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Blizzard OKs WoW and StarCraft-based Board Games

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If you can't get enough of Blizzard's PC games, you could always turn to themed Monopoly and Risk board games for an additional real-world dose.

Can't get enough of World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2? Then you're in luck, as Blizzard has partnered with Hasbro's USAopoly arm to produce real-world, physical board games based on the two popular PC franchises. Monopoly: World of Warcraft will combine our favorite property-owning game with the the MMORPG while a Starcraft theme will preside over Risk: StarCraft.

Blizzard reports that fans of World of Warcraft can check out a sneak peek via the WoW Facebook page and have the opportunity to vote on the board game's tokens. Ten options, including Murky, Chen’s Keg, Mechagnome, and a Spellbook, will be presented; the six most popular tokens will be represented in the game when it launches. Other board game highlights include custom sculpted houses (Warcraft towns) and hotels (Warcraft cities) plus a red and blue die representing the Horde and Alliance factions.

Here's a bit more on each, piped in directly from Blizzard:

Monopoly: World of Warcraft
Descend into a world of myth, magic and legendary adventure to battle for control of World of Warcraft’s iconic locations. Featuring custom graphics from Blizzard Entertainment’s world-class artists and designers, the Monopoly game’s land grab includes coveted real estate such as Twilight Highlands, Grizzly Hills and the Swamp of Sorrows. In the rush to rule over the faction capitals of Orgrimmar and Stormwind, players will feverishly buy, sell and trade in true Monopoly fashion, until one player controls the lands and vanquishes all comers.

Risk: StarCraft
The forthcoming release of Risk: StarCraft should whet the appetites of StarCraft players who will once again find the StarCraft universe in jeopardy. Players will choose from the Terran, Protoss or Zerg factions and six unique heroes to ultimately bring order to the galaxy. The struggles portrayed in this real time strategy game series adapt perfectly to classic tabletop Risk gameplay, and the winner will be determined by astute deployment of military might and strategic field tactics. Risk: StarCraft includes 3 play modes and sports over 290 custom playing pieces. More details about the game will be revealed as it moves toward release.

Monopoly: World of Warcraft is expected to launch this May in North America at specialty stores for a suggested retail price of $39.95. Risk: StarCraft launches this summer in specialty stores throughout North America with a suggested retail price of $49.45.

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    paulimur , February 14, 2012 1:52 PM
    You will need an active internet connection to open the box...
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    drewgamer , February 14, 2012 12:48 PM
    I'm not much of a Monopoly fan but, Risk: Starcraft...sign me up please!
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    jellico , February 14, 2012 12:55 PM
    I can just see the new fight in Monopoly now will revolve around, "I want to be the Murloc!"
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    Anonymous , February 14, 2012 1:06 PM
    OMG Risk: Starcraft!
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    foody , February 14, 2012 1:23 PM
    No chess?
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    sporkimus , February 14, 2012 1:34 PM
    foodyNo chess?

    It already exists in Karazhan.
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    jl0329 , February 14, 2012 1:38 PM
    Now, it's time to build a blizzard theme park.
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    moosehawk , February 14, 2012 1:47 PM
    Now they just need to cut another deal with Fantasy Flight Games for a Diablo strategy board game.
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    nukemaster , February 14, 2012 1:49 PM
    SC risk could be interesting....
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    paulimur , February 14, 2012 1:52 PM
    You will need an active internet connection to open the box...
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    SuckRaven , February 14, 2012 2:24 PM
    Quote:
    Can get enough of World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2?


    Yes. Yes, I can. =)
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    memadmax , February 14, 2012 2:28 PM
    As long as they don't break it as bad as they broke the pvp in WoW..........
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    pacioli , February 14, 2012 2:40 PM
    I can see Risk Warcraft edition over Risk Starcraft... Starcraftopoly, hmmm... that would be strange though.
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    zak_mckraken , February 14, 2012 2:45 PM
    I'm already bored of the WoW Monopoly game and I haven't seen it yet. But Starcraft : Risk? Sounds nice! In fact, a Warcraft themed Risk game would have been nice too.
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    DroKing , February 14, 2012 3:19 PM
    I would have loved this before sc2 came out. tobad d3 is disappointing me too so you can keep your crap.
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    jaber2 , February 14, 2012 3:58 PM
    jl0329Now, it's time to build a blizzard theme park.

    Don't give them any idea's like Darkmoon fair
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    Hax0r778 , February 14, 2012 3:58 PM
    I've played LOTR Risk, which was pretty fun. I'm gonna assume this will be similar. The gameplay pretty much follows the classic, but at least in Risk the board changes. A different board can lead to interesting new strategies. The different versions of Monopoly usually play exactly the same.
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    i8cookiemonster , February 14, 2012 4:51 PM
    When I saw the headline I was hoping for something more original (maybe something similar to Mechwarrior but with it's own rule set catered to their respective universes). There's tons of potential for an originally designed board game. I guess the Risk could still be interesting, although the Monopoly seems like a letdown.
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    wildkitten , February 14, 2012 5:04 PM
    I can see WoW Monopoly now...

    "Houses and hotels won't ship with the game, but we will definately include them at some point later on"

    2014...
    "We still want to make houses and hotels for WoW Monopoly, but it won't be this year"

    2016...
    "We don't think houses and hotels is appropriate for WoW Monopoly. People will stay on their spaces where houses and hotels are on and make the Chance and Community Chest spaces essentially ghosttowns"
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    Kewlx25 , February 14, 2012 5:15 PM
    DrewGamerI'm not much of a Monopoly fan but, Risk: Starcraft...sign me up please!


    zerg rush!
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    lordravage , February 15, 2012 3:23 AM
    i8cookiemonsterWhen I saw the headline I was hoping for something more original (maybe something similar to Mechwarrior but with it's own rule set catered to their respective universes). There's tons of potential for an originally designed board game. I guess the Risk could still be interesting, although the Monopoly seems like a letdown.


    There actually already is an original strategy based World of Warcraft game that came out nearly 7 years ago. World of Warcraft: The Boardgame
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