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Robot Fight Club is basically Robot Wars: The Board Game

Roboteers, stand by.

Go head-to-head in a mechanical battle to destruction with Robot Fight Club, a new board game from the creators of Hellboy: The Board Game that owes more than a little to beloved British TV show Robot Wars.

In Robot Fight Club players pit a pair of automatons against one another to see who can best assemble and command the most murderous machines. The two-player board game begins with players choosing a pair of chassis units from the six available options - with each body type offering different benefits - before applying a selection of upgrades to create a functioning robot.

Each upgrade can help players gear their robot towards adopting different abilities, such as collecting more scrap, avoiding damage or attacking from afar. Players have the opportunity to further upgrade their robots throughout the game, which can alter strategies and keep things feeling dynamic.

Engaging robots in battle involves a grid movement system - moving requires robots to travel through individual squares - and a directional damage system, which will have players thinking carefully about where to position their machines.

In the upcoming board game turns play out simultaneously with players initiating their attacks and moving their units at the same time. However, players can only activate one of their robots each round, so they’ll have to consider all their options carefully.

Behind the game is Needy Cat Games, a studio founded by designers Sophie Williams and James M. Hewitt, who co-designed the co-op board game based on the Hellboy comics, as well as video game adaptation Devil May Cry: The Bloody Palace and Blitz Bowl, a spin-off from miniatures game classic Blood Bowl. Williams and Hewitt both previously worked at Warhammer maker Games Workshop, with Hewitt working on games including Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth, Adeptus Titanicus and Gorechosen. Robot Fight Club is Needy Cat’s first self-published game.

Robot Fight Club is on Kickstarter until March 31st, with a pledge of £30 getting a copy of the core game. It’s estimated to arrive with backers sometime in June 2021.

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