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This ‘Inception’ Board Game Will Blow Your Mind

You may not know it, but the world of tabletop gaming is currently in the middle of a golden age. Forget about Monopoly and Clue — Pandemic has you working to save the world from a killer virus. City of Horror forces you to backstab your friends and steal their stuff to survive the zombie apocalypse. Agricola transforms farming into the most complex, stimulating and exciting puzzle imaginable. Board games have never been more cinematic or exciting than they are right now … which means that the time is right for an ‘Inception‘ board game.

Called ‘Inceptor’ (presumably to dodge copyright law), the game is about to reach its goal on Kickstarter and for good reason: it looks really cool. Liberally borrowing the ideas and concepts of Christopher Nolan‘s ‘Inception,’ the game sends players on a mission inside of another person’s mind, where they will work to plant an idea. Just like in the movie, the deeper you travel into the person’s mind, the more powerful the planted idea will become, but the harder it will be to escape. It’s a classic push-your-luck gameplay mechanic — do you keep going and risk falling into limbo to achieve that game-winning score?

Since this is very much a homegrown and unauthorized adaptation, the game doesn’t feature any art or characters from the film. However, it’s stark, minimalist art stye feels very much in line with Nolan’s filmmaking. The only requirement should be that players wear their smartest suits while they play.

As with any Kickstarter project, pledging some cash doesn’t guarantee you a great product (or even a finished product), but what’s life without a little risk? If you’re a movie and a board game fan, Inceptor looks like it will be more than worth the effort.


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