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April 20, 2016 / Jett

Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre Review

From its insanely long title to its artwork that is equal parts cartoony and metal, Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre needs no help in the style department. Heck, the game even comes with a cardboard standee of the mountain just for the added ambiance. But does this wizard battle royale have the substance to keep you coming back for more?

During setup, each character will get a character card. Besides featuring a large image of your character, it also serves as your health point tracker. Each player will start with 20 points. In regards to the characters, they’re all really goofy and leave little to the imagination. Probably the most brazen one is Pisster the Pissed Wizard. Doesn’t really leave much to the imagination.

Epic Spell WarsPlayers will also draw 8 cards from the main deck. At the start of each round, players will attempt to create a full spell with three cards. Doing so involves you stringing together one source card, one quality card, and one delivery card. When played together, they form a ridiculous spell that looks really cool when fully assembled. Since each of the cards is meant to be mixed-and-matched, you can create a plethora of different combinations that look and sound cool. Spells are then resolved in order of initiative values, with the highest going first.

Epic Spell WarsWhile I love the concept of spell-building, there are some glaring flaws with the system. For one, there aren’t as many unique cards in the main deck as I would like. As such, you’re going to see repeats of cards, which kind of sucks for this particular game that thrives on being able to create unique spells.

Worse yet, resolving combat feels really disconnected from the spell names. In a lot of cases, the effect that each card has triggers an event that doesn’t really match the component of the spell. Then, when it comes to resolving a spell, most of the time it boils down to someone automatically taking damage or people rolling dice to determine how much damage is doled out. Spell creation is a cool gimmick, but underneath it all is some of the most elementary and generic RPG combat.

Epic Spell Wars will quickly wow you with its looks, though it doesn’t take long for its deficiencies to overpower any of the good generated by its gimmick. The cards that can be pieced together to form a spell look and sound cool, but there’s just not enough of a good game here to justify its existence. With so many similar games in this category, you’re better suited to look elsewhere.

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  1. AllAboardGame / Apr 20 2016 11:23 AM

    Great review. I agree, the art is great and the game is okay. I still play it from time to time.

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