There were a lot of great announcements that came out of last year's San Diego Comic-Con, but the one that I was most excited about by far actually wasn't a comic this time. Instead, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a board game from IDW designed by Kevin Wilson, with contributions from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writer Tom Waltz and editor Bobby Curnow. And ever since that announcement, I've been wondering when we'd get to see more.

Today, IDW Games launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the game, with the finished product scheduled to deliver in July of this year --- and with 22 days left, they're already halfway to their initial $250,000 goal.

 

 

If you're reading this, I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're familiar with the TMNT --- and if your'e not, the current series is one of the best things out there and is well worth picking up --- but for those of you who don't pay attention to complicated board games, Kevin Wilson is kind of a big deal. He's the designer of Descent: Journeys in the Dark, a scenario-based dungeon-exploration game that's like a souped-up version of the '90s classic HeroQuest, and Arkham Horror, a similarly scenario-based game that pits a team of investigators against HP Lovecraft's elder gods. They're both fantastic games, so seeing Wilson take on the Turtles is a pretty good sign.

The campaign is set to run through February 25, with the regular edition of the game at the $90 tier and a special "The Works" edition --- which, of course, is packaged to look like a pizza --- for $150.