You never really thought of it, but John Carpenter’s The Thing lends itself really well to a board game. One person has been consumed and while they try to fool everyone, everyone else is trying to figure out who’s the monster.
That’s more or less the idea behind The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31, the first ever board game from the folks at Mondo. It’ll be released in stores and online in October as well as in a limited edition of 1,982 through the Mondo website (including a poster, different box art and more).
Here are images of the game box, board, and cards.
So yeah, it’s a hidden identity game with lots of action. After you and your friends fight each other to see who plays MacReady (not really, but maybe), the other players can take Childs, Gerry, or one of the other dozen or so characters. Player then have to investigate the facility, fight the Thing, figure out who has been infected, and ultimately—unlike in the movie, or so it’s implied—escape.
For more info, keep an eye on Mondotees.com.