Remember those insane spell battles you would draw on your notebooks while in school? No? Just me?
A few years ago, an absolutely ridiculous game called Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre was released on the world.
Was it amazing gameplay? Not really. Was it pretty? With a tounge in cheek, 80s comic heavy metal aesthetic, you could say so. It is definitely distinctive. Was it fun? Surprisingly – yes. Simple, irreverrant, quirky and quick. Epic Spell Wars shouldn’t work on so many levels, but it really does for me.
A few games have come out in this series now, but all basically build on the core decks of the game. Pick your wizard, draw some cards and defeat all of your fellow wizards to be the last wizard standing. You defeat your opponents by casting spells – you are wizards after all. Combine up to three spell effects (or more!) to create weird and wacky invocations to defeat everyone else.
Do this twice, and you win the game. What could be easier?
You are probably asking how you can be the last wizard standing twice. Well, the wizards are so powerful, death is just a minor inconvenience. When someone wins the round, everyone resets back to full health. If you didn’t win, you also get a ‘Dead Wizard Card’, a bit of a boost to help you win the next round.
Games are easy to play, not hard to teach, quick and fun social affairs. The series isn’t for everyone, but for everyone does enjoy it, Epic Spell Wars makes for a great social game.
Now a new entry is coming – Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Annihilageddon. Rather than just more of the same as the earlier games, Annihilageddon is being released as a stand alone deck builder game.
What does that mean exactly? Who knows. No real information is available yet. From the Cryptozoic site, it looks like your Wizard is more than just a score board. You will be able to give your Wizard some form of custom ability adding personalisation to your character. This also includes familiars apparently.
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Annihilageddon integrates with other Cerberus Engine games from Cryptozoic. This means you can mix hte Wizards with Cartoon Network stars with Crossover Crisis, DC Comics Characters, Lord of the Ring, Naruto and Attack on Titan.
Integrating such different worlds means I think looking at these games for an idea on how mechanics will work is a good idea, but I haven’t played any of them so I am a bit in the dark.
Time will definitely tell, but the series has enough of a tongue in cheek humour and quick play appeal for me I will be looking for more info on this when it’s available.
And I won’t have to wait long. The game is due out in retail in September, so it’s not much of a wait. Plus I have eyed Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis a bit, I could just look at that properly to see what’s involved.
Or wait until next week during Gen Con and see what people think.
Those lucky enough to be going to Gen Con this year will be able to buy Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Annihilageddon from the Cryptozoic booth. Not only will you have an early chance to grab the game, you can also buy a 9 inch trophy of past champion Studd Spellslammer and The Juice!
This all just brings into focus that wonderful time of year, where I get to hear about all of the wonderful goodness coming out and cursing the lucky people over in the states that get to go get all of these lovely things.
This is just one small thing that caught my attention – so much goodness is coming out to lucky people in just a few days!
Ah well. I will just have to set up an Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards night, and play old school 😛
If you would like to see the original game in action, you can check out the TableTop episode below!
Until next time,