Re;Act - The Arts of War

Created by Brother Ming Games

Play as an artist with magic powers in this 1 vs 1 dueling game built around effect chains. Read the rulebook here!

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Monthly Update #03
2 days ago – Thu, Mar 23, 2023 at 03:01:40 PM

Post Tournament Balance Updates!

Tagger's new ASCENDED artwork by wickedalucard

Firstly, a big round of congratulations to the 9 players who ended up with 3-1 or better records in our first ever Re;ACT tournament! They'll all be receiving the gorgeous promotional playmat as a prize! Along with an alternate art version of the Tattooist, which is being sent to all of the participants. If you'd like a chance to win this playmat, we will be hosting "play to win" events at GENCON this year, so be on the look out for that!

New Art Is Being Completed!

As part of our stretch goals, we are giving EVERY single character the deluxe treatment by giving them all a second "Ascended" art to be used on the flip side of their ability cards and character boards. Additionally, Tattooist, Dancer, and Tagger are all receiving new Masterpiece arts, so that their Masterpiece art is not re-used art from other assets! Check it out!

Dancer's new Masterpiece Art by loxtix

Balance Updates!

Lastly, thanks to the tournament, which was not so secretly an opportunity to do lots of intense playtesting, we've got our first "major" balance update!

Tagger's tiles now say:

When a Standee elsewhere on the board moves into this zone

The word "Elsewhere" was added to better clarify that you cannot use Mural Vault to move to a zone you are already in and trigger the mural. It has to be moving into that zone from a different zone.

Dancer's Diving Step now says:

I move continuously to any zone in my row or column.

The word "Continuously" is added to better clarify that you leave scales on every zone you move through. His passive now also clarifies that when swapping, he only leaves a scale in the space he swapped out of.

Sculptor's Giant Buddy's B intention now says:

If I am on the board, deal 1 damage to the target zone.

While not all standees need to be on the board for their effects to resolve (like Animator's 24 FPS Kun's intent to Animate 1 frame), Giant Buddy's B intent should not resolve if he is no longer on the board. This just helps clarify that as previously only saying "I deal 1 damage" wasn't super clear.

Fortune Teller is being nerfed:

Fortune Teller overall just dominated the tournament with very few close games. Her incredible flexibility combined with a free reaction powered by easy to gain resources just gave her too much power.

  • Fortune Manipulation's Sword Tarot now targets a zone
  • Fortune Manipulation's Wand tarot now choses a direction
  • Sword's Resolution now says "If I am in or adjacent" instead of just adjacent
  • Fortune Teller setup now only starts with the Cup tarot card upright, not 2 random tarot cards.

Animator is being nerfed:

Animator's character intent gained a too much flexibility when we buffed him last time to also allow him to animate any 1 frame with his intent, so we're removing it again to bring him back in line.

  • Animator's character intent no longer allows him to choose to animate a frame. 

Calligrapher is getting a buff:

Calligrapher consistently gives a bad first impression (both of the professional board game reviewers that reviewed Re;ACT complained about her being underpowered) and in general she tends to underperform at the lower to mid levels of play. 

We're reworking her Sheathing Respite action card to increase the thematic nature of her action cards by replacing it with a third "Ink" card that functions similar to Flowing and Aligning ink, and moving Sheathing Respite into an ability card so that it's always available.

Dancer is getting a buff:

Dancer is pretty great for beginners due to how easy to pick up his abilities are, and he dominates games at a low level. However, he really requires you to place his scales intentionally, and often play in different patterns depending on the match up, to stay competitive at a high level. To help him out, we're making him a bit more forgiving to play even when you misplace too many scales.

  • Converging Step now allows you to remove up to 7 scales. Removing 7 scales total will allow you to draw 1 card in addition to summoning a fish in the target zone.

Painter is getting a very slight buff:

Painter is doing pretty great, but the 2 dice shield intent feels really lack luster post ascension, so it's getting a slight buff.

  • Shield of Peace, Andrew's Intention ability now moves all friendly standees 1 space, not just 1 friendly standee.

Goals until next month:

We are working hard to get DJ and Storyteller into public beta. DJ's art is currently being worked on, and the discord community is continuing to help us out with continued playtesting and just enjoying the game!

One of our tournament winners has been recording his games and post them on youtube as well! Shoutout to Trio The Holy, please go check out the videos!

That's it for this month, thank you all again for your support, and we'll see you all on next month's update!

Re;ACT Promo Playmat Reveal!
15 days ago – Fri, Mar 10, 2023 at 06:49:14 PM

Last day to sign up for the first Re;ACT Tournament!

