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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

John Carpenter Week: Escape from New York: the Board Game?!

With the proliferation of the Internet and the rise in popularity of eBay, little curiosities like this are much more accessible. Back in the day, a board game was released for Escape from New York! Looking at the rules the gameplay seems pretty basic and I don't know how much fun it would be to play it but still, for any obsessive collector this is a must have item. Here is a description of the game followed by some pictures of it.

"'Snake, I thought you were dead!' This modest board game, based on the John Carpenter movie, casts each player as Snake Plissken, an ex-con sent on a rescue mission into a giant prison once known as New York City. Players begin with weapons and equipment cards used to help fight enemies and find clues. Cards can be lost in fights or gained at landmark spaces. Turn in matching clue cards at the corresponding location to rescue the president or his important tape. To escape, you still need to find a glider or a map to the mine fields.

Fans of the movie will enjoy the chance to encounter Slag, Brain, Cabbie, Maggie, the Duke, and Romero with the opporutnity to gain them as allies during the game. Players win by obtaining the Tape first and foremost, failing that - the President himself. The game is very faithful to the movie and players will find that they can mirror many scenes of the movie in the game."


  1. wow, this looks so fantastic! I must have one!!

  2. I've never heard of this. Thanks for sharing. Great pictures.

  3. I never knew this game existed! Way cool! BTW, the bidding starts NOW. Thanks, J.D.

  4. That's hilarious. I slapped together a "Bay of Blood" edition of CLUE as a laugh awhile back. Maybe I should have dug a little more. Maybe it already existed.

    Still working on the board, but the cards are done.


  5. Rupert Pupkin:

    I know! Me too. This, and the DAWN OF THE DEAD board game.

    Reel Distraction:

    You are welcome. I never heard of it either until I accidently stumbled across it on a board game website looking for something else.


    Don't tempt me! ; )

    Man, if I could swing it financially, I'd get it in a heartbeat.

    W.B. Kelso:

    BAY OF BLOOD the board game?! That's awesome. Very cool idea. And that's pretty clever basing it off of CLUE.

  6. J.D.

    This is incredibly awesome. MUST...HAVE...THIS...GAME.


  7. Thanks for the comment on my blog. Wow. I never knew there was such a game. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. JD, that's pretty amazing! Awesome find!

  9. John Kenneth Muir:

    You know it! Something to tide us all over until someone creates a video game!

    Mr Jones:



    You are welcome, Keith.


    Thanks! Yeah, I love that they actually made a board game for this film. Such a cool idea.

  10. That is almost ridiculously awesome!

  11. Chris:

    Ain't it? I wish somebody would've done one for BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA.

  12. That's awesome! And someone should definitely make an Escape from New York videogame - it's perfect sandbox material.

  13. I have Snake Plissken comic books, but not this. This looks very cool. I always thought that Escape From New York would make an amazing video game. Almost like a Grand Theft Auto in New York.

  14. Chris Regan:

    Totally! And I'm sure it would sell like hot cakes.


    "I always thought that Escape From New York would make an amazing video game. Almost like a Grand Theft Auto in New York."

    Yeah! Or maybe do it like THE WARRIORS video game where you could actually play through the film as well!