The folks over at Funko games have announced a Groundhog Day board game based on the movie coming 2021. Details are light but it is planned to be a game where you try to play cards in ascending order cooperatively in silence to break the loop.
The game was designed by Prospero Hall, a collaborative design agency in Seattle, that was also behind games like Horrified (2019), Disney Villainous (2018), Jaws (2019), Panam (2020) and so many more. They have an impressive set of strategy, party and family games, as well as, games based on epic IP and completely original titles.
Here is the description for the publisher on Board Game Geek:
Watch that first step as it’s a doozie!
Live the events of Groundhog Day over and over again as Phil Connors. Each day in Groundhog Day: The Game, you attempt to play cards quickly and in order without communicating to the other players before time runs out. Help Phil on his journey from cynical weatherman to friendly, local townsfolk by learning skills like playing the piano. Every card depicts memorable people and places of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania from the movie. Help Phil escape the Groundhog Day time loop by living the perfect day!
The game sounds a lot like THE MIND, which is a 2018 card game designed by the great Wolfgang Warsch. It is a communication strategy cooperative game where everyone needs to play the cards from their hands in ascending order collectively without communicating. Instead of numbers, it will be a series of events. Hey why not, every game could use a little Bill Murray.
IN CASE YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT GROUNDHOG DAY (1993)
A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting “rat” (as he calls it). This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the ‘following’ day he discovers that it’s Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.
Directed By: Harold Ramis
Written By: Danny Ruben and Harold Ramis
Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott. Stephen Tobolowsky and Brian Doyle-Murray