Flash Duel is a simple, fast card game for 1 to 5 (though we will only be playing the 1v1 version of the game, and we will be running a tournament bracket of 20 players!) players that simulates sparring matches amongst Fantasy Strike characters practicing for an upcoming tournament.
A more detailed overview may be found here: http://www.sirlingames.com/pages/flash-duel-overview
The rules are quite simple. Each player has a hand of five cards, each card has a number on it ranging from 1 to 5. On your turn you may take a single action, and that action can be a move, a push, an attack or a dashing strike. You move, or push, or attack a distance equal to the number on the card that you played. The strength of your attack is equal to the number of copies of a card that you played (so you could play two 3 cards to attack an opponent three spaces away). If you attacked your opponent than they must respond. Against an attack they must block by playing an equal number of cards of the same value that you played for your attack (you block an attack of two 3s by playing two 3s). Against a dashing strike you may block or retreat, when you retreat you move back a number of spaces equal to the card you discard, but you must spend your next turn recovering. If a player fails to block or retreat, they get hit and they lose that round. Assuming you haven't won yet, you then refresh your hand to five cards and then it is your opponents turn.
That's the basics, the full rules may be found here: http://www.sirlin.net/fd/rules
Meet our duelists!
This game has 20 (!!!) characters with three powers each. The power cards for each character can be found on this page: http://www.sirlingames.com/pages/flash-duel-card-images
Here is a list of the names of each character in the same order that their powers are presented.
Character 1: Grave Stormborne, the Wind Warrior
Character 2: Jaina Stormborne, the Phoenix Archer
Character 3: Master Midori, the Mentor Dragon
Character 4: Setsuki Hiruki, the Ninja Student
Character 5: Garus Rook, the Stone Golem
Character 6: Jefferson DeGrey, the Ghostly Diplomat
Character 7: Valerie Rose, the Manic Painter
Character 8: Max Geiger, the Precise Watchmaker
Character 9: Lum Bam-foo, the Gambling Panda
Character 10: Argagarg Garg, the Water Shaman
Character 11: Sirus Quince, the Flagstone Chief Magistrate
Character 12: General Onimaru, the Wartime Strategist
Character 13: Troq Bashar, the Well-Meaning Beast
Character 14: Bal-Bas-Beta, the Clockwork Guardian
Character 15: Master Menelker, the Deathstrike Dragon
Character 16: M. Persephone, the Nox Oracle
Character 17: Gloria Grayson, the Hopeful Healer
Character 18: Gwen Grayson, the Doomed Wanderer
Character 19: Vendetta, the Undead Assassin
Character 20: Captain Zane, the Blood Guard Anarchist
When you sign up, pick a character as well. Once you have picked a character no one else can pick that character. Hopefully we'll get twenty players in on these thing and we can see how far they can rise in the tournament ranks.
How play will work on the forums
Players will randomly be seeded into a single elimination tournament bracket. How many points you need to score to win (best of 1, best of 3, best of 5, etc) at each level of the tournament will be determined by how many sign ups we get, I want to make sure that things get done in a relatively timely fashion.
I will randomly determine who gets to pick if they go first or second for the first match of any bout. If the bout consists of multiple matches the loser of the previous match will chose if they go first or second.
For each turn the following information will be presented in the following format:
Player A's position: Space # 1-18 and color
Player B's position: Space # 1-18 and color
Cards in Player A's Hand: #
Cards in Player B's Hand: #
Cards Remaining in Deck: #
Cards in Discard: # of 1s, # of 2s, # of 3s, # of 4s, # of 5s (the discard is public knowledge and may be checked at any time, so this is for convenience).
Player A's unused powers: X, Y, Z
Player B's unused powers: X, Y, Z
On your turn you will post to the thread the action you want to perform, either using a power or one of the standard actions. Using the following format is nice, but not necessary, but please use the following color coding:
Move X spaces forward.
Move X spaces backward.
Push X spaces.
Attack X spaces away with Y cards.
Dash X spaces forward and then Strike Y spaces away with Z cards.
Block with X Ys.
Retreat X spaces.
Example: On my turn I Dash 5 spaces forward and then Strike 3 spaces with 2 cards.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1 & 2 Dark
3 & 4 Light
5 & 6 Dark
7 & 8 Light
9 & 10 Dark
11 & 12 Light
13 & 14 Dark
15 & 16 Light
17 & 18 Dark
Please make sure your move is legal! (Feel free to PM me any questions about the legality of a move before making it if you are unsure).
If necessary (due to powers or if you attacked, etc) the opponent will have an opportunity to respond. I will then PM you your new hand of cards and then we will move on to the next player.
I plan to run one match at a time, if people are prompt with their response we should be able to finish several matches in a day. I am currently planning on allowing players a 24 hour period to place their moves, if no response in given in 24 hours you will be eliminated. (I'm open to suggestions on this, I just want to keep things moving).
Anyway, sign ups are open! Grab a character while the grabbing is still good!
If there is anything I forgot (expect some edits to the OP) or if you have any questions feel free to ask.
1. Evil Multifarious - Garus Rook, the Stone Golem
2. Lucedes - Setsuki Hiruki, the Ninja Student
3. Elldren - Gwen Grayson, the Doomed Wanderer
4. visiblehowl - Master Menelker, the Deathstrike Dragon
5. Arch - Bal-Bas-Beta, the Clockwork Guardian
6. B:L - Jaina Stormborne, the Phoenix Archer
7. Egos - Vendetta, the Undead Assassin
8. Tayrun - Master Midori, the Mentor Dragon
9. Kisidan - Grave Stormborne, the Wind Warrior
10. xiears - Max Geiger, the Precise Watchmaker
11. Darian - Sirus Quince, the Flagstone Chief Magistrate
12. blahmcblah - Jefferson DeGrey, the Ghostly Diplomat
13. towndrunk34 - Lum Bam-foo, the Gambling Panda
14. mindspork - General Onimaru, the Wartime Strategist
15. Hensler - Captain Zane, the Blood Guard Anarchist
16. Harlon - Valerie Rose, the Manic Painter
17. acidlacedpenguin - Argagarg Garg, the Water Shaman
18. ObiFett - M. Persephone, the Nox Oracle
19. admanb - Gloria Grayson, the Hopeful Healer
20. Bedlam - Troq Bashar, the Well-Meaning Beast