Sometimes, you just need to disconnect from the internet. Sometimes, you simply want to sit around a table with family and friends and square off in epic duels where you test your uber-metal magical prowess against their own – all with minimal consequences and real-world destruction. Sometimes, you need a game to play while you and your romantic partner or your roommates are doing your laundry. For those situations, we suggest Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards Duel at Mount Skullzfyre by Cryptozoic!
Epic Spell Wars is a fast-paced card game where players assume the role of some outlandish wizards who appear to have been ripped from the notebooks of bored metalheads in the 1980s and 1990s who spent more time doodling than scribbling notes in class. I was kind of one of those kids, so, no hate there! The goal is simple: be the last wizard standing to become Wizard King of the Mountain. How does one do this? By casting spells created from the common deck of cards that come in three varieties – Source, Quality, and Delivery. Some other cards allow for duplication and modification, but those are the exception.
Before we get to our review, we want to note that most of our pictures came as we played this game while doing laundry at our local laundromat. While playing, the radio station played a selection of Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Poison, Guns & Roses, and other 1980s metal! It was the perfect soundtrack to get into the mindset of this game. So, let’s make some rock’n’roll magic!
Leigh. Let’s start with some of the things we like about the game. The first thing I like about this game is that it really is fun to play with two players. So many games either say they have a two player mode or it’s four players and up. Some say they have a two player mode but it’s unbalanced with less than three players. **cough cough** Five Minute Dungeon **cough cough**. It also doesn’t take long to play or long to set up, which is nice. And it’s goofy and fun.
Johanna. I have to agree with those points. It’s a game that you don’t need to see as “serious”. It’s just fun. It’s fast. It’s metal. And, honestly, if you crank up some classic heavy metal while you play it and get into the spirit of the world – a world that is so over-the-top and ridiculous – it’s hard not to enjoy this game. And let’s be honest, a game that you can play in half an hour or less, it’s great when you’re waiting for laundry to get done, or when you’re timing dinner.
Leigh. And it’s not a game that you need to pay super attention to, so if you have to step away to check laundry or food or whatever, it’s fine. And I find it fun with more players. You have to be a little more strategic with more people due to some of the mechanics involved. So it’s really fun to get to that point, and then it gets even more ridiculous as you’re usually playing with crazy people. Do we have any negatives to say?
Johanna. I do. Because it’s a card game, if you’re trying to win, then luck can be almost a more important element than skill. There have been several times when one of us has been up by 10 points, and a single, super-powerful spell with a good dice roll, that advantage disappears.
Leigh. I see where you’re coming from, but there is strategy still. And even so, the game is just fun. There’s so much seriousness in the world, that being able to have fun and goof off – even for just a ltitle while – makes the game fun for me.
Johanna. I don’t disagree. I’m just being honest about how mechanics impact gameplay.
Leigh. We have two games that play well for two players – Epic Spell Wars and Elder Sign. And Elder Sign has too many components. And since there are two other expansion-type things, I really want to see how they play and if we can combine the decks. Sometimes, it’s nice to not take everything seriously and just have fun.
Johanna. So that’s where stand. It’s a great, light, quick, fun game. It’s actually pretty balanced for two players. It’s fairly portable. You can carry it in a backpack or a decently sized purse. And I have to say that the artwork is phenomenal!!!!!
Leigh. 4 out of 4 cats.
Johanna. 3.8 out of 4 bats.
So that’s our thoughts on Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards’ Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre. What are some of your favorite board games to play? Leave a comment suggesting them!