Super Fantasy Brawl is an upcoming game that I am extremely excited about and that I wanted to share with you. The game is just about to launch on Kickstarter for a short campaign so I felt now was a good time to talk about it.
I’ll put this information right up front: THE SUPER FANTASY BRAWL KICKSTARTER RUNS 25th JUNE – 3rd JULY 2019
Click here to visit the Kickstarter page.
With that out the way, I shall attempt to explain why I am so hyped for this game.
Super Fantasy Brawl is an arena combat game which sees two teams of mighty champions facing off in glorious competition. Each of the champions is extremely unique and characterful, and the game is completely faction-free; meaning any champion can team up with any other.
Gameplay is simple but deep. Each champion comes with 6 cards, plus their own personal stat card. Their cards allow them to perform a variety special manoeuvres, such as darting across the arena, pulling or pushing their foes, shielding their team mates from damage and of course, attacking their enemies with bow, blade or spell. When you select your team you take the cards for each of your three heroes to form your deck. On your turn you’ll draw from your deck, playing cards to perform abilities. Over the course of the game you’ll earn victory points by taking enemies out of action and by achieving various goals from a set of objectives which change as the game continues. It’s worth noting that if a champion is taken out of the game they are not eliminated: they go back to their spawn point, ready to reenter the fray.
Already it’s clear to see how this setup could lead to some deep gameplay. With 12 champions at launch, with more planned for the future, there’s a dizzying number of card combinations you could have in your deck. Trying out different hero combinations is a very exciting prospect.
One of the things I love most about the game is the design of the champions. I talked in my Dice Throne review about how that game had done a great job of creating bold and iconic fantasy characters, but I think Super Fantasy Brawl takes that to another level. While most of the characters in Dice Throne are human, the characters in Super Fantasy Brawl are much more varied. There’s an honourable Tiger warrior, a marauding troll, a cursed werewolf, a phoenix, a stoic dwarf, a manipulative naga, an ogre pirate, a gnome riding a chameleraptor (a raptor crossed with a chameleon!), a mole assassin (!) and more.
Not only are the champions varied in terms of design, but they play very differently as well. The human ranger Deryn can manipulate the traps of the arena while raining down bolts from her crossbow. The ogre pirate Gold’arr can use his anchor-on-a-chain to pull enemies around. Rath, the super cool mole assassin, can burst from the ground to attack his foes, meaning they can’t react. Ko’lel the chameleraptor-riding gnome can make use of her mount to jump into combat before leaping back out. It all sounds very, very exciting.
The heroes are rendered in absolutely gorgeous, chunky miniatures. The miniatures, and the game’s artwork in general, brings to mind all of the things I love about the look of the Warcraft games: with colourful characters blocked out in bold silhouettes. I think the character design team have done a fantastic job.
While the game is going to Kickstarter, with a chance to get in early for a discounted rate, it will also be coming to retail in early 2020. The publisher, Mythic Games, have stated that they plan to support the game for a long time after launch, which regular releases of new champions and good support for the competitive scene.
I genuinely think that this game is going to be a huge success. The pick-up-and-play nature, with the game taking 5 minutes to learn and around 45 minutes to play, is going to make it very accessible. The large number of champions (which will grow after launch) combined with the tactical card-driven gameplay are going to give the game a high skill ceiling which I can see competitive gamers really embracing.
If you’re looking for a fun, characterful arena battler, with quick but deep gameplay and a game that looks amazing on the tabletop, check out Super Fantasy Brawl.
For more information, take a look at the intro video below from OnTableTop
You can find a lot more information, plus gameplay videos on the Super Fantasy Brawl Kickstarter Page.
Images take from the Super Fantasy Brawl Kickstarter page.