Can you escape the Curse of Vul-Kar?
Way back in 1986, Fireball Island was a Milton Bradley monstrosity of a game. Lots of plastic and a marble you would send flying down the various paths to knock over pieces, it was great fun. For about 10 minutes. Then you kind of used it like the backdrop of an adventure set, making up your own stories as the playing pieces became more like action toys in your story.
Come 2016, and Restoration Games as a company is announced. Their mission – to reinvigorate these old classics and bring them up to today’s gaming standards. Stop Thief and Downforce have been great additions to my library, and I am thoroughly enjoying both of these classic games.
When the library was being looked at, a vote went out for the next game for Restoration Games to tackle, and a lot of very valid reasons were given as to why they couldn’t do it. Well, as far as I remember, I can’t seem to find the original voting page where I remember seeing all this, so it could be an old man’s memory playing up.
But in 2017, Restoration Games announced with a flourish that they would indeed be tackling Fireball Island.
Well, information has been scarce with little pieces being teased out little by little. But the wait is all but over! Come April 3rd (4th most likely QLD time) the Kickstarter for the new Fireball Island: The Curse of Vul-Kar will be live!
What does this mean? More plastic. More bits. Rob Daviau promises more actual game!
I will be looking for this project with interest. My memories and feelings are mixed to say the least on the original game, mainly due to the amazing amount of fun people have poked at it over the years. But Restoration Games has so far come through, so I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
As I said at the moment information is a bit scarce, but you can check out the active Board Game Geek page here for more information.
Oh and that people making fun of the original? Check out my favourite Board with Life Halloween video starring Fireball Island below!
Until next time,