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Indie video game Slay the Spire is getting a board game version

Spiralling onto the tabletop.

Fight through a tower filled with strange creatures using a gradually expanding deck of cards in Slay the Spire: The Board Game, an upcoming tabletop adaptation of the indie video game.

Slay the Spire: The Board Game is a co-op adventure game for one to four players that looks to translate elements of the video game - such as the ability to craft a unique deck, opportunities to discover helpful relics and encounters with dangerous enemies - into a tabletop experience. The upcoming deckbuilding game will take around 45 minutes to play per player, and challenges players to become strong enough to overcome the perils of the dungeon.

The video game board game is being co-created by Contention Games, the studio behind Imperium: The Contention - an epic science-fiction board game that sees two to six players attempting to acquire a powerful weapon called the Void Scepter by either deploying troops to take it by force, or obtaining the favour of enough influential politicians to win it through intrigue.

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Working alongside Contention Games is Megacrit, the developer and publisher behind the original version of Slay the Spire - with the indie video game being the company’s first and only title.

Slay the Spire is a video game that has players choosing between a selection of different characters, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Players then make their way through each room on a branching path, attempting to survive various encounters.

While certain rooms in Slay the Spire contain unique events, treasures or a mysterious merchant eager to take your coin, other rooms are home to all manner of threatening beings - from venomous snakes to crafty thieves. Players can fight back using their deck of cards, which enable their character to perform spells, attacks and other actions to help them win the battle. Every victory grants the player with new cards and upgrades, preparing them for a climactic encounter at the very top of the spire.

Slay the Spire screenshot

Should the player character ever suffer defeat, they must start from the very bottom of the spire, but are able to retain access to any new cards they’ve acquired in their previous attempts.

The Kickstarter campaign for Slay the Spire: The Board Game is set to launch later this year, with pledge amounts and stretch goals yet to be confirmed.

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After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.