By now you know the game: Shopping for loved ones is both the best and worst thing ever. Each year we spend incalculable bank one-upping loved ones, friends, and frenemies in an effort to find that one perfect gift. This holiday season, Vanyaland has compiled its own gift guide to hep you navigate the sea of consumerism, from stocking stuffer ideas to a giant fucking Han Solo carbonite wall-piece that would be the envy of any aspiring Hutt. If you don't see anything of interest now, fear not: We'll be updating this jimjam until the last mall turns off its fading lights and the last website closes up Santa's online shop for the season.
The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31
It’s a classic tale: A group of people, trapped in a land they’d prefer not to be in, suspecting one another of being a horrific man-eating monster. No, we’re not describing your struggles trying to figure out who voted for Trump at Christmas dinner with your family — we’re talking about this new board game from the good people at Mondo. Based on the John Carpenter film of the same name, this impeccably designed and smartly crafted game was a huge hit at this year’s Fantastic Fest, and looks to be a huge amount of fun for your 4 to 8 person gathering, even if you might want to (actually) kill each other by game’s end. Sadly, the limited edition is sold out, but the Standard Edition should already be in stores and is available for pre-order from their website. — Nick Johnston