The "shufflebuilding" game Smash Up starts with a simple premise: Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents! Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience.
During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy? How easy is it when an opponent's Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases - flat out Assassinate them? What about when the Pirate-Dinosaur player Full Sails in and releases King Rex to stomp your minions into the ground, or when the Wizard-Zombies use their Mystic Power to create an Outbreak, suddenly flooding minions onto the Base from the discard pile? Or what if you faced a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an Outbreak of massive beasts all at once?!?
When a Base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, bro – try harder next time.
With eight different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different than Ninja-Aliens, for instance. Which will you use to smash up your opponents?
And did we mention the dinosaurs have laser beams?
Based on Outinthedark's excellent bases, these have been extended to include support for 30 point scoring.
The background of the bottom row isn't perfect as I don;t have the source files, but it worked well for us so I thought I would post them up.
This is a rectangular 4 player base mat for Smash Up that fits nicely in The Big Geeky Box. It separates Minions and Action cards played on the base for better organization. It also scores up to 30 for new higher scoring bases. Available in 5 different colors. I recommend printing on card stock and using 10mm cubes as point counters.
These aren't anything special to look at but they work and don't use color ink. I banged these out for myself in photoshop because I didn't see any simple bases on BGG and thought other people might like them as well. I just printed a few off at work and laminated them, added some cubes to the box to track with and they work nicely. Hope someone else finds them useful.
Based on Outinthedark's great base mats & Mistbeen & fospaint's player 4 & 6 player scoretrack.
The player numbers have been put in clockwise order with 4 player on one side and 6 player on the other. The player numbers have been color coded with the scoretrack. All fits within the Smash Up box.
Print the pdf out at 100% (Not scale to fit).
Print the base mat page 7 times.
Cut out the base mats, fold them in half, and laminate them.
Cut out and laminate the scoretrack.
This is a quick overview of all 20 of the current factions as well as their general abilities and strengths. Useful as a quick guide to understanding generally what to expect from any faction you intend on playing.