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RWBY: Combat Ready is an official RWBY board game. Combat Ready is a cooperative game in which 2–4 players control hero characters from RWBY to battle villains and Grimm from the series.

Gameplay

Players play as one of the four main heroines in the series: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna or Yang Xiao Long. Each player has their own separate deck of cards representing their attacks, actions, and moves. Each character plays a little differently, using their own unique tactics and strategies. A fifth character, Penny Polendina, was added upon reaching one of the Kickstarter campaign stretch goals. The adversaries include three main villains, Roman Torchwick, Adam Taurus and Cinder Fall; four sub-bosses, Neo Politan, Emerald Sustrai, Mercury Black and Lil' Miss Malachite; three types of minions: Grimm, White Fang and Henchmen.[1][3][4][5] Every game follows a scenario, featuring a villain to fight, objectives to complete (of three kinds: placing sub-bosses, deployment of minions, and challenges such as "Find Zwei") and at times, game-changing Special Rules.[6]

Development

Combat Ready was first announced via Twitter on September 15th, 2017. It then launched a Kickstarter campaign two weeks later on September 27th.[7] The Kickstarter reached its campaign goal four days later on October 1st.[8]

On October 30th, the Kickstarter campaign reached its end with all stretch goals unlocked. One of them was adding an antagonist yet to be introduced in the show proper, which turned out to be Lil' Miss Malachite.

Combat Ready was developed for Rooster Teeth by the board game publisher Arcane Wonders.[2] Both companies had their first contact during Gen Con 2016, with their connection being RWBY: Grimm Eclipse engineer Casey Donnellan, who went to SMU with the son of Arcane Wonders' owner. In early 2017, Rooster Teeth contacted Arcane Wonders hoping to collaborate with them for a RWBY board game.[9]

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