A Slay the Spire board game is coming

Slay the Spire key art.
(Image credit: Mega Crit Games)

Mega Crit's Slay the Spire is a PC Gamer favourite, a solo deckbuilding roguelike that serves up one wild and unexpected run after another. It scored 92% in our review, won our best design award in 2019, and post-launch has benefitted from a dedicated modding scene. Now it's getting perhaps the ultimate mod for what is basically already a card game: physical form.

Board game specialist Contention Games today announced that it's working on a Slay the Spire project, to be launched on Kickstarter in Spring 2021. It's been announced with minimal details, but will support 1-4 players with an expected game time of 45 minutes per player. The game's description reads: "Slay the Spire is a cooperative deckbuilding adventure. Craft a unique deck, encounter bizarre creatures, discover relics of immense power, and finally become strong enough to Slay the Spire!"

(Image credit: Contention Games)

The box mock-up uses old key art, so sadly there's little more to say. Contention's previous project is a 4X card game called Imperium: The Contention which is for 2-6 players but in its deluxe edition supports solo play, which I mention because my main interest in a Slay the Spire board game is how good that singleplayer deck-building experience will be. You can sign up here to be notified when the game's kickstarter goes live here.

Rich Stanton

Rich is a games journalist with 15 years' experience, beginning his career on Edge magazine before working for a wide range of outlets, including Ars Technica, Eurogamer, GamesRadar+, Gamespot, the Guardian, IGN, the New Statesman, Polygon, and Vice. He was the editor of Kotaku UK, the UK arm of Kotaku, for three years before joining PC Gamer. He is the author of a Brief History of Video Games, a full history of the medium, which the Midwest Book Review described as "[a] must-read for serious minded game historians and curious video game connoisseurs alike."