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David J
United States
N Denver
Colorado
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10
Feb 2013
MY FAVORITE GAME

This game is so awesome. It's quick, strategic, and a lot of fun. Can't wait for Devastation. Check this game out if you can! It is a masterpiece.

Plays include both War and Devastation games.
2013-05-29
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Nate K
United States
Utah
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10
Mar 2011
Totes backed this on Kickstarter. I WANT THIS GAME. That is all.

UPDATE: Just as good as I thought it would be, and then some. I LOVE THIS GAME. That is all.
2012-01-29
Owned
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Peter O
United States
Morris
Illinois
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10
Jan 2012
Wow! Bought a second copy for mirror matches, this game is that good.
2012-02-19
Owned
Randall Shaw
United States
Kennesaw
GA
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10
Jan 2012
The variety of characters (21 with the three Kickstarter characters), the ability to maneuver, 'arena' areas, Special Actions, multi-player options (including team play), make this game very intriguing.

The play makes it irresistible.

KS version.
2014-03-14
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Scott Douglass
United States
Minnesota
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10
Jun 2012
BattleCON is one of my favorite 2 player games. The characters all feel incredibly different, and there is a great deal of variety in the matchups. This is one of the best asymmetric games I've played, with characters that play more differently than other similar games.

There is no randomness, and there is an interesting psychological aspect to the game, where you try to predict your opponent's move, and counter it. This is an incredibly deep game, and it takes a number of games to internalize your own options, much less your opponent's.

BattleCON has more value for money than Yomi, although I'm not sure how well it will hold up to high level play. There are more characters, more play modes, and more differences between characters. I'm doing the 100 play challenge with this game, so maybe I'll get a better sense of its potential for high level play as I get closer to finishing the challenge.

The only problem I have with the game so far is the difficulty in getting new players involved. There is a bit of a learning curve, which isn't so bad except that an experienced player will repeatedly counter the moves of an inexperienced player. This can be frustrating for new players. Letting them play with Cadenza is a must. Before the nerf to Luc Von Gott, he was a good choice as well.

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This game is currently my second favorite 2 player game. There is a lot of subtlety to a given matchup, and I'm having a ton of fun exploring the strategic landscape. The attack pair mechanic and cool down mechanic are brilliant, creating both an incredibly deep hand management aspect with no randomness, and a large array of options for each character without using many components.
2013-05-10
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Markus
Finland
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10
Jun 2014
Note: The 10 rating is for the remastered 2nd edition. The first edition I would rate a 9.

A great, no-luck two player duel game. The rules are extremely intuitive and there seems to be plenty of depth to be found. The huge amount of characters and options give this small box loads and loads of replayability. A very pleasant surprise and definitely recommended!
2014-06-22
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Samu Lattu
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Jun 2014
Initially I though the art and names of characters and moves were uninviting. I've since become used to the art when playing with a friend. The game is simple to teach, but anyone unaccustomed to fighting games in any medium will clutch their player aid to keep track of which phase they're in. Me and the wife found it enjoyable to just pick random pairs for our first match to understand the flow of the game. Definitely needs a regular opponent to get everything out of.
2013-04-09
Owned
ezraindustries ezraindustries
United States
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10
Feb 2012
Simple to learn, but surprising depth of play. The perfect scenario!
2012-02-16
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Tony Miller
United States
Kentucky
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10
Apr 2012
This is the game that I have been looking for my whole life. This is as close to an arcade style fighting game as you can come in board game form. It's a tactical game where luck isn't a factor combined with a focus on positional control and asymmetric characters. I can feel myself getting better with every play which comes down to the wire. Both players have been in every match to the last strike. I haven't even touched the half of the great stuff in this box, and I can't wait to.
2012-04-24
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Fredericus Rex
Germany
Rheinlandpfalz
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10
Mar 2012
Simply one of the best new games that came out the last years!
2012-03-24
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Marco Wong
Hong Kong
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10
Apr 2012
Awesome design which successfully captures the actual feel of fighting game with minimal complexity.
Edited on 3/4/2012:
OK. This game is gorgeous. My second 10 since Puerto Rico which was published 10 years ago. That said enough.
I'm now so addicted to this game that I brought a few decks with me always so I could simulate the move and combos even during travel/ free time. Mind you that although I'm a video gamer, I'm never a competitive fighting gamer. Just need to find competitive players...
2012-04-02
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Brook Gentlestream
United States
Long Beach
California
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10
Apr 2013
One of my all-time favorite games. Bought the Remastered Edition to replace my first set. Have several promo characters.
2014-07-14
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muckyduck mel muckyduck mel
United Kingdom
walsall
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10
Nov 2012
Wow ! blown away by the depth of this beauty. For me a truly great game needs to give you the player a way to deal with whatever is thrown at you and this intricate, intense behemoth of a battler does just that. I love fighting games. In fact I own every fighting game (computer) that's worth having and this card game not only captures the feel of the best of these it completely understands the genre. The variety of characters is downright amazing. Now I'm not talking just the designs, although they rock, I'm referring to the fighting styles. Each character is vastly different to use which makes it so exciting and it will take kill bill style dedication to become a master with each. Even the best computer fighting game could learn a lot from this. Love it.
2013-02-14
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Matthew Vines
United States
Blue Springs
Missouri
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10
Oct 2013
Plus dozens and dozens of games on the ipad. I love how differently every character plays. Its the meta game that really makes this one work. Reading not only your opposing character, but your opponents behaviors as well really makes for an engaging experience. This is probably my favorite game ever.
2013-10-10
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shane porter
England
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10
Jan 2013
Okay, you love Streetfighter, King of Fighters, Tekken...? This is the game for you. Great depth and FUN!
2013-01-05
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Peter Bemis
United States
Plymouth
Wisconsin
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10
Sep 2013
One of my absolute favorite games. Perfect knowledge and positioning make this game the only simultaneous reveal I know of that isn't RPS. Characters play differently and a sacrifice this turn can lead to victory next turn(or 3 turns down the line)
2013-09-24
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Nicolas Picouet
United States
Nampa
Idaho
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10
Oct 2013
One of my favorite 2-player games.
I can literally feel and act out what the characters are doing.
A beautiful dance of death.
2013-10-12
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gabe sprague
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10
May 2013
This has to be the best designed game I have ever played. Game rules are more precise and than any game I have ever played. There is little ambiguity, with each ability/effect described consistently and with purpose.

