Hello PUCLonians and welcome to a special edition Anything Goes. I don’t usually post on Thursdays but I just did something that I am really excited about and couldn’t wait to share it!
In the Hoenn region, Team Aqua has just released Kyogre into the world. Not understanding the gravity of their actions, the beast unleashes a devastating storm that spans the entire region. The legendary Golems, Regice, Registeel, and Regirock, as well as their master, Regigigas, call the now sinking Hoenn their home. Knowing the Golems cannot escape on their own, an intrepid team of Pokemon Rangers take it upon themselves to save the ancient Pokemon. Can the Rangers save the legendary Pokemon before they are lost forever?
Forbidden Island: Pokemon is meant to be played as an unofficial expansion to Forbidden Island by Matt Leacock and published by Gamewright. This game is a Pokemon version of the Spanish only expansion, La Isla Prohibida: La Expansión Prohibida (Fawn of Medina Azahara), partially designed by Jesús Torres Castro. Thank you for Marty Kane (mekane on Board Game Geek) and Ozgur Ceylan (ozgurceylan on Board Game Geek) for their work in translating the original rules into English.
Disclaimer: I do not own claim ownership of any of the ideas presented for this game. I do not claim ownership of any of the characters or images used for this game. I do not make any profits from this version of the game. It is strictly for entertainment use.
I love Pokemon and I love board games! There have been Pokemon board games in the past. There was the “Pokemon Master Trainer” game (which I recently had the opportunity to buy and, sadly, didn’t) and a few different Pokemon: Monopoly games. A Pokemon version of “Sorry”. In fact, if you want a huge list of the different Pokemon related board games, check out this list on Board Game Geek.
I have often tried to think of ways to incorporate Pokemon into board games. I’ve tried to imagine a way to meld it into Ticket to Ride, among other games. And I finally found one that worked.
First check out this video where Forbidden Island is featured on the Geek & Saundry Youtube channel on Tabletop with Wil Wheaton.
Next, go buy the game. Ok, so you don’t have to do this, but it’s a fantastic game on its own and well worth the amount you pay. You can find it at Target for about $12 right now (WOAH!), but definitely less than $20 where ever else you go.
Now, that you’ve done that, you can check out the Pokemon edition I made. This is meant to be played with the base game as an interpretation of the Spanish only expansion.
All of the roles get an accompanying Pokemon.
Instead of saving treasures, you’re saving the legendary Golems of Hoenn/Sinnoh. And they give you an additional power when you save them.
All of the other aspects of the game (except the tiles) have been replaced with Pokemon. Pidgeotto instead of helicopters, Sandshrew instead of Sandbags, and in stead of Waters Rise, Kyogre uses Surf.
A bit about making the game: The figures are not necessary to the playing of the game (there are tokens that can be printed for the Golems, and the regular pawns included in the game can be used), but are fun to have. I made the cards in the style of Pokemon cards using this website: http://www.mypokecard.com/en/. They were then printed on card stock and I used different colored card sleeves to differentiate between the different kinds of cards. I even have this expansion sitting in a tin that I bought many years ago with Kyogre on the cover!
I am not sure if the overlap between people who enjoy Pokemon and board games is as big as I want it to be, but if you could, take some time, check out this game and check out what I did to contribute to it. I hope just a few of you can take advantage of this and enhance your board game experiences!