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Cacique Caribe04 May 2018 1:21 a.m. PST

1) First and foremost … it airs on TCM Tuesday, May 8 at 5:30 PM Central;

2) Also, which do you think would be more fun to game, the 1951 film or John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982)? And what size figures/terrain? Would it work with 15mm, or larger?

PS. About the 1982 film: TMP link






Allen5704 May 2018 1:33 a.m. PST

Probably #2 because the thing can assume different shapes. BTW there is a good game link which even has miniatures.

#1 would sort of be like Space Hulk with only one genestealer or you could also use these games with 28mm figures:



Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 8:50 a.m. PST

I much prefer the 1951 version. It would be doable as a game.

hocklermp504 May 2018 11:01 a.m. PST

Ditto the 1951 version.

DOUGKL04 May 2018 6:29 p.m. PST

The '51 version with 25/28mm.

Mithmee04 May 2018 6:30 p.m. PST

Well the first thing you do is shoot all of the scientists since they are more than likely going to do something that will end up killing most of your group…

All in the name of Science.

Festerfest04 May 2018 9:25 p.m. PST

Well…you're robbing science of the greatest secret that's ever come to it. Knowledge is more important than life, Mithmee. We've only one excuse for existence: to think, to find out, to learn! It doesn't matter what happens to us. Nothing matters except our thinking. We've fought our way into Nature, we've split the atom… We owe it to the brain of our species to stay here and die, without destroying a source of wisdom. Civilization has given us orders!

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 10:49 p.m. PST

#1 with James Arness as da thing grin

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 12:47 p.m. PST

The original seems kind of boring. One big unkillable monster, attacking a bunch of civilians and soldiers. The board game based on the John Carpenter version seems interesting. I have not seen the third version -- 2011

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP05 May 2018 12:51 p.m. PST


Hooray for you!

Now, having said what needed to be repeated, I will blow your effing head off so I can struggle like a maniac to kill that…THING!


Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 3:18 p.m. PST

Howard Hawks' 1951 version; love that film! Preferably in 25mm but 15mm in a pinch.

Paint it Pink08 May 2018 9:24 a.m. PST

Go back to the source material; John Campbell's Who Goes There, which was originally written as a Doc Savage story.


Pyrate Captain11 May 2018 5:48 a.m. PST

It was on last weekend. TCM I believe.

Cacique Caribe11 May 2018 6:27 a.m. PST

Yep. Caught it on DVR. Will watch it again this weekend.


TheBeast12 May 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

Thanks, Paint it Pink, you just exploded my head. Yes, I read Who Goes There LONG ago, but it was first a Doc story??? Whoa!

Mithmee: Remember ONE thing. Burke was NO scientist. Always watch the junior execs. ;->=

James Arness as a walking carrot; what's not to love?

Seems Alien meets Znutar might be the ticket, just to make interesting, as you'd have to 'discover' what would kill/cook it.


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