Thursday, December 22, 2016

[Games] Way of the Fighter - Fighter Deck Overview

Last Updated on 12/16/2017: Updated this entry with the final card rules up to El Falcon (WIP). Ninja Division's Way of the Fighter is a tabletop game that pays tribute to 2D fighting games. This game was designed by Benjamin Yamada and came to fruition through Kickstarter. The aesthetic and game mechanics should be familiar to anyone that play fighting games in the arcades or on consoles.  There is also a sense of skill/level advancement during the match through the use of Mode action cards.

Like most games and particularly with fighting games, you will get the most enjoyment and reward out of it if you take the time to learn the nuances of its game system.  The rules for the game and samples of the cards have been revealed through Way of the Fighter KickstarterBenjamin Yamada Twitter Account, and Ninja Division website. I am planning to gather these information on my blog and take some time to collect my thoughts on various aspect of game. I plan to update and expand on this article as more information is revealed and/or revised.

Fighter Deck Overview

This blog entry is an overview of the player's options in constructing a Fighter Deck. The Fighter Deck is the core component to the game consisting of 46 cards: 1 Character Card; 1 character specific Fighter Pack consisting of 13 actions cards (one block and two copies of six fighter actions); and 4 different Technique Packs consisting of 32 action cards (8 cards for each technique pack consisting of two copies of four technique actions). There are three steps in getting your Fighter Deck ready for a match:

1. Choose your fighter - There are a total of 20 regular characters to choose from, In addition, there are 2 bonus characters that are Kickstarter exclusives--Candy and ND-2000. Besides the character specific action cards in the Fighter Pack, each character has unique attributes listed on their Character Card.

2. Choose your techniques - After deciding which fighter you will play, you have to pick four different Technique Packs to form the bulk of your deck.  There are a total of 30 Technique Packs with each pack usable by at least 10 fighters.  Each Technique Pack is listed as one of five Style types: Wrestle, Hard, Soft, Fluid, and Chi. The Character Card of your chosen fighter specifically list the Styles of Technique Packs your fighter can pick from. There are also 2 specific Styles and Technique Packs unique for Candy and ND-2000.

3. Choose your starting hand cards - The final decision you make before the game starts is your initial starting hand of 5 cards. One of the cards will be your character specific block action card. The remaining four cards will be an action card of your choice from each of the four technique packs in your Fighter Deck. The Character Card is placed face-up for everyone to see and the remaining 40 action cards are shuffled and face-down in the playing area (12 actions from the Fighter Pack and 28 actions from the four Technique Packs).

Below is a compile list of the Character Cards and Fighter Decks. Following the name of each action is the type of action and its priority value in parenthesis. I also listed the recommended Technique Packs from the rulebook and expansion sheets.

Alberdus

  • Character Card - When being hit, Energize (1)
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Heavy Block - Block (6)
    • Ares' Wrath - Grab (1)
    • Cerberus Bite - Strike (5)
    • Hades' Trap - Grab (5)
    • Poseidon's Dismissal - Grab (1)
    • Spartan's Stamina - Mode (6)
    • Zeus' Might - Grab (3)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Wrestle Style Technique Packs (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 2 Hard Style Technique Packs  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Knockdown, Stun, Grapple, Crush


Aurelia

  • Character Card - After resolving a strike or move action, you may Jump, Stand, Crouch, Advance (1), or Retreat (1).
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Evading Block - Block (9)
    • Double Compass Kick - Strike (2)
    • Helicopter Kick - Strike (2)
    • Negativa - Move (8)
    • Pendulum - Mode (6)
    • Scissor Takedown - Grab (7)
    • Scorpion Kick - Strike (2)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Soft Style Technique Packs  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 2 Fluid Style Technique Packs  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Assault, Denial, Fallback, Rush


Aya

  • Character Card - You may change your facing while you are resolving your actions. Your action gains Start: Traverse.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Shadow Block - Block (9)
    • Crushing Embrace - Grab (3)
    • Deadly Rhythm - Strike (4)
    • Enticing Spin - Move (6)
    • Kiss of Death - Strike (4)
    • Shadow Veil - Mode (6)
    • Whiplash Strike - Strike (3)
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Soft Style Technique Pack  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 3 Fluid Style Technique Packs (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Counter, Acrobatic, Aerial, Fallback


Brahm

  • Character Card - When resolving an action, you may lose 1 health to give it Chain (1).
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Valhalla Block - Block (5)
    • Berzerker Rage - Strike (4)
    • Blood Shredder - Strike (3)
    • Bloody Claw - Strike (3)
    • Grindcore Fugue - Strike (5)
    • Ragnar-Rock - Mode (6)
    • Savage Leap - Move (6)
  • Technique Packs
    • 3 Hard Style Technique Packs  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 1 Fluid Style Technique Pack  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Brawl, Overpower, Push, Slam


