The Thunderbirds Co-Op Board Game
Find out more about the fantastic Thunderbirds Co-Operative Board Game coming to a store near you in September!
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Thunderbirds Base Game Contents: The base game includes beautiful plastic models of Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 plus playable character figures of the Tracy brothers Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon and John as well as Lady Penelope, FAB 1 and of course the villainous Hood! See below for the full list of components.
Expansion 1 (UNLOCKED) - New Characters & Vehicles: The first Thunderbirds expansion adds three new character choices to the base game as well as new vehicles!
Expansion 2 (UNLOCKED) - Mission Vehicles: This introduces 10 small plastic vehicles based on the famous vehicles from the disasters such as Crablogger and Fireflash. Mission cards will signify to place these on the map, whoever completes the Mission claims the model and they can be cashed in for special bonuses. You can purchase Expansion 2 for £20 or save money and choose the £65 Pledge which comes with all the unlocked expansions.
Expansion 3 - Levelling Up & Epic Play (UNLOCKED) : This lets the characters upgrade through completing missions, gaining new special abilities. Epic Play introduces Level 5 Schemes and harder Missions to push International Rescue to the limit! Not yet available.
Expansion 4 - Play The Hood (UNLOCKED): A 5th player can now join in as the villainous Hood vs International Rescue!
We have a large number of interviews and features with Matt Leacock about Thunderbirds.
Thunderbirds™ and © ITC Entertainment Group Limited 1964, 1999 and 2014.
Licensed by ITV Ventures Limited. All rights reserved.
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How To Play
In Thunderbirds, you and your friends take on the role of International Rescue – a secret organization formed to render aid when all other means have failed. Meanwhile, your arch nemesis, The Hood, is threatening to trigger terrible disasters around the world in an effort to learn your secrets. If you can foil his scheme while completing your missions, then you and your fellow players win the game!
Each person plays different character in the game, for example, you might be Scott Tracy or Lady Penelope. All the different characters can operate any of the different vehicles. You might load up the Mole, fly Thunderbird 2 to Tracy Island, then hop into Thunderbird 3 with Alan and dock with Thunderbird 5 in Geo-stationary orbit. You’ll use all of the vehicles to complete different missions around the world and in outer space. And you’ll be continually weighing the threat of any of these individual missions against the overall danger of The Hood’s scheme.
Matt Leacock has decided to try out a little experiment. Since we still have a few weeks to polish the game, we thought we'd lift the veil and share the rules as Matt edits them in Google Docs and have them open for comment. Click here to find out more about the rules.
Thunderbirds Are Go For Co-operative Tabletop Game By Matt Leacock!
Modiphius Entertainment is proud to announce a licensing deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to develop a co-operative tabletop board game based on the classic 1960s’ television series Thunderbirds.
Set in the year 2065, Thunderbirds follows the exploits of International Rescue: a secret organisation committed to saving human life, secretly founded and funded by the millionaire Tracy family. International Rescue has a host of technologically advanced land-, sea-, air-, and space-rescue vehicles and equipment ready to launch at a moment’s notice.
5!..4!..3!..2!..1!..Thunderbirds Are Go!
To bring the ultimate Thunderbirds experience to the tabletop, Modiphius has partnered with Matt “Brains” Leacock, designer of the hit games Pandemic, Forbidden Desert, and Forbidden Island.
“I’ve had a great time immersing myself in the world of Thunderbirds, learning all about the Tracy family, Lady Penelope, and all their wonderful gear. This game will give players the chance to see how they would perform in the role of the Tracys. Will they be able to anticipate global disasters and complete impossible rescue missions? This game will test each player’s nerve, logistical sense, and mettle,” said Matt Leacock. “It’ll tell you if you could be a member of International Rescue!”
Planned for release in Autumn / Fall 2015 and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the cult TV show, the game will feature the iconic Thunderbirds machines and a high octane world full of disasters for players to come to the rescue. The Thunderbirds co-operative game will have the usual high quality design and components that fans of games produced by Matt Leacock and Modiphius have come to expect.
“Thunderbirds has always been the geek dad brand of choice as people introduce models of Thunderbird 2 or the original TV show to their kids,” said Chris Birch, Publishing Director of Modiphius.“From collecting the models and avidly watching the shows as a kid, it has been a dream of mine to create an awesome game with Thunderbirds. With Matt Leacock on board, I know we’ll be able to create the ideal co-operative gaming experience for whole families to enjoy the Tracys’ world. F-A-B!”
Thunderbirds is a cult 1960s British science-fiction television series, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It was produced using a combination of marionette puppetry and scale-model special effects, which was dubbed “Supermarionation”. Two series, totaling thirty-two 50-minute episodes, were produced, along with a film using the same techniques.
Racing to the rescue from a secret island base beneath the luxurious home of the Tracy family somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean, International Rescue defies government spies and criminals who want the secrets of their incredible machines for their own. To combat this threat, Lady Penelope, the Thunderbirds’ aristocratic English secret agent, and her chauffeur Parker lead a network of agents to uncover those behind the disasters caused by deliberate sabotage.
A criminal mastermind known as “the Hood”, operating from a temple deep in the Malaysian jungle and in possession of strange powers, often engineers events to allow him to spy on the Thunderbird machines with the goal of selling their secrets to the highest bidder.
The iconic Thunderbirds are designed by the Tracy family’s close friend “Brains” and are assigned to each of the five Tracy brothers:
- Thunderbird 1, piloted by Scott Tracy – a hypersonic rocket plane used for fast response and rescue-zone reconnaissance, and as a mobile control base.
- Thunderbird 2, piloted by Virgil Tracy – a supersonic, VTOL carrier which transports their major rescue equipment in detachable pods.
- Thunderbird 3, piloted by Alan Tracy – a single-stage, vertically launched spacecraft
- Thunderbird 4, piloted by Gordon Tracy – a utility submersible for underwater rescue, launched from Thunderbird 2
- Thunderbird 5, manned by John Tracy – a space station in geostationary orbit that monitors calls for help from across Earth, Finally, Lady Penelope has the iconic FAB 1
- FAB 1, driven by Parker – a pink, amphibious car
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