The Thunderbirds Co-operative Board Game by Matt Leacock

A project in London, UK by Chris Birch, Modiphius

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Join International Rescue, avert disasters, and foil the Hood’s evil scheme in THUNDERBIRDS, the new co-op game from Matt Leacock
Backers: 3167
Average Pledge Per Backer: £74

Funded: £234,603 of £20,000
Dates: Feb 24th -> Mar 29th (34 days)
Project By: Chris Birch, Modiphius
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Latest News

Thunderbirds (Above & Beyond expansion)

June 11th - via:
This expansion gives players four new ways to play and take their game Above & Beyond. (Read More)

Some New Faces, and Some Old Friends - Friday Tabletop Kickstarter Update

March 30th - via:
Legendary designer, Matt Leacock, has teamed up with a relatively new company Modiphius to bring the classic TV show Thunderbirds to the tabletop world. (Read More)

Metal Bonus Token ADD ON & ONLY 90 mins to go!

March 29th - via:
Hi all remember we're finishing in about 90 minutes at 8pm UK time.  Metal Bonus Tokens Add On: £20 -  Right we got the news we needed from the factory... Want another way to help us boost towards those final stretch goals? We can now offer a set... (Read More)

International Rescue Needs You!

March 29th - via:
This post is for backers only. Please visit and log in to read. (Read More)

9 Mission Cards UNLOCKED! Seascape Drilling Rig! 3k Backer Bonus!

March 29th - via:
Wow we're smashing the goals now that's another three Mission cards for a total of nine added to Expansion 1. We also unlocked the tasty International Rescue Agents ID Card Holder and now we're working towards the Timed Play Upgrade in Expansion 3... (Read More)

Mission Cards UNLOCKED. Crablogger! Add Your Shipping!

March 28th - via:
Hi all, last update tonight before I sign off and get some sleep for the big day tomorrow. We just cracked the £204,000 goal which means another 3 Mission Cards are being added to Expansion 1 (the Stretch Goal says Exp 2 but should be 1). Below you... (Read More)

£200k! Jeff Tracy UNLOCKED Plus Roadbuilder & Final Goals!

March 28th - via:
Wow incredible, really incredible who would have thought we'd get this far! Thanks to everyone for helping us bring this dream to reality and it's great to be able to share it with you all. I've attached some '24 Hours To Go' graphics below so please... (Read More)

Event Cards & 1st Player Marker UNLOCKED plus Roleplaying Info!

March 28th - via:
Since yesterday we've rocketed through two more stretch goals adding 3 more Mission Cards to Expansion 2 (total 6) and unlocking the big die cut International Rescue logo as the first player marker. Now it's time to unlock the 28mm figure of Jeff.... (Read More)

Game Preview: Thunderbirds, or It's Another Matt Leacock Cooperative Game Go!

March 28th - via:
I'll confess to never having watched Thunderbirds, so I have no nostalgic connection to the show and can consider this design only from the gameplay elements. I did get a preview of the Thunderbirds prototype at Spiel 2014, though, and the UK gamers who played then were practically giddy as each newly revealed disaster card allowed them to relive yet another episode. (Read More)

Linen Finish UNLOCKED! Thunderbird Card Reveals

March 27th - via:
£190k you say? Oh Parker, well done! Well we unlocked the linen finish for the board and core box and we're now funding the Current Player Marker!  However it's time for some more reveals so here's some example cards from the game so you can get... (Read More)

Scheme Track Video & ...Metal Dragons..?

March 26th - via:
Hi there, tomorrow we're going to have a reveal on some of the cards in the game and begin our preparations for the final 48 hours as tons of new press goes out and we have more exciting things to reveal. I thought you'd like to see the next video... (Read More)

Card Upgrade UNLOCKED! Pod Vehicles, Contents & Goals!

March 26th - via:
Hi you can see the new Pod vehicle sculpts below but first we unlocked the upgrade to all the card decks (core game and expansions) to a blue core card stock which gives the cards a much higher quality feel and durability, we'll also be giving them... (Read More)

Mission Cards UNLOCKED Mission Vehicle Reveal! Art Add On!

