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pReview: Ophidian 2360: Survival of the Fittest!

What's going on everyone! Recently I was contacted by Robert over at Hack and Slash Games and was asked if I would be interested in reviewing their new game Ophidian 2360. There was NO WAY I was going to pass this one up! It meant a slightly tight deadline of having it up for GenCon(Tomorrow!) but my lovely wife and I LOVE Ophidian 2350 so I was excited for the chance to review the new one!

So sit back, grab your favorite beverage and your trusty battle axe and let's take a look at Ophidian 2360: Survival of the Fittest!

As always, here is a little bit about the game:

"Ophidian 2360: Survival of the Fittest is both a new game that con. It is a sequel game to the original Ophidian – as it contains the same core gameplay but adds all-new Gladiators, Minions, Pumps and more! We're featuring all-new artists as well as some of the original game artists bringing this game to life in spectacular fashion."

One thing that struck me about this game was the gameplay. It's COMPLETELY different but still user friendly to other games on the market that might share a similar category as it. The sheer amount of possibilities for strategy are awesome.

To start, players have their deck what is at it's core "Action Cards". Now, that's just a simplified term I'm using here since there are more than just actions in the deck. You have things such as "Pumps", "Quick Hits" and "Minions" as well as a few others.

Once you have your deck you need some Gladiators! This is where it gets interesting. There are a bunch of them to choose from and although players can BOTH have the same one, you rarely find this happening.

Of your gladiators, you get to pick as many as you want as long as you don't go over the victory point(VP) total of 10. Sometimes you may have more OR less gladiators than your opponent but that doesn't mean you'll have a better or worse chance at winning.

Since each gladiator also has it's own ability you will find many different ways to team them up which is always a nice thing so you don't have to rely on the "same 'ol, same 'ol" when it comes to your deck configuration.

Once you've got your deck and your gladiators you're ready to start fighting and this is where the game REALLY shines.

So in theory, you could play quite a few cards before your opponent gets to take a turn but when they do, watch out because they have the same chance as you just did!

The game can end in a few different ways. My favorite of which is to play until all the gladiators on one team are eliminated. This isn't such an easy task as it may sound because you can also LEVEL UP your gladiators! That's right LEVEL THEM UP!

On to my opinion:

Game Art: The art in this game is WONDERFUL! It's a nice classic but refreshing take on card art. It's unique as well as seems to pay homage to art of this type.

Gameplay: The gameplay is fast and furious as it mentions. It's not lop sided but rather VERY equal from what you may expect from hearing you can play combos.

Game Quality: The quality of this game is wonderful as well. The cards are very nicely done and have that "built to last" feel to them. With game mats, tokens and awesome cards what's not to love!?

So should you buy this game? If you're a fan of card collecting, Massive battles or wonderful art then the answer is YES! If you're not much into card games, You may want to pass on this one but the art alone is one reason to pic this game up either way!

You can check out more about Ophidian 2360 HERE!


As always, thank you for reading and don't forget to stop and smell the meeples! :)

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