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 Mythology Deck.
Over the last few holiday seasons, The Rat Hole has reviewed Superfight’s Naughty & Nice Deck and Festive Red Flags. But Pitchstorm hasn’t put out a Holiday Special deck (yet), so the closest I could do this month is The Mythology Deck. Not even remotely similar in content, but as thematically close as I could get.
Mythology and Folklore has been an interest for me since childhood. So you can imagine how my eyes lit up playing with this deck. The Mythology Deck is a great semi-standalone deck featuring figures from Mythology and Folklore from around the globe. Classic Graeco-Roman, Norse, and Egyptian, mythologies are most prominently featured. But there are also elements of Aztec, First Nations, Polynesian, Celtic, and African myth, and probably more that I didn’t mentally place accurately.
There were a lot of very recognizable and not unexpected white Character Cards with the likes of ANUBIS, HADES, and ODIN. But there were some interesting choices as well. QUETZALCOATL is probably the most recognizable Mesoamerican deity, but there aren’t many people who could do more than just recognize the name. The inclusion of MAUI in Superfight was inevitable, but I was thrilled it was in this set as a reminder that there’s more to him than Disney.
Skybound did blur several lines with this deck. For example, the line between “mythology” and “folklore” with the inclusion of PAUL BUNYAN and JOHNNY APPLESEED (who was a real person, and a legitimate ancestor of my family). They also blur the more controversial line between “religion” and “mythology” with LILITH and SHIVA. None of that is a complaint, mind you, but the choice to include them in this specific theme could be controversial around some tables.
There are also some notable exclusions, such as Thor, Loki, and Hercules. But I am almost positive that such Characters have been included in other decks and Skybound is very good (arguable too good) about not duplicating cards.
The black Attribute cards are not significantly less varied in source material, but by nature can be less specific. A good example is DISGUISED AS A SWAN AND LOOKING FOR LOVE. A player doesn’t need to know the story of Leda and the Swan to understand the card. Similarly, SECRETLY A FAERIE could come from any number of tales, from any number of cultures, but works just fine on its own.
As often as not, the blue Location cards and purple Scenario cards are hit or miss for me in a lot of decks. In this case, they are a total hit. locations like CAMELOT are a happy addition, while others like ON A BOAT IN THE RIVER STYX could go in so many directions. A Scenario such as ALL FIGHTERS ARE BEING PUNISHED BY THE GODS can be fun, but imagine the storytelling potential if it came up right after the Scenario THE FIGHT IS BEING WATCHED AND INFLUENCED BY ALL THE GODS.
One of the joys of playing these expansion decks on their own is that the odds of hitting a randomly perfect set of cards happens. Picture this, a fighter ends up with the Attribute PROPHESIED TO DIE DURING RAGNARÖK and the Scenario that comes up is (of course) RAGNARÖK. Does that player concede the battle, or debate for a win before their fighter dies. Hmmmm.
As far as themes go, “mythology” is a massive category. This deck practically begs for a sequel, or at least a spinoff focusing more on the “folklore” side of things. I guess we’ll all just have to wait and see, won’t we?