Released by Steve Jackson Games, known for the Munchkin franchise among others, has released a new tabletop game based on the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Called Bill and Ted’s Excellent Boardgame, players will be tasked with attempting to cram for an oral report due on the following day. This is prepared for, by navigating portions of history, and collecting important figures from throughout time. Players will assume a historical varient of Bill and Ted with them being represented as phonebooth tokenson the board. The game’s win condition is achieved by collecting tokens of historical figures such as Joan of Ark, Abraham Lincoln, and Ludwig van Beethoven, among others.
The game board is comprised of a five by five grid, and players will be dealt five cards during each round of play, and are comprised of movement orders for both heroes and villains, as well as a number that helps determine turn order. From those five cards, players will select two of them and reveal them, so players will know who begins the round. When players resolve a card, it will dictate how the player’s phone booth will move, both in terms of which way it’s facing, as well as how it moves; should a players end up moving off of the board, they simply continue in that direction from the opposite side (a la Pac-Man). As players are navigating space/time, there are “evil dudes” that are in persuit of the phone booths. Should the player be caught, one of their acquired historical characters is lost in that square. Evil Dudes have movement orders on the same cards that players use to move their phone booths, so players can can select cards in such a way as to try to use the Evil Dudes to slow down competitors. In a bit of a twise, the “historical dudes” also move around the board, so players are engaged in a “cat and mouse” format, both with those they’re trying to catch, as well as avoid. The game ends once the deck players draw from is emptied, with the player having the most characters winning the game.