Way of the Fighter now on Kickstarter
November 16, 2016 - 8:09am
From Ninja Division and Soda Pop Miniatures, developers of Super Dungeon Explore, comes a new head-to-head board game now on Kickstarter - Way of the Fighter. Heavily influenced by classic arcade fighting games, Way of the Fighter tries to best mechanically simulate games such as Street Fighter and Tekken. That's not to say that it just allows you to punch and kick and move side-to-side, no. Way of the Fighter brings concepts such as spacing, crouching, leaping, and states of aggression to the table in a way that makes sense. Here's a brief description from the campaign page: "Way of the Fighter is an expandable card game by Benjamin Yamada that pits two fighters against one another in an arena, with a theme reminiscent of classic arcade-style fighting games. Each player manages their fighter’s movements, actions, health, and energy to achieve victory. The game is quick and involves bluffing, resource management, knowledge of each fighter's style, and sharp tactical decisions." My first thought when I saw the pitch for the product was that it looked a lot like BattleCON from Level 99 Games, and I needed to know what made Way of the Fighter unique besides dice. The answer is how customizable the game is: Each fighter only requires types of cards of which there are many varieties, and there are actually two versions of the game (Super and Turbo) both with their own unique sets of cards and fighters to choose from. It doesn't just stop being unique with the array of options, though, the game makes those fundamental traits of arcade fighters into phased nuances that are dealt with round by round so that things like mind-gaming and positioning are not limited by what character or cards you picked. There are plenty of videos available as well that demonstrate how the game is played and they even go so far as to show off some of the characters. With so much available out of the gate and a really solid platform to build upon, Way of the Fighter appears to be a solid product. As of writing this article, the project is only a few thousand dollars away from funded which is a good sign of a competitive game growing a community already. Check out the Kickstarter page and Soda Pop Miniatures website for more information as this project grows and begins to reach goals.