The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 Board Game

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U.S. Outpost 31, Antarctica—1,000 miles from nowhere. The first goddamn week of winter, 1982.

Stir-crazy Norwegians shooting first at a dog, then you. Their base—not unlike yours—left in ruin, littered with strange research notes and even stranger carcasses. A 100,000-year-old alien vessel uncovered in the ice.

Then some...thing...attacked your dogs and you put it down. But that was just the beginning. Power fluctuations, missing tools, shredded clothes, equipment destroyed—all that pales next to the preliminary conclusion of your scientists: at least one of you is probably already being impersonated by this lifeform!

You may not know who to trust, but you do know that out there, in the dark, The Thing is waiting for you to make a mistake.

But what if it’s already in here with you?

Min-Max Players 4-8
Playing Time 1-2 hours
Suggested Ages 17 and up

Standard Edition Contents

190 Cards
33 Chip Pieces
6 Dice
1 Game Board
2 Game Trackers
17 Plastic Movers
1 Rulebook

Features artwork and designs by Justin Erickson of Phantom City Creative

Justin recreates the world of THE THING, making players feel the cold isolation of Outpost 31, and overlaying a sense of hidden alien dangers across the custom character illustrations and bold graphic design.

Sculpted Movers

All 12 members of U.S. Outpost 31 are represented with these detailed miniatures. Use them to explore the outpost, and figure out who among you is infected.

Mondo Exclusive Edition Contents

190 Cards
33 Chip Pieces
6 Dice
1 Game Board
2 Game Trackers
19 Plastic Movers
1 Rulebook

Mondo Exclusive Edition with Artwork by Jock

The stunning "Mondo Exclusive" version is limited to just 1,982 copies and features all the same components as the Standard Edition, plus alternate packaging artwork by Jock (housed in a translucent screen printed sleeve), a signed letterpress print by Jock, Outpost 31 enamel pin and two additional sculpted movers - Dead Norwegian and Palmer-Thing - with expanded gameplay.

Exclusive Edition also includes:

  • Letterpress print by Jock
  • Expanded game play
  • Enamel pin
  • Two additional sculpted movers:
    Dead Norwegian and Palmer-Thing.


Welcome to Outpost 31

The National Science Foundation is pleased to have you on the Antarctic team. Expedition members fresh off the helicopter often find settling into their department takes most of their free time, but be sure to familiarize yourself with this material.

During your tour at U.S. Outpost 31, you’ll work with modern equipment to uncover secrets beneath the ice. Outpost 31 makes a fine home away from home, with diverse activities available in the central Rec Room. You’ll even have access to cutting edge computerized entertainment.

This booklet contains information regarding day-to-day life on station—read through carefully! But pause a moment and be proud. You’re part of a small crew—stewards of NSF Antarctic research—and you’re serving on a real frontier. We salute you!

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