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Last year Steamforged Games and Bandai Namco joined forces to expand the Dark Souls franchise into the tabletop realm with a magnificent board game that earned millions on Kickstarter and is now available to order. Given the success of that campaign, it's not surprising that Steamforged would follow up with a card game. The following announcement video illustrates the basics of how the game is played:
The official description reads:
Dark Souls: The Card Game is a cooperative deck evolution card game for 1-4 players.
Players must explore the Encounters around them, defeating a myriad of enemies to gain Souls and Treasure. They must use these to evolve and adapt their deck to better fight their enemies. When the players are ready, they must challenge the powerful bosses that lie within. The players must walk a narrow path, however, since their decks allow them to attack their enemies, but also represent their health. Decks are only refreshed when the players rest at the bonfire, so players must defeat their enemies while husbanding their strength for the greater challenges ahead. Thinking quickly and adapting to the enemy's attacks is key for survival.
A misstep can be fatal, but the rewards of success are great. Adapt your deck, evolve your strategy, and prepare to die.
Here's what's inside the box:
• Starting deck cards
• Equipment cards
• Stamina cards
• Enemy cards
• Boss cards
• 1 player board
• 1 encounter board
• 1 enemy board
• 60+ tokens
Dark Souls: The Card Game is currently in a limited-time pre-order on the Steamforged website for $39.95. The pre-order window will close on August 25th, and the game is expected to ship in February 2018. Odds are the card game will see a wide release like the board game before it, but it's probably a good idea to secure your copy now. On that note, I suggest picking up the vinyl soundtrack to set the mood for your game nights.