Cobalt

  • Character Card - Your blast and move action gains, Follow-Up (Damage Bonus (1)).
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Tethered Block - Block (7)
    • Covert Ops - Mode (6)
    • Dragging Hook - Blast (3)
    • Grappling Thrust - Blast (3)
    • Propelled Net - Blast (3)
    • Swing - Move (6)
    • Turbo Fist - Strike (5)
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Wrestle Style Technique Pack (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 1 Hard Style Technique Pack  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 2 Fluid Style Technique Packs  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Push, Crush, Fallback, Slam


D'Shaun 

  • Character Card - As a Command, the first action you play this turn gains: Damage Bonus (1), but you may not combo.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Aggressive Block - Block (5) 
    • Hammer Kick - Strike (3)
    • Meteor Punch - Strike (3)
    • Solar Kick - Strike (1)
    • Stellar Strike - Strike (2)
    • Taijutsu Mastery - Mode (6)
    • Temple Atemi - Strike (5)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Hard Style Technique Packs  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 2 Soft Style Technique Packs  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Brawl, Knockdown, Assault, Precise


El Falcon

  • Character Card - Add this grid to your grab actions. (grid image on card)
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Swift Block - Block (7)
    • La Plancha - Strike (2)
    • Furia Ciclonica - Grab (1)
    • Hurricanrana - Grab (4)
    • Lucha Libre - Mode (6)
    • Super Luchador - Grab (3)
    • Tomar Vuelo - Move (6)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Wrestle Style Technique Packs (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 2 Fluid Style Technique Packs  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Press, Throw, Aerial, Velocity


Faris

  • Character Card - your strike actions gain: "Damage: Stun (1)"
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Flexible Block - Block (6)
    • Ricochet Punch - Strike (2)
    • Gale Kick - Strike (2)
    • Recoil Kick - Strike (2)
    • Parkour Style - Mode (6)
    • Flying Kick - Strike (5)
    • Stepping Kick - Strike (7)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Hard Style Technique Pack  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 2 Fluid Style Technique Packs  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Overpower, Stun, Rush, Velocity


Jun

  • Character Card - your strike and blast actions gain: "Reveal: Priority Bonus (1)"
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Quick Block - Block (7)
    • Eye of the Tiger - Mode (6)
    • Tiger Pounce - Move (6)
    • Tiger Roar - Blast (3)
    • Tiger Jaw - Strike (3)
    • Tiger Flip - Strike (3)
    • Rising Claw - Strike (5)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Soft Style Technique Packs  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 2 Chi Style Technique Packs  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Combo, Precise, Bombard, Yin


Kasi

  • Character Card - you may blast, grab, or strike a knocked down opponent, as if they were crouched.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Tombstone Block - Block (6)
    • Cimetiere Chop - Strike (3)
    • Ghostly Hands - Blast (3)
    • Baron's Piledriver - Grab (1)
    • Samedi''s Sentence - Mode (6)
    • Zombify - Strike (3)
    • Voodoo Hammer - Strike (3)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Wrestle Style Technique Packs (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 2 Chi Style Technique Packs  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Crush, Throw, Wave, Yin


Khublai

  • Character Card - you may not Leap and you ignore the Jump keyword on your actions. Every turn, reduce the first damage dealt to you by 1.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Unmovable Block - Block (5)
    • Horse Spirit - Strike (3)
    • Hooking Kick - Strike (4)
    • Massive Chop - Strike (4)
    • Giant of Bokh - Mode (6)
    • Khan's Punishment - Grab (1)
    • Ultimate Mekh - Grab (1)
  • Technique Packs
    • 3 Wrestle Style Technique Packs (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 1 Hard Style Technique Pack  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Brutal, Crush, Lock, Throw


Lumi

  • Character Card - your blast actions increase their blast value by 1.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Chi Block - Block (4)
    • Power Punch - Strike (6)
    • Focused Light - Blast (3)
    • Pure Blast - Blast (3)
    • Energy Discharge - Strike (6)
    • Concord - Mode (6)
    • Essence Barrage - Blast (1)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Fluid Style Technique Packs  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
    • 2 Chi Style Technique Packs  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Bombard, Yang, Aerial, Fallback


Mibiraru

  • Character Card - before playing actions: Advance (1) or Retreat (1)
  • Fighter Pack -
    • x Block
    • Stalking Move - Move (5)
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Wrestle Style Technique Packs (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 1 Soft Style Technique Pack  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 1 Chi Style Technique Pack  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Precise, Choke, Grapple, External

