Warcraft and Starcraft invade classic board games


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Go directly to Azeroth. Do not pass Go. Do not collect 200 gold.

Blizzard Entertainment, having conquered the PC, is now setting its sites on the living room by announcing a partnership Monday with USAopoly to release a World of Warcraft-themed Monopoly game and a Starcraft-focused version of Risk.

Instead of Park Place and Boardwalk, you'll be fighting for lands like the Twilight Highlands, Grizzly Hills and the Swamp of Sorrows in Monopoly: World of Warcraft. And instead of tussling over the race car and dog when picking game pieces, you could be calling dibs on the spellbook or battle hammer.

Since game pieces are such an important part of the game, in fact, Blizzard is giving fans the chance to vote on which tokens will be part of the final product.

One other change: Instead of houses and hotels, you'll place towns and cities on your properties, as well as a red or blue dot representing the Horde and Alliance factions.

The game will hit specialty shops in May for a retail price of $40.

Strategy fans will have to wait until this summer to play Risk: Starcraft, however, and they'll have to shell out $50 for a copy. Once it arrives, though, they'll (naturally) be able to choose among the Zerg, Terran or Protoss factions — and six heroes — to wage war against one another.

Blizzard and USAopoly are keeping most of the details about that game under wraps for now, but did mention it will include three play modes and nearly 300 custom playing pieces.

Video games -- especially those with a story as complex as World of Warcraft and Starcraft -- might seem an odd choice for a board game, especially a classic like Monopoly or Risk, but they're hardly breaking new ground.

USAopoly already has a Metal Gear Solid version of Risk on the market — as well as a version revolving around Halo Wars. The company also offers a Super Mario version of Yahtzee.

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