Besides his famous Cthulhu mythos, ReAnimator has got to be H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous creation. The novella boasts quite a few adaptations. Everything from a series of three films, comic books (Including one that crossed over with The Evil Dead of all things!), video games, and, now, a board game!
Or, at least, there will be a board game. The Kickstarter for the game sets its goal at $12,500, and has (at the time of writing) raised $10,233. The official synopsis for the game reads as follows:
Welcome to the spine-tingling world of ReAnimator: a table top game of horror and mad science. You and your friends take on the role of assistants to the mad genius Herbert West. Travelling around the ill-begotten town of Arkham, Massachusetts, you will gather musty Tomes, mysterious Ingredients, and even Cadavers of the recently deceased for your dark work. And what work would that be? To turn back death itself!
Up to four players will work together taking on the role of the narrator from Lovecraft’s original story in order to perfect the protagonist’s experimental reanimation formula. Classic characters including Herbert West, the City Watch, and the Undead wander through Arkham to help or hinder the players as they undertake their profane task. Subplots will develop through gameplay, forcing players to respond to new adventures and challenges only the world of the ReAnimator can provide!
The game appears to be based more on the Lovecraft novella than the more well-known 1985 film of the same name. Everything from gameplay videos, to previews of the design and the cards can be found on its Kickstarter page. The game contains 150 subplot cards, and depending on the combinations of cards used, the players can create thousands of stories.
The Kickstarter’s deadline is October 2, 2017. ReAnimator: The Board Game is created by Dynamite Entertainment and Lynnvander Studios.