Ranveer

  • Character Card - after playing actions, you may look at your opponent's action.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • x Block
    • Namdi's Resilience - Mode (6)
    • Garuda's Swiftness - Mode (6)
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Hard Style Technique Pack  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 2 Soft Style Technique Packs  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 1 Fluid Style Technique Pack  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Brawl, Counter, Denial, Acrobatic


Ren

  • Character Card - your strike actions gain: "Hit: Energize (1)"
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Power Block - Block (6)
    • Fangs of the Dragon - Mode (6)
    • Dragon's Tail - Strike (6)
    • Dragon Wings - Strike (1)
    • Dragon Rush - Move (6)
    • Dragon Punch - Strike (3)
    • Dragon's Blast - Blast (3)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Hard Style Technique Packs  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 2 Chi Style Technique Packs  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Brawl, Overpower, Wave, Yang


Severina

  • Character Card - as a Command, Energize (1) and look at your opponent's hand.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Psychic Block - Block (9)
    • Fatal Attraction - Mode (6)
    • Killer Snap - Grab (4)
    • Mental Domination - Grab (3)
    • Psychic Cage - Blast (2)
    • Psionic Slash - Strike (2)
    • Telepathic Touch - Strike (7)
  • Technique Packs
    • 2 Wrestle Style Technique Packs (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 2 Soft Style Technique Packs  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Combo, Denial, Grapple, Press

Tala

  • Character Card - after revealing an action, you may discard a fighter action from your hand to add its secondary effects to the revealed action.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Tortoise Block - Block (7)
    • Totemic Strength - Mode (6)
    • Eagle Talon - Blast (5)
    • Mother's Awakening - Blast (3)
    • Bear Claw - Strike (3)
    • Bull Horn - Strike (6)
    • Wolf Fang - Strike (3)
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Soft Style Technique Pack  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 1 Fluid Style Technique Pack  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
    • 2 Chi Style Technique Packs  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Pain, Internal, Wave, Fallback


Victoria

  • Character Card - your actions gain: "Combo: Priority Bonus (X) where X is equal to the number of actions you played this turn.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Kawarimi Block - Block (9)
    • Flickering Image - Move (6)
    • Noblesse Oblige - Mode (6)
    • Phantom Shurikens - Blast (4)
    • Energy Kunai - Blast (5)
    • Spiffing Kick - Strike (3)
    • Touch of Death - Strike (6)
  • Technique Packs
    • 3 Soft Style Technique Packs  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 1 Chi Style Technique Pack  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Combo, Pain, Precise, Internal


Watanna

  • Character Card - as a Command, if your first action is a strike, it gains: "Reveal: Priority Bonus (2)".
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Tough Block - Block (7)
    • Art of Eight Limbs - Mode (6)
    • Phoenix Wings - Blast (1)
    • Flaming Slash - Blast (2)
    • Plummeting Elbow - Strike (4)
    • Twin Rising Uppercuts - Strike (4)
    • Soaring Knee - Strike (3)
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Wrestle Style Technique Pack (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 2 Hard Style Technique Packs  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 1 Chi Style Technique Pack  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Brawl, Brutal, Lock, Yang


Ying Pei 

  • Character Card - your blast actions gain: Chain (1). but are cancelled at the end of the Challenge Phase.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • x Block
    • Slingshot Move - Move (7)
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Wrestle Style Technique Pack (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 3 Chi Style Technique Packs  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Choke, Bombard, External, Wave

Candy

  • Character Card - as a command, play a Cola action. Your dice roll applies to both actions, in case of a priority tie, you decide which one goes first.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • x Block
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
    • x
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 Cola Style Technique Pack
      • Cola's Fury - Strike (7)
    • 1 Soft Style Technique Pack  (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
    • 1 Fluid Style Technique Pack  (Fallback, Velocity, Rush, Aerial, Acrobatic, Slam)
    • 1 Chi Style Technique Pack  (Bombard, Yin, Yang, Wave, Internal, External)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Cola, Assault, Wave, Velocity


ND-2000

  • Character Card - as a Command, Draw (1) and you may immediately put a mode card from your hand into play.
  • Fighter Pack -
    • Scrap Block - Block (7)
    • Road Kill - Strike (3)
    • Rocket Barrage - Strike (4)
    • Jumpstart - Move (6)
    • Laser Beam - Blast (5)
    • Self-Destruct Overload - Blast (6)
    • Stabilizer Array - Mode (6)
  • Technique Packs
    • 1 ND-2000X Style Technique Pack
    • 1 Wrestle Style Technique Pack (Crush, Grapple, Press, Throw, Lock, Choke)
    • 1 Hard Style Technique Pack  (Knockdown, Stun, Brawl, Overpower, Brutal, Thrust)
    • 1 Soft Style Technique Pack (Assault, Denial, Precise, Combo, Counter, Pain)
  • Suggested Techniques Package - Components, Overpower, Precise, Crush

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