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Ghostbusters: #8 Most-Funded Board Game Raises $1.5M‏


Officially Licensed Ghostbusters™ Board Game Kickstarted with over 8,300 backers pledging over $1,500,000

Lake Forest, CA – March 12, 2015 – The internet has spoken, and they say “bustin’ makes me feel good!” Cryptozoic Entertainment, creators of board and collectible card games, today announced the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign for Ghostbusters: The Board Game. The game has been successfully funded with 8,300 backers pledging over $1,500,000, exceeding six times the original funding goal of $250,000. The first officially licensed Ghostbusters tabletop game in nearly 30 years will begin shipping to backers worldwide in October 2015.

A variety of stretch goals and bonus add-ons were revealed over the past month, which were made possible by the successful crowdfunding campaign.

Extras include:

●      Original backstory written by Erik Burnham and illustrated by Dan Schoening of IDW’s Ghostbusters comic series

●      All four “New” Ghostbusters playable character figures including: Kylie Griffin, Ron Alexander, Melanie Ortiz, Janine Melnitz and The Rookie

●      Additional ghosts including Gozer, Zuul, Ivo Shandor, Vinz Clortho, Boogieman, Grey Lady, Samhain, Zombie Taxi Drivers, Fearsome Flushes, Spawn of Cathulhu, the Spectral Ghostbusters and the ultimate thorn in the Ghosbusters’ side, Walter Peck

●      More game board tiles for new areas including the library and Shandor Building rooftop

●      “Tobin’s Spirit Guide” box for Ghost and Scenario Card storage

●      Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Boogaloo and Cathulhu figures upgraded from standard 50mm to giant 100mm

●      Ecto-1 game piece

mass_hysteria_pledgeGhostbusters: 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.

Content Summary:

  • 4 Ghostbusters
  • 3 Bosses
  • 20 Galloping Ghouls
  • 12 Gruesome Twosomes
  • 8 Boogaloo Manifestations
  • 10 Double-Sided Game Board Tiles
  • 1 Ecto-1
  • 5 Stream Tokens per Ghostbuster
  • Gate Tokens
  • Slime Tokens
  • PKE Meter
  • Dice
    • 1 D-8
    • 4 D-6
    • 1 D-6 with Gate Symbols
  • 4 Player Cards
  • 6 Ghost Cards

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 “Paranormal” 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 “Mass Hysteria” Deluxe Edition comes with everything from the base game,

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along with a limited edition red 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:

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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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One Comment

  1. I came, I saw, I pledged…The Mass Hysteria Pledge that is. I can’t wait to play this game. As well as get all the bonus figures.

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