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Bloodborne board game trailer offers a dynamic look at how it plays

The tabletop game is coming to Kickstarter next week

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

FromSoftware’s Bloodborne is being reworked as a miniatures board game by game maker CMON, and a new trailer for the tabletop port of the PlayStation 4 exclusive does a great job of visualizing how it will all work.

CMON has already released a tabletop card game based on Bloodborne, created by award-winning game designer Eric M. Lang — who co-developed Bloodborne: The Board Game with Michael Shinall — but its new effort will be packed with miniature recreations of the game’s grisly beasts and the Hunters who slay them.

In a series of design diaries, designer Michael Shinall said CMON’s Bloodborne board game will focus not only on combat, but also on exploration and discovery. A “variable-tile system” will attempt to recreate that feeling, he said, and players will explore the city of Yarnham in a series of chapters.

“Basically, each Chapter will list a certain number of specific tiles to use, usually the famous locations from the game, such as the Grand Cathedral or the Tomb of Oeden, and then have the players take a number of random tiles and combine them into a (face-down) stack,” Shinall wrote. “The players will have their starting location and from there on it’s a matter of uncovering the world. As players move, they’ll flip over a tile, populate it accordingly, and continue on, building the overall map as they explore.

“This means no two games will ever be the same. Even if you’re playing everything exactly the same, the specific order of the tiles, how they connect, what’s on them, etc. etc. will dynamically alter how you approach each game. It’s also important to note that, if you’re going to be successful anyway, that revealing the map isn’t a slow process. Speed and urgency are key features when playing, and, should a player really decide they need to, it wouldn’t be hard to sprint across most of the map in one or two turns — The freedom of movement is another aspect we wanted to maintain.”

CMON is planning to crowdfund Bloodborne: The Board Game through a campaign on Kickstarter. That effort is expected to kick off April 23.

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