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Player count: 2 players
Play time: 30 minutes
Designers: Paige Treglown
Publisher: Thunder Finch Games
Lead your team of creatures in combat to claim valuable treasures and powerful orbs. Activate abilities at the right time defeat your opponents and claim the prize. Watch out for your surroundings as your location will impact your choices.
Faction Fighters is a two player card combat game that takes place in one of four unique locations. (Starfall Fields, Gem Hollow, Doomsday Bay or Shard Peak). Each round players will compete for an event card by playing cards and having the total strength. Events can be straight victory points, additional fighters or power orbs that are added to your deck.
Each player has a custom deck of 20 cards with their own unique feel. Players can trigger powerful combinations and abilities. Each round players will play one card, face down, then bolster their card with additional fighters. However, only one faction can be played at a time. Each round a new event card is contested and the game ends when the event deck is exhausted. The player with the most points is the winner.
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The game is pretty quick and once you have a few games under your belt can be played in under 30 minutes. This makes it ideal for an evening game or end of game night game. I have often played multiple games back to back using different location decks to mix it up.
It is a two player only card combat game. You will be attempting to defeat your opponent by having the highest strength monsters. Abilities can turn the tide of battle. This is an interactive game, you can’t get away from that. So, if that is not your thing then give this one a pass.
Ruleset is easy to get to grips with, turn sequence flows smoothly and the scoring is straight forward. There is not a high degree of complexity to the game but that doesn’t mean that you don’t have choices to make. It is a very tactical game and you have to react and change your plans based on what is in your hand.
Although the game comes with four event decks I didn’t necessarily feel like I was in a different location, but rather playing a different set of cards. It didn’t take away my engagement from the game though and I liked what the designer has done with the comic style book for the different locations.
Please note – Faction Fighters was provided as a review copy from Thunder Finch Games.