Who would ever have thought that the golden years of Sam Raimi’s splatstick trilogy would be this busy? We may not have gotten Evil Dead 4 but Bruce Campbell still reigns in the ongoing Ash vs. Evil Dead TV show, and now a tabletop version of what’s (in)arguably the best installment of the series is on the way.Evil Dead 2: The Board Game comes to us from Space Goat Productions, who are known for their line of Evil Dead 2 comics and are seeking to create a tile-based game that’s full of plastic miniatures. The game will offer an experience for 1-6 players that sees them trying to survive a night in the cabin surrounded by ever-changing woods and enemies, offering a different experience every time. The Kickstarter campaign was funded less than eight hours after launching and has now raised over $400k on a $70k goal, showing you just how beloved the series still is. But what made Space Goat think they could handle the intricacies of publishing a tabletop game in the first place?“Comics are all we’ve published so far, but we’ve been a service provider behind the scenes on all sorts of games—online and analog—so from a production standpoint, it’s all very familiar to us,” said game designer Taylor Smith. “Gaming, personally, has always been my first love. I’ve been making and running games since grade school and have self-published a couple online. Having Space Goat’s resources to work with on Evil Dead 2 has been a dream.”Everyone’s favorite hero Ash is playable in little plastic miniature form, but there are five other characters to choose from- including no one’s favorite, Jake. Who really wants to play as anyone else but Ash, anyway?“Most of us making the game have played it so many times now, it doesn’t matter who we play as—blasphemy, I know!” says Taylor. “Hopefully players have the same problem though. Each character is balanced with their abilities and stats and all that, so there are some pretty fun experiences to be had no matter who you pick.”Due to the license Evil Dead 2: The Board Game will focus solely on the characters and events of the second movie, which sadly means that no Deathcoaster or mini-Ash figures will be included. You will work with the other players to find the pages of the series’ infamous Necronomicon Ex-Mortis to end the horror, but as players’ health or virtue is drained they will turn into Deadites, the possessed demons of the series, giving this co-op game a neat traitor mechanic.Ash’s ability is different than anyone else’s. As shown in the movie, he can turn back to human after becoming a Deadite, allowing him to switch back and forth on unlucky rolls of “1” on the die.“[I] may have been a little tricky making Ash turn back and forth between human and Deadite more easily than everyone else,” says Taylor. “Playing as Ash is almost like playing on hard mode. But, I mean, it’s worth it.”GIMMIE BACK MY HAND!Everything you love about the film will be represented here. You’ve got a fruit cellar to explore, mounted deer heads to laugh along with, and in what’s my personal favorite nod to the film, severed hands to fight. Yes, your character’s hand can get possessed, forcing you to hack it off and reveal an unkillable demonic hand, much like Ash’s in the film.“There’s no penalties once you lose your hand because I figured if Ash can dual wield a chainsaw and a shotgun with one hand, it was okay to be a little generous,” says Taylor.You can’t lose both hands but some hilarity can certainly occur if each of the players stumbles upon the event and thus unleashes a horde of pissed-off hands. A call to arms, indeed.But with Bruce Campbell showing up in the game, will there be any references to his other famed movie appearances?“There’s no Sky High or Herbie the Love Bug nods, if that’s what you’re looking for,” laughs Taylor. “We keep pretty focused on .”Bummer. They are promising lots of fun references, though, including some Easter eggs referring to production snafus and the original script. They even will feature some new ones from their comics, including a mini-expansion that sees Ash fighting a Deadite Hitler. Never before has a chainsaw been put to better use.Open It. Quickly.Fans are understandably excited about getting their hands on the game, but there’s already been a delay. The campaign was aiming for a November 2016 release date but over the course of the Kickstarter they realized it was unattainable and pushed it back to Spring of 2017.“Our relationship with the licensor and Studiocanal continues to be really great. The delays came in as they were backed up with a number of their different properties. When we came up with a new date, we wanted a safe range that would account for any additional delays that may come along.”“The happy side effect is that we can use this time to get really picky with the manufacturer as well. We’re very confident in the current release date, but everyone that’s ever made anything knows that delays can come from any unforeseen direction.”Kickstarter backers know that better than most, but we can hope that this stays relatively on time.Dead by dawn! Dead by Dawn!If there’s one thing that the Evil Dead series has taught us, it’s that you can’t stop the Deadites, especially if your hero is as dumb as Ash is. The designers acknowledge this by making it a bit tougher on the humans, who can easily be swarmed by demons, including possessed animals and the living woods itself. It’s going to be hard to win but that much more satisfying when you do because of it.“Winning as Deadites is like getting the evil ending in a video game—it’s still an ending, but it makes you want to dive back in and win it for the humans,” says Taylor. “And, yeah, Deadites winning mean the humans are totally doomed. They win by opening the portal completely and unleashing ultimate evil upon the world, so that’s pretty much the apocalypse.”Just as bleak as Raimi would have hoped.Evil Dead 2: The Board Game is still seeking funding on Kickstarter.