Jaws The Board Game Coming This Spring From Ravensburger

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Jaws the Board Game

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In Jaws the board game one player controls the shark, while up to three other opponents—playing as Qunint, Brody, and Hooper—try to cooperatively find the shark and kill it.

Jaws is played in two Phases.

In the Amity Island phase, the shark menaces swimmers and avoids capture. Other players attempt to pinpoint the shark's location and save swimmers from shark attacks.

In the Orca phase, played on the reverse side of the game board, Brody, Hooper and Quint are aboard the sinking ship engaging in a climactic battle against the shark, while using additional action and strategy cards to defend the Orca from targeted shark attacks.

If humans kill the shark, they win; if the shark attack on the Orca succeeds, the great white shark wins.

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Shapeshifter replied the topic: #293033 26 Feb 2019 04:26
I must say, the visual combination of the deadly shark we come to love as Jaws and the family-friendly Ravensburger logo seems like an odd pair.
But consider me interested...
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Josh Look replied the topic: #293035 26 Feb 2019 06:03
Another Prospero Hall game based on a lisense I’ve always wanted a game based on. Glad they’re here to fill the void left by GF9. I’m all in.
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Jackwraith replied the topic: #293037 26 Feb 2019 08:10
Hrm. I was having an argument on another forum a while back about whether Jaws could be considered a "classic" film. The person arguing with me is a huge Godfather fan (as in, thinks there's a quote that applies to most situations) and I'm sure he thinks that Jaws was the beginning of the end for New Hollywood, since it triggered the era of the summer blockbuster over the more thoughtful films that had emerged from the new breed of directors like Coppola and Scorcese. My argument was that you could still see that level of personal storytelling in Jaws (the wine scene, the scar comparison scene, the hospital scenes) that sets it above the typical monster smashfest and it displays a more delicate touch than the vast majority of Spielberg movies (i.e. personal without becoming treacly.)

That said, am I eager to see the film once again reduced to a marketing tool? No. All of the other games that ever had the shark's head slapped on them were simplistic and obvious; sold because of the poster, not because of the film or the quality of the game. Is this one going to be able to replicate those personal moments I mentioned? Are you going to feel like you're playing Brody because you lose 1 action each turn in the Orca phase because of your fear of water or because you're struggling with the fear mixed with the guilt of responsibility and the lurking suspicion that your wife might leave you? On top of that is the fact that the game is essentially about finding and killing the shark; a situation that Spielberg has regretted for his entire career, since the creatures in question, especially Great Whites, are now threatened. Is this really the perspective you want to have in playing a game?

If other people are excited for it, have at it. But I look at this and immediately think of two questions: 1. How can this game possibly replicate those moments that made the film great (say, the moment when you can see Brody crumbling when confronted by Mrs. Kintner on the dock after being so thrilled to see a dead shark)? 2. Do I really want to be playing a game where the object is hunting down an endangered animal? My answers are "It can't." and "No."
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hotseatgames replied the topic: #293039 26 Feb 2019 08:48
I have not played the Richard Launius game from a couple of years ago that is this exact game; I'm curious how they will differ. The name of his game escapes me.

I love the film, and would not expect a board game to touch on anything beyond the pivotal moments of surviving on the boat against all odds. I appreciate the sentiment of not wanting to kill a shark, but the movie makes it quite personal; this rather large for its breed shark has recently eaten several of your friends and neighbors, and your tourist town will literally fold if you don't do something.
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Vysetron replied the topic: #293040 26 Feb 2019 09:01
You mean Shark Island? I forgot that was Launius. I haven't played but know people who have, and no one liked it. It had a weird blackjack mechanism for combat that threw them off.

I could see this working really well. Jaws isn't meant to be a real world situation, it's a panic movie. Man VS nature. That whole thing. I have doubts that this'll make the upper echelon of hidden movement 1 VS alls but I'd gladly try it.
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WadeMonnig replied the topic: #293060 26 Feb 2019 11:31
Came for the "we are going to need a bigger gaming table" comment. Left disappointed.