Here at Rooster Teeth, we have created great shows like Red vs. Blue, RWBY, Camp Camp, and more. We took our first step in the physical game industry in 2016 when we crowdfunded and created the party card game Million Dollars, But… The Game. This year, we’re taking a massive leap forward and trying our hand at a board game.
To leap into the world of board games as strongly as possible, we needed an amazing guide and developer with us. RWBY: Combat Ready is a joint creation between Rooster Teeth and Arcane Wonders, creators of other great board games like Sheriff of Nottingham, Mage Wars, and Viral.
Stories have been written, art has been drawn, and original characters have been created in every shape and form. Now you and your friends can each play as one of the four main RWBY characters. Be Ruby Rose and rise to victory with her Crescent Rose; slice and dice the Grimm as Weiss Schnee, wielding her Myrtenaster; join in and fire from afar as Blake Belladonna with her Gambol Shroud; or leap in and create massive explosions as Yang Xiao Long with her Ember Celica.
We’re making RWBY: Combat Ready, but we’re not able to do this alone. We need your help. We have a game idea, basic pieces, and a board, but we still have the ability to upgrade and mold this game to fit what everyone wants. Better pieces? More creatures to fight or heroes to play as? Every pledge from you amazing Backers can help shape RWBY: Combat Ready to be a board game that RWBY fans and board game enthusiasts alike want to play.
Check out a draft of the rulebook, available in PDF format HERE! Note: This rulebook is not final. Concepts, images, layoute, and terms are subject to change prior to final printing.
Join Bryan Pope, CEO of Arcane Wonders as he teaches Miles Luna, Gray Haddock, Chelsea Atkinson, and Lindsay Jones how to play RWBY: Combat Ready!
RWBY: Combat Ready is an exciting cooperative game for 2-4 players. It captures the flavor and excitement of the series, with fast-paced battles where all players are actively involved and engaged at the same time.
Players play as one of the four main heroines in the series: Ruby, Weiss, Blake, or Yang. Each player has their own separate deck of cards representing their attacks, actions, and moves. Each character plays a little differently, using their own unique tactics and strategies.
Before each game, players choose a scenario to play from the scenario book. Each scenario will have them fighting one or more battles. Battles are against a particular villain, with a particular set of rules, and may include one or more objectives. No two battles are ever the same!
Battles are fought in a series of duels. During each duel, one player is on center stage fighting the villain, with the camera action focused on the player. The center stage player chooses and plays an attack from their hand. Afterward, the villain’s card is revealed and the round is resolved. Each attack has a speed in its upper left corner. The two attacks’ speed values are compared, with the faster attack hitting and inflicting its damage on the opposing character. If the speeds are tied, the round ends in a draw.
The back of the villains’ cards shows the villain in a particular combat stance. Each stance gives a hint as to what kind of attack the villain may perform next, as well as its relative speed. Stances come in three types: aggressive, balanced, and subtle. The stance of the villain’s next attack card is exposed at all times, allowing the players to plan in advance.
When a player wins a round of combat, they gain experience and build Battle Fury. Their Battle Fury increases by one point per point of damage dealt. Once enough Fury accumulates, it can give players a passive bonus to their combat speed, and they may even channel their Fury to attempt a spectacular ultimate attack! When a player is hit, they lose their Battle Fury, so it is important to play cards very carefully and work with your teammates to try to win every single round of a duel.
Players record their key stats on their Scrolls (player tracking boards), including their Aura (health), Experience, Battle Fury, and their Semblance (unique special ability).
During the duel, the center stage player directs the pace and flow of battle, but the other players have important roles to play as well! Sideline players can assist the center stage player, performing powerful combos or aiding them with bonuses. Alternatively, players not on center stage can tackle some of the scenario objectives (like fighting minions or diffusing a bomb).
Some objectives include minions, such as the Grimm, which accumulate during the battle, escalating the tension. Players must fend off these dangerous threats before becoming overwhelmed.
Teamwork is necessary! After the duel between the center stage player and villain concludes, if the villain has not been defeated, the next player takes center stage. Duels continue until one side is victorious, or a win/defeat condition has been met.
Players keep their upgraded characters to fight in the next battle of a scenario. Scenarios can be strung together for a longer campaign across several play sessions, with characters continuing to grow and develop along the way.
For the first time in Rooster Teeth's crowdfunding history, we are not only US-friendly; we are also AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, and EUROPEAN UNION friendly in terms of shipping! That means you will not have to pay additional shipping costs if you are located in those regions.
For those of you located in Canada, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, or anywhere else in the world, there are additional shipping costs related to your level.
We are expected to begin shipping in July 2018, but there is always the chance that certain items (the T-Shirt, Challenge Coin, and Art Prints) could be shipped earlier!
We will be utilizing BackerKit as our post-campaign fulfillment company. After the campaign is over you will be contacted to fill in your information and shipping details.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Email us at support@teamRWBY.com, message us here on Kickstarter, or leave a comment!
Risks and challenges
Manufacturing Risks: We are producing this overseas with lots of pieces involved in RWBY: Combat Ready. With each item comes approval, notes, edit, final approval, production. If anything goes wrong or isn't right, that pushes our timelines out further.
We plan to be in constant contact with Backers, especially if a delayed release is imminent.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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