Fight, Fight, Fight! FIGHT YOUR FRIENDS Card Game Review
Let me first start out by saying this game review is way overdue, my sincere apologies to Cold War who sent me their game to review. However, I had a terrible blood infection and was hospitalized for a few weeks, followed by a free 1-day pass to the madness that is PAX: East. Leading us here to my review. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I was unable to film a live playtest of this game due to the sheer insanity of any PAX event. So here we go!
Fight Your Friends is a customizable card-dueling game recommended for ages 13 and up. I only have the core set so that’s what I’ll be basing this review on. This core set comes with 60 cards both players choose their 10 fighters from there all 10 combined must have a gold value of 30 or less. The art, for the most part, is super cool! There’s one card (which I won’t mention) that seemed off from the rest. Something that I thought was cool is that the creators sponsor a nerd podcast and one of the cards is that of both hosts of that show (both on the same card), so bonus points for that.
The packaging artwork on the front of the box is totally badass! The back of the box shows a sampling of the cards and tells you a little more about the game. Set up is quick and easy. On average the longest game lasted about 30 minutes, including building a deck, “rolling initiative” (who goes first), all the battle rounds, and counting up the gold of your winning cards. So everything is relative, right?
Simply put the more cards that you have the longer it can take to create your battle deck. There is a bit of thought that needs to go into your characters because of the card “flavor” coming into play. Whenever you have more than one character in the play at a time will affect the outcome of said battle. With The Bogeyman card, for instance, if a battle that a person uses that card in that round is a tie, instead of doing the usual tie-breaker, the player with that card automatically wins that round due to the flavor text. So one must not only consider the cards’ power but the cause and effect as well, making this a well rounded and extremely fun game to play.
In-Depth: The instruction booklet is actually called the “Event Program”. That gives you a little bit of a story to set the mood. The art and graphics are great throughout this booklet. It breaks down the card “anatomy”; attack logo is the boxing glove, magic is the crystal ball, the defense is the bucket. Then it gets a little tricky till you get used to it. You have Order’s The Society is a red banner, The Tribe a purple banner, and The Network a blue banner. Followed by classes split into three categories: warrior, witch, and rouge. Lastly, the type of natural, supernatural, and enhanced. However, the most important part is the friendship bonus, but that only comes into play when you have more than one fighter in-play. All this and more is explained in the Event Program showing you everything that you need to know, plus an FAQ page, and a thank you page to their backers that made game production possible. Characters from the webcomic Cigarettes & Carrot Juice walk you through each step in the booklet.
Some friends and strangers alike scored this game (core set) as high as 4.5 out 5 based on gameplay only. I scored it differently in a few categories to get my final score. Most of the players asked said that they most likely be interested in playing again and would like to see if there were expansions available for this core set. A few other players even though they had a good time said their games of choice left little time and, more importantly, money to try new games at this time. Those games ranged from D&D, Miniatures games such as Warhammer 40K, Star Wars, etc. and card games like Magic the Gathering. All said price point could sway them either way though. Cold War has created the Squarriors card game (Sold Out), Lady Death: The Last Stand game (pre-order $49.99), and, of course, Fight Your Friends ($15). As far as I’m concerned you get more than your money’s worth with this game and I highly recommend Fight Your Friends. The only downside is that it is only a 2 player game, not that you couldn’t buy 2 core sets and adapt it for 4 players in teams of two.