Slay the Spire Board Game: from the Screen to the Table
Slay the Spire is a singleplayer "roguelike deck-building" video game developed by MegaCrit and published by Humble Bundle released on PC, macOS, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, and Android. It currently has a 10/10 rating on Steam and a 89/100 on metacritic. The gameplay consists of collecting various skill cards to defeat enemies and journey up the Spire.
The game comes with:
- Four characters that each have their own unique set of cards.
- 350+ fully implemented cards.
- 200+ different items to be found.
- 50+ unique combat encounters.
- 50+ mysterious events that can help or harm you.
- Daily Climbs allow you to compare yourself with every other player in the world.
- Custom mode that allows mixing and matching various crazy run modifiers.
On Janurary 5th, Contention Games announced that they will be launching a Kickstarter for a board game adaptation of the game in Spring 2021. There is not much information given other than that it will support 1-4 players with 45 minutes per player. It will be interesting to see how this adaptation will support co-op play as well as its classic singleplayer gameplay.
The announcement calls Slay the Spire: the Board Game: "a cooperative deckbuilding adventure. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and finally become strong enough to Slay the Spire!"
There are some doubts, hower, about if this the game will work as a board game. On an announcement post about the game on the r/boardgames subreddit, Reddit user Gingtastic comments that, "now I did enjoy the video game, but I feel that it won't do as well as a board game. Just seems like a unnecessary creation to me?" Reddit user Danwarr also comments, "a physical version seems like it would actively make the experience worse. I'll withhold full judgement until I see the full KS campaign though."
Are you excited for this adaption? Have you played Slay the Spire before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!