Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Press Release: Robot Fight Club - KICKSTARTER LAUNCHING 10th MARCH 2020

Robot Fight Club
A game of card-fueled customisable combat where schoolkids in a retro-futuristic setting repurpose abandoned robots and launch a thrilling new combat sport.

Needy Cat Games, the game design team behind titles like Hellboy: the Board Game, Blitz Bowl, Devil May Cry: the Bloody Palace and Adeptus Titanicus, is excited to announce its first solo project: Robot Fight Club! The game will be hitting Kickstarter on the 10th of March, and we are mecha excited! (Sorry.) 

The game is set in a retro-futuristic world where a group of schoolkids have snuck into an abandoned robotics academy, and started up a secret fighting league with a bunch of renovated robots. Robot Fight Club is a two-player arena combat game which offers fast-paced, action-packed gameplay that rewards strategic thinking, forward planning and a healthy dose of risk taking. 

A session of play starts with both players choosing a character and building a team of two robots, each equipped with a range of system upgrades. Each of the six robots available in the core game has its own unique set of capabilities and control cards, and with 36 upgrade cards available, no two teams will be the same! With their teams built, players take to the arena, trying to win the best of three bouts and be crowned the champion. Bouts usually last 15-20 minutes, so a full play session can be completed in around an hour. 

The action during a bout features grid movement and simultaneous action selection, with players choosing from their limited (and ever-dwindling!) Control Decks to move around the arena, bring their systems online and deal some damage to the other team. You each have two robots in the arena but can only activate one at a time, and as your deck starts running low you’ll have to decide whether to Reset, sacrificing a round of play to reclaim your discarded cards. 

Damaged robots drop scrap tokens into the arena, where they can be collected by either side. They act as a currency in the game – but do you spend them on rule-bending Innovation Cards during the bout, or save them for the post-bout refit where you can buy and install new upgrades? 

There’s a whole heap of gameplay in the core game, but the After School Special and Extra Credit expansions add more robots and upgrades, arena hazards, support for three and four player games, and much more. 

Robot Fight Club is a really special project for us. First up, it’s our first indie game – we’re doing this for ourselves for once! More importantly it brings together a lot of things we love to see in board games: a fun setting, a bevy of interesting decisions and a bunch of robots beating the oil out of each other. What’s not to love?” – James M. Hewitt, game designer

So come and join the club. Fight for thrills, fight for glory, but most of all, fight for fun – because robot fighting is awesome!

Robot Fight Club is the first game published independently by Needy Cat Games and has been designed by James M Hewitt (Hellboy: The Board Game, Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace, Blitz Bowl, Adeptus Titanicus, Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Gorechosen) and Sophie Williams (Hellboy: The Board Game, The League of Infamy, Bonefields: Ancient Grudges). 

About Needy Cat Games
Needy Cat Games is a small board game design studio run by James M Hewitt and Sophie Williams, based in Nottingham, UK. They’ve been designing games under the Needy Cat name since 2017 but James previously worked as a game designer for Games Workshop, where he worked on a number of bestselling titles. And yes, they do have a very needy cat. His name is Helo, and he is the worst. 

Key details and links
Number of Players: 2 (Expansion pack allows for 3 and 4 player games)
Time Required: 60-90 minutes.

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