March 25th - via:
Hi guys lots to talk about today and we just smashed another goal at £183k for an extra 2 Event Cards in the core box taking it to 12 total!  Art Add On! So whilst you can decide which box art you now get, not everyone wants a second box just to... (Read More)

Extra Pod Vehicles UNLOCKED & Box Art NEWS

March 24th - via:
Hi all there's news on the Box Art today - see below!  Firstly, we smashed through the latest goal to unlock the Monobrake and Jet Air Transporter meaning there's FOUR more plastic Pod Vehicles in Expansion 2! They'll come with extra Pod Tokens so... (Read More)

[PODCAST] RDTN Episode 62 – Tough Enough: Interview with Matt Leacock

March 24th - via:
Matt Leacock has been making the rounds to promote his new game Thunderbirds, published by Modiphius Games and we were lucky enough to be including in his tour of podcasts/video channels. Some of us even got to interview him twice. The Kickstarter is doing incredibly well as you can imagine and was funded I believe in one day. While this game has my interest, I am already stretched thin on my KS dollars for the year, so I am going to pass until it hits retail. (Read More)

Graham Bleathman Map Art, Disaster Track Video!

March 23rd - via:
Hi all, today we can unveil some of the artwork for the map board painted by Thunderbirds artist Graham Bleathman. Graham is famous for the cut-aways of the Thunderbirds and other Gerry Anderson vehicles and installations in the many books and comics... (Read More)


March 22nd - via:
We speak to Chris Birch of Modiphus Games (Read More)

Neutraliser Tractor & Firetruck UNLOCKED! Jeff Tracy?

March 21st - via:
Morning! We're testing the latest Play The Hood expansion from Matt this weekend and had some great news that we unlocked the Neutraliser Tractor & Firetruck Pod Vehicles! These will now be incorporated in to the replacement Disaster Deck (was... (Read More)

GeekDad Interviews 'Thunderbirds' Game Designer Matt Leacock

March 20th - via:
Next week, Matt Leacock’s Thunderbirds game will wrap up its Kickstarter campaign. It’s already over 800% of its funding goal and is burning through stretch goals. I had the opportunity to sit down with Matt in his home in Northern California and talk about Thunderbirds, Kickstarter, the Pandemic series, and his favorite games. (Read More)

Tracy Brothers Sculpts! New Stretch Goals & Solitaire Info!

March 19th - via:
We've had approval on the unique Tracy brothers sculpts so here they are along with Lady Penelope! Remember you're getting coloured plastic characters and vehicles (the characters match their starting vehicle).  Painted Sets? We're still exploring... (Read More)

How Lou Sees It: Thunderbirds Co-operative Board Game is Go!

March 18th - via:
So, apparently Thunderbirds was an old TV show and before the news of this game hit my twitter feed, I honestly didn't have any idea what Thunderbirds was. Not only was it a TV show back 50 years ago, but it was done using marionette puppetry with scale models for special effects. To get a better feel of what the show was about, I went to the library and rented the 2004 live action movie. It was an interesting little movie, but I really liked the concept. I think I would personally have a hard time watching the old TV show, but I'm curious to see what else comes out this year in honor of its 50 year anniversary. (Read More)

Kickstarter Review: 'Thunderbirds Co-operative Board Game'

March 17th - via:
Thunderbirds are go! The wonderfully campy 1965-1966 Gerry Anderson British TV show Thunderbirds turns 50 this year. While most of the press is focusing on the upcoming reboot of the TV show, British game studio Modiphius is also joining the franchise with a cooperative board game designed by none other than the master of the genre himself, Matt Leacock. The game, currently on Kickstarter, has already made its funding goal on and is blasting through stretch goals. (Read More)

Crazy Eights: Designer Matt Leacock

March 17th - via:
I admit, I wasn’t that interested in the Thunderbirds game posted on Kickstarter when I had first heard about it. I don’t have the same nostalgia for the Thunderbirds that others have. However, when I found out that it was being designed by Matt Leacock, I decided that I needed to take a look. I was given the opportunity to ask eight questions to Matt about how he designs games and how he got involved with the Thunderbirds game. (Read More)

