Howdy, it’s time for another board game blog!
Today we are going to take a look at “Krosmaster Arena” by Murat Celebi, Nicolas Degouy, Ankama, and Japanime Games.
This is a tactical strategy game for 2-4 players. Wherein, each player builds a team of characters (each one having a card and matching figure) and tries to eliminate the other player(s).
At the beginning of the game each player takes 6 “Gallons of Glory” (GG), four dice, and their team. Place the terrain on the designated spots on the board (Trees on stump spaces, Bushes on shrub spaces, and Crates on box spaces), places coins (kamas) on the indicated spaces (1-2 coins as shown on the space) and one on each “Demon Door” space.
On your turn you move your figures orthagonally (up, down, left, and right, no diagonals) around the board and attempt to cast your individual figures spells and attacks on your opponents, and pick up coins (kamas) to buy upgrades (demonic rewards). Each figure has their own individual stats (level, movement, hit points, action points, initiative, and spells/attacks, and special abilities) that they can use to try and eliminate the other team.
You start the turn by “Rolling for Tension” (rolling 2 dice) and applying the corresponding special abilities to your chosen character(s). A shield gives armor, pow gives critical, boot gives dodge, and magnet gives lock, respectively. There are also the egg-shaped “Dofus” which can be turned into any of the four, and the pow/boot which can be critical/dodge, respectively.
These powers will let you roll extra dice when attacking, defending, trying to keep players from running away, and while trying to escape from them.
You move around spending movement points (MP), then use your teams stats to try and deal damage to your opponents by spending the appropriate amount of action points (AP) for the spells. Each with an element type: wind (purple), earth (green), fire (red), water (blue), or neutral (black), rolling for critical (pow) to add damage, your opponent rolling for armor (shield), and then adding the determined number of wounds to drop their hit points (HP). You can even summon creatures, bombs, and traps, to aid you in your endeavors (each with their own stats).
You can also spend AP to pick up kamas (1 AP per coin) and spend them on “Demonic Rewards” upgrades (1 AP to buy rewards), when standing on a “Demon Door” space. These rewards range in cost and usefulness dependent on their level (3 kamas for Granite, 6 for Jade, or 12 for Gold). They range from damage boosts, defense boosts, special abilities, new gear like weapons, armor, pets, and even the very powerful “Dofus”. Some are a one-time use, some last until your next turn, and some the remainder of the game.
You win when either, your opponent has no more characters left standing, or when you deplete their GG. You take GG when you knock out other characters (dependent on their level, i.e. a level 3 would yield 3 GG), buy it on a Demon Door for 10 kamas, or when the “Tension Rises” (by rolling doubles on a tension roll, causing each player to lose 1 GG).
What obviously stands out about this game is the artwork by Edouard Guiton and Alexandre Papet. The cute, at times morbid, “chibi” style is what really draws players into the game, and really makes you adore your little figures, and the amazing art on the backs of your characters cards.
This game was based on the French company Ankama’s popular massive-multiplayer-online (MMO) games “Dofus” and “Wakfu”. The latter of which also spawned an animated series of the same name (now on Netflix). And the characters from the show are even available to use in the game!
As an added bonus, everything Krosmaster related comes with a code usable in the online version of the game. So that you can test your mettle against players the world over, and get to see your adorable characters running around in beautiful 3D graphics.
You can check it out here: Krosmaster Arena – Official Site
The game retails at $79.99, and comes with everything needed for 2-4 players. There are a number of expansions, new boards, and at the time of this writing, 3 seasons worth of figures (numbering well over 100 characters).
I give it 8 dismembered chibis out of 8.
Until next time, keep playing games, and master your Wakfu.
-Trevor L. Cooper
More Info: Krosmaster Arena at BGG
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