Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer coming this October
Restoration Games and Mondo Games have announced the next set in their popular Unmatched line, and it's Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Like many sets in the series, this entry is designed by Rob Daviau and Justin D. Jacobson. This is a return to the Buffy IP for Rob Daviau, who also was a designer on the 2000 Hasbro release Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Game.
Unmatched has become renowned for its superb art and graphic design. If the box cover is any indication, the Buffy set will continue that trend, with art by Heather Vaughan. We only have a teaser of information so far. The characters and their sidekick(s) for the Buffy set are:
- Buffy with Giles or Xander
- Spike with Drusilla
- Willow with Tara
- Angel with Faith
Unmatched: Buffy the Vampire Slayer is scheduled for an October 2020 release.
Unmatched is an asymmetrical miniature skirmish game for two to four players. It is a reimplementation of Star Wars: Epic Duels. Each character has their own thematically tailored deck of attack, defense, and scheme cards. Most of the characters released so far have a sidekick. The gameboard uses the line-of-sight system from Tannhäuser, where a character has line-of-sight to all spaces that share a color with the space the character is in. The prior Unmatched releases and their respective characters are:
- Unmatched: Battle of Legends, Volume One: King Arthur, Medusa, Sinbad, and Alice in Wonderland
- Unmatched: Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot
- Unmatched: Bruce Lee
- Unmatched: Jurassic Park - InGen vs. Raptors: Robert Muldoon and three raptors
- Unmatched: Cobble & Fog: Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Jekyl/Hyde, and the Invisible Man
All sets are compatible, so you can duel with any of the characters. For anyone that has Unmatched: Cobble & Fog, Buffy versus Dracula seems like a must-see showdown! Volume One, Robin Hood vs. Bigfoot, and Cobble & Fog featured a double-sided board with two distinct maps. If the same is true of the Buffy set, which Sunnydale locations make the cut? Look for the publishers to release more information as we get closer to the release date. Personally, this Buffy fan really hopes the decks lean into the lore. Will Buffy's deck have a card titled "Once More, with Feeling"? Will Willow's deck have a card titled "Bored now"?
The above-mentioned Hasbro release, and the upcoming Unmatched set are not the only boardgames set in the Buffyverse. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game is a separate 2000 release published by Susan Prescot Games. Additionally, there was a short-lived collectible card game (CCG) published in 2001, a new and distinct Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Board Game published in 2016 by Jasco Games, and the deckbuilder Legendary: Buffy the Vampire Slayer released in 2017.