‘Escape from Hell’ with this L-Train Shutdown Board Game
If you think playing the mind numbing sacchrine classic Candyland is one of Dante’s circles of hell, you’re certainly not wrong … but this might actually be worse.
Artist Hunter Fine, the mastermind behind pop-up bed bug hotels, hipster traps, and squeakeasies throughout the neighborhood, has designed a new kind of board game nightmare, based on a soon-to-be-true story.
It’s a “comical” game called “Escape From Hell,” in which you must find your way to Manhattan from Williamsburg once the L train is shut down for tunnel repair work (April 2019).
Players roll the dice and follow the path. But if they land on a “Draw Card” space, they’ll have to pick up a card that gives some hellish reason why the person has to move back – i.e. their ex shows up in their carshare, the ferry accidentally took them to the Rockaways, or their bike got stuck in gridlock on the Williamsburg Bridge.
The game is currently in Kickstarter mode, and there’s a video montage featuring this impending doom through the eyes of puppets and local media who have thus far covered this apocalyptic manifestation.
Be ready to laugh, but ultimately cry.