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Steam Battalions

Customize, Upgrade & Attack in the acclaimed Steampunk Battling Card Game for Everyone




Customize, Upgrade & Attack in the critically-acclaimed indie Steampunk deck-building expandable card game

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In an alternate past, the great wars of the early 20th century are raging across Europe. The armies of the World's Superpowers battle for supremacy with elite units forged in brass, iron & steel in a technological arms race powered by diesel & steam. You & your opponent create, customize & command your own elite Steam Battalions of Deck-Dueling Steampunk & Dieselpunk Dirigibles, Airships & Superheroes & send them into battle equipped with powerful Upgrades & Tech in the quest for Victory!



Steam Battalions is a fast-paced, 1-vs-1 Customized-Deck-Building Steampunk Card Battle Game for ages 12 & up that takes approximately 30-45 minutes to play. The objective of the game is to be the first player to get 7 victory points (defeating 7 of your opponent’s units), or your opponent has no units to move out from their trench, whichever comes first.

Steam Battalions is a non-collectible, customized deck building XCG, or Expandable Card Game featuring stunning Steampunk & Dieselpunk art in which 2 players face-off against each other, each using a customized deck they create from their own Starter Deck at the beginning of the game. Each Starter Deck contains the same specific 68 cards, from which each player customizes their own deck down to 40 cards plus 3 "deck-diving" Armory Cards, as outlined in the rulebook (free for download at link below).

*NOTE : Each player requires their own deck to play, so our game is sold as a complete two-player set of two starter decks. For even further customization, experienced players can purchase additional starter decks & may add cards from as many additional starter decks as they wish, subject to the deck customization rules outlined in the Rule Book (free for download at the link below).



Players customize their deck, choosing their own balance of the five card types in the game; Unit Cards to send into battle with their own unique abilities & upgrade lines, Tech Cards to grant them special abilities, Power Cards to enable their attacks & Medic Baloon Cards to repair damage during combat. Both players also start with three "Armory" Cards that allow them to search their deck for a desired card at key moments during the game.

Gameplay employs streamlined card combat mechanics with a unique twist on these special "deck-diving" Armory cards that deepens the strategy in ways unique from other card battle games. In Steam Battalions, you can only receive & play "Armory" cards after you lose one of your units. This prevents either player from gaining an insurmountable lead during early gameplay & opens up new strategic choices you won't find in other games.

Unique game mechanics are designed to reduce the 'grinding' of most deck-dueling games while accelerating the pace of turns, combat, customization, upgrades, card-drawing & strategy.



  • Complete Two-Player Set of 2 Starter Decks (136 Full-Color Illustrated Cards in Total)
  • Two Full-Color Poker Hook Boxes For Playing On-The-Go
  • Rulebook & Upgrade Chart Free For Download at Link Below

NEW: Check out the New Steam Battalions DELUXE EDITION at the link below under "Related Games."




”HUGE Shout-Out to Steam Battalions, they have created a great product - It SHINES” -The BoardRoomBros Podcast

”Sumptuous art, thoroughly immersive, fast paced, exciting highs & lows, dark humor, fun strategy & entertaining re-playability” -BothSidesOfMyTable

”Really FUN & Easy to Teach - We HIGHLY RECOMMEND Steam Battalions” -The Tabletop Gaming Guild

”This is a GREAT game. The art looks great. But because the game mechanics are so fun, the art is just the eye candy to get you in. The Owens have done a really cool job of building something new here." -The CultAndClassic Podcast

”A BLAST to play. Steam Battalions is an EXCELLENT indie game that deserves a place on your game shelf.” -Tabletop Jables

”A SUPER-FUN Card Game with Great Art & EPIC Battle Moments” -Tabletop Vibes

”INCREDIBLY INGENIOUS & super-intuitive - a FANTASTIC 2 Player game” - Pantatzu Gaming



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Average Rating 4 reviews
Publish Date January 03, 2018
Edition 2nd
Department Games
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More Info Steam Battalions web site

Why buy this?

“If head to head challenges are your thing, then this is definitely for you. The pace is fast, the nuance deep & tactical decisions are a plenty.”

  • Dieselpunk Deck-Dueling Dirigibles, Airships & Superheroes
  • Fast 1 v 1 Steampunk Card Battle Game with stunning art
  • Unique combat & anti-snowballing mechanics & tense gameplay

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