Expansion 4 UNLOCKED! Cheaper Euro Shipping & Survey Results

March 16th - via:
KYRANO... KYRANO...! We just passed the £170k mark which means the final part of Expansion 4 - Play The Hood has been unlocked. We should have some more info on what you can expect later this week. We've got the new Tracy brothers to unveil tomorrow... (Read More)

Thunderbirds: Interview with Chris Birch and Matt Leacock

March 16th - via:
We here at Geekly Inc. have previously written about the Kickstarter for Thunderbirds Co-operative Board Game . Now several of the stretch goals have been funded allowing for four expansions and a role playing aspect! Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Chris Birch from publisher Modiphius Entertainment and designer Matt Leacock about Thunderbirds and some of the other upcoming releases from Modiphius Entertainment. (Read More)

Modiphius are F.A.B. for bringing us Thunderbirds the Boardgame

March 16th - via:
Modiphius is close to becoming a household name having produced roleplaying games relating to Cthulhu, Conan, Infinity, Paulo Parente's Dust world, and even Mutant Chronicles. (Read More)

Cheaper Shipping & Free UK Split Shipping!

March 15th - via:
Hi there I have lots of news of postage savings today - see below! First of all I've been going through over 1000 survey entries today, reading all the comments and looking at the numbers. I'm going to do a separate update answering a lot of the... (Read More)

[VIDEO] Thunderbirds, de la partie !

March 15th - via:
Quand Monsieur Olivier vous explique " Thunderbirds ",vous n'avez pas d'autre choix que de faire une partie pour voir si vous avez bien tout compris. C'est ce que nous avons fait. Un bon moyen de compléter vos informations pour savoir si vous allez acheter le jeu, ou pas... (Read More)

Canadian Shipping Reduction & More Interviews with Matt!

March 12th - via:
Hi guys I know there's a lot of you out there (according to the survey!) who are patiently waiting on a reduction in shipping for Canada - well after hours of talking to people we got it! The £65 Pledge is reduced from £20 to £13 GBP for one... (Read More)

Thunderbirds 2 Model & We need your feedback!

March 12th - via:
Here's a cool update on the modelling of Thunderbird 2 but first we wanted to ask you to help us improve the shipping and later stretch goals. We want to keep improving the shipping for everyone but also want to improve both the base game and core... (Read More)

[PODCAST] Sweet Kicks with Bricks 32: Thunderbirds

March 12th - via:
On this episode of Sweet Kicks with Bricks, Barry talks with the team behind the Kickstarter Thunderbirds. (Read More)

Interview with Game Designer Matt Leacock

March 12th - via:
Recently we had a chance to talk a little with veteran game designer Matt Leacock. You may have heard of a few of his titles: Pandemic, Roll Through the Ages and Forbidden Island. It’s no great leap to say that Matt is quite the accomplished game designer. (Read More)

Thunderbirds Are Go! An Interview With Designer Matt Leacock

March 11th - via:
If there’s a master of the modern cooperative game, it’s got to be Matt Leacock. He created the seminal Pandemic. Then Forbidden Island. And Forbidden Desert. And Pandemic: The Cure. And now he’s going retro, with a  Kickstarter for a new cooperative game based on the classic Thunderbirds franchise from the ‘60s.  (Read More)

Production Update, Split Shipping Info & Interviews

March 10th - via:
For those of you considering splitting your £65 Pledge shipments so you can get the core box in August have a read below. We've also been able to reduce shipping for our friends in Ireland to match the UK! Production Update? Already? Well I think... (Read More)

Co-Op Interviews: Matt Leacock — Thunderbirds

March 10th - via:
Matt Leacock is well-known as the designer of Pandemic (2007), Forbidden Island (2010), Forbidden Desert (2013), and related games. I interviewed him about his designs a couple of years ago, following the release of Forbidden Desert. Now that Modiphius Entertainment is Kickstarting his newest co-op game, the Thunderbirds Co-operative Board Game, I was thrilled to talk to him again, to see how it fits into his evolving design philosophy. (Read More)

Thunderbirds: From TV to Tabletop

March 10th - via:
We talk to Chris Birch and Matt Leacock about how they brought the Thunderbirds Co-operative board game from concept to reality. (Read More)

Board Game News Roundup: Golden Geeks, Kickstarters, and More!

