic figures of the four Ghostbusters as well as Slimer, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Indulnas and numerous Galloping Ghouls, Gruesome Twosomes and Boogaloo. All figurines are based on the artwork and designs of Dan Schoening, the artist of IDW’s Ghostbusters™ comic book. The game will come with over 40 figures, with the opportunity to purchase add-ons and exclusive figures. The board itself is made of double-sided modular pieces illustrated by Robb Mommaerts, increasing the replayability for scenarios and customization.

Cryptozoic will be offering a few options for backers. The base version of Ghostbusters™: The Board Game is available for $80 and includes four Ghostbusters figures, 40 ghost figures, 10 double-sided game board map tiles, instructions and scenarios with art from Dan Schoening, various tokens, cards and dice. The exclusive $125 Deluxe Edition comes with everything from the base game, along with a limited edition foil-stamped box, a 12”x12” giclée print, glow-in-the-dark dice, four additional game board tiles, an exclusive boss ghost figure and an over-sized “Impossible Mode” Stay Puft Marshmallow Man figure. Additional pledge levels add exclusive ghosts, new figures and much more to expand the game further.

The Ghostbusters™: The Board Game Kickstarter follows Cryptozoic’s first wildly successful crowdfunding campaign for HEX: Shards of Fate, the MMO Trading Card Game which raised over $2 million from backers eager to take part in the digital trading card / Massively Multiplayer Online game. To learn more about Ghostbusters™: The Board Game visit the Kickstarter page:

About Cryptozoic

Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics and trading cards, including the DC Comics™ Deck-Building Game, The Walking Dead™ Board Game, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game and The Lookouts comic book. Following a philosophy and core principle of "Fans First," the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit for additional product and event information.

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