Epic Spell Wars of The Battle Wizards: Duel on Mt. Skullzfyre Review
So, you like being a wizard? Of course beside the deathly spells pointed at you and those crazy creatures sprawling towards your face. Me like being a wizard, because I can punish and torment others with my weird, tricky and sometimes devastating spells. As long that ‘others’ aren’t also wizards, who could spell back at you.
But, in this game you will face seriously hilarious wizards, exchange spells with them and be the last wizard standing. So, looks like an easy task right? Nothing vicious, no one gets harm and we’d shake hands after that? Hold your thought, it’s hilarious alright but it’s way far off easy. You’ll be dead before you know it.
This game was designed by Cory Jones and Rob Heinsoo, published under the Cryptozoic Entertainment. Originated from a card game, this one little bad-ass came out strong and surprisingly outstanding. The game designers created a simple yet unique and innovative from card component and combined with dice rolling mechanic.
Did you know that magical wizards are battling to the death … and beyond … right now!? “Why battle?” you might ask. “What have I got to prove, magic man?” Only who’s the most awesomely powerful battle wizard in the entire realm, that’s what! As a Battle Wizard, you’ll put together up to three spell components to craft millions (okay, not really) of spell combos. Your spells might kick ass, or they could totally blow – it’s up to you to master the magic. You will unleash massive damage on the faces of your wizard rivals in a no-holds-barred, all-out burn-down to be the last Battle Wizard standing. And it doesn’t stop there! Powerful magic items bring on a whole new level of bloody carnage as you and your mighty wizard opponents tear each other limb from limb in an orgy of killing! Do you have what it takes to use epic spells in a war at Mt. Skullzfyre? Will YOU be the Ultimate Battle Wizard!?!
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre is a humorous card game depicting a vicious, over-the-top battle between a variety of comically illustrated wizards. The game focuses primarily on creating three-part spell combos to blast your foes into the afterlife. The unique Dead Wizard cards allow players to stay in the game even after their wizards have been defeated.
So, what made me pick-up this awesome gem? Well, the first thing was the artworks. When I got my eyes on that comical and hilarious illustrations, I just knew that I must have this one. And when I got my hands into this baby, got it through several plays and hell it’s just too goddamn worth it. It’s quick, simple to learn, easy to understand and the rules are exemplary easy to understand. Had it played with 2,5 and 7 players. Yeah I know, over the limit, but who cares since we had fun out of the roof. So, after several plays, here is my review on the game.
Fantasy theme with shallow background story. It’s okay, since this game is just a filler and people just want to have some fun. So, here goes the theme. So, there’s a battle, epic they said. Battle between wizards, which usually they cast spells all over the place. The last wizard standing is the winner (oh yes it’s a player elimination game), but that’s not it, you need to be that twice. Now you don’t say, twice? Do you mean all the dead wizards come back to life to fight with you again? Yeah, kinda. We are wizards who seek supremacy and being the last wizard standing somewhat meet that criteria.
This aspect was the first thing caught my attention. The artwork is superb, it has the feeling of cartoonish with violence theme and somewhat strong explicit images. This may not very suitable for underage children and proven to be harsh and negative influence for them. But for me, it’s hilarious and worth collecting. The cheesy bright and contrast color combinations with spectacular arts from the gruesome characters with ridiculous spell names really lighten up your day. The good part is with the unique mechanic of a spell that consist of a set of cards, which the illustrations are joined together to make a single illustrations with different combination through the cards. This is creative way of visualization. One illustration can connect to another illustration to form an illustrative spell with catchy and super unique name. This one rocks and deserve my thumbs all the way up. Nick Edwards, the artist really did a great job.
3. Game Components
The game comes up with awesome components, the cards are smooth and nicely finished. It consist of 178 cards, 8 Over-sized Wizard cards, 6 Skull life counters, 7 Last Wizard Standing tokens, 4 six-sided dice, 1 Rulebook and there is one standing card board to picture Mount Skullzfyre as a theme flavor only function. The Cards are divided into 3 different basic types (Source, Quality and Delivery) which each has it’s own effect. The other cards are Wild Magic Cards (kinda more like a joker type of card), Treasure cards and Dead Wizard Cards.
The other components are simply in good quality, such as the tokens, the Over-sized Wizard Cards and also the dice. Sometimes the dice just not enough, you’ll need 2 more (for every player may required to roll a die in the same time or a player may rolled more than 4 dice during his turn), but this could be solved by rolling the dice in several groups.
The box comes in a small size and also with a nice insert (there is an illustration on the insert, which is a plus) but that almost not fit all the components, and forget the insert if you want to sleeve all the cards. It won’t fit into the insert. Si I decided not to sleeve the cards and keep the awesome insert.
4. Game Play
The game is simple, all you need to do is understand all the card types and read the text for the effect. It’s one of those games that you can easily and quickly pick up an play in an instant. The cards effects are clear and easy to understand. Players simultaneously choose what spell to play from their hands. A spell can contain 1 to 3 cards contain of 3 types (Source, Quality and Delivery), in other words you cannot play more than 1 card with the same type. After all players done their selection, the cards are revealed. The player with highest initiative value in the spell goes first (or players with the fewest cards in his spell, in case of a tie, roll a die).
The player announce the spell names in such stylish fashion (this make the game more hilarious) and resolve the effects of the spell in order from Source, Quality and the last Delivery. The target of the spell are different based on the effect, it could be one of the specific players, your neighbors or even random players (by a die roll). The players whose life is diminished to 0, eliminated the game and collect a Dead Wizard card. If the game still going around, when it’s his turn, he doesn’t draw spell cards, but a Dead Wizard card instead. This Dead Wizard cards are useful for the next round. After all players cast their spells, each players refill their hands up to 8 cards. Next turn begins. There are Treasure cards, which player can usually get from the effect of the spells or from the Dead Wizard cards. These Treasure cards are useful for a player to fight against other players. When there is only 1 player left standing, the round is over, the last player gain a Last Standing Wizard token. All players discards their hands and Treasure cards and also cash in their Dead Wizards cards. Next round begins, all players draw their hands up to 8 cards again. The game ends when there is one player with 2 Last Standing Wizard tokens. There are also Wild Magic Cards, these cards give you the option to play a spell card type that you don’t have, when you are about to cast the spell, you’ll be able to draw spell cards from the deck until you found the card of that type to replace the Wild Magic Card.
5. Replay Value
The key of the replay value is the cards. With it, you can have millions of combination spells. There are always different effects and combos in store for you to play. Cast them off and finish your opponents. This game shines with the perfect gaming group, which can be hilarious enough for you to laugh out loud and shout to cast the spell in ridiculous style. What more you want, it’s a party game indeed. There won’t be the same game every time you play, it’s hilariously different in each game.
My Thought of The Game
I like the game very much, instantly bought it when I saw the arts. And after reading the rules, the game play offered me interesting points. I like the creative idea of combining 3 cards into a spell with different combinations and effects. The name of the spell also creatively made. It’s a quick filler card game with party and hilarious feel in it. Play it with your crazy group and shots laughter into the room. This game is a quick paced card game with the ‘take that’ effect that played without thinking and careful planning, so better playing it fun and do not waste your time. It’s potentially gonna hit tables often and easy to become everyone’s favorite. Though it’s luck dependent on the dice rolls but must I remind you that it’s a party game after all and do not take this game seriously. You should just concentrate on how your spell casting evil voice drive the tension or laughter to the game.