March 10th - via:
The annual Golden Geek Awards have been held where users of vote on their favorites. The winner this year: Splendor. Splendor is a game I put in the “fun enough” category. I enjoyed it but I wasn’t really clamoring for more. It’s a little surprising that it won. Elsewhere, Five Tribes won for best strategy game, and Alchemists was totally robbed by Dead of Winter for most innovative. (Read More)

Thunderbirds Roleplaying! Hood Models UNLOCKED! More Pod Vehicles!

March 9th - via:
Soon International Rescue's Secrets will be mine! We're just unlocked the models for the Play The Hood expansion (more on those in a later update) and announced a further Stretch Goal at £180k for a bonus 4 Pod Vehicles which includes the Firetruck... (Read More)

Crowdfunding Highlights

March 9th - via:
The latest nostalgic trigger overfunding on Kickstarter is the Thunderbirds Co-operative Board Game from Modiphius Entertainment. Designed by Matt Leacock of Pandemic fame, the game has players taking on the roles of the individual Tracy family members, completing various rescue missions around the world, and most importantly, piloting miniatures of the beloved Thunderbirds vehicles. The project is currently working toward a stretch goal that would allow a fifth player to act as the evil Hood. (Read More)

Thunderbirds sur Kickstarter

March 8th - via:
Il n’est pas dans l’habitude de Vin d’jeu de faire de la pub pour des jeux lancés sur kickstarter mais ici, vu la demande gentille et personnelle de l’éditeur, on va faire une petite exception. (Read More)

Anderson Event Pics! Model Sizes & Matt's Prototypes

March 6th - via:
We were very fortunate to be invited to a special VIP celebration of the late Gerry Anderson's career on Wednesday night - you can see some amazing pictures of models and the Tracy's playing the game below! Gerry's son Jamie Anderson was introducing... (Read More)

Kickstarter Spotlight: Thunderbirds

March 6th - via:
Dedicated to tabletop game designers, players, dreamers and the games they dare to love. (Read More)

Cheaper Shipping Details

March 5th - via:
Hi there we've been working to bring the shipping costs down again. You'll find the latest shipping updates with more savings for Australia and the USA below. These are on the main page too. Remember Europe it doesn't cost any more shipping to add... (Read More)

The Thunderbirds Cooperative Board Game is Go!

March 5th - via:
It's the official 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds, a beloved British TV series from the '60s featuring a family of mildly creepy marionettes as they save the world. A new series starring equally creepy CGI characters will debut in April, and publisher Modiphius is joining the celebration with their co-op board game. (Read More)

[Sound of catastrophic explosion] You Did It! Expansion 3 UNLOCKED!

March 4th - via:
As we smashed through the £140k goal unlocking the Epic-Level Play Expansion I knew many of you would start cackling to yourselves at the thought of soon controlling the Hood's villainous empire, soon you will have the secrets of International... (Read More)

2000 Backer Bonus & Mission Vehicles Choice!

March 3rd - via:
Hi all, we're very close to unlocking the £140,000 goal for Epic Level gameplay - the second part of Expansion 3 and then we'll be working towards Expanison 4 - Play The Hood - adding a 5th player in to the mix.  1000 Backer Bonus: You may not have... (Read More)

New Thunderbirds board game gets amazing fan backing

March 3rd - via:
A new Thunderbirds board game designed by Matt Leacock has received amazing fan backing on Kickstarter. (Read More)

UNLOCKED - Levelling Up! Play The Hood news for 5 Players!

March 1st - via:
Exciting news today! We unlocked the first part of the 3rd Expansion Levelling Up which let's you increase your character's abilities by completing Missions. The expansion will come with several versions of each character card showing different... (Read More)

£65 Pledge UNLOCKED Plus Avatars!

March 1st - via:
Hi all, the benefits of running a Kickstarter is that you get to work Saturday night number crunching! I had a call with our factory (we have a lovely contact Linda who's also working hard to help us) and was able to confirm some figures that I... (Read More)

Matt Leacock is doing a Live interview at 10.30pm GMT - Join In!

