Are you a fan of the Eisner Award-winning comic series, Chew from Image Comics? If the answer is yes, I have good news for you. This brilliant comic is being turned into a tabletop board game! Chew: Cases of the FDA is going to be a card game for 2-5 players and will have an average game play of thirty minutes. Players will compete to close cases pulled directly from the pages of the ongoing series. They'll enlist partners like John Colby, Amelia Minz, and even Buttercup the lion while simultaneously sending villains and cultists out to sabotage their rivals' investigations.
If you're not familiar with Chew I'll give you a little insight. The story focuses on a cop, Tony Chu, who gets psychic impressions of whatever he eats making him one hell of a detective. It's a super fun, strange, unique ongoing series. This will be the first in a series of Chew tabletop games. Like the comic, creator and writer John Layman will be involved in the text aspect of the game, while Rob Guillory will illustrate. IDW Games enlisted the help of designer Kevin Wilson to create a fast-paced over-the-top card game worthy of the Chew name.
John Layman described the process of working on the game as "a blast," and explained that,
The game's all kinds of fun, and I'm hoping to see people playing in local hobby stores and convention halls across the country this year!
I don't think that will be a problem. Chew has been a popular unique comic for a long time, and the fact that it's been turned into a tabletop game is simply wonderful! As a fan of tabletop games, I am ecstatic to have a great series like Chew branch out into this type of dynamic. It will be interesting to see how the game will utilize the events that have happened throughout the series. I wish nothing but success for the creators working on this project. If this goes well, perhaps one day we will be playing a Saga tabletop game!
As an added bonus, all pre-ordered copies of the game will include an exclusive variant edition of Chew #1 featuring Guillory's homage to Dogs Playing Poker packaging artwork. Pretty cool, huh?Chew: Cases of the FDA will be available in May of 2015.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.