Board game developer CMON (Zombicide, UnFair) have announced that they are developing a board game based on the Emmy-Award nominated Netflix series “Narcos”, which centres on the Columbian drug trade throughout the 70s and 80s. CMON have teamed with Gaumont (producer of Narcos) to design and publish the game.
One thing you can always count on in the Tabletop industry is that an opportunity to seize a licensed property will very rarely be passed up. Familiar brand names and iconic characters can net sales even from the most casual gamers if the source material is popular enough (look no further than the bazillion different versions of monopoly on the market). Narcos has been a huge series for Netflix, earning plenty of critical praise and a substantial following. And given the empire-building focus of the show, it lends itself well to a strategic board game.
Narcos follows in the footsteps of other hit shows like The Walking Dead, whose board game was released early in the show’s run, and Stranger Things, who has a range of board game tie-ins being released this year.
From the announcement:
Narcos: The Board Game, designed by Fel Barros and Renato Sasdelli, puts two to five players in the roles of the series’ most powerful characters and factions as they rewrite the story behind the rise and fall of El Patrón. One person acts as El Patrón, managing a growing narcotics empire while trying to keep their location on the board a secret. The remaining players lead the Hunter Factions: the DEA, Policía Nacional de Colombia, Cali Cartel, and the guerrilla extremist group. These seemingly disparate groups are united in their common interest to discover the hidden position of El Patrón, sharing information and discussing strategies. If the El Patrón player manages to complete their secret objectives without being captured by the Hunters, they win. However, if the Hunters are able to uncover El Patrón’s location, they succeed in their mission and win.
“Working with Gaumont to bring Narcos to the tabletop has been an incredible adventure,” commented David Preti, CMON’s Creative Director. “Every aspect of this game is carefully coordinated with the Gaumont team to ensure that the show fans love is brought to life on the tabletop unlike anyone could have imagined, while also appealing to players who have never seen the show.”
“CMON is known for its focus on high-quality and engaging games and we trust them to develop and design the first Narcos board game title that will allow our millions of Narcos fans to immerse themselves within the storylines and characters of the show” added Tim Stephen, Head of Legal and Business Affairs at Gaumont.