February 27th - via:
Hi there , well you blew through the £110k Stretchgoal unlocking the fun Explosion Markers as a base game upgrade - next Expansion 3! Just a quick note to pass on Matt's message! Matt here. I'll be doing a live interview (via Google Hangouts) with... (Read More)

Mission Vehicles Unlocked. 24 Hours For £65 Pledge. Shared Shipping!

February 27th - via:
Not even 3 days in yet and we've hit the staggering £100k! Bizarrely most of our promotion and press is still to come so who knows where this will end up, seriously though it's so amazing to be seeing what we can do with such a well loved universe.... (Read More)

Shipping Costs Reduced! Paypal Pledges Live!

February 26th - via:
Hi all, we've been working hard on those shipping prices and I've just updated the text on the page which you can see below. First though we've added Paypal Pledges to our webstore so if you have friends wanting to pledge through Paypal give them the... (Read More)

Thunderbirds are GO! Board Game Kickstarter Launches for 50th Anniversary of 60’s Children’s Program

February 26th - via:
If there’s one thing watching old reruns of Thunderbirds! has taught me, its every house needs an underground hanger. Or a submarine pen. Preferably both. If you’ve ever wanted to help the Tracy clan in their ongoing secret mission to save human life wherever they can, Matt Leacock has designed the co-op board game for you. (Read More)

UNLOCKED: Unique Tracy brothers, French Translation & Expansion 1 Info

February 25th - via:
Hi all, well you unlocked the different sculpts for the Tracy brothers which is a core game upgrade! I'm just uploading the next Stretch Goal to show what's coming next. The shipping update is coming tomorrow morning but we have lots of news... (Read More)

Expansion 1 UNLOCKED - Pod Vehicles! £65 Pledge Lock?

February 25th - via:
It's been a crazy day catching up on the landslide of stretch goals! Thanks for everyone's massive support - just shows that Thunderbirds lives on for so many people around the world! £65 Pledge Lock Extended: First of all we have decided to extend... (Read More)

Time for Parker & Tin Tin!

February 24th - via:
Looks like International Rescue has got the Hood on the run today! So we unlocked Parker as a playable character with FAB2 - Yes it's a luxury yacht that Parker lost in a poker game so now you can imagine what would happen if Lady Penelope managed to... (Read More)

UNLOCKED - Upgraded Components! NEXT: Tracy Island & Brains!

February 24th - via:
Well this has been a busy day - you guys are keeping us busy! It's great we unlocked the Upgraded Components, it means we have the budget to go for some more costly versions of printed components with the factory, and commission some new art for the... (Read More)

Thunderbirds is FUNDED!

February 24th - via:
Incredible! Seems all those years drawing Thunderbirds ships and watching episodes wasn't wasted after all! Massive thank you goes out to everyone who got on board day 1 - it's all down to you and being our first boardgame I was wary that we were... (Read More)

Modiphius’ Thunderbirds Board Game Kickstarter Is Go!

February 24th - via:
The long awaited Kickstarter for Modiphius' Thunderbirds board game is go and things are looking F.A.B. (Read More)

THUNDERBIRDS Board Game Kickstarter is Go!

February 24th - via:
At STARBURST we get pretty excited by all things THUNDERBIRDS and we’ve keeping a keen eye on Modiphius Entertainment, who have promised to produce the definitive THUNDERBIRDS game. The company has launched a KICKSTARTER campaign this morning and it looks set to smash its goals very quickly indeed. (Read More)

5, 4, 3, 2, 1…The Thunderbirds Kickstarter is Go!

February 24th - via:
The cooperative game based off Thunderbirds, the 1960’s television show, has gone live on Kickstarter, and was funded in a matter of hours. Now we wait to see how many stretch goals it reaches. (Read More)

Thunderbirds Kickstarter is LIVE!

February 24th - via:
Thunderbirds Kickstarter is LIVE! (Read More)

Thunderbirds are go!

February 24th - via:
The moment we've all been waiting for is here! The Modiphius Entertainment Thunderbirds Kickstarter is live. Matt Leacock (Pandemic, Forbidden Island, Forbidden Desert, all of which we love) has been slaving away over it and now you can get a piece of the action. (Read More)

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