First Details Released on Portal Board Game

By Kat Metzen

Samit Sarka from Polygon interviewed Valve and Cryptozoic today regarding the recently announced Portal board game. In the article are the first details about the game and how found it's home at Cryptozoic.

How Valve and Cryptozoic came together for a Portal board game (update)

By Samit Sarkar on Mar 05, 2014 at 12:00p @SamitSarkar


From the article:

"Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game" is the non-final title for Valve and Cryptozoic's board game, a strategy game in which two to four players guide expendable Aperture Laboratories test subjects around a tiled board in an effort to "test in the most desirable test chambers," according to Barnett. It's a competitive experience: Once a player takes the lead, they win by eliminating their opponents' test subjects — or their own. At times it can be a cooperative game, but only when people are teaming up to prevent another person from winning.

"From the very first prototype, the core mechanic struck us as unique and compelling. As it evolved, it survived our rigorous process of external playtesting and iteration," said Barnett. He explained that while Valve has worked on other board game ideas, "this is the first that we're sure meets the quality bar that customers expect from Valve." According to Barnett, Valve worked on the Portal board game prototype for a year before approaching Cryptozoic in early 2013, hoping to enlist the tabletop publisher to lend its expertise and "add a final layer of polish."

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