I genuinely feel this game is the best game I have ever played.
2013-05-08
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Don Thiess
United States
Suisun City
California
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10
Mar 2014
Clever cool-down mechanic, varied characters, lots of replayability. Very, very fun.

Combined all of War into the Devastation box, even picked up Extended Edition for the replacement War character cards.
2014-03-28
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Juan Pablo Soto Olivares
Chile
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10
Aug 2013
Excellent, lots of strategies, unlimited possibilities. Incredibly balanced with lots of characters.
2013-08-18
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Yun Youhou
Canada
Laval
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10
Jan 2014
The best fighting game simulation on the board game market today.

It blows Yomi out of the water by a big margin. The main difference in Battlecon is that the spacing, postionning and the movement matters in this game unlike in Yomi, which are the main aspects (known as Footsies) in a 2D fighter.

Every characters are so unique, the artwork is amazing. The contents are overwhelming in a good way with all the different extras and many game options. There's Zero randomness, as it's all about knowing the match-ups, spacing (footsies) and predicting your opponents moves.

If you like fighting games in general, then Battlecon is a no brainer for sure. Even for people not familiar with fighting games, they will have a blast. Go grab a copy quick !!
2014-01-10
Matthew Vantries
United States
Woodbury
Minnesota
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10
Aug 2015
Now that the Remastered edition is here, this is absolutely fantastic!
BattleCON is one of the greatest games of all time!
2015-09-01
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Dom Hiob
Germany
Bonn
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10
Jun 2014
Remastered Edition kickstarted 2014-05-30. Fighter Plus. Light & Shadow. Armory. Also: PT.
2014-07-01
Preordered
Muhammad Na'im
Singapore
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Mar 2014
Played with my wife using the basic characters only and we were hooked since the first duel. A very well-designed system that manages to balance the abilities of many unique characters. Engaging and strategic gameplay.
2014-03-23
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Dan Helland
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10
Jun 2014
Great game. Like it so much, I'm getting the kickstarter War Remastered even though I only got this version a couple months ago.
2014-06-01
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Chad Ackerman
United States
Fairless Hills
Pennsylvania
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10
Aug 2015
A fantastic set of characters. The remastered edition will complete an already perfect game for me. This game goes to 11!
2014-12-16
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Kyle Currie
United States
San Francisco
California
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10
Aug 2015
[WIN/LOSS: 1/0; CHARACTERS USED: 1/18; PROMOS USED: 0]

A cast of 18 new (to me) characters! UAs are dialed back in complexity vs the later Devastation, but the same excellent game.
2015-08-23
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Michael Ponce
United States
Nevada
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10
Jul 2015
I simply cannot wait to get this game.
2015-03-28
Preordered
Loke Jhi Kee
United Kingdom
Canterbury
Kent
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10
Oct 2014
A box that comes with that many characters must be good! Each plays differently and the combo attack is so well done that it's a wonder no one uses the system yet. One of the best brawler on card/board game.
2014-10-27
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10
Feb 2015
Exactly the same as Devastation except with not as many bits. Still a 10 (by a good margin).
2015-06-24
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Lloyd Crosby
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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10
Jan 2015
More characters for this amazingly replayable game. Yes please!
2015-01-26
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Daniel Thurot
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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10
Jun 2015
One of the best games I've ever played, period.

Read my review here: http://spacebiff.com/2015/06/21/war-of-indines/
2015-06-22
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Mike Walko
United States
Ohio
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10
Aug 2015
Just as good as Devastation for the price.
2015-08-18
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Sean DeHarde
United States
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10
Aug 2015
2p best
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2015-08-21
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Jonathan Harrison
United States
Fisher
Illinois
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9.8
Jan 2015
Waiting to be mailed—backed on Kickstarter.
2014-06-30
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David Valadez
United States
Villa Park
Illinois
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9.5
Jan 2013
Lots of gameplay and variety in a little box.
2012-01-31
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Mike Hedrich
United States
Lehigh Acres
Florida
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9.5
Aug 2015
A great emulation of a fighting video game in card format. Mind games and spacing are everything, here.
2015-08-24
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Joe Romero
United States
Whittier
CA
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9.5
Apr 2013
Just started with this, and I fully expect the rating to rise from this already lofty rating.

