Hi everyone, and welcome to our fourth preview article! Today Vs. System 2PCG Game Designer Danny Mandel is going to go over how Flight and Ranged work.
Your Momma Wears Combat Boots
In the Vs. System 2PCG, each player’s characters go either in their Front Row or Back Row. Characters in front protect characters in back, which means if your opponent has any characters in their Front Row, you can’t attack any characters in the Back Row.
During your Main Phase you can start as many Combats as you want, one at a time:
Exhaust one of your ready Front Row characters to attack one of your opponent’s Front Row characters (if you have any characters with Flight or Ranged, you have more options, but we’ll get to that in a moment).
Starting with you, each player takes turns playing Plot Twists or using Super Powers.
The Combat resolves and both characters strike simultaneously. Check to see if one, both, or neither of the characters gets stunned.
If your opponent doesn’t have any face-up characters in their Front Row, you can attack one of their Back Row characters. If they don’t have any face-up characters left at all you get to high-five yourself for a job well done, but there’s no one left to attack.
When a character attacks from your Front Row it is called a Melee Attack, which you will see referenced on some cards.
Flight of Fancy
If you have a character with Flight in your Front Row, it can fly over your opponent’s Front Row to attack a Back Row character. But only if that opponent doesn’t have any of his or her own characters with Flight in the front row (a defending player's Character with in the Front Row prevents the opponent’s attackers from flying over the Front Row).
Having your Front Row character fly over to attack your opponent’s Back Row is still a Melee Attack.
Home on the Ranged
If you have a character with Ranged it can attack from your Back Row. Like with a normal attack, you can only attack a Front Row character unless your opponent has no face-up characters in their Front Row.
When a character attacks from your Back Row it is called a Ranged Attack, which you will see referenced on some cards. During a Ranged Attack, the defender only gets to strike back if it also has .
Let’s Go Quazy
If you have a character with both and then you have all kinds of options:
That character can attack from either your Front Row or your Back Row
That character can attack characters in either your opponent’s Front Row or Back Row. Keep in mind that your Character can only fly over to attack into the Back Row if your opponent doesn’t have any characters with in their Front Row.
Take a look at Quasar, pictured above. As you can see on the bottom left frame of the card, this Character has both and . If Quasar attacks from your Front Row it’s a Melee Attack. If Quasar attacks from your Back Row it’s a Ranged Attack, so the defending Character would only get to strike back if it also has. That might lead you to wonder, “If a character has , why would I put it in my Front Row?” The two main reasons are:
You might want it to protect some of your other characters.
You might want it to Team Attack. Which brings us to…
Two or more characters can team up to attack a single defender:
All characters in the Team Attack must have the same Team Affiliation and they must be in the same row.
Exhaust all characters in the Team Attack and then declare which opponent's character they are Team Attacking.
If they Team Attack from the Front Row, it is called a Melee Team Attack.
If all of the Team Attackers have they can fly over to attack the Back Row (unless the defending player has a character with in their Front Row).
If all of the Team Attackers have they can attack from the Back Row. This is called a Ranged Team Attack. The defender will not strike back unless it also has .
When a Team Attack resolves, the defending player chooses one attacker for the defender to strike back against.
Combat and See Us Real Soon
I hope you enjoyed today’s preview of Flight and Ranged. Next week we’ll take a look at Deck Building and putting two or more teams together. Excelsior!