There is a new deck-building dungeon crawler game on the horizon in South Africa. Dungeon Brah aims to destroy your friendship all with one hand of some rather stylish looking cards. If this game’s art looks familiar then you’re not crazy. Dungeon Brah has been produced by none other than Boet Fighter’s Louis Du Pisani. This means you can expect the same humour and some new gorgeously drawn over-the-top satirical characters in this new card game.
Louis Du Pisani shared some information with me regarding the game and how it became a reality. He says that he has always wanted to make a card game and Dungeon Brah was actually in development before Boet Fighter. In addition, early concepts of the game actually included no art whatsoever and were playtested using paper.
Du Pisani’s approach for Dungeon Brah was to create the game using over-the-top, humorous characters and from what I have seen from the game, he wasn’t joking. All the art was also meant to belong together so the overall design of each card blends into the next. The game feels and looks like its own universe, and hopefully, the start of a new franchise with expansions to come soon?
Dungeon Brah has also been created just for the love of it and apparantly, making a deck-building game was something Du Pisani always wanted to do. A bucket list sort of story here. It is so easy to learn that you can teach it to a drunk in under 2-minutes, or so he says. We will have to put this to the test one day. In addition, Dungeon Brah also has enough depth that players can spend a good amount of time and figure out their own meta gameplay too.
With everything said, the game does want you to fight with your friends more than anything else. Those of you who play card games will know how heated some game nights can get. Dungeon Brah is just that game too.
The gist of the game is as follows; players roam through a dungeon trying to loot it while avoiding a Cathulhian beast named Kevin. The aim is to get in, survive the onslaught of crazy over-the-top monsters and get out of the dungeon while leaving your friend’s dead bodies behind.
Dungeon Brah is played with 2-4 players. Each player starts with two characters. Along the way, you lose some and gain new ones but there are multiple classes and characters each with its own unique perks and stats. I won’t spoil these just yet. Cards in Dungeon Brah range between weapons that players use to fight, action cards that help you perform good or bad tasks, gear that makes your character stronger and World Enchantments that completely change up the game’s rules in your favour.
Then we have Kevin’s Monsters that roam the dungeon. If you draw one you have to beat it or Banish it. Beating them grants you treasure but if you can’t beat them, then destroy them using other cards. However, you would want to beat them so you can get the sweet loot. But this also means having the right gear. Gear also has its own unique systems. Weapons help kill things and equitable gear comes in parts that you have to build.
[perfectpullquote align=”left” bordertop=”false” cite=”Du Pisani” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]This, much like any RPG, is an exercise of avoiding the scary until you are strong enough to fight the scary thing because the scary thing drops awesome loot that makes you the scary thing.[/perfectpullquote] So Dungeon Brah is an RPG where you can build a character by using cool-looking gear and weapon cards. You then fight monsters for loot and treasure. The more Kevin and his monsters you fight, the more gear you obtain and the more overpowered you’ll get. There’s a lot more going on in the game that I can’t share right now but soon, people… soon.
As of now, Dungeon Brah is done and playtesting is happening. The cards look amazing and the art truly makes this game unique. It will be something you will enjoy if you’re into Munchkin and that sort of gameplay. You don’t need a dice, just the deck of cards. It also sounds accessible so perhaps something you can play with your family who doesn’t often experience this sort of hardcore dungeon crawler world.
Du Pisani doesn’t have a release date yet for Dungeon Brah but we are busy arranging some cool hands-on content to share with you when we can. This may mean the game is almost done and ready for you to buy! Who knows. I just really need it in my life because it has been way too long since I sat down and played a card game this good-looking.
Make sure you follow the development process of Dungeon Brah by visiting the official Facebook page here.