[This review is dedicated to the hundreds secretly lost storming Area 51 on September 20, 2019. The media would have us believe there were only a few dozen protesters, do we believe them? -dc]
Welcome back to Superfight Saturday. Each month we will look at a different expansion for Skybound Games’ runaway hit party game, Superfight. If you have never played Superfight before, a good place to start would be my review of the Core Game. This month, we will be taking a look at The Sci Fi Deck.
This. This is the deck I’ve been waiting for. I’m a sci-fi guy and always have been, so this is probably my favourite Superfight deck to date. The downside to this, as a reviewer, is that my objectivity may be compromised. However, it also means that my biggest personal issues with some decks (most recently The Dystopia Deck) are not relevant here, but certainly may be for others. That complaint has been that if you are less familiar with a given theme or genre, the cards that reference specific people likely mean nothing to you.
Actually, after writing that last paragraph I went back through the cards to pull out some of my favourites. It was at this point that I realized how not objective I am here. If I wasn’t a sci-fi guy, I would hate this deck, for the exact reason I just mentioned. There are some white Character cards, like VENGEFUL ROBOT PROSTITUTE and THE MIRROR UNIVERSE VERSION OF (DRAW A CHARACTER), that a person might not get the reference for but will still understand. There are others, like KLINGON BIRD OF PREY or EWOK WAR PARTY, that you would need to be living under a rock for the past four decades or so to not at least have an idea about. However, the bulk of the Caracter cards are exactly that, specific characters. They cover television, animation, film, and video games, from classics to icons of the current generations.
As usual, the black Attribute cards are more ubiquitous. If your character ALWAYS SHOOTS FIRST or is DRIVING A HOVERCAR it doesn’t really matter where the reference came from. This deck also has the biggest missed opportunity in the history of Superfight. The cards in question are CAN SUMMON AND COMMAND AN ARMY OF RED SHIRTS and COMMANDING A SQUAD OF CLONE TROOPERS. Really? Clone Troopers, not Stormtroopers? How are we to answer the age old question, “If a Stormtrooper keeps missing when they shoot, would a Red Shirt die anyway”? I may have to use the included blank cards to fix this glaring oversight. (Almost every deck has a couple blanks, I just rarely mention them.)
Just to try something different, we shuffled the blue Location cards and the purple Scenario cards together. There’s only 10 of each type, so it made sense for a stand-alone game with just this deck. Since both card types modify the coming battle in a similar way, it worked really well.
I love love loved this deck. As I mentioned before, if sci-fi isn’t your thing there’s a decent chance you’ll want to pass on this. But that’s really the case with anything that relies so heavily on its theme.