Unite DC Heroes, Become a God of War, and Enter the House of 1000 Corpses

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Unite DC Heroes, Become a God of War, and Enter the House of 1000 Corpses

Unite DC Heroes, Become a God of War, and Enter the House of 1000 Corpses

by W. Eric Martin

• I never thought I’d see a board game based on the work of Rob Zombie, but here we are: In Q4 2024, U.S. publisher Trick or Treat Studios plans to release House of 1000 Corpses, a 1-4 player co-operative game from Nick Badagliacca.

Here’s an overview of the design:

In House of 1000 Corpses, an officially licensed board game based on the movie of the same name, players take on the roles of the Firefly family. They must scour their house, looking for the people hiding there, and bring them to Dr. Satan before too many rounds pass. They do this using an action system that penalizes the players for doing too many of the same action in a row.

Maybe someone can follow up with a dexterity game based on Ministry’s song “Thieves” that recreates the feeling of being in a mosh pit. What else? A party game line based on the oeuvre of Black Flag? Double Nickels on the Dime: The Dice Game?!

• Speaking of corpses, following the 2023 release of Marvel Zombies: A Zombicide Game, publisher CMON ran a crowdfunding campaign for DCeased: A Zombicide Game, collecting more than US$2.5 million for this 2025 release.

Now in another case of DC-come-lately, CMON and co-publisher Spin Master have announced a July 2024 crowdfunding campaign for DC Heroes United, a “fast-paced, family-friendly co-operative game” that features chibi figures in the style of Marvel United, which debuted in 2020.

The third Marvel United crowdfunding campaign, Multiverse, will likely be fulfilled in mid-2024, just in time for everyone to ooh and aah over those figures and imagine combining them with Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Joker, and whichever other DC heroes will be included in the multitude of boxes that will undoubtedly be announced.

Given past licensed games such as Villainous, I’d wager that CMON will never state that DC Heroes United and Marvel United can be combined, even if they can be. We’ll see!

• In other CMON news, since 2018 it has partnered with Dark Sword Miniatures to release the A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game game line, and in February 2024 the companies crowdfunded the similar-but-different game line: A Song of Ice & Fire: Tactics, with this series starting with the Battle of the Trident skirmish set and a Drogon’s Fury expansion that includes a giant honkin’ dragon-on-a-castle diorama that dwarfs the individual miniatures.

Here’s the short pitch:

In A Song of Ice & Fire: Tactics, you take command of legendary characters from different factions, strategically navigating the battlefield to claim victory. Unleash the power of your chosen champions, master the intricacies of tactical warfare, and immerse yourself in the epic battles and political intrigue that define the world of Westeros.

I skimmed the hour-long introductory video, and from my understanding the Tactics game line is meant to cover battles from various parts of Westeros’s history, while including miniatures that can be used in the existing Tabletop Miniatures Game.

• Following ASoIaF: Tactics and ahead of DC Heroes United, CMON will crowdfund God of War: The Board Game, with the campaign launching in April 2024. The game is designed by Leo Almeida, Fábio Cury, Patrick Fernandes, and Alex Olteanu, the latter being co-designer of 2019’s God of War: The Card Game, but info about the game is brief at the moment:

God of War: The Board Game is a co-operative dungeon crawler filled with epic fights and puzzles for 1-2 players who will encounter various iconic monsters in the form of highly detailed miniatures.

The game also features a unique combat and leveling system based on the bonding of characters and co-operation. Take on the role of Kratos and Atreus, and follow a series of adventures that imagine scenarios during the years between the 2018 God of War video game and 2022’s God of War: Ragnarök when Fimbulwinter descends on Midgard.

To wrap this post, I’ll note that the soundtrack for the 2013 God of War: Ascension video game was composed by Tyler Bates, who has also created music for the John Wick movie series, the still delightful Guardians of the Galaxy: Inferno video, and the movies The Devil’s Rejects (2005) Halloween (2007), and Halloween II (2009), all of which were directed by…Rob Zombie.

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