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January 25, 2018 5:14 AM   Subscribe

After a boardgame, Dark Souls moves into the Card Game space. Steamforged Games, makers of the Dark Souls Board Game, developed a Cooperative Card Game based on the popular series.

"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."

"There’s no official word yet on the price or release date, though Amazon shows Dark Souls: The Card Game selling for $49.99 and shipping at the end of July. Expect more information tomorrow [25.01.2018], when Steamforged has a live demo planned for 11 a.m. ET on Twitch." From Poilygon

Until then you can dive again into the grim world of the souls series yourself or watch other people do it.

vageta311 has great introduction videos to Dark Souls (Everything is possible before the Gargoyles)

Or delve into the lore on the wiki or countless youtube videos:
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posted by Megustalations (8 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
 
I want to hear about how ridiculously hard it is.
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:26 AM on January 25


I don't see any dice. Missed an opportunity to have 'YOU DIED!' being yelled as part of the game when someone rolls.
posted by adept256 at 6:50 AM on January 25 [1 favorite]


Dark Souls is a metaphor for euchre.

Sheepshead is a better choice, but I think fewer people would understand why.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:04 AM on January 25


Dark Souls is a metaphor for euchre.

it's more like a metaphor for Hearts where the only way to win is by not getting hurt except someone is always trying to hurt everyone really badly and have plenty of ways of doing so. also you have no friends except for the ones you were already friends with before you go into the game who are willing to occasionally help you so long as it means screwing over everyone else but they are equally as likely to grief the everloving souls out of you for a chuckle
posted by runt at 7:16 AM on January 25 [1 favorite]


the only way to win is by not getting hurt except someone is always trying to hurt everyone really badly and have plenty of ways of doing so. also you have no friends except for the ones you were already friends with before you go into the game who are willing to occasionally help you so long as it means screwing over everyone else but they are equally as likely to grief the everloving souls out of you for a chuckle

Yo, the politics thread is ------> thataway.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:25 AM on January 25 [5 favorites]


Just played the Dark Souls board game recently. I really wanted to like it. I enjoy dungeon slogs, and I'm a fan of Soulsborne stuff, but it leaves a lot to be desired. It's not just that it's hard - it's nigh impossible. It does an excellent job of capturing the mood of the video game (and the minis are amazing) but the "die/learn the enemies moves/repeat until you master your foe" aspect is not reproduced here. You are entirely at the mercy of the dice, which are brutal and unforgiving.

I suspect many people who play it don't follow the rules to the letter. My friend (who owns the game) and I have discussed trying it again with some fudging of the rules, but I cannot see how the game would not then be reduced to a protracted grind with little challenge.

Hopefully the DS card game is better. I do own the Bloodborne card game, and while it's not perfect, I believe it does a far better job capturing the spirit of the game while still being fun to play.
posted by Krulth at 10:58 AM on January 25 [1 favorite]


it's more like a metaphor for Hearts where the only way to win is by not getting hurt except someone is always trying to hurt everyone really badly

So, like Sheepshead, then.
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:03 PM on January 25


The deck is also your health?! That does sound brutal.

Otherwise, this sounds rather like Gloomhaven, but with no legacy aspect, and no map.
posted by heatvision at 3:55 AM on January 26


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