Sorcerers' Skirmish is a card game for 2 to 4 players or more than 4 with more copies. Length and feel of gameplay will vary depending on the number of players; a 2 player game will range from 5-15 minutes and is fun to play in a series. A typical 3 or 4 player game will be between 15 and 30 minutes, making it a great in-between game. Without developing a strategy, the game is simple enough for children to play; it can be used to introduce them to tabletop games and logical thinking. With more experience, players are able to explore a vast range of strategies. The game takes less than 5 minutes to learn, as seen in this video:
Quick overview in case you don't want to watch the video above or read the full set of rules below this.
In the game you take the role of one of the ancient sorcerers and cast spells to try to defeat all of your opponents. Each turn, all of the players take part in the 4 phases: Draw, Declare, Cast, and Resolve.
Draw: If you have less than 3 cards in your hand, draw a new one.
Declare: Choose who will be the target of your spell this turn. Either the player on your left or the player on your right.
Cast: Choose one of the cards in your hand, and place it face down. This is the spell that you will be casting this turn. Once each player has played a spell, everyone flips their spells face up.
Resolve: In this phase you determine whether or not the spell you cast this turn takes effect. This is determined by comparing magic types of the spells that each player cast this turn.
You can check the rules out here: Rule Book.
Counting cards isn't very important when playing with 3 or more players until the end of the game when only 2 players remain. It is an option to play cards at random, and you could still win by doing so but you probably wouldn't have a lot of fun. If you'd like to play with strategy and want to have a little more control in the game, counting cards is a must. To make this manageable for everyone, cards are discarded face-up in neat piles, separated by magic type. There are 8 fire, 8 grass, 8 water, and 3 chaos spells but determining what the other players are more likely to play is as easy as looking at which discard piles have fewer spells.
All of us at Wildflower Games have known each other for as long as we can remember. Years ago, we made the decision that we wanted to start creating and selling games as a company. After designing several, we are ready to bring one of them to you. Backing this project will not only get you a discounted price on this game, but you will be giving this company a much needed foundation to get off the ground. In return, we will be bringing you the games that we have been dreaming up over the years. We appreciate you taking the time to check out our page and we hope that you will help fund us!
Risks and challenges
We are a brand new company looking forward to creating games of many types, starting with this card game. We are still familiarizing ourselves with being on this side of the industry. We started by making expansions to our favorite games and eventually moved on to creating our own.
Finding game reviewers was a challenge for us although we did pull it of in the end, you can find one here: https://www.boardgamequest.com/sorcerers-skirmish-preview/. If you'd like to see the game for yourself, you are able to try 2 player gameplay before you buy it! There is an app on our website where the game can be played against a computer, check it out: http://connorhertz.com/skirmish.html. We will also be hosting tournaments in Minnesota to bring the game to the public and let them see it for themselves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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