"The Great Alcatraz Escape"
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The Board Game
Welcome to Alcatraz Prison, where you will play as either The Warden or as one of five playable Gang Leaders.
Gang Leaders must plot intricate escape plans and procure escape equipment from across the prison to help navigate one of their many loyal Inmates to Freedom before Turn 29, whilst simultaneously competing with backstabbing rival Gang Leaders, and a perverse Warden.
Inspired by real life escapes made by inmates Frank Morris, and John and Clarence Anglin.
As well as from our favourite movies and TV shows such as The Shawshank Redemption, Escape from Alcatraz, The Great Escape, Escape at Dannemora, The Rock, and Prison Break.
As well as our favourite games like Memoir ’44 and Escape from Colditz.
The game plays between 2-6 players. And is played on a foldable 889mm x 556mm hex board.
The board has over 1500 accessible hexes that allow massive freedom of movement and freedom of strategy.
The board shows Alcatraz Island, consisting of the Inner Prison Walls and exterior buildings, two separate Security Fences,
and the island’s coastline.
The board is quick to set-up and is split into 6 segments/’Sectors’ upon which the prison Searchlight and Watchtowers
exercise control over using specific ‘Warden Cards’.
There are eight potential Freedom Hexes (marked out with the stars and stripes) that an Inmate of a Gang must reach FIRST
(before another Gang Leader does) to Win.
The boardgame includes four playable modes : Story Mode, Arcade Mode, Team Mode and Riot Mode.
An average Story Mode game lasts between 100-150 Mins.
Each copy of ‘The Great Alcatraz Escape’ comes with 70 variously coloured meeples, and 100 playing cards (sneak peaks below).
The final board was designed by upcoming artist Benjamin Wilson – see his portfolio.
Playable prototype boards (see History section) have been designed and updated as the game has developed, in order to produce realistic and useful play test results. And has also been repeatedly blind tested to assure intuitive accessibility with simple to follow instructions. With artwork for the final box and Character Cards already designed, and suppliers for all elements in the game sourced.
Some of the boardgame mechanics found in ‘The Great Alcatraz Escape’ include:
Resource Management – Card Drafting – Hand Management –
– Route Building – Worker Placement – Coop – Backstabbing –
– Push Your Luck – Bluffing – Simulation
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The box art, poster art, and playable character cards have been beautifully drawn by talented artist Guilherme Medeiros – see his portfolio.
The box cover reflects many elements of the game itself through a harrowing and dramatic scene of an Inmate of the Baffigo Gang narrowly escaping Alcatraz Island.