This 'Inception'-Inspired Board Game Is Like a Dream Come True

This 'Inception'-Inspired Board Game Is Like a Dream Come True

Feb 26, 2014

Inceptor board game

When it’s announced that there’s going to be a game version of a popular movie these days, most people automatically assume it will be a video game adaptation. However, board games have seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years (see our list of great board games that should be movies) – and one of Christopher Nolan’s biggest titles is hoping to come to a tabletop near you soon.

Inceptor, as the title makes fairly obvious, is a new board game for two-to-five players inspired by Nolan’s dream-within-a-dream-within-a-dream blockbuster Inception. A group known as Pilot Study has launched a Kickstarter to make its dream a reality – and with 43 days to go, it's just a few thousand dollars away from hitting its $30,000 target.

Here’s a brief overview of how the game will work:

Inceptor is a board game that takes place in the dream world. The board represents the inside of a dreamer's mind, who is known as the Mark. Each player is trying to plant an idea in the Mark's dream, hoping that when he wakes, he will carry out their chosen task. The key is to make your task seem achievable to the Mark and to make sure he believes it was his own idea from its inception. In order to do this the dream needs to be so real, that when the Mark wakes up, the planted idea sticks and he performs the mission without a second thought.”

How players achieve this is fairly complicated, as you can see in the video below. There are subconscious layers to explore, ideas to implant, and the very real potential of getting stuck in Limbo should you not make it out of the Mark’s subconscious in time.

The game looks really cool – so cool that I wish I had local friends to play with. The board appears well designed and the totems each player uses (which are sort of like this game’s Monopoly pieces) are a nice touch (we're sure everyone will fight over who gets to use the top).

Those worried that Warner Bros. might not be thrilled with how close this game hews to its intellectual property can breathe easier; Pilot Study reports that it has shown the materials to the studio and it has no objections to the game.

If you love Inception and have a few extra bucks to spare, you can help fund Inceptor by visiting the game’s Kickstarter page. Here you’ll find even more details about the game's mechanics, and lots of cool photos of the various cards, totems and boards.

[via Kotaku]

 

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