Art by wickedalucard (@wickedalucard)

WOW! wickedalucard once again has absolutely blown us away with his incredible art. The strong gaze of Calligrapher radiates with her strong ideals while the calculating look of the Fortune Teller reflects her disinterest in morality. Every artist has their own reason to fight, and so begins our first ever Re;ACT tournament!

Tomorrow at 1pm EST, over 30 players have signed up to compete and prove their mastery! Every player who wins at least 3 rounds in this 4 round tournament will receive this pair of promotional playmats for free!! 

Don't miss out, Sign Up Here! 

Only available through tournaments or convention booths!

This special promotional playmat will not be available for direct sale online, but will be only available as a prize through tournaments or other events. We will however have them for sale at our convention booths whenever we attend a con so make sure to come see us at Pax Unplugged or GenCon this year!

We will also be selling tournament kits with these mats as prize support for ANYONE who wants to host a tournament locally so if you've got access to a game store or appropriate space that can host tournaments for awesome indie dueling games, let us know below! Especially if you've got ideas for what else you'd like to see in a tournament kit!

Once we've settled on what the tournament kit will look like, they'll be available on backerkit for you to add to your pledge.

Re;ACT Digital Tournament Next Saturday!!! (Win exclusive playmats!)
22 days ago – Fri, Mar 03, 2023 at 11:58:41 AM

 Sign up for the tournament here!

Use it as a token in your favorite TCG or just kept as a collectible!

Saturday, March 11th - 1 PM EST

Held on the Brother Ming Games Discord and played via Screentop. Voice chat and English will be required for the tournament. (We currently have 16 players already, so come on out and join the fun!)

  •  ALL PARTICIPANTS will receive an tournament exclusive art card featuring wickedalucard's adorable Tattooist thank you art! 
  •  PLAYERS WITH 3 OR MORE WINS will receive our season one promotional playmat set! A pair of two 14 x 28 inch playmats with a connected design.

The tournament itself will be 4 rounds. Each round will last 60 minutes, and ALL players with at least 3 wins will win a set of promotional playmats! (The playmat design will be based on the second most popular playmat design in our KS Deluxe Ed playmat design vote, seen below!)

This promotional playmat will not be sold via the online store. Only given as a prize or sold at conventions.

Each round of the tournament will be a 1 vs 1 best of 3 match. At the start of the round, each player will select 2 characters to play during the match. You must win a game with BOTH characters in order to win the round. (ex: You pick Tagger and Dancer. If you win your first game with Tagger, you must play your next game(s) with Dancer, you cannot play with a character you've already won a game with.)

Please show up to the discord at least 15 minutes before the tournament (12:45pm EST on March 11th). Rules of the tournament will be given before play begins.

Please make sure you are familiar with the game for the tournament! You can playtest all of the 8 characters in the base game (only base game characters will be in this tournament) now on both TTS and Screentop. 

Monthly Update #2
about 1 month ago – Thu, Feb 23, 2023 at 11:34:13 AM

The DJ Revealed!

The DJ is now in development and wickedalucard has once again worked his magic to update our original design from over 5 years ago! What would her DJ name be I wonder...

The DJ will fight by maneuvering two large speakers around the board to blast her foes with powerful constructive interference.

Tattooist and Fortune Teller now available!

We've been working hard since the end of the campaign to finish up development on all 8 characters, and both Tattooist and Fortune Teller are finally ready to leave internal testing! You can now play with all 8 characters on both Screentop and Tabletop Simulator!

The Tattooist is a highly reactive and agile melee fighter that can't take damage! You'll need to defeat her precious wonderland bunnies in order to defeat this blood-ink tattoo artist.

The Fortune Teller can place face down reactions on the reaction chain, playing mind games with her opponent to force them into unwinnable situations.

If you try them out, please let us know what you think about them on my discord channel! The Tattooist and Fortune Teller are the hardest and most complex characters of the roster to learn and use, but we think they'll be the perfect pick for certain gamers.

Chinese localization pre-sales are open now!

If you've got friends in China, let them know about it!

Pledge Manager Is OPEN!!!
2 months ago – Mon, Jan 23, 2023 at 06:41:26 AM

Pledge Manager Invites have been sent!

Art by @HellyonWhite

You should receive a email from backerkit inviting you to fill out your pledge manager today. The pledge manager will ask you for your shipping address, how you'd like to be credited in the rulebook for collector's edition backers, and collect shipping (including VAT for EU and UK backers.)

You'll need to fill out your pledge manager in order to actually receive your copy of the game!!! 

If you've got any questions regarding the pledge manager, please feel free to email me at !

Art by @ZarynScribbles


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