Jim Henson’s ‘The Dark Crystal’ comes to the Board Game Market

The dark genius that is Jim Henson has inspire River Horse games and Jim Henson the perfect Mix? Dark Crystal Board Game.d a multitude of comics, TV shows and stories, and recently it Inspired River Horse games and Alessio Cavatore to create the Labyrinth the Board game. Yet it seems this was just a prelude to something of a run on Henson’s range with a new game, this time based on the dark epic fantasy, The Dark Crystal.

Board Game,
for 2 to 4 players
RRP: £40 / $52


Box Contents

• 4 highly collectable figurine renditions of the main characters: 2 Gelflings – Jen and Kira (with Fizzgig!). 2 Skeksis – skekSil the Chamberlain and skekUng the Garthim-Master


• Rules booklet – 24 pages.
• 2′ × 2′ game board – lavishly illustrated with inspiring new artwork featuring all the legendary places from the movie, including Aughra’s Observatory, the Valley of the Stones and the Crystal Castle.
• 25 World cards, 9 Mystic cards, 7 Skeksis cards and 15 Minion cards.
• Over 20 game tokens.
• 6 polyhedral dice (D4, D6, D8, D10, D12, D20)
• 4 character sheets and 4 Special Ability cards.
• Cardboard stand-ups and bases: 4 Garthim, 1 Slave Podlings, 1 Gourmand Skeksis and 1 Slave-Master Skeksis
• 1 Orrery turn track; A turn tracker based on the Dark Crystal Orrery completes the game.

The Dark Crystal and its expansive fantasy setting is enjoying something of  a resurgence in popularity, with a newly released hardcover book The Dark Crystal:  The Ultimate Visual History releasing shortly, from publishers Insight Editions, a new 12 Issue comic series and, it has also seen Netflix announcing plans for a 10 Ep series inspired by the film. And the relationship between River Horse and The Henson Henson has already proven fruitful.  The company recently announced plans for a second expansion for its Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Boardgame, expanding the line with a new Goblin Range.

clip_image003The game will see players following the events of the movie, ‘The Dark Crystal,’ and will see players given the opportunity to assist the film’s main characters, Jen and Kira, as they seek to heal the Dark Crystal by gathering the magical Shards.
The players move visually exquisitely sculpted figurines, around the board, visiting the iconic locations from the movie and exploring the Dark Crystal world. (From playing the Labyrinth Board game on hopes there will be a little more than this in the game, as it can prove a little mundane and samey in game play, Ed.)

The game is expecting to shift: Early 2018