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THE WORLD'S GORIEST BOARD GAME TM
             

...YOUR SENTENCE IS HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT WITH THE MOST HORRIFIC SERIAL KILLERS OF ALL TIME.
YOUR ADVANTAGE IS THAT YOU'RE ONE OF THEM.

             

AMPUTHEATRE is a strategic board game of hand-to-hand combat for three to ten players. Set in a future too close for comfort, public execution is now televised- and that execution takes the shape of gladiatorial battle. Convicted Death Row murderers battle to the bloody death in an arena full of weapons and booby traps (the AMPUTHEATRE itself.)

AMPUTHEATRE's atmosphere and characters are wholly inspired from innumerable "splatter" movies, horror folklore, and some of the least wholesome stories of our world's history. The game's rules for its fighting are based upon ideas from hand-to-hand combat computer games ("fighting games") such as Street Fighter II, Tekken, and Mortal Kombat.

Proudly professing itself as "The World's Goriest Board Game," AMPUTHEATRE uses Splatter Dice which drown its grid-shaped board in the blood of its competitors. These dice also serve to create a new battlefield every game as Weapons, Spells, and Traps modify the playfield every turn. And just like the fighting games, new players can participate in a game of AMPUTHEATRE already in progress.

             

The playable characters in AMPUTHEATRE are the condemned criminals forced to fight; these are called Slashers. At the start of every AMPUTHEATRE game, each player chooses from one of twelve Slashers. Each Slasher also comes with a Slasher Sheet which details their individual strengths, movement speed, defenses, and unique powers.

Each Slasher is represented by a poseable action figure 4"-5" in height. This figure is moved about the board as any standard game pawn. This size of each figure is reflective of the large characters in fighting games. Each figure has two removable arms and a removable head to simulate amputation and decapitation respectively.

Every Slasher plays differently from the others. Some are very strong and rely on brute force, others are quick on their feet, and others wait until a duel is over- in order to slice open the winner before they catch their breath.

Amputation!

Immolation!
Decapitation!
AMPUTATION!
IMMOLATION!!
DECAPITATION!!!
             

The Slashers will inflict grievous injuries upon each other- dismembering, eviscerating, piercing, immolating, and beheading each other in glorious excess. AMPUTHEATRE's combat system uses different dice to determine the success and ferocity of these attacks. Attacks become more potent if the victims lie prone on the ground, or are restrained by either another Slasher or a torture device.

In spite of AMPUTHEATRE's gruesome subject matter and potential for horror, the game possesses a dark sense of slapstick humor. The proof is in the outrageous amounts of blood, which spread in all sorts of disarming trajectories from the most innocuous of attacks. Couple this with the backstories behind the Slashers- since all of the game's characters are vicious, unrelenting killers (there are no "good guys"; no one in the game doesn't deserve to be in the AMPUTHEATRE) it somehow lends some morality, however demented, to the proceedings.

Nevertheless, AMPUTHEATRE is best suited for mature gamers, as some of its material may be unsuitable for those under 17. The makers of AMPUTHEATRE neither condone, promote, nor encourage the type of behavior simulated in the arena.

...The object of AMPUTHEATRE? Um... it's whatever the players want it to be. "Last Man Standing", "Most Life Left After (n) Turns"; we don't care. We were just concerned about spreading a lot of gore.

             
Thank you for embracing the chaos of AMPUTHEATRE: The World's Goriest Board Game. Please enjoy the rest of the website.
             

DISCLAIMER: Currently AMPUTHEATRE is a work in progress. The photos on this page and of the rest of this website depict AMPUTHEATRE in a fully customized form- entirely created by the artist and creator by hand (with the exception of a few plastic accessories borrowed from other toys) and thus not feasibly available for mass production at the time of this posting. AMPUTHEATRE is however patented, and a license is being sought so that all gamers can partake in the World's Goriest Board Game! Keep checking the "Latest" link for details!

All Slashers and their images are Copyright 2005-2006 Gil Merritt. All rights reserved.