Ever watched one of Disney’s animated films and wished it could end like a WWE storyline, with the villain ending up triumphant at the end of it all? Yeah, most people don’t. If you ever did, however, then you’ll love Villainous from Wonder Forge, an upcoming board game that gives the villains a chance at a successful ending.
No, villains don’t go straight up against other villains in the game. Instead, each one plays in their own individual board, where they re-enact the story from their respective movies. That means, the players don’t actually play on a single board against each other. Instead, each one plays their own game, racing each other to victory, although you’re allowed to use some of your turns to meddle with the other villains’ game and keep them from attaining their objectives.
The Wonder Forge Villainous lets you play as one of six Disney villains: Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Prince John from Robin Hood, Jafar from Aladdin, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, or Captain Hook from Peter Pan. To start a game, choose your villain, place it on the leftmost side of the board, and draw four cards from the Villain deck. From there, you perform whatever options are available on the location you’re currently positioned in, then move to a different location in every turn. After performing actions, you draw new cards from the Villain deck, making sure you have four at the end of every turn.
Eight actions are available in the game: gain power (with power being the game’s main currency), play a Villain card in your hand, activate an item available in your board, move your villain (or an ally), move a hero, vanquish a hero, discard Villain cards, or draw a card from the Fate deck. If you’re curious about the heroes, well, remember when we said you can meddle in other villains’ games? Yeah, that’s how you do it.
The Wonder Forge Villainous comes with a Fate deck that gives players a way to meddle with the boards of their opponents. When you’re at a location that allows drawing from it, you can draw heroes and other items that can throw a wrench in your fellow villains’ plans, allowing you to advance yourself at their expense, ensuring the game gives you a way to live up to your nefarious reputation. And, yes, this can totally blow up in your face, such as when you’re playing Captain Hook and end up drawing Peter Pan in a particularly unlucky turn. Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you like to play), there doesn’t appear to be a way to band together and gang up on a particular villain (as in, Maleficent and Ursula won’t be able to team up to make life harder for Prince John).
The game contains six boards, six tokens (which you can replace with corresponding Disney minifigs, if you have them), 180 Villain cards, 90 Fate cards, 84 tokens, six reference cards, six villain guides, and an instruction book. It’s designed for two to six players and recommended for children at least 10 years old.
The Wonder Forge Villainous is now available for preorder.