A board game version for Deep Rock Galactic’s spider-killing and dwarf mining sounds great. Developer Ghost Ship will launch a Kickstarter campaign in 2022. A blog has been published, showing what the early versions of the boardgame look like and how it transforms the co-op experience onto the tabletop.
Deep Rock Galactic: The Board Game was designed by Ole Steiness (creator of Champions of Midgard), which is ranked at 92 on BoardGameGeek’s Top 100 Strategy Games List. Ghost Ship wanted to make the DRG board game a co-op dungeon crawler for 1-4 players, just like the videogame.
In the final version, players will move through a grid of solid rock. The location you choose will affect future combat encounters. Instead of a lengthy campaign with multiple stages, the board-game version will allow players to work through short missions lasting between one and two hours. These can be affected by random events cards, different mission types and the flexibility of the layout. The board game version will be more focused on underground combat than exploration, as opposed to the videogame.
The “Rock and Stone” cards are a humorous addition that encourages cooperation among players. Players will shout out character phrases, such as “rock on” and “look what’ve found”, which can give the rest the team boosts or abilities like special ranged attacks or scrying your supplies cards.
It’s not possible to have a strategy board game Kickstarter with no mini-figures of characters and creatures, but they haven’t yet shown them. The placeholders in the photos are placeholders that were taken from other games and elsewhere.
Soren Lundgaard, Ghost Ship CEO, says that he has no idea when the Kickstarter board game Kickstarter will launch.
The Deep Rock Galactic boardgame pre-Kickstarter page can be viewed here. Ghost Ship will give away one copy to the lucky winner of the signup list.