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Stay Alive, and Stay Human, with the ‘Who Goes There?’ Kickstarter

Stay Alive, and Stay Human, with the ‘Who Goes There?’ Kickstarter

Be careful who you trust in the throws of Who Goes There?, but we invite you to trust us that this game looks simply dynamite. Based off of the 1938 novella by John W. Campbell, Jr. (which inspired both the 1951 film The Thing from Another World, and The Thing in 1982),  Certifiable Studio’s Who Goes There? follows a group of scientific researchers that accidentally unleash into their camp a shape-shifting alien known only as The Thing.

Everyone plays as an uninfected human at the start of the game, but as the story progresses paranoia ensues, and any of your fellow players can be infected and taken over by the alien. The goal of each player, even The Thing and it’s poor, unfortunate friends, is to survive the challenges that come along with being stuck in an isolated location in Antarctica, and make it onto the escape helicopter with enough points to get it off the ground. 

The game consists of three phases of six rounds, with the difficulty rising at each phase. On their turn, players spend their action points on a move, search for cards, request of cards from other players, boost of stamina, XP gain, repair of the door or boiler, or even the construction of a new item.

Build these new items to help you stay alive, and human, with two or more item cards. Players can ask other players for items (rope, metal, wood, etc.), and they can offer up their item cards if they’d like. But, if they don’t know for sure that the player requesting the item is human, they can deny that player the advantage of the item with a simple lie, and go about their merry way.

The longer you play, the higher the risk that a player is no longer human, and you could very well be flying away on the chopper into civilization releasing The Thing into the rest of the world. But, there are strategies to recognizing The Thing before letting them board the helicopter. For example, if someone has a plethora of cards from the vulnerable deck, which contains a single “Thing” infection card, they have a higher chance of actually being The Thing compared to a player that has only drawn from the vulnerable deck once.

There are so many directions each play of the game can go, and luckily for us, the team behind Who Goes There? has provided plenty of strategy-based videos to help guide players to victory.

The Kickstarter campaign for Who Goes There? has reached it’s funding, and then some, throwing in additions like more camp event and phase deck cards, and upgrades like higher quality cards and character boards. The most sought after upgrade, the character miniatures, has yet to be fulfilled however. As the game’s co-creator Jesse Labbe’ told DiceJunkie, “To me, the most exciting part about a Kickstarter isn’t just funding it, it’s the stretch goals. We’ve been playing with handmade, cardboard, glued together pieces. We’re looking forward to moving to actual 3D.” Labbe’ laughed, “We all want minis.”

From what we understand already, Who Goes There? seems like a thrilling game of strategy, luck, and proper acting chops. “I’m very confident in this game, we’ve worked really hard on it for a long time. It feels right, it feels good,” Labbe’ continued. “Everything has been tweaked and fined tuned. We’ve really thought about everything. We really took our time with this one to make it everything it can be.”

The Who Goes There? Kickstarter closes on August 8th.

Are you as excited about this game as I am, immediately texting your friends about backing the project ASAP? Let’s brainstorm strategies for keeping The Thing off of that helicopter in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @bekahbabble!

 

Featured Image Credit: Certifiable Games

This post was sponsored by Certifiable Games.

 

 

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