Download & Play The Shining Board Game

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Stephen King’s 1977 psychological horror novel The Shining has inspired several other works, most notably Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film adaptation, a movie widely considered to have elevated King’s story of the possessed Overlook Hotel and its luckless winter caretakers, the Torrance family, to a higher artistic plane. But King himself never really approved of Kubrick’s interpretation: “Parts of the film are chilling, charged with a relentlessly claustrophobic terror,” he said, “but others fall flat. A visceral skeptic such as Kubrick just couldn’t grasp the sheer inhuman evil of the Overlook Hotel.”

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Presumably King had a better time playing the board game of The Shining, which won the first Microgame Design Contest in 1998, and about which you can read more at Board Game Geek. It has been said that King himself helped with the game’s development and offered his services as an early play-tester, though some will contest that. (See the claims in the comments section below.) You can tell that the game’s faith lies with King’s novel rather than Kubrick’s film by its use of things that never made it from page to screen as gameplay elements, such as the hotel grounds’ hedge-sculpture animals that come to vicious life.

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You can play The Shining board game as the Torrance family, in which case you’ll have to fight those hedge animals. Or you can play it as the Overlook Hotel itself, in which case you’ll control them. Each player has a host of implements at their disposal — ghosts, decoys, the famous axe and snowmobile — all meant to help them accomplish the task of driving the other side away. Think of it as a simplified wargame set in a haunted hotel.

If you’d like to see how you fare, whether in the shoes of the Torrances or the Indian-burial-ground foundation of the Overlook, you’ll find all the game’s materials freely available on the Micrograme Design Contest’s site. Print them out, set them up, and prepare to feel some sheer inhuman evil for yourself.

via Dangerous Minds

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Colin Marshall writes on cities, language, Asia, and men’s style. He’s at work on a book about Los Angeles, A Los Angeles Primer, and the video series The City in Cinema. Follow him on Twitter at @colinmarshall or on Facebook.


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  • David says:

    Come Danny, come play with us… forever… and ever…and ever… :-)

  • ClubStephenKing says:

    Hello,
    This was first shared back in 2013, but King didn’t helped the developpment of it.
    At the time, Rocky Wood (researcher about King and friend of the author) asked him it he did contribute, and the answer was “it’s total bullshit!”

    Here is Rocky Wood’s message that can be found in the comment of Lilja’s Library article about it in 2013 :
    “On one site the developers claim King approved the development of the game and was a test player. I asked Steve and he said I could quote him: “it’s total bullshit!”. These claims by nobodies that famous people did things is execrable, they’re definitely Flagg followers, lol.”
    >>> http://www.liljas-library.com/article.php?id=3412

    Best,
    Club Stephen King.

  • SKingFan says:

    So…some random dude on the internet says King said he did play the game and some other random dude says he didn’t? *grabs a bowl of popcorn*

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