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Universal Fighting System (UFS) is a collectible card game from Fantasy Flight Games. Players take on the persona of legendary characters from classic video gaming titles to participate in one-on-one combat for supremacy.

As in Magic: The Gathering, players build a deck of cards and duel against an opponent's deck. The first player to reduce his opponent to 0 vitality (or meet another set win condition) wins the game.

The game has been launched officially in April 2006 by Sabertooth Games, but the first product, Penny Arcade battle box, has been released a month earlier. On February 22nd 2008 the publication rights have been transferred to Fantasy Flight Games. In May 2010, publication rights were transferred to Jasco Games.

Universes

UFS covers different video games, and other combat-compatible realms. Characters that participate in battle need not to be from the same universe.

The licenses so far include:

  1. Penny Arcade
  2. Soul Calibur III
  3. Street Fighter
  4. The King of Fighters 2006
  5. Samurai Shodown V
  6. Darkstalkers
  7. Soulcalibur IV
  8. ShadoWar
  9. Tekken 6
  10. Red Horizon
  11. Red Horizon: Tides of Vengeance
  12. The King of Fighters XIII
  13. The King of Fighters XIII: Ruler of Time
  14. The King of Fighters XIII: NeoMax
  15. Mega Man
  16. Darkstalkers

Products

Cards are released in sets, that belong to one of the gaming universes (with the notable exception of SNK Playmore, that encompasses two gaming universes from that company). Cards are sold as semi-random 60-card starter decks, and 10-card booster packs (although not all sets come with starter decks). Penny Arcade, the first set to be released, came only as a battle box containing two non-random 60-card decks.

Abbreviations are given before the set names.

Set Name Release Date Set Size Starter Deck Characters Booster Characters
DS01: Darkstalkers November 2007 126 B.B. Hood, Bishamon, Demitri, Donovan, Felicia, J. Talbain, Lilith, Lord Raptor, Morrigan, Pyron, Q-Bee, Rikuo, Sasquatch, Victor
DS02: Realm of Midnight June 2008 99 Anakaris, Bishamon, Demitri, Donovan, Felicia, Hsien-Ko, Huitzil, J. Talbain, Jedah, Morrigan, Victor
PA: Penny Arcade February 2006 45 Gabe, Tycho
SC01: Soulcalibur III April 2006 143 Astaroth, Nightmare, Taki, Voldo Astaroth, Cassandra, Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Taki, Voldo
SC02: A Tale of Swords & Souls July 2006 126 Ivy, Kilik, Raphael, Setsuka, Tira, Zasalamel
SC03: Soul Arena February 2007 144 Abyss, Cervantes, Lizardman, Yoshimitsu Abyss, Cervantes, Lizardman, Mitsurugi, Taki, Talim, Rock, Yoshimitsu
SC04: Blades of Fury May 2007 90 Maxi, Nightmare, Tira, Xianghua, Yun-seong
SC05: Higher Calibur August 2007 99 Astaroth, Cassandra, Cervantes, Ivy, Seong Mi-na, Voldo
SC06: Flash of the Blades September 2008 99 Kilik, Lizardman, Mitsurugi, Raphael, Seong Mi-na, Setsuka, Siegfried, Sophitia, Taki, Talim, Zasalamel
SCIV01: Soulcalibur IV April 2009 144 Cervantes, Ivy, Nightmare, Siegfried Algol, Astaroth, Hilde, Tira
SF01: Street Fighter April 2006 143 Chun Li, Dhalsim, Ken, Ryu Chun Li, Dhalsim, Ken, Ryu, Sagat, Zangief
SF02: World Warriors July 2006 126 Balrog, Blanka, E. Honda, Guile, M. Bison, Vega
SF03: The Next Level December 2006 90 Akuma, Cammy, Dudley, Fei Long
SF04: The Dark Path February 2007 144 Chun-Li, Ryu, T. Hawk, Twelve Adon, Charlie, Chun-Li, Rose, Ryu, Sakura, T. Hawk, Twelve
SF05: Extreme Rivals May 2007 90 Cody, Dee Jay, Ibuki, Ken, R. Mika
SF06: Fight for the Future November 2007 99 Alex, Cammy, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, Gen, Gill, Guile
SF07: Domination February 2008 144 Akuma, Ken, Sagat, Sakura Blanka, Dan, Guy, Karin, M. Bison, Ryu, Sean, Yang, Yun, Zangief
SF08: Deadly Ground June 2008 99 Adon, Cammy, Charlie, E. Honda, Fei Long, Ibuki, Juli, Juni, Makoto, Rose, Vega
SF09: Warrior's Dream Dec 2008 99 Alex, Balrog, Chun Li, Dhalsim, Elena, Guile, Hugo, M. Bison, R. Mika, Remy, T. Hawk
SNK01: SNK Playmore December 2006 144 Haohmaru, Mai, Terry, Ukyo Alba, Athena, Charlotte, Galford, Gaira, Hanzo, Iori, Kyo, Lien, Nagase, Nakoruru, Yoshitora
SNK02: Fortune & Glory August 2007 99 Billy, Genjuro, Jubei, K', Luise, Mai, Nightmare Geese, Sankuro, Seth, Tam Tam, Ukyo
SNK03: The Cutting Edge February 2008 144 Haohmaru, Mai, Rock Howard, Yoshitora B. Jenet, Galford, Iori, Kula, Kyo, Kyoshiro, Nagase, Ninon, Rera, Yumeji
SNK04: The King of Fighters 2006 September 2008 99 Alba, Chae, Fio, Hanzo, Jivatma, Leona, Maxima, Mignon, Soiree, Terry, Yuri
SNK05: Flames of Fame December 2008 99 Basara, Billy, Gaira, Kazuki, Kim, Nakoruru, Nightmare Geese, Ralf, Rock Howard, Sogetsu, Terry
SW01: ShadoWar April 2009 144 Astrid, Ragnar, Yi Shan, Zi Mei Lu Chen, Rashotep, Temujin, Zhao Daiyu

There is also a host of promotional sets, not listed above, that usually include only several cards.

Another convention of naming the sets also exists - it groups products according to their release date, rather than the universe they belong to. The sets released so far are listed below.

Set Name Release Date Products
Released by Sabertooth Games:
UFS Set 1 April 2006 Soulcalibur III, Street Fighter
UFS Set 2 July 2006 Soulcalibur III: A Tale of Swords & Souls, Street Fighter: World Warriors
UFS Set 3 December 2006 Street Fighter: The Next Level, SNK Playmore
UFS Set 4 February 2007 Soulcalibur III: Soul Arena, Street Fighter: The Dark Path
UFS Set 5 May 2007 Soulcalibur III: Blades of Fury, Street Fighter: Extreme Rivals
Released by Fantasy Flight Games:
UFS Set 6 August 2007 Soulcalibur III: Higher Calibur, SNK Playmore: Fortune & Glory
UFS Set 7 November 2007 Darkstalkers, Street Fighter: Fight for the Future
UFS Set 8 February 2008 Street Fighter: Domination, SNK Playmore: The Cutting Edge
UFS Set 9 June 2008 Darkstalkers: Realm of Midnight, Street Fighter: Deadly Ground
UFS Set 10 September 2008 Soulcalibur III: Flash of Blades, SNK Playmore: The King of Fighters 2006
UFS Set 11 Dec 2008 Street Fighter: Warrior's Dream, SNK Playmore: Flames of Fame
UFS Set 12 April 2009 ShadoWar, Soulcalibur IV
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