A fast-and-furious two-player sword-fighting duel, using a specially illustrated poker deck!
Spades count as attacks, diamonds as defenses (parries), and clubs as counters (parry/riposte combinations). Hearts are used to record damage and to inflict especially vicious wounds. Face cards and jokers form a separate “event deck,” to add swashbuckling maneuvers.
The game is based on the designer’s own experience with college fencing, flavored by a love of swashbuckler movies. Illustration is by Ray Cornwell Jr., who practices martial arts in his spare time.
Clashing Blades! is part of a collection of card games by multiple Origins-award-winning designer Lester Smith.
Special Thanks! Illustration of Clashing Blades! was made possible by these Kickstarter backers.