From the screen to a board game, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes brings the pixelated structures and landscapes of the popular video game into the tabletop world.
Announced today at MineCon, the analog game presents players with a “shared, in-person experience complete with mobs to fight and a real block of resource cubes to mine.” Developed by Ravensburger in collaboration with Mojang, players can build structures and mine resources in the Overworld, just as they would in the digital realm.
“With the board game, players experience their opponents live at the table. That makes their reactions, and especially their emotions, truly authentic,” says Daniel Greiner, gamer and executive editor of Builders & Biomes. “It’s just as intense and exciting as playing in the digital Minecraft world, but with even more direct interaction.”
“Ashamed as I am, my brother beat me by 20 points during early prototype play tests with his desert-stone-bridges build strategy,” says Jens Bergensten, chief creative officer at Mojang.
The game features familiar foes such as Endermen, Creepers, and other mobs throughout the game, all of which need to be defeated using weapons collected from the board. In the end, the player with the most points wins.
Geared toward players ages 10 and up, Minecraft: Builders & Biomes will be available via Amazon this November.