AEG Smash Up Game
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- For 2-4 players
- Takes about an hour to play
- "Shufflebuilding" card game
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Card game Awesomeness! Will your Pirate-Aliens defeat the Ninja-Zombies?
Smash Up lets you combine amazing factions into unique decks to defeat any opponent you face.
Smash Up gives you a literally insane number of ways to play. Even without the Cthulhu set.
Choose two factions, such as Wizards and Robots, and combine them into a unique pair. Each pairing brings different strategies to defeat your opponents! Wizard-Robots will play differently than Wizard-Ninja.
A Ton of Fun in a Single Box!
Smash Up comes with 8 factions to combine in countless ways, including Ninja, Pirates, Zombies, Robots, Tricksters, Dinosaurs (with lasers), Aliens, and Wizards. Each brings their own unique abilities.
But Why Stop There?
Smash Up has many modular expansions to add all-new strategies with factions like Ghosts, Super Spies, Princesses, Werewolves, Bear Cavalry, Steampunks, Vampires, Apes, and more!
Smash Up is AEG’s best-selling, super fun flagship game.
Smash Up, designed by Paul Peterson, is the Shufflebuilding game from Alderac Entertainment Group. In Smash Up players draft two faction decks, such as pirates, ninja, robots, zombies, and more, and combine them into a force to be reckoned with!
When the game begins, players take turns drafting one of several faction decks.
Once each player has two decks, they shuffle them together, combining their distinct abilities into a unique 40-card deck.
A random selection of Base cards are dealt to the table, and players use their decks to attempt to have the most power on a base when it is scored.
It may sound simple, but how simple is it when the Zombie-Ninja deck Assassinates your minions then creates an Outbreak, loading the Base with minions from their discard pile?
Or when the Pirate-Dinosaurs Full Sail onto the base with the mighty King Rex, whose massive power dwarfs that of other minions?
Each combination gives a different experience, Pirate-Aliens play very different than Pirate-Zombies, and with 8 factions in the base set there are 64 combinations to try out and every expansion set increases the options exponentially!
This is a Smash Up Game.
From the Manufacturer
The "shufflebuilding" game Smash Up starts with a simple premise: Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents. Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience. During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy? How easy is it when an opponent's Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases - flat out Assassinate them? What about when the Pirate-Dinosaur player Full Sails in and releases King Rex to stomp your minions into the ground, or when the Wizard-Zombies use their Mystic Power to create an Outbreak, suddenly flooding minions onto the Base from the discard pile? Or what if you faced a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an Outbreak of massive beasts all at once? When a Base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, bro – try harder next time. With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different than Ninja-Aliens, for instance. Which will you use to smash up your opponents? And did we mention the dinosaurs have laser beams?
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Here's the kicker. The first day I got a chance to play with my buddies, we managed to drop a card from the Steampunks set onto the floor. Well, my wonderful dog being the Shiba Inu she is, decided she was going to chew up and destroy that card. Being the anal person that I am, I could not be short a single card in my set! I contacted Alderac about possibly purchasing a replacement card. The next day they replied saying "We would be happy to replace your card, please email us your address". Well guess what? Three days later I have a replacement card in a sleeve in a padded envelope. Great customer service Alderac. I will recommend your games to everyone I see.
The eight factions are Ninjas, Pirates, Tricksters (think leprechauns and gnomes), Robots, Wizards, Dinosaurs, Aliens and finally Zombies. So up to 4 players can nab 2 different factions decks, mix them up and battle it out. Each faction plays completely different so you can really get strategic on what kind of deck you can make. For example the Aliens cards focus more on causing an opposing player to return minion cards back to their hand (like beaming up), the Zombies focus more on playing cards from the discard pile (returning from the grave) and the Wizards focus a lot on drawing extra cards etc.
Once you have your decks in order you then battle each other over a few different location cards that are laid out in the middle. Each location has a number and each minion has a number. When you play a minion at a location you subtract the minions number form the location number. Once there are enough minions at a location to equal the locations number it is taken over! Now the key here is whoever has the highest total number amount on their minions at that location gets the top amount of points from that location. There is also a second and third place score which are less respectively. That location is then removed and another is drawn. The first player to 15 points wins! Easy as that.
This game is very simple to learn and I easily taught my 7 year old how to play and she dominated me in our first game. There is depth there as well for those wanting to get strategic. A game for 2 players lasts around 35-45 minutes on average, probably more with a full 4 players. Also there are a TON of expansions which add so many more factions to the fray. Not the most deep game per say but a very fun card game to whip out on a whim, recommended.
The core game comes with 8 different factions: Wizards, Tricksters, Robots, Aliens, Zombies, Dinosaurs, Pirates, and Ninjas. Everyone selects two factions each at the beginning of the game and shuffles their cards together. Presto. Instant madness. You've got dinosaur ninjas or ninja robots or something just as evil.
Other than the base cards, there are two other types of cards in the deck, which go to your draw pile: minions and actions. Draw five cards at the beginning of play. On your turn you may play one minion and one action by de facto. If you're smart, though, and you know you are, you'll play an amazing chain of cards that lets you keep playing additional minions or actions until the look of defeat on your opponents' faces is enough to warrant a call from their grandmothers to complain. It happens. When you're done, you draw two new cards to your hand. Discard down to 10 cards if you go over. Then play passes to your left.
There are five base cards in play at any given time, all of which have a break point, a number shown in the top left hand corner of the card. If the power of all the minions present on a base at any given time exceeds the break point, the base breaks. There are three numbers in the center of the cards, which are victory points. The first number shown goes to the player with the minions whose total is the highest on the base. The second number goes to the second-highest total, and then the third number goes to the player who had the third-highest total, if there was a third player brave enough to pit his minions against yours. That's it. Whoever gets to 15 victory points first wins. Game over. Reshuffle and play again. My first complete game took about an hour with three people.
I'm not going to lie: I'm going to play this again and again. No doubt I'll also be picking up an expansion pack very soon.