Blizzard OKs WoW and StarCraft-based Board Games
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.
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.