As long as there have been video games, there have been attempts at translating those games to board game form — the practice goes all the way back to the Pac-Man board game from the early 80’s. There are some genres you would think couldn’t be ported to physical form, but mankind tries.
Such is the case with Way of the Fighter, a tabletop game currently bring crowdfunded that attempts to translate 2D fighter games like Street Fighter into paper form. How is that possible? With a lot of rules and a lot of dice.
Way of the Fighter is an expandable card game by Benjamin Yamada that pits two fighters against one another in an arena, with a theme reminiscent of classic arcade-style fighting games. Each player manages their fighter’s movements, actions, health, and energy to achieve victory. The game is quick and involves bluffing, resource management, knowledge of each fighter’s style, and sharp tactical decisions.
On the fence for this one? Here’s an interesting twist…this particular game is “try before you buy.” Soda Pop Minatures has provided a printout version of the game board and figures for you to try out. Download the PDF here.
And for the record? There really was a Street Fighter board game.