An excellent game, that emulates a fighting game and surpasses them in many ways. The characters are well designed, and each gives a rather unique spin on the game. I've been impressed every time I play a game.

Unfortunately, this is a dense game to teach. The mechanics are solid, and the rulebook is very well written, but every new match up presents new interactions to learn, so I can see this game coming with a very long learning curve.

Also, unfortunately, pretty poor storage. You'll want dividers for this one.

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2013-05-14
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Vivienne Raper
United Kingdom
Richmond
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9.5
Dec 2012
PERMANENT PLACE IN COLLECTION

Simply amazing. Huge variety of characters, fascinating tactics, a war of minds.
2014-04-20
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Rory Cartwright
Australia
Gordon Park
Queensland
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9.5
Jan 2013
I absolutely love this game. Similar to Yomi, which I also love, but the fact that all information is open to all players is the best bit. There's no being screwed by your hand in this one, and for me that removes the one issue in Yomi that I know a lot of people dislike (personally I find hand and card management in Yomi part of the strategic choice that is required in the game).
2013-01-03
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Bruno Gaia
France
Asnières
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Being a Geek is a sure sign of a sound mind, cause it means you think that life as it is is dull and should be more interesting. Which it is.
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9.5
Jan 2013
Anything BattleCON is synonymous to instant classic!
2013-01-31
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Benjami Pitarch
Spain
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9.5
Feb 2013
It loses half a point for components only. The game is amazingly funny and clever and with just 7 card per character manages to give each of them a trully unique feeling.
2013-02-03
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Adam Watson
Australia
Ryde
NSW
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9.5
Jan 2014
Score based on Devastation expansion. See other notes.
2014-01-05
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Gregory Auld
United States
Santa Rosa
California
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9.5
Feb 2015
Backed on Kickstarter (War Remastered)

Expected Arrival: July 2015.

The Remastered Edition looks beautiful and should hopefully fix a few balancing issues from the originally printing. Overall, the BattleCON series as a whole is fantastic and refreshing. I'd recommend any and all of them.
2015-06-08
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Ryan Post
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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9.25
Dec 2014
Amazing game. I can only imagine how awesome Devastation is.

Quick gameplay, and it has immense player reading. Great quantity of characters who all feel fresh.

It has such a huge strategy-game length value, and that is what I appreciate most in a game.
2014-12-17
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Guillermo Hernandez
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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9.2
Jan 2012
A fabulous 2D style fighter game. If you've ever wanted to play a 2D fighter game where it's more a battle of the minds than a mashing of buttons, then this game is for you. 18+ characters that are well designed, thematic and unique, quick playtime, different levels of difficulty to accommodate different gamers, this game is elegant and amazing for its size and price.
2012-01-20
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Justin Robben
United States
Spring Hill
Florida
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9
Mar 2012
Backed at the $75 level. Looking forward to this.

I'll pit it against Yomi and see who wins, lol!

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OK. This won. Yomi is good...this is GREAT.

In fact, my only minor complaint with this GEM thus far is how seemingly (to me) important Priority is. Or...how unimportant it is. It seems to have huge swings from game to game, where it means everything...or nothing.

Other than that, this is BRILLIANT!!!!!
Incredible variety in character archetypes. Fast, mostly smooth gameplay. No luck! Close, balanced battles. Expandable...not only future, but with what's in the box! Arenas, tag teams, multi-player, 2 or 3 vs. 1s. So many things to play through here!!!

I can't say enough about this game. Incredible job from a small publisher and new designer.

I am in for the LONG HAUL with this game!!!!!
2012-01-28
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Josh Helton
United States
Pueblo
Colorado
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9
Feb 2012
Love this game! Tons of variety in playing, all characters play differently from one another. Backed this on Kickstarter and am very glad I did!
2012-02-02
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Aitor
Spain
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9
Oct 2012
My favourite "simultaneous selection" game.

Some people say that BattleCON is not as well balanced as YOMI, but I prefer it to YOMI because it feels much more thematic due of its spatial element. In BattleCON, your fighters can move towards or away, and launch attacks that only hit enemies far away or enemies close to them, so it's easy to imagine the videogame fight it is evoking.

Also, I love the design philosophy of Level99games of never leaving behind already published material. Many new fighters and expansions of BattleCON have been published, but none of the already existing material has ever become obsolete.
2015-07-22
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Brad Hoffman
United States
Alabama
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9
Feb 2012
This is probably one of the coolest games out right now. It's a deep dueling card game similar to a 2d fighting video game.
18 characters in the box, 4 promo characters, so far, can play 1v1,2v1,3v1,2v2, and a few other variantions present in the box. There is a lot here to like.

An added bonus is all the cards are dry erase markable, and come with a blank set of cards to possibily create your own characters.